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Banding Hendrix's Paint-Splattered Simplicity

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It doesn't take a genius to see that Banding Hendrix is an artist. The 20something's pants are usually covered with splashes of paint -- partially out of necessity (since the splattered pigment is a hazard of his medium), but also partially out of his choice of fashion.

Hendrix digs on keeping things simple, which is why the painter and T-shirt designer sports his own stenciled works or his painter pants out in public. He also eschews major label fashion for the most part (save for the occasional trip to H&M), preferring instead to wear the clothing designed by his fellow artists at Bloom Gallery Boutique.

Hendrix says his minimalist fashion philosophies have a lot to do with Buddhist faith, as well as his desire to "keep things real and keep things comfortable."

What's your favorite outfit to wear?
During the day it's usually so hot outside that its cargo shorts and some flip-flops. I try to use my own shirts that I design, because I do my best not to buy other people's brands or major logos as much as possible. Of course, I buy some, but I also try to rep my own artwork or at least the other artists from bloom. As far as my shoes go I buy Converse because they're pretty comfortable. Normally when I get my shoes, I'll paint 'em.

What's the last item of clothing you bought?
I've been doing martial arts for a long time, recently I've been going to the Chinese Cultural Center and I found these Bruce Lee kung-fu shoes. They're really simple slip-ons and are only like $10. I go through my shoes pretty rapidly because I dance, do martial arts, and paint, and my stuff just gets wrecked. So I figured it was a good purchase. I also bought this studded belt that blasted paint all over it kinda like a Jackson Pollock and then rubbed it down with steel wool so it looks worn.

How did you get into fashion design and paint-splattered clothing?
It's definitely not my major [pursuit], but I started doing it a few years ago. I wear painter pants, and after awhile, I got tired of trying to be careful with not getting paint on my everywhere. So I started using them to wipe off my brush. I know I'm not the first person to do it. In fact, I got it from a live artist called Denny Dent, who's a speed painter. And his pants would usually be completely covered with paint. As people would see me walking down the street and say, "Those pants are so cool" and ask if I could make them some. I have yet to make another pair for somebody, since I use 'em for functionality. After that, I decided to start making my own T-shirts.

Where do you usually shop?
To tell you the truth, normally I get really simple things, since I figure that I'm going to do something with 'em anyways. I have a bunch of blank tee shirts I bought from a wholesaler. From there, I'll put my own image on it using a bleach stencil, because I do a lot of stencil work. Or I go to Michaels for blank shirts. My mom took me once to an H&M in the mall and I picked up some jeans that were on sale.

Why do you usually avoid labels whenever possible (except for the odd trip to H&M?)
Because I figure I'm trying to break off into my own fashion. Not only is most of the clothing out there really expensive, I'd much rather just represent whatever artistic style I'm doing at the moment or to promote another artist from Bloom. Or when I'm wearing another logo of some sort, it will something local from Culture Fresh at the Arizona Center.

What do you like to accessorize with?
I have a ring that I bought from Mexico awhile ago. And I'm a Buddhist so I'll wear some Buddhist beads. I also have a leather bracer on my wrist that's three or four inches wide.

What item of clothing do you most covet at the moment?
I really want to either design or buy one of those hoodies with no sleeves. It's so hot here that I pretty much cut off the sleeves of any shirt I buy because I perspire a lot.

Where would you love to have a shopping spree?
I'd probably go to Culture Fresh, and them H&M, Savers, and probably check out Buffalo Exchange.

Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes:
This is embarrassing. When I was really young, my mother used to dress me almost like a proper school boy in those black and white Steve Urkel shorts. Like I was about to go sailing or something. It was the '80s, you know. I thought I was going to go to a lunch or picnic all the time. When I was getting into high school, the West Coast gangster rappers were popular, so I was got into Dickies and Ben Davis a lot. I still love Ben Davis.

Name five items every woman should have in her closet:
1. A good jacket for when it gets cold. Either old-school jean jacket, Navy pea coat, or bomber jacket. 
2. A really good pair of jeans
3. Shoes that have to be lightweight, so you can move in them.
4. Hats like Kangols or a golfers cap.
5. Some kind of "man" thing like a flask, pocket watch, or a badass wallet.

What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix:
It's odd when I see people wearing jeans, a hoodie, and a beanie when its 115 out. So my fashion advice is to be comfortable. I will always sacrifice a little bit of my style for comfort. Because if you're comfortable, it's not so much about what you're wearing, but who you are as a person.

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