People can try on many titles or jobs until they find one that suits their taste, just as they try on different clothes to find the best fit. Spray-paint artist Shane O'Connor is the other way around with many jobs, but he has always managed to retain his punk-rock edge throughout the search. Read here to find out what style icons inspire his look, what his favorite accessory is, and which material he used to make a skateboard out of.
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Name: Shane O'Connor.
Spotted at: 17th and Glenarm
Profession: I work at Paramount Cafe, and I spray-paint and build structures out of ready-made objects -- like my skateboard, for example.
Favorite film: What to Do in Case of Fire. It's a German anarchist film.
2013 jam: "D.I.Y. Gangsta (T.R.E.A.M.)," by Wingnut Dishwasher's Union.
Style inspirations/icons: Tim Armstrong from Rancid -- a painter and lyricist. Johnny Hobo is a style inspiration: He leads the Freight Trains and Wingnut Dishwasher's Union.
Favorite color: Red; I just like the color.
Favorite accessory: My Mohawk, I guess. I just use hairspray.
Style mantra: I don't really tell myself anything. I listen to punk rock when I get up, and it inspires me to get going, and then I get dressed.
Shops at: I have not done much shopping here in Denver, but I usually like to buy band T-shirts. There are two Buffalo Exchanges in Phoenix, so I wanna check out the one here.
"I moved here from Phoenix in March. I like Denver more than Phoenix. There is no local art scene back there, but here there is a lot going on, and people are much easier to talk to," says O'Connor, whose gold gauges match his gold Mohawk. This is O'Connor's tattoo sleeve, which is inspired by his love of pirates. His permanent accessories include a pirate ship, a compass, an octopus and an anchor. O'Connor also wears a Dead Kennedys shirt that says "Too Drunk to Fuck" in neon green -- a line from their back catalogue. O'Connor tore his pants during his former job working with acidic fluids. Here he displays his keychain ring, complete with Misfits charm, bottle opener and skeleton key. This is one of the ready-made structures that O'Connor experiments with. He created this skateboard with a piece of his grandmother's porch and added wheels to it. He also introduced an array of paint colors, which he applied with compact discs.
Style analysis: Many people allow their uniforms or job titles to define their fashion, but some reject them wholeheartedly. O'Connor does so by maintaining his punk-rock inspirations and even repurposing things that have already been established, like his skateboard. O'Connor shares his story by expressing himself via fashion.
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