03 May 2007

panda head interviews...

ris richards has kept busy since q and not u disbanded in 2005; since then he's not only released a solo album but put together a new band, bullets. they, in turn, put on crowd control - a monthly dance party at DC9 that's already earned city-wide endorsement. tonight, and every first thursday of the month, djs dave nada, ris, and rah take over DC9; tonight's party also features a performance from DC's tabi bonney.

how would you describe your style?
The finest garments $13/hr can buy.
do you pay attention to trends? how do you stay current?
I've always paid close attention musicians and what they wear. I feel like every artist or band that's ever mattered had an incredibly important visual presence - whether it's the Clipse in technicolor sneakers or the Clash in military fatigues or Prince in tights or Fugazi looking like shirtless monks or David Byrne in his over-sized suit or Public Enemy looking like the most badass thing in history.
what are your wardrobe staples?
I love collars on my shirts. I wish all my T-shirts had collars. And even though it's been largely co-opted by college frat culture, I strongly believe that all collars must be turned up. For better or worse I'm gonna have to ride this one out.
are you a collector of anything?
My wristband game is stronger than most.
what's your favorite item of clothing?
Probably a hooded sweatshirt from Opening Ceremony that my girlfriend bought me for Christmas. It has this crazy criss-cross weave in the front, which also provides some nice ventilation.
who or what do you find inspiring, style-wise?
Like I said, musicians are the ones who always have me looking. I'm still impressed with MIA's look. I'm not ready to start wearing Zubaz or anything, but I admire the woman.
do you have any favored designers?
Not a designer, per se, but I love Commonwealth. They just opened up in Adams Morgan this year and they sell some excellent stuff from Supreme, Crooks & Castles and tons of others.
do you make or customize any of your own clothing?
I like to throw patches onto everything. I dream of a jacket - the kind that a Nascar driver would wear - only covered in punk band patches. Like on some crusty-punk-Talladega-Nights shit.
what's your take on DC style, in general?
Like everything in DC, it could be better, which means it gets bad-mouthed all the time. I think people are looking better these days, though, probably thanks to cell-phone cameras. You better look good tonight because you're gonna be on someone's blog in the morning.

interview: morgan. photo 1 by valerie soles, taken from ris paul ric's space; photo 2 of bullets by shawn brackbill.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatta hottie

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Jerome said...

good looking on the shout out!!

2:08 PM  

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