Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How I learned to dress. Pt 1 Working Class Glam

Sunday night after my last show at the Rosewell, Ga standup club The Funny Farm, which is neither funny nor a farm but actually a conference room at the back of Andretti Karting and Games, (which is kinda funny) a few of the younger comics and I were sitting around bullshitting about standup. One of them asked me how important dressing for the stage was as I seemed to take it fairly seriously. Even when performing admirably at a Go Kart Raceway! I said that I have always enjoyed those in music and entertainment who dress for the occasion. I love it when a person or a band have committed to a look. It tells part of their story before they've said anything or played a single note, and it adds dimension to their art. Plus it also gives the audience the impression that you care about what you are doing. Even in the case of what I call anti look artists like Pearl Jam or Zach Galifanakis where they were so committed to not "dressing up" they actually created iconic looks that influenced their generations. Zach had the beard before Iron and Wine... but after Burl Ives.  For me it's not about "dressing up" it's about finding yourself and fucking embracing it.

So after I gave that lecture one of the guys said "You should start a service dressing comics." I couldn't think of anything worse. There couldn't be a more uncomfortable person in the world than the standup comic. Dude or chick. So the idea of standing with one of them in their closet and going through their hoodies gives me the idiot shivers. (Though it would make a great reality show.) Plus when you put clothes on people they always look like you put clothes on them. We did this in a series of regretful  "Greg-overs" on The Greg Behrendt Show. Just writing that makes me want to take a pearl handled revolver to my temple.  What I would be interested in doing is getting people to find it on their own by encouraging them  to think about the the things that inspire them and what they would look like if they could wish it, or just had the guts to try it. Seriously for some dudes the idea of wearing a collared shirt or a cardigan sweater is like asking then to wear pantyhose.I don't want the hassle.  It took me forever to try a lot of stuff because I didn't like my body or I didn't think I could pull it off. But then I realized I was looking in the wrong places for inspiration. Fashion magazines are for people already steeped in fashion and lets face it money. I started thinking about every time I thought something looked cool. Be it a movie, a band, an actor, a painting, I stated to think more about images rather than what's right or wrong or what's in style. The real dressers don't give a shit about what's in style they just like what they like. So here's how I'll help: from time to time I'm gonna post about the things that inspire my wardrobe and me and maybe they will inspire you too. Or make you like me less:)

I'll start today with this. Social Distortion. I fucking love them. Their music is  what I like to call 50's influenced, switchblade punk. I got into these guys around the time of their Prison Bound album. They were simply a white t-shirt, khakis/chinos and  combat boot band that has since evolved into a 40's 50's gangster style unit with a little Mexican American Cholo meets gas station attendant. Add a little guyliner and tattoos and you get what I call working class glam. Their look is classic, tough and timeless. Oh and they are not afraid to rock a chain wallet. What's rad is you can wear this look at any age and not look out of touch. And the great news is nothing these guys wear couldn't be bought at Sears for under or around $100 for the whole outfit! In many sizes. (I'm talking to you XXXL, so don't mock it till you've tried it)
Here's a boat load more images of Social Distortion get after it PUNK.

UPDATE: Jan 18th. These shirts are currently in Target. See!



  1. I love you, Greg. I can hear your super-fast-pitch delivery in your writing, and even though it often feels like I'm running out of control down a steep hill at eight years old, what you say resonates and sticks (when I skin my knee of face plant at the bottom of said steep hill).
    I've said in the past "I pretty up nice," but perhaps I need to get out of the phrasing and earn the ability to say "I know how to look like a slob" as a majority phrase instead of the exception.
    God bless the "sweater-upper."

  2. About a year ago, Social D appeared on Conan to promote their new album. I have always said Mike Ness is a badass, but that was the first time I said he was hot. SO hot! I nearly cried. It's all in the presentation: http://youtu.be/gYk9f4RSr4k

    Get after it. Guys need to learn that dressing like a teenage boy only works on teenage girls. If you want to attack life, you have to work it.