If you've spent a weekend night out in Scottsdale's nightlife district anytime in recent years, it's probable that you've spied Wig Mafia in action. And it's hard not to gawk at the two-man party crew and hip-hop team since they're sort of eye-catching, even among Old Town's ostentatious masses.
If the duo of Petey Pe$o and Brock "MegaWatts" Roulier have a gig that night or are out promoting while partying, each will be wearing Adidas or Puma track suits, snow-white kicks, and a slew of color-coordinated bling and accessories. And, obviously, huge afro-like costume wigs. When the pair are in full-on Wig Mafia mode, Pe$o says, it usually means they're planning on going wild out, like during their music video shoot this Sunday at Spanish Fly in Scottsdale.
It goes without saying that the Wig Mafia's outfits and vibe are a perfect fit for Scottsdale, as they prefer to pull out the stops with their partying and bottle-popping adventures. Pe$o even bragged to Jackalope Ranch during our recent interview that they tend to go harder than most. And they plan to do just that at this weekend's blowout, which will feature their cohort DJ Slippe in the mix and also celebrate the birthday of local rapper Hot Rod.
But while the hip-hop duo and party instigators take their wild times pretty seriously, their attitudes are anything but. They still tend to have fun with the whole over-the-top nature of Wig Mafia and even satirize Scottsdale to a small degree. Hence their gonzo ensembles, which are sort of like a mash-up of Run DMC's look with bits of LMFAO, and represent what Pe$o describes as a fashion mixture old school urban meets new school style.
What are you wearing for Wig Mafia's video shoot on Sunday? We always wear the same thing and just accessorize to where we match every time we perform. Sort of more of the old school Adidas look with track suits, white Adidas [hightops] shoes as well. And depending on the color of the suits, I match the hat and Brock matches the headband, like we go all red for the red track suits. We have a black and green Puma outfit as well, and I have a black hat that goes great with that.
What sort of hats do you prefer? It depends. With snapbacks, it's kind of hard to find one that actually fits the wig, so I usually wear a fitted cap. I got the Phillies hat because it's got the "P" for Petey Pe$o.
Needless to say, Wig Mafia is big on accessorizing. Yep, we definitely accessorize. We got the thick, old school dookie rope gold chains. And we tend to match the watches as well with gold Nixons. We were dealing with Remix watches for a while, since you could change out the color of the band incorporate that with the outfits. We've also got matching shades, mainly the Cazals and the Rocawears we've been wearing lately. And the wigs, of course.
Of course. Where do you get those, anyway? We get 'em from the Mardi Gras [Costume Shop] off of Indian Bend and Granite Reef. So how did the whole Wig Mafia thing start? It started when we were this party crew and just went out a lot. Somebody had some wigs and we threw 'em on. And it just transformed us, like when you put a wig on and transform into somebody else. It was kind of fun. So we started bouncing from party to party and people started calling us "The Wigs." I was doing music before that and started incorporate 'em because people were sort of drawn to us wearing the wigs and wanted to be part of the party.
How would you describe Wig Mafia's fashion style? I would say old school urban with a mixture of new school.
Are your shows always as over the top as your videos? Yes. When we perform it gets just as crazy, if not crazier, than what we have on the videos. Sunday should be a huge party.
Are people encouraged to come in costume to? We would love it. If they wanted to wear wigs, it's all good. We're more than happy to have them do that.
What's with the photo of y'all with airplanes and high-end cars? That was somebody else's garage. It's for the fun photo shoot that we did for Remix watches.
Does that's help with the whole image of Wig Mafia? Nah . . . I could have a Pinto behind me and still be the same person.
What do you wear when you aren't performing? I keep it somewhat simple, maybe like some shorts, a white t-shirt, and a Nixon 51-30 watch with a gold chain.
What was the last item of clothing that you purchased? A BLVD tank top from Tilly's.
Why do y'all sometimes wear those "Harder" caps and shirts? We started a clothing line called Young Go Harders and it's stuff off of that brand. Every time we're out and we're partying, we just go harder than anybody else.
What's the last thing you designed? We actually have some tank tops that are in the process of being made right now that will match the "Harder" snapbacks.
Where would you love to have a shopping spree? Probably at Ragz or another store in Metrocenter called Fly.
What's your favorite item of clothing in your closet? Honestly, the track suits.
Naturally. How many do you own? Five of 'em. Three Adidas and two Pumas.
What's a fashion trend you can't stand? I would have to say the use of overly skinny jeans, those almost girl jeans that guys are wearing. It just doesn't look right on a man.
Is Scottsdale's club scene just one big fashion show? I would say so. But I think, generally, the guys try to dress up mainly to impress the women, and the females are really challenged to dress up by what other females are wearing.
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Name five items every man should have in his closet? - In the club scene, I would say you definitely need a good button-up shirt - Nice pair of jeans - Shorts, I prefer camouflage - Polos - Regular T-shirts
What's your piece of fashion advice for Phoenix? Be different and try not to care what people think.
Wig Mafia's Music Video Shoot takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Spanish Fly. Admission is free.