Fashion

Menswear Mondays: Mime Joseph Temple on his theatrical fashion

You may recognize John Temple as the Denver Mime who performs on the 16th Street Mall. We did when we ran into him at 7/Eleven. Keep reading to discover his fashion inspirations, favorite color and where he shops. See also: -Menswear Mondays: student Rajiv Clark on his custom-punk style -Menswear Mondays: Artist Juan Nunez on his bleached DIY look -Menswear Mondays: Flower boy and musician Mason Thomas on his dark "ghetto" look Name: Joseph Temple.

Profession: I'm the Denver mime; I'm a theatrical artist.

Spotted at: 7/Eleven on 17th and Logan streets.

Favorite film: A Clockwork Orange. It's a drastic reality check.

2013 jam: "Ball and Chain" by Janis Joplin.

Style inspirations/icons: Marcel Marceau, who was known for his persona Bip the Clown. AlsoThe Crow.

Favorite accessory: Stripes.

Favorite color: Clear.

Style mantra: I listen to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" or Korn's "Clown." The music communicates my emotions. I used to listen to Marilyn Manson.

Shops at: Flossy McGrew's, Armyths on Broadway and Express.

Temple loves stripes, and he incorporates them in his bandanna and the scarf in his pants. You can catch Temple perform his pantomime at 16th and Welton, where he attracts an audience. "Humans are parasites," he says. Temple was with his performance troupe when we spotted him.

Style analysis: Temple's fashion is a mixture of classic French mime, gothic punk rock and dark protagonists in such films as The Crow and A Clockwork Orange. He pulls from all of these artistic inspirations to create his own black-and-white look for modern-day mime. His style represents his profession, which represents his personality.

Don't be afraid to break out of the box with your fashion, Denver.


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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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