R U B E N : L I T T L E I T A L Y
Ruben is a person whose style transcends the extreme creativity and vivid energy they possess.
They endearingly describe their quirky sense of dressing as “cute, slutty, gender free” and most importantly: “whatever they feel like wearing”, as they do not feel the need to conform, and have an undeniable knack for finding great, cheap finds, as well as a love for customizing.
As an artist who focuses on the apartheid of race and discrimination in the LGBT community, (check out their awesome work entitled “Silence of the Femmes” that was displayed earlier at this year’s Queer Contemporary focused Art event Nuit Rose, and their zines, displayed in the photos above) they are totally immersed in the making of their Art, and that dramatic and colourful aesthetic translates into their home, and themselves.
The day I shot them, they decided to wear :
- A casual outfit consisting of ripped tights from Dollarama, with a hilarious horror-themed Celine Dion t-shirt from the vintage store Black Market on Queen Street. The Denim shorts worn to finish the look were bought from the vintage store Bungalow in Kensington Market. They described this outfit as something they would wear to just go out for a coffee, or to go shopping.
- The second outfit they chose was a daring black see-through shirt from Forever 21, combined with loose flowery shorts from Urban Planet, and really cool black creepers from Demonia, worn with black see-through socks to mirror the top. This was a more dressed up outfit, perfect for a night out.
- The last outfit was a more subdued one, consisting of a black jacket from Montreal-based store Funk MTL, with a loose dark grey sweater dress tied at the bottom, worn with black tights and black buckled booties purchased from a store at the Eaton Centre Mall.
The use of super hyper religious iconography plays a huge part in their style of decor, and you can really see this love for the sensational in their clothing:
- They decided to also showcase a variety of their favourite items from their wardrobe, such as a cool long black PVC coat from Sub Rosa Vintage. They described it as “a costume in itself” and humorously added that “it looks like they are wearing a trash bag”. (Albeit, a fabulous one!).
- A leather jacket they purchased at the mall, which, after wearing out, started adding items to it such as the Bart Simpson patch.
- A flower print blazer, customized with a huge “Fuck You” sign at the back, as they often like the idea of looking rebellious and angry to the norm.
- A really cool 80s punk themed Boy George Jacket, bought at the vintage store Flashback in Kensington Market, also customized by them.
- Lastly, a white lace dress from Urban Planet, which they ripped out the lining in order to wear as is!. Amazing.
© Ngadi Smart