Menswear Mondays: Flower boy and musician Mason Thomas on his dark "ghetto" look
Sometimes people like to ruffle feathers with their fashion; other times, they simply dress to please themselves. But both of these scenarios apply to Mason Thomas, a local musician and St. Louis native who moved to Denver (by way of Phoenix) last year. Continue reading to find out what Internet music genres inspire his sound and style, where he shops, and what's inside his bag.
All photos by Mauricio Rocha
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Profession: I just got a job at Lowe's: I'm a flower boy there; I plant flowers. I also record music and write lyrics under the name Beach Boii. Check out his band camp here and sound cloud here.
Favorite film: Spring Breakers will probably be my new favorite when it comes out on the 22nd of this month, but I also like the film The Comedy . My favorite genre is comedy. I love a film that can make me laugh.
2013 jam: Salem's "King Night (Rotterdam Terror Corps Remix)."
Style inspirations/icons: I like super-ghetto stuff that looks classy and expensive as well. I like snap backs and track jackets. Snap backs are ghetto, as opposed to fitted hats. I'm getting more into dark, gothic clothes, too.
Favorite color: Black.
Favorite accessory: I like shoes. I like it when people have tattoos and piercings, too. I consider those accessories.
Style mantra: In a perfect world, I would get to wear whatever I want, but I dress based on my mood. I like to wear things that look effortless -- like I put very little effort into my look when so many people are concerned with their appearance. One of my mantra's is go slow and die old. I like to piss people off with my clothes sometimes, too. I also like Internet symbolism, like my Monster hat: It represents internet ads, energy drinks, bro-culture, and even that whole ADD culture.
Shops at: Thrifts stores, mostly. I got my Monster hat from Compton Mart. I like cheap clothes. I like A1 thrift store, too. I bought my ring from karma-loop.com.
"I love Denver style," Thomas says. "People really know their shit here. St. Louis is too ghetto, and not classy ghetto. In Phoenix, people model themselves on California style. Here in Denver, people are themselves, and you can tell it's genuine."
Some of Thomas's favorite symbols are peace signs, ying-yang circles, crosses, and marijuana leaves, which are on his bracelets. There is even a marijuana leaf on his belt buckle, too.
"I look forward to progressing with Denver's style," he adds. "People dress warm here, in lots of layers, and have reasons to wear lots of clothes. I want to layer more and experiment more with my style."
Check out what's inside Mason Thomas's bag on page two!