Tag: austin festival fashion

There’s just something about the style at Fun Fun Fun Fest that’s, well, fun.  This festival has become one of my favorites to photograph because it’s basically like an adult playground.  From the skate ramp to the taco cannon, the comedy, and of course the music, Fun Fun is less about what you’re wearing, and… Continued
SXSW is over, and if you're anything like myself then you're probably pretty happy that this 2 week long cluster duck (as my iPhone likes to call it) has come to a close. While most people spend the majority of their time during SXSW standing in line for shows and free booze, I spend most of my time staring at the people standing in line for shows and free booze. I guess you could say I'm sort of an outsider looking in when it comes to music festivals these days. I do enjoy live music every now and then, but I find SXSW to be a difficult beast to slay in terms of cost and reward. I use my energy at SXSW to meet new people and take photos, mostly because I'm impatient (and perhaps getting a little old), but also because that's what I get the most joy out of doing. I've been documenting the style at SXSW for a few years now and I've definitely watched it change.  What I find interesting about the fashion you see at music festivals, is that it is a direct reflection of the music. A few years ago the street style at SXSW was predominately hipsters in cut off jorts along with rockers and metal heads wearing leather jackets in 80 degree weather.  Those looks do still exist to some extent.  However, SXSW continues to bring on more hip hop and DJ acts to the lineups causing the street style to take on a much more mainstream, as well as a hip hop look.  Let's just say the number of white girls wearing gold chains was at an all time high this year. What I do think was missing from this year's SXSW was an influx of fashion-forward trend setters.  Finding people worthy of photographing was a little harder for me this year as there was really nothing but a handful of gems in Lady Gaga's vomit haboob. But, I sought out the polished stones and washed them off for you: Continued
"This is the only shirt I ever wear" said the dude pictured above right before making the most pleasant face any human could ever hope to lay their eyes upon.  Although I have to assume (and hope, for body odor's sake) that his statement was an exaggeration, there is something to be said about the wearability of a polka dotted shirt.  The polka dot is of course a classic patterns that in recent years has become, dare I say, even more of a staple in a man's closet than the beloved and manly stripe. The best part about our friend the polka dot is that he can be worn in many different ways by different types of men with varying styles. In this way the dot is not much different than the stripe, but, perhaps there is something a little more playful about the polka dot.  As I 've been scouring the streets during SXSW looking for interesting style, I'm left thinking that maybe the polka dot is the go-to pattern for the music festival attending gentleman this Spring.  I'm definitely seeing spots, and it's not just because I'm completely exhausted and dehydrated. Continued
When I found out I had been denied a photo pass to ACL, I was only mildly bummed.  Actually to be quite honest, I didn't care at all. My friends and I skipped out on the first weekend of ACL entirely and drove out west to Marfa instead.  I even purchased an instant camera before the trip (yes I took a polaroid camera to Marfa, call me a hipster all you want), and the trip was beautiful and full of border control and toothless adventures.  I told myself I would only attend the second weekend of ACL if a ticket fell into my lap. Well, one did (I sorta knew it would because it's actually normally a lot more difficult to NOT attend ACL than it is to attend it). However, the great flood of 2013 kept me from attending more than only one day of the music festival, so I was only able to snap style photos of one day.  After witnessing the YOLO t-shirts, the guys dressed up in twin 70s tuxedos, and the amount of girls who scarily looked like they might be influenced too much by Miley Cyrus, I still stand by my historically proven theory that ACL is the worst music festival for fashion.  I tried to focus on the good, relying on my street style eye to find the hidden gems, but even the good has left me yawning.  Basically, I think I might start ripping flower crowns off girls' heads at music festivals and create a mulch company called "I'm Over It." What do y'all think about the fashion at ACL? Continued