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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Style Icon: Axl Rose
Like the 1992 MTV awards all over again, Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain got in a big messy brawl over who'd be the star of this Style Icons post. Axl won, partly cuz he's scrappy and a biter and also alive instead of dead, which goes a long way when shit comes to blows. But mostly he's victorious because he dresses/dressed way more like my all-time number-one style idol (Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema) than Kurt did: J.H. and William Bailey Rose are both wild-haired, trashed-out glamourpusses with a penchant for pants so tight they must've been painted on, stompy boots and black leather and lots and lots of metal 'round their wrists at all times. Plus they're both L.A. babes, and L.A. babes are always best in my book. So while I'll keep on wearing my itchy cardigans and plaid flannel in a nod to the crispy Seattle weather, at the end of the day a little well-styled sleaze is way more my speed than grunge ever could ever be. And to steal a line from Axl himself: "If Seattle's so fucking cool, why did the Brady Bunch live in L.A.?"* Mighty good q, Bill! Mighty good q.
Truthfully, I'm way more of a Duff McKagan kind of girl and not really all that turned on by dudes who (as Chuck Klosterman might say) look like strippers. I'm not really sure what kind of relationship I could ever have with Axl, since I don't know many mega-volatile men prone to inciting riots and attacking people with wine bottles, but I'd so be down for time-traveling back to 1987 and arranging some kind of chill set-up wherein Axl would let me borrow those crazy boots in the above photo whenever I damn well wanted. In return I'd do my part to stroke his fragile monster of an ego, which would probably mainly involve my stupidly gasping, "Dude, 'Rocket Queen'! Arrrgggghhhh! Genius!" and then flopping on the floor and dying over and over again, and totally meaning it too. "Rocket Queen" is just that killer.
*This might not be the exact quote. I couldn't find it on the Internet, so basically I'm working off of my memory of a magazine article I probably last read 17 years ago. Also, I've actually never been to Seattle and I'm sure it's fantastic and I hope to travel there sometime within the next two to three years.
Loving the leopard-print vest, Axl! Well done, yet again.
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