age 36, has found his home behind the buttons and hooks of century-old
clothing, whose constriction he finds strangely liberating.
clothing kind of arose out of an anti-consumerist thing. I was
always into buying used things and old things and I started
to discover really old clothing from the 19th century. It also
probably appealed to some sort of repressive element in me,
because it's very constricted, so it all came together in a
way that I really enjoyed. It also has a meticulousness to it
that appeals to me; I really like the way all the different
pieces of clothing come together like a puzzle.
I've always loved uniforms, and this is like a uniform for me;
I wear it every day. I played baseball as a child and I loved
my baseball uniform and any excuse I got to wear the uniform,
I would, even if there wasn't any baseball that day. I was very
young, so, at that stage, people would tell me that you can't
wear the baseball uniform today, so I wouldn't do it ... but
secretly I wanted to.
been made fun of endlessly, and I'm certainly used to it by
now. I think in the beginning it was almost like a badge of
honor to me, to be made fun of, because, early on, I was very
antisocial; I had a very hateful kind of attitude towards society.
I would say I very much wanted to be apart from society.
time, though, it's shown me that people are essentially good-natured,
I think. I'm impressed by how many people don't make
fun of me and are nice to me. It's funny, people would think
that I've been made fun of less in the city and that
outside the city I would get a more negative reaction.
In some ways, that's true: in the city, people are more oblivious.
But also, in the city people are more outspoken, so the harshest
comments I've gotten have almost always been here in the city
and they're more frequent. People in the city are just willing
to say it. Outside the city is when I've gotten quiet
people kind of come up to me in a quiet moment and say how much
they like the way I dress and they think that it's really nice.
People really are just interested in connecting with each other.
like this brings me a great deal of joy. It’s not like
I go home and change out of it, you know. It’s like it’s
... me. I feel right. I feel at home. How
I dress feels proper for me. It feels like the expression
of who I am: the interior and exterior don’t seem divided.
I don’t even feel like it’s an expression of my
heart; it just seems like my home. You know what I mean?