Tag Archives: Tattoos

Cardigan

Cardigan

SoHo
Thompson and Broome St.

Today felt like the first hint of fall with a slightly cool breeze that warranted a light jacket or sweater. I like this time of year when you can still wear t-shirts, but have that one extra layer like a jacket or sweater and keep it unbuttoned or unzipped. For me, it’s an open cardigan all the way.

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Shirt Over Shirt

Slow Week 433 copy

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

I totally advocate a short sleeve t-shirt underneath an open button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. It’s one of my summer uniforms and favorite ways to layer, with the need for that extra layer for all that hardcore air conditioning and once venturing back out into the heat, you can just wrap it around your waist.

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Band Collar Shirt

Tab Collar Shirt

Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and Downing St.

A couple of years ago I purchased a vertical and horizontal striped/contrast band collar shirt from a thrift store and had it taken to my tailor. It’s one of my favorite shirts and it seems to garner a lot of compliments and intrigue of where I purchased it. I like that type of collar because it has an informal formality to it. I liken it to what a v-neck is to a t-shirt, a band collar button down shirt is to a regular collared button down shirt. It’s slight twist, that makes a world of difference.

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White & Khaki

White & Khaki
Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and 12th St.

The white shirt and khaki combo is so classic and one of my favorite summer looks. Keep your striped shirts. I’ll take this look any day. That tee and those kicks are so crisp. I am so down with white in the summer.

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Suit & Shorts

Suit and Shorts

TriBeCa
Hudson and Leonard St.

I passed by menswear designer Thom Browne’s store in TriBeCa and noticed this worker inside and was thrilled to see him a second time a few hours later out on the street as I was running errands in the neighborhood. For anyone unfamiliar with the design and aesthetic of Thom Browne, he’s known for his suits in grey palette which tend to be shrunken or very fitted to the body. The designer himself is ubiquitously known for sporting a suit with pants where the hem reveals a lot of ankle or shorts such as this employee who acts as a model for the modern Mad Men twist of the label.

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Thin Stripes

Slow Week 142 copy
SoHo
Mercer and Prince St.

This fella gets his proportions. The short sleeves fall perfectly at mid bicep, the hem is just below the waist, and the cuff of his shorts rises right above the knee. Everything is fitted, cut to his body and frame but not tight. Let this guy be your guide on how to do the t-shirt and shorts combo without coming off as though you look thirteen years old with bad cuts, too much fabric and unflattering loose fits.

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Neon Shirt

Neon Shirt

TriBeCa
6th Avenue and Laight St.

Brighter days are here again and so is brighter apparel. Neon in my wardrobe usually finds itself in very subtle ways – shoe laces, on a small logo, or a pocket and usually on some form of athletic gear. If you do wear it, it’s best to stick to just one item as you can clearly see it stands out and speaks for itself.

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Flecks Of Gold

Flecks Of Gold

Penn Station
7th Avenue and 34th St.

The hot, sticky, sweaty days have arrived in the concrete jungle. As evidenced by this gent, you gotta keep dry and sweat free by dabbing. His tattoos and accessories are what really give this fella panache. The goggle-like, thick black frames, the gold watch and tiny gold earring placed mid lobe and backward cap makes him look more downtown than the suburban crush that is Penn Station.

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Red Socks

Red Socks

Lower East Side
Stanton and Chrystie St.

Those sneakers he’s wearing with the heart face are by Play by Comme des Garcons, the cult Japanese label. I like how he matches the heart with a pair of red socks and rolls up his pants to give you all his ankle action.

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Tony Divirgilio For Shipley & Halmos

Shipley & Halmos
385 Canal Street/ Open until Feb. 23rd

Tony Divirgilio seems tailor made for S&H’s spring ’14 line. Tony tapped into his inner Cali vibe and lineage to show the rest of us how it’s done. He even brought the gun show to town:)

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Flashback Friday: Head Down

Flashback Friday: Head Down

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 22nd St.

I needed a shot that reminded me of warmer temperatures today since I mentioned in today’s earlier post that it is pretty cold in New York. I chose this guy with his awesome sleeve of tattoos that I captured right before Labor Day last year. I like how the brim of his hat conceals his eyes, but no matter, since you’re still drawn to him.It’s the tats that does it.

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The Contractor

The Contractor

Greenwich Village
MacDougal and Minetta Lane

Another great tattoo sleeve, this time courtesy of a contractor taking a break from building out a store in the Village. It was pretty cold that day, but it was still t-shirt weather for him.

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Cavan Valance On The Highline

Cavan Valance
The Highline

Cavan and I spent the earlier part of a Sunday afternoon in early November shooting up on the Highline. I was a little wary of choosing that as a location since it has become such a tourist magnet, especially on the weekends, but logistically it was a good place for us to meet. Thankfully it wasn’t as mobbed as I thought it would be since the New York City marathon was taking place that day, so I think most of the crowds convened uptown much to my relief.

As per usual, wherever Cavan goes, there his trusty Martin Little guitar follows. It was put to good use as many of the people that passed us were intrigued to hear him sing his heart out and it was an idyllic setting to hear someone play live music. The shoot and the day felt pretty informal and Cavan dressed appropriately casual. His outfit consisted of a great vintage army jacket that he swiped from one of his brothers, a solid pink oxford button down shirt from Gap, form fitting jeans and a great pair of Ted Baker shoes. He swapped out the green jacket for a grey waist coat and I was surprised how one tiny piece of clothing made him look much more polished and somewhat of rock star in an instant. He also brought along a shall collar sweater that I was tempted to throw on myself since it was windy up there. That sweater can be seen in Monday’s post of him. For now, enjoy the view from the top. Top of the Highline that is.

Please check back on Monday morning for the second part of Cavan on the Highline.

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Man and Manhattan: Cavan Valance

Cavan Valance

The Stats:
26, from Glen Cove, Long Island
Lives in New York City
Occupation: Retail management/Musician
6’1, 202 lbs
Interests: Cooking, Songwriting, Cross Fit – Swim/Bike/Run

The Goods:
Favorite Brands: Ralph Lauren, New Balance, Vintage, Tommy Hilfiger
Haircut: Barber’s Blueprint
Grooming: Hair – American Crew grooming cream, Cologne – Polo Black
Guitar: Martin Little 1x1e

The Links:
Twitter – @gleanermusic
Instagram – gleanermusic
Soundcloud – http://www.soundcloud.com/cavan-t-valance

Quote: “It’s important to be confident in the things you do”

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Noise Blocker

Noise Blocker

Chelsea
Chelsea Market

Today is a particularly grey day in New York, so I wanted to post a pic with color for some pick me up. I spotted this gent on his phone and his stance seemed all too familiar with him covering his ear while trying to converse to cancel out the racket of loud trucks that were on the street. I feel whenever I have to make a phone call outdoors, I have to find a quiet side street. But enough carping. I like this guy’s arm game with the tatts and the gold watch. It’s also been a while since I’ve seen a t-shirt tucked in the way he does. It’s a rare feat to be able to pull that off, but somehow he gets the proportions right.

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Grey Day

Grey Day

NoMad
Madison and 27th St.

Grey is a neutral that I love. I like to pair it with color. The coloring here comes from his skin tone and his tattoo.

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Gold Bar

Gold Bar

Little Italy
Gold Bar

Everyone who’s visited club/lounge/bar Gold Bar has an opinion about the place; see Yelp reviews, but here, the nightlife venue plays background to the guy sitting in front of it. His arms full of tats were what won me over.

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Camo Hat

Camo Hat

East Village
Astor Place

This could have been another typical all black workout ensemble, but his straight brim camoflogue hat from the label Brixton, gives it some edge.

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Knee Pads

Knee Pads

Chelsea
Skate Park

Taking the necessary safety precautions before making the jump.

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds

SoHo
Prince and Sullivan St.

How can you not like a guy who sports an Angry Birds t-shirt? Two things that I noticed on him that I rarely see anymore – earrings (two small gold hoops no less) and long hair. Definitely a nice change of pace. His sleeve tattoo and the fact that he’s carrying a pizza are a nice touch. Bonus.

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Grey Tank

Grey Tank

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 18th St.

The simplicity of a grey tank, work out shorts and flashy kicks. Also notice the small tattoo on his arm and his hand. Less is more.

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Heavy Ink

Heavy Ink

Midtown
9th Ave. and 30th. St.

Some serious ink, for some serious biceps.

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Dark Tones

Dark Tones

Chelsea
9th Ave.and 17th St.

The black and navy color combo is a bit heavy on the dark shades, so the best way to break it up is to add some color. This guy has the good fortune of having some ink with color and adds a flash of neon with the soles of his shoes and laces.  It also helps that his skin tone is a bit light to give the black and navy some contrast.

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Moving Man

Moving Man

Chelsea
Gallery District

Rotating installations in the gallery district requires plenty of movers. I stumbled upon this mover on a particularly sweltering day, taking a break, aiming to cool off, lifting his sweat drenched shirt to get some ventilation.  I was drawn by all his ink covering both his arms and legs.

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The Gardener

The Gardener

Chelsea
Chelsea Piers

You never where you’ll find inspiration and style in this city. Who would have thought that one of the gardeners maintaining the lawns on the piers in Chelsea would step it up with his own look.

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Red, White And Blue

Striped Tank

Midtown
Columbus Circle

In a honor of the 4th of July. If you’re going to wear our flag’s colors today, put some personality behind it.

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Bag Man

Bag Man

Upper East Side
5th Ave. and 84th St.

I wasn’t able to decipher if the bag he was carrying belonged to him or if he was holding it for his girlfriend (not pictured). Some accessories are designed to be considered unisex. I wonder if this bag qualifies. I’ve also been noticing subtle tattoos on guys, which he’s inked with on his inner forearm.

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White Tank

White Tank

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 23rd St.

The street island of tables and chairs directly in front of the Flatiron building is great for people watching. I could sit there all day and snap pics, but for variety sake, I like to mix things up. I found this guy soaking up the sun on one of the first hot days in the city with his exposed arms via his tank top. Look closely and you can see a bit of his tattoo on his shoulder.

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Perfectly Pale

Perfectly Pale

NoMad
Broadway and 28th St.

This guy’s outfit is great with its pale shades and is kept in balance with his dark hair and dark Converse Chuck Taylors. I also noticed his small, delicate tattoo on his hand.

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One Arm Sleeve

One Arm Sleeve

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

This guy got “sleeved” – that’s tattoo parlance for getting an entire arm inked. What actually drew my eye to him originally was his all grey ensemble which is one of my favorite shades, but on closer inspection I realized his sleeve was an added bonus. His shirt is from the British label All Saints which deals heavily in greys, blacks, browns and other earth tones.

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NYPD

NYPD

Financial District

Sometimes even the cops in the city like to display their personality. This is not your typical coffee and doughnut officer as he looks more like a personal trainer,although right before this shot, I did spy him wolfing down a bag of those long, stringy, neon colored sour candies. But hey, we all have our vices. Check out the cool tattoo over his bicep.

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The Plaza

The Plaza

Plaza Hotel
5th Avenue

Luxury meets punk.

In honor of the new punk exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

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Fully Bearded

Fully Bearded

Greenwich Village
Thompson and Bleecker St.

This guy’s style reminds me of the rock n’ roll aesthetic of designer John Varvatos as well as the rock and southern style of designer Billy Reid, both whom design menswear in a somewhat similar vein. The sleeve tattoos are so cool, as well as his subtle printed, fitted button down shirt. The fact that he’s carrying his jacket on an a wooden hanger is a nice quirk and shows he cares about the condition of his clothes. His leather bag, belt and gold plated watch all have a vintage-y feel and slightly weathered look.

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Scruff

Scruff

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Duane St.

Some guys can just nail the scruffy look like nobody’s business. This is a good case in point. What caught my eye with this guy was his cool tattoo on his forearm. Remember the days when guys would get tribal tats around their biceps? This tat seems like a better long term investment.

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The Beginning – part 1

Back in February when I began compiling pics for this blog, my awesome friend David lent me his camera to start shooting. I went to his place to pick it up, we hung out for a bit and then I left. I had not even walked a few feet, when this guy caught my eye with his cool leather jacket. I love the stitching, the fit, the slit zippers pockets on the chest, the stand up collar and the tabs on the shoulders. Cool tats on his neck as well.

Suffice it to say, in New York, you don’t have to travel far to find inspiration.

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