Craig Citizen, What Are You Wearing?

Craig Citizen (yes, that's his real name) is a local DJ and promoter responsible for scenester dance nights like Faux Show, Party Foul, and Ransom. We hate to think where the local nightlife would be without him.

Certainly it would be less fashionable. The man has an eye for vintage and isn't afraid of flashy attire. Not to mention, he has some pretty great childhood fashion stories to tell (read all about it after the jump).

What are you wearing right now?
An abused, heathered American Apparel v-neck, a pair of basketball shorts and canary yellow 1st Generation Nike running shoes -- bout to hit tha gymnasio.

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
A pair of 511 Levis online because, apparently, finding a pair of 34x34 jeans that aren't out of a Naughty By Nature video is impossible in AZ.

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
I really want to find one of those thin white collarless tunic's that Jesus had or like people wear in the Bahamas -- the kind with one lace through the chest -- like I came to relax, but I also have some inspirational stories to tell you. Or the weird suit Terence Trent D'Arby wears in the "Wishing Well" video.

Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes:
Growing up, we were pretty broke. But my mom always made sure I had nice clothes so I gotta give her props there.

But one time, one story I will never forget, is when she got this free sweatshirt/sweatpants ensemble from a trade show and FORCED me to wear it to school. I was crying in the car and was horrified to wear it out. I looked so ridiculous that when I got to school kids actually hugged me and told me it was OK -- like I got a fucking moratorium from harassment because the clothes were so heinous.

The blood red sweatsuit said "huggies" down the left leg and left arm. Like the diapers. Fucking huggies.

After that I would start wearing biker shorts and tank tops under everything and change when I got to school. I wanted to look like Wesley Snipes from White Men Can't Jump.

Another time, I had to wear girls clothes when I pissed my pants when I was seven. Pretty fucked up. I can't imagine the psychological damage that did. Come to think of it, I have a lot of childhood/clothes memories.

Name five items every man should have in his closet:
In order of importance:
1. a pair of incredible cowboy boots
2. good socks
3. a vintage t-shirt good enough to wear into a club
4. a great pair of dark blue jeans that make your ass look fantastic
5. an incredible tie for that simple "I spruced up for you look." More for dudes, but a girl could pull it off...

Name an item of clothing that's best when it's vintage:
Cowboy boots. The first year of a new pair you look like you just got out of Alabama -- circa racism. The second year and after you look like Jim Morrison -- circa bad ass.

Name an item of clothing you should NEVER buy used:

What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix?
Get crazy, Phoenix. I hate when I walk into a place outside of Tempe or the Roosevelt district and people look at me like I'm the flag waver at the gay rodeo (granted that's what I kinda look like) but come on, Phoenix, its 2010. Tight pants aren't anything new. I wear them because it makes my rocks and my butt look good.

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