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What Are You Wearing?

Everything But the Cape

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Every few years Damon Locks finds his sartorial inclinations undergoing a shift. Locks, the front man for the band the Eternals, can narrate the evolution of his style in detail, from his punk days (when "unbeknownst to me, I became fashion conscious") to the utilitarian worker's uniforms favored by his band Trenchmouth in the 90s to a monochromatic look influenced by the black power movement. Just a couple of months ago he flashed on a new inspiration: the 1978 movie Rockers, in which the cast of reggae musicians, including Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace and Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney, are dressed to the nines. "There's a dance, and there are all these guys at the dance that are rocking crazy shit," says Locks. "Like--this is in Jamaica--a full sweat suit with a sweater-vest and, like, a cape." Though he's got lots of clothes--he particularly loves suits, hats, and shoes--completely tricking out a look can take some time, since he mostly relies on thrift-store finds: "You get, like, one piece of outfit every year."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Saverio Truglia.

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