I really admire this shot of yours. It absolutely looks like it just came from the 30's or even earlier. But all of a sudden we look at his tatoos, and well… Morevor, at first glance we don't even see his wool tie, (WOOL?!)! I love his smile. He really looks like a nice guy.
very throw back to the 30s but the tats set it apart perfectly. i love seeing this- men (or women) in a dress shirt rolled up and their forearm being covered in ink. it's sort of a social commentary on how society portraits tattoos to be "unprofessional" instead of an expression of individuality.
I'm glad y'all are tired of the tattoos, but let's remember they're permanent on the skin, or expensive to remove. If it's a phase or a craze, it's one various and ancient cultures have been practicing for most of our existence, i.e. get used to it – tattoos aren't going anywhere.
Ok, Sart. That's two FSC barbers in as many days… I think you ought to do a feature on the shop itself. I have such a fun time whenever I go in there since it's The Epicenter of Manly Amazingness. Also, there's usually something unexpected happening, i.e. a few weeks ago I saw Mike give a guy a full on Kid'n'Play high top fade. Just goes to show that you can't judge a book by it's cover.
Am I the only one who finds this look very costume-y? It seems you can't work behind a bar in New York City these days unless you look like an extra from a Western. Just because you're making cocktails that were made popular in the 1900s doesn't mean you have to dress the part (Oh, I'm making a sazerac – better grow a mustache!"). It's not as if I put on a turtle neck and Chelsea boots every time I listen to "Beatles For Sale"…
Mike!!!! I just met him last week and we piddle paddled about Queens!
Actually, as a Queens girl born and raised, I have to say that I couldn't wait for the day I could move out. Alas, I did. And I moved to Fort Greene. And I loved it. I'd known I love it there since the day I started attending Brooklyn Tech 14 years ago and we were told not to go beyond the block, and we did anyway. But then everyone fell in love with Fort Greene and people like us couldn't afford to buy anything there anymore. And now, here I am, moving back to the Wilds of Queens, to the land of wife beaters and fur hats and flip flops worn with socks. Sigh. At least we're moving only to Ridgewood and I can see Brooklyn from my window.
ok, normally i'd dig his style. it is awesome, very well-combined. I don't exactly know why, but to me, in this particular picture, he looks like he's trying too hard. the boots, while they look brilliant in their own way, just ruin the overall style that needs to be natural and well-carried. they just look too "new" and unauthentic. I know this may sound nonsense, but this picture didn't work for me.
oh btw, the contrast between the tattoos and the vintage look rocks!
Loving this steampunk thing. Nothing beats a well-groomed outlaw in my book. NO such thing as too costumey with a smile like that! what a fine example. I knew side parts would have to come back just because they've been away so long. Would anyone care to comment on the possibility of nude pantihose similarly returning?
Great photo, great style, great smile! One of my favorite novels is _A Tree Grows in Brooklyn_–this guy reminds me of one of its central characters, Johnny Nolan, albeit a healthy, happy, modern (and dark haired) version.
I have gotten a cut or two form this cat at FSC barber on Horatio. He is a very nice guy, we had a conversation in which he told me his ideal vintage clothing find would still have a vaudevillians makeup on it… Queens native like me, who could have known?
To me, this is the most effortless of his looks (I know I've seen him on your site before, I believe wearing plus-fours? and elsewhere). There's nothing that can beat a good woven tie, a lightweight button down and a good pair of shoes for a classic but cool outfit. Again, so tired of people raving on and on about how things look "costumey." Whatever happened to remembering that with as many people as there are in the world, it's a joy that we've got avant garde couturiers AND retro-revivalists. If everyone looked forward, without casting a glance to the past, it would be too homogenized for my liking. And then this blog would be boring.
The comment about this being “costumey” is interesting. It can seem that way sometimes, but look at how average men have typically dressed from the 1800s right up until the early 60s, and this classic style changed very little. It is more logically the jeans and t-shirt look which is a novelty.