This year's Denver Comic Con took over the Colorado Convention Center last weekend, and thousands of costumes filled the huge arena. Amid the superheroes and fanboys were pop-culture references from the 1980s, including at least one Mr. T doppelgänger. Information technologist Andy Gray dressed up as the television icon. Read here to learn about his style mantra, where he shops, and what his favorite accessory is.
Name: Andy Gray.
Spotted at: Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center.
Profession: I work in IT, as an information technologist.
Favorite film: Conan the Barbarian.
2013 jam: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Style inspirations/icons: Mr.T, Carl Weathers, Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson.
Favorite color: Iridescent.
Favorite accessory: My family. I keep the family jewels safe at home.
Style mantra: I have a conversation with God, and he lets me know that I'm okay before I walk out the door.
Shops at: Thrift stores: Unique Thrift and Mile High Thrift Store are two of my favorites.
These rings are gaudy and excessive, and were a find from a costume shop. These necklaces are essential when channeling the style of Mr. T. Multiple gold necklaces and a Comic Con pass complete the look. "Mr. T gave me someone to look up to as a kid," Gray says. These boots, along with the camouflage gear, capture the United States Army Special Forces look of B. A. Baracus, otherwise known as Mr. T, or Bad Attitude Baracus.
Style analysis: Some cosplayers went over the top at Comic Con, while others played it more subtle, rocking graphic tees and sneakers. Andy Gray mixed his costume jewelry with camouflage print and a Mohawk hairstyle to evoke the style of his childhood hero, Mr. T. His style makes him a part of the A-Team.
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