I love that BJ has decided to study sociology because of the fact that people’s differences are respected. BJ thrives on opposition – he dresses in what he refers to as an “explosion” of variety as a way to bring to the surface people’s prejudices and need for conformity. It’s unexpected, but in such a refreshing way, to walk into his apartment in back of his very manicured childhood home in Beverly Hills, where the “expected” uniform in school was a button-up, baggy jeans, and anything Von Dutch. BJ dreads any norms and as a result, his wardrobe is hanging on every surface, like a laboratory, ready for the next personification. The possibilities of combinations are boundless and indescribable in their artistry, from his Gaultier jacket (worn in his unique way) to his reconstructed Raf Simons t-shirt to his leather vest turned fanny pack/skirt. He says that the need to carve himself out from the crowd began with low self-esteem, but to me, anyone that can be so honest and fearless is anything less than admirably brave. BJ’s love of irony is especially obvious when he laughs at himself kissing his “narcissism wall,” which is a mural of himself in all of his multiple, fantastic incarnations. A true naricissist cannot reflect and laugh at themselves, let alone exude his warmth, passion and willingness to stand alone in his effort to promote individuality.
Be sure to check out BJ’s blog here.