Today’s fashion trends are formed by a medley of influences. Here’s a look at emerging styles through the lens of an underground rave

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Today’s fashion trends are formed by a medley of influences. Here’s a look at emerging styles through the lens of an underground rave

Fashion trends come and go — then often return decades later. Today, we see a complex mix of styles that are inspired by the distant and the recent past. This includes grunge-era flannels and cargo pants, as well as wired headphones that pay homage to the 1990s 2000s, 2010s, and 2010.

This is partly due to fast fashion, but also because of the democratization and influence. The traditional tastemakers of culture — celebrities, movies and magazines — still hold sway. But the power of those institutions must now compete with social media reality, as almost anyone can achieve an audience online and shift what’s in vogue.

People are coming out with energy and outfits that they haven’t worn in years, as the world moves on from the pandemic. On a recent Saturday night, The Chronicle stopped by an event where the latest looks can sometimes get their start — or their revival: an underground rave.

The following portraits and conversations collected that evening in Richmond aim to provide an insightful — and sometimes irreverent — exploration of today’s tangle of trends.

Each subject’s responses were edited for clarity and length.


Emily Beck, age 19. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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Emily Beck, age 19. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Emily Beck, age 19. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“I’m wearing a s— ton of candy, which I make. I’m wearing furry boots, and a cool skirt that I found on eBay … this is (my friend) Nolan’s shirt that I’m borrowing, and my fish bone hair clip is from Etsy.”

Emily Beck

Age: 19

City of residence Berkeley

Why did you choose to come here?

I came here because I saw the flyer on this DJ I follow on Instagram, and I thought it’d be cool.

Style: I’d say maximalist, for sure. I just love everything. I love clothes!

What eras are your favorite?

I definitely pull a lot from Japanese street fashion and also the ’90s rave scene.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

I wouldn’t say my music inspires what I wear.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m wearing a s— ton of candy, which I make. I’m wearing furry boots and a cool skirt that I found on eBay. … This is (my friend) Nolan’s shirt that I’m borrowing, and my fish bone hair clip is from Etsy.

Is there any music on your USB stick

Yes, there is plenty of nightcore. Nobody knows that 64 GB of nightcore is around my neck.

What’s your favorite piece?

Probably my USB.

Where do you shop for most your clothes? You can find stuff anywhere.

EBay, Poshmark, Mercari, Buyee.


Kelton Blackshear, age 31. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Kelton Blackshear, age 31. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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Kelton Blackshear, age 31. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Kelton Blackshear, age 31. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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“My style is a ’90s take on the Urban Gentleman vibe with a lot of feminine expression. A lot of crop tops, a lot of nice colors, a lot of long draping pieces, but a little bit of everything.”

Kelton Blackshear

Age: 31

City of residence West Oakland

Why did you come to this place tonight?

A good friend of mine, my roommate, we were making some burgers, chilling, and this was going on with a couple of folk I know — Doggiechow, Cel Genesis. We enjoy seeing them so we wanted to support them.

Style: My style is a ’90s take on the urban gentleman vibe with a lot of feminine expression. There are a lot crop tops, many nice colors, and lots of long, draping pieces.

What eras are your favorite?

Tonight I’m pulling from specifically an ’80s- to ’90s-era vibe. The anime on my coat is from the early ’90s “Rurouni Kenshin,” It’s a classic. I’m rocking some local brand sweats right now, but just more of an old-school kind of fitting vibe. I’ve got my (Teenage Mutant) Ninja Turtle socks, some Adidas and a crop top polo shirt that’s like a custom job. So very old-school industry basketball, or whatever from the ’80s and ’90s.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

Yeah, I’m a singer-songwriter myself, so I take a lot of inspiration from music. Prince is my greatest inspiration right now for both my style as well as my aesthetic. I love the fluidity and the androgyny. That’s something that I want to try and capture in my style.

I like a lot of pieces that’ll go from baggy on the bottom and then tight fitting or crop top on the top. A cropped baggy shirt with a slimmer, high-ankled pants. I like colorful and form-fitting clothes.

Outside of Prince, right now I’m drawing a lot of style from the current trap and hip-hop artists. They’re all drippy, so everybody wants to drip! Everybody wants those pieces that are like. “Bam!”

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

Adidas Cloudfoam on my feet is all white with an iridescent label. It’s subtle, but it’s very colorful. On my socks, I have (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Green socks).

I’m wearing Run the World sweats right now; it’s a local designer and store in Oakland. They have a classic taper that is nice and form-fitting.

This custom one-of-one polo crop top features custom flower embroidery down the sleeves. It’s a really nice piece that has that baggy, masculine side, with the flowers and the touches.

My coat is a unique brand from Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico or some other place. It’s a long coat with fur on the inside from “Rurouni Kenshin,”This is a classic anime TV show. It’s got all the characters all on the back of it. The faux fuzzy cotton interior will keep you warm.

What’s your favorite piece that you’re wearing?

To be honest, my earrings are probably my favorite piece that I’m wearing right now.

Epiphaunye created my earrings by hand. She’s local in West Oakland, one of my favorite crystal and jewelry makers. Oh, and she raps — she raps like no other!

I love long, draping earrings. That’s been something that I’ve been getting into since I pierced my ears recently, so there’s some tiger’s-eye and some other stones mixed in there.

Where do you shop for most clothing?

A lot of the things that I’ve been wearing recently have been given to me. Gifts! There are many vintage pieces. I enjoy a lot of one-of ones.

To be honest, when I do shop, I love going to Nordstrom Rack. I’ll go to places like Bloomingdale’s for certain pieces, but for the most part, online is a really good place. You can also visit the unique shops that are located in town such as True Oakland.This polo that I’m wearing, and some other pieces that I really like, I actually got in Divine Oakland in Chinatown. There are many talented local artists and designers.


Cy, age 23. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Cy, age 23, Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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Cy, age 23. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Cy, age 23, Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“Lately I’ve been in a black and neutral tone phase, so just kind of embracing those colors. But yeah, I don’t really stick to one style or another.”

Cy Borg

What’s your age: 23

City of residence West Oakland

Why did you choose to come here?

I came to have fun. I love the raves. I love the DJs that perform here. I love Doggiechow.

I love Engelsia. I love Gartex. I f— with a lot of the DJs here. I go out. I’m a rave DJ.

I f— with this vibe.

Style: Eclectic. It’s different every day. Lately I’ve been in a black and neutral tone phase, so just kind of embracing those colors. But yeah, I don’t really stick to one style or another.

What eras are your favorite?

I’m told that I bring back a lot of eras when I wear s—. … They’re like, “That was cool in the ’90s, now you’re wearing it.”I was like, “Oh, sick, I didn’t even know that.” So I’m told that, but I’m not really actively perceiving it.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

Eartheater. They are worth checking out. They’re an electronic artist. I feel like a lot of their s— is very experimental. They have very cool fits. I also f— with Rico Nasty’s fits.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m wearing DemoniaBoots, of course. I’m wearing a skirt that’s turned inside out and is actually assless. I’m wearing a bikini top that I made into a cute little thing, and then I’m wearing a necklace that says “Cy,” and then I’m wearing a thrifted, cute old-school choir boy shirt, and then a wool jacket, and then a cute little black bag. White earmuffs, oh!

What’s your favorite piece?

Oh, that skirt! It’s kind of wild.

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

Thrifting, hand-me-downs.


Jan, age 27. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Jan, age 27. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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Jan, age 27. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Jan, age 27. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“I don’t know what shirt this is but I mean, it’s got a pocket! I got stoges and USBs in here.”

Jan Klamoth

Age: 27

City of residence San Jose

Why did you choose to come here?

I came here to listen to good music. I’ve been here before. It’s a great time up there.

Style: My style is eclectic and all over the place. It’s not the same thing every day, it’s just like whatever. I have a lot clothes and sometimes they are mismatched or match. It really depends on what I’m feeling.

What eras are your favorite?

You could call it gorp. I’ve been going outdoors a lot lately. Alex, my friend, takes me camping and other stuff!

Can you define gorp?

Camping gear, outdoors gear. That stands for “good ole raisins and peanuts. What you eat when you’re on trails and s—. I’m sure a lot of people dressed like this tonight. … there’s a lot of people dressed like this right over here.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

I’m not wearing it now, but most days I’m inspired by a lot of like visual keiThey are musicians from the 2000s. They’re Japanese rock musicians. It was like rock music that emphasized style and image. I have this bucket hat thing — that’s kind of what they wore, wide-brim hats and stuff. They wore rock star clothing.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m actually borrowing a couple of outfits ’cause I’m staying at a hotel up here. I’m borrowing my friend’s Engineered Garments bucket hat. I’m wearing my other friend’s Snow Peak fishing vest for fishing. Outdoors, as I said. This is also my friend’s ACG puffer jacket because it was gonna be cold. The rest is mine. I don’t know what shirt this is, but I mean, it’s got a pocket! These are my stoges, and I have USBs. These are Yohji YamamotoYou have a little plaid thingamajig here for pants. It can be used as a blanket. Costco socks. Reebok Instapump Furies. These were my first pair of Furies, and I have just started wearing them again.


Jay, age 22. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Jay, age 22. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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Jay, age 22. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Jay, age 22. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“I would say my outfit right now is based on inspiration from Fruits Magazine, which is a magazine from the early 2000s in Japan. So I guess my style is ’90s and early 2000s Harajuku.”

Jay Molina

Age: 22

City of residence Petaluma

Why did you come to this place tonight?

This is like my second rave. I went to one yesterday, and it was really cool — the “Matrix”-themed one. It was an invitation from a friend who then invited me to attend this one. It’s really awesome. It’s very nice.

Style: I would say that my current outfit is inspired from Fruits Magazine,This magazine is from the early 2000s in Japan. So I guess my style is ’90s and early 2000s Harajuku.

What eras are your favorite?

Late ’90s, early 2000s for sure.

Do any genres of music or artists influence what you’re wearing?

I love a lot of these things. visual keibands, or a lot old J-rock stars such as Miyavi. He’s really cool.

For music in general, I’m a fan of a lot of different genres like techno. I also really like hip-hop, and I’m really into screamo.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’ve got a plain button up top that’s nothing special, I think I thrifted it. My tie is a 20471120,My skirt-leg warmers and pants piece kinda has a jester look. It’s Takuya Angel from the late ’90s, early 2000s Japan. And then my shoes are also late ’90s from Belly Button. They made really cool platforms, and these are really hard to get a hold of, so I’m really glad I have them.

What’s your favorite piece?

My Takuya angel bottoms. I feel like it’s like it’s the most interesting, and it kind of gives me that jester vibe.

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

All secondhand, definitely online. I thrift occasionally, but mostly online. I’m always just looking.


Mariana Barsotti, age 20. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Mariana Barsotti, age 20. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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Mariana Barsotti, age 20. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Mariana Barsotti, age 20. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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“My style is secondhand everything, and I either sew it or paint it myself. I’m really big into not paying into consumer culture and just getting your own s— or making it yourself and reusing.”

Mariana Barsotti

Age: 20

City of residence Berkeley

Why did you come to this place tonight?

I’m just learning how to DJ. I moved into a coop and started DJing at my own house shows. My friends and I love the scene. It’s just fun to dance and listen to a bunch of drum and bass and garage music.

Style: My style is secondhand. I sew, or paint everything. I’m really big into not paying into consumer culture and just getting your own s— or making it yourself and reusing.

What eras are your favorite?

I’m definitely pulling from the ’90s/2000s music era, but I think there’s a lot of gorp and super interesting fashion coming from the rave scene itself. It all comes from your head and music in general.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

When it comes to rave-type music or electronic music, the kind of aesthetic of hard-core and breakcore with these like little meme, anime, cutesy accents, that’s definitely a really big inspiration for my outfit tastes. It’s kind of big, baggy, formless, androgynous, genderless.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

A pair of Air Jordans for youth that I found by chance on the side road. A pair that my friends gave to me, an old pair mismatched ski socks, and a pair Ross lingerie underwear that were on sale. This is my dad’s old flannel. This is a broken O’Neill sweatshirt I’ve had since I was, like, 5. These necklaces were made from my own design. And then my friend gave me this bra.

What’s your favorite piece?

These are my skate shoes. … I love my Jordans.

Where do you shop for most clothing?

Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill, Urban Ore. Anything secondhand.


Fitnesss (full name Ryan Bernardo). Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Fitnesss (full-name Ryan Bernardo). Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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Fitnesss (full name Ryan Bernardo). Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Fitness (full-name Ryan Bernardo). Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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“I used to care a lot about fit, but now I care more about comfort and utility.”

Ryan “Fitnesss” Bernardo

Age: 29

City of residence Los Angeles

Why are you here tonight?

Because I was performing tonight, I had to.

Style: I like things that are black because they’re easy to match with. I used to be very concerned about fit, but now I am more concerned about comfort and utility.

What eras are your favorite?

If I had to say, maybe like ’80s punk. I grew up in the hard-core scene, so it’s just a very comfortable and nostalgic way to dress for me.

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What music or artists have influenced your choices?

The Damned Bjork, T. Rex.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m wearing a skirt. I’m wearing some tights ’cause it’s cold out today. I’m not wearing a shirt — that’s just how it goes — and then this is a crazy (synthesizer pad) setup on my chest that I use to perform live, and it’s fully wireless. It makes me feel like a punk again.

Where do most of your clothes go online?

Uniqlo and Amazon Corporate as f—.


Yaka (full name Zhang Jie Lim), age 25. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Yaka (full name Zhang Jie Lim), age 25. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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Yaka (full name Zhang Jie Lim), age 25. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Yaka (full name Zhang Jie Lim), age 25. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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“My style is very personal and tries to incorporate subcultures while not falling into those stereotypes.”

Zhang Jie Lim

Age: 25

City of residence San Jose

Why did you come to this place tonight?

I came to support the venue and the community.

Style: My style is very personal. It tries to include subcultures but not fall into stereotypes. (I’m also) trying to dress in a way that I feel comfortable and still feel very self-expressive.

What eras are your favorite?

Much of my inspiration comes from Japanese fashion from 2010. There are also many new styles that have come out in recent times. Southeast Asia,Most of the designers are smaller. I like designers that are not very well known but also not very expensive, because I think that’s important.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

Baile funk.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m wearing a Vietnamese brand called VaegabondFor pants. I’m wearing a top from Ato Matsumoto,Before Kanye West’s Yeezy sneaker collection, he was a very popular artist. I’m wearing MMY shoes, and then everything else is just thrifted.

What’s your favorite piece you have on now, and where did you get it?

This is my favorite piece of jewelry “Serial Experiments Lain”This button is my friend’s. She sent it to me to cheer us up.

Where do you shop for most clothing?

I shop mostly online, and I mainly buy secondhand. I limit how much I spend and try to not spend too much time on one item or too many. People who are very picky about the pieces they pick find it much easier to develop a personal style because you don’t have so many options. So it is important to choose something you like and that will last.


Sasha Black, age 33. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Sasha Black, age 33. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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Sasha Black, age 33. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Sasha Black, age 33. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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“I go to Ross, frankly, and look for the ‘let me find designer bulls—’ or like ‘boutique overstock, blah blah blah’ and comb through all of their stuff.”

Sasha Black

Age: 33

City of residence San Pablo

Why are you here today?

I came to hear some fast, loud techno music.

Style: As dated as it is, low-key health goth.

What eras are your favorite?

None, really.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

It is absurd, but I have a pair joggers that says it. “techno” across the crotch in rhinestones that my boyfriend’s sister gave me. They are so comfortable that I can’t resist wearing them to every show. … I feel like I just Googled “Euphoria makeup” once before a rave last year, and then I’ve just been kind of running with that vibe.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

This Raiders statement jacket is my favorite, especially since it was cold out. This is actually even stupider. “Live Laugh Love”Antifa shirt underneath, if that’s possible to believe, is the brand called Ion Drip.

What’s the favorite piece that you’re wearing right now?

It was probably the Raiders jacket. My mom wanted it for me to celebrate my birthday. We bought it on eBay but the guy was not local so I was happy. “Don’t pay for the shipping,”He just delivered it to my door.

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

Ross is the place I go to, openly, and search for the “let me find designer bulls—”Or similar “boutique overstock, blah, blah, blah”Go through everything. There genuinely are things I’m excited to find now as a 33-year-old who is getting to dress the way that I wanted to do when I was the age that is now setting and adhering to trends.


Rahim Raissnia, age 21. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Rahim Raissnia, age 21. Underground rave in Richmond CA.


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Rahim Raissnia, age 21. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Rahim Raissnia, age 21. Underground rave in Richmond CA.


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“My skirt is made by my aunt Natasha Robinson, who is the fashion designer who runs Tashka Design.”

Larry Finkelstein

Age: 21

City of residence Oakland

Why would you like to come tonight?

To see my DJ friends

Style: San Francisco unique.

Are you pulling from any era in time?

’70s, ’80s, ’90s.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

Rave! Like New York ravers, Euro ravers, and S.F. ravers.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

My aunt Natasha Robinson is the fashion designer who made my skirt. Tashka Design.This is one of her mockups. She wanted to preserve pieces that were otherwise lost in the garment industry.

In the garment industry, when they’re working on a piece, they go through several mock-ups, and those are always thrown out. In an effort produce more conscious, the designer kept the mock-ups. “one of one”This piece is amazing. It would be cool if companies offered to auction off their mockups. It would be like a Supreme mockup. People would go insane.

But it’s frowned upon because the industry is just very rigid, built on a lot of unethical practices, and they’re not trying to disrupt any of them. That’s what my skirt represents.

Then I just got on a Forever 21 shirt — well, it’s a dress — and I stole my dad’s suit. He might have given it to me, but it’s kinda hard to tell, it’s Dries Van Noten.Then, I got Y-3 Qasa High shoes are my favorite shoes since I was a kid. I then bought some thermal leggings from Sweden to give it the Rick Owens treatment. techwear look.

What’s your favorite piece that you got on right now?

The skirt is definitely the best.

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

I f—ing love Wasteland thrifting. The Bay is great for thrifting. Then Grailed for things that I can’t thrift — you know, the Y-3s.


Vickee (real name Victoria Lee), age 22. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Vickee, real name Victoria Lee, age 22. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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Vickee (real name Victoria Lee), age 22. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Vickee, real name Victoria Lee, age 22. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.


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“I mean Y2K is pretty big right now. I like the chunky style shoes and the low-rise skirts, but that’s not me ’cause I dress more masculine.”

Victoria “Vickee” Lee

Age: 22

City of residence San Francisco

Why’d you want to come here tonight?

I love the raves!

Style: Streetwear mixed somewhat with my Instagram Explore page; the algorithm’s got it right. I try to be me. I try to change it up. Athleisure,Mostly all black

What eras are your favorite?

I’m referring to Y2K, which is a big deal right now. I like the chunky-style shoes and the low-rise skirts, but that’s not me ’cause I dress more masculine.

Do any genres of music or artists influence what you’re wearing?

Drain Gang, Bladee, Yung Lean.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m wearing an Issey Miyake crew neck from my boyfriend and North Face HyVent ski pants that I thrifted, and black Air Force 1s with some leg warmers ’cause it’s cold.

What’s the favorite piece you’re wearing right now?

This chain, it’s a Yung Lean chain from 2016. It’s in this death-metal font. It’s one of his early pieces from when he was underground, and now that he’s more hyped now, it resells for a lot. But that’s not why I like it. Yung Lean and Drain GangQuarantine was a disaster. Now it’s like all these TikTok, Instagram-type people flocking to this underground music group that I’d attached myself to, and I’m feeling like this loss of identity because of how big they’ve gotten.

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

Most of my clothes I thrift online. MercariSometimes on Grailed, but mostly thrifting.


Tara, age 21. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Tara, 21 years old. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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Tara, age 21. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Tara, 21 years old. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“Do my hair ribbons count? Cause I think they’re really cute. I look like a Christian girl … like a milkmaid that is cute.”

Tara Hathcoate

Age: 21

City of residence Petaluma.

Why would you like to come tonight?

My boyfriend invited me, and, I don’t know, it just looked fun.

Style: Right now I think it’s kind of like sporty schoolgirl, kind of edgy.

What eras are your favorite?

I guess late ’90s.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

Everything is good to me. I like experimental music, anything that’s a little different.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m just wearing a random sporty jacket and a plaid skirt and leggings and leg warmers.

What’s your favorite piece?

Do my hair ribbons count? Cause I think they’re really cute. I look like a Christian girl … like a milkmaid that is cute.

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

Thrifting online, secondhand


John MacMillan, age 26. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

John MacMillan, age 26. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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John MacMillan, age 26. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

John MacMillan, age 26. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“I feel like fashion cycles, so maybe this is kind of 2000s era, with the BB belt and kind of baggier jeans.”

John MacMillan

Age: 26

City of residence Oakland

Why did you come to this place tonight?

Support your homies, enjoy some good music.

Style: Bay Area? I feel like everything I’m wearing is from a shop in Oakland.

What eras are your favorite?

Fashion cycles are what I like, so maybe this is the 2000s era. B.B. (Simon) Belt and type baggier jeans

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

Definitely yes, but I can’t think of anyone off the top (of my head).

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

Air Force 1s, Purple brand Jeans, B.B. belt, Cookies shirt and, surprisingly, an Oaklandish hoodie, but you would never guess — it’s a collab with a local graffiti artist — and then I’ve got this big bag full of Layer 22.

What’s your favorite piece?

It’s gotta be the belt!

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

Recently, Inner Desires Oakland True Oakland.Only local shops


Quetzal, age 25. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Quetzal, age 25. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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Quetzal, age 25. Underground rave in Richmond, CA.

Quetzal, age 25. Underground rave in Richmond (CA).


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“I’m wearing a pleather skirt from the rave shop Toxic Thrilz on Haight-Ashbury. These sleeves are also from there too. My shoes are Vans, so that I could be in the f—ing pit tonight, and I got on some leg warmers.”

Quetzal Solamente

Age: 25

City of residence West Oakland

Why would you like to live here?

To see Cel Genesis,To head bang

Style: Emo c— bitch goth.

What eras are your favorite?

Maybe a bit futuristic, so maybe a little bit of what we haven’t seen yet.

What music or artists have influenced your choices?

There’s this one artist Tomasa del Real, a total seductive vamp goth mami. She creates neoperreo music,, this weird-ass Spanish genre that’s kind of trappy. That style is my favorite, and I find it inspiring. Also vampires … the seductive kind.

What are you wearing tonight, dear reader?

I’m wearing a pleather skirt from the rave shop Toxic ThrilzHaight-Ashbury. These sleeves are also from that store. My shoes are Vans, so that I could be in the f—ing pit tonight, and I got on some leg warmers.

What’s your favorite piece that you have on tonight?

It’s probably my purse. It’s my little guy, my friend when I’m dancing, you know?

Where do you shop for most your clothes?

To be honest, if it’s not that rave store, I will get it from free piles.


Brandon Tauszik is a freelance photographer whose work examines elements of America’s social periphery.

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