CONSTANT CLOSET (3)
April 11, 2021
I’ve been wearing secondhand clothing for my entire adult life but not everything in my closet started out vintage. This shirt was purchased new in 1986, a year after I moved to San Francisco. My boyfriend and I took public transportation to the deep Mission, where they were sold at an auto body shop. Because it was the oversized and flashdancing 80s, I bought a men’s size XL, cut out the collar, then completed the look with jeans and work boots. Six years later, I was single and needed something suitably hip to wear for the photo that would appear with my interview in INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC. The Auto Dismemberers tee fit the bill — and by the time the book was published, I was dating the man who became my husband. A couple weeks ago, he looked up as I got into bed (the only place I wear the tee these days) and said, “I’ve always liked that shirt,” which made me realize I’ve been wearing this workhorse on a regular basis for almost 40 years.
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