What's in your bag? Anime and spray paint at PrideFest and Comic Con

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Fab Morvan, the remaining half of Milli Vanilli, performs a string of hits at Denver Pridefest 2012.

Last weekend was jam-packed with events all around Denver. The inaugural Denver Comic Con, PrideFest, Juneteenth and Father's Day, to name just a few, brought very diverse crowds out around the city. And that meant that very different fashion styles were seen on the street -- everything from the rainbow-clad to the subtle intellectual.

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Name: Johnny Valerio

Spotted: The alley at 18th and Court.

Profession: Budding artist and writer.

Favorite film: 1968's Fando Y Lis by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Summer anthems: "Heavy Metal Lover" by Lady Gaga, and "Sixteen Saltines" by Jack White.

Style inspirations/icons: Christian Lacroix, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Nicola Formichetti and Sharon Needles.

Favorite accessory: A small clutch or coin purse that belonged to my grandmother before she passed away. It's vintage, and made from old cigarette packs.

Favorite color: Black, white and silver.

Style mantra: Don't dream it, be it. I also tell myself when getting dressed: When in doubt, freak them out.

Shops at: Neiman Marcus, Hot Topic, H&M, Indy Ink, Family Affair, Certified Customs and the Goodwill on Broadway.

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A permanent accessory for Valerio is a motto made popular by Lady Gaga: Born This Way. "Gaga is one of my biggest inspirations," he says, "and she makes me feel like I can be myself, and really let my freak flag fly."

Take a look inside Johnny Valerio's backpack on page 2!


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