The Look

Timeless Cool

Bad Taste owner Lvngstvn muses about vintage finds and the rockers who influence his look


"My personal style has been the same since I was a kid: a t-shirt-and-jeans grungy look. I believe that look will never go out of style. It’s effortless and was a dope look when James Dean and Kurt Cobain wore it, and it’s still trendy today with current pop icons and rappers sporting the look.

Comfort, price, and trends shouldn’t matter when it comes to fashion. If it makes you feel like a million bucks, wear it. I like one-of-a-kind pieces that have age with some history. I wear Levi’s 511s and mostly the color black, due to the influence of Metallica, Johnny Cash, and The Ramones. They’re legends and always wore black. I usually wear sneakers and prefer classic Converse in black and white or checkered Vans. The only accessories I have on me at all times are my circular sunglasses and two skull rings.

My style doesn’t differ much nowadays between work and play, as I am now able to do what I love for a living. I’ll go to business meetings and out for the night in the same look. My store, Bad Taste, influences my style because we see a large variety of clothing that comes in, some [things] I’ve never seen before. It’s rad to grab one of those pieces for the shop or for part of my own personal collection.

When it comes to shopping, I prefer small, independently owned, curated stores. I usually raid the vendors at the Providence Flea, as well Cured Collection and Carmen & Ginger in The Arcade. Top Shelf Vintage Co/Closet Consignment will let me raid their loft, as they do business by appointment. Their space is amazing and you’ll find some rare pieces. One of my favorite spots is Grime Clothing in Worcester, which has a large variety of vintage and new finds."