They go by names like Thom Ticklemouse, Feral Bojangles, and Rowdy Superstar and wear Mickey Mouse ears, feathers, and a kaleidoscope of colors. Ted Polhemus celebrates the kids who are keeping alive London’s illustrious tradition of eccentric self-invention.
to read the article. CLICK HERE Style icon: “The Nanny [Fran Drescher].” Favorite purchase: “My penny-farthing bike. I think it was made for a dwarf.” Personal style: “A little gothic, a little trashy.” Signature piece: “The Chanel tattoo on my wrist.” Occupation: Stylist. Style icon: “My mum in the Seventies. She was very free and very beautiful.” Theme song: “‘All I Really Want,’ by Alanis Morissette.” Occupation: “I’m studying to be a doctor.” Signature look: “Men’s shirts with bow ties.” Theme song: “‘I Am What I Am.’ All the trannies sing it.” Signature piece: “A battery helmet, like Lady Gaga’s.” Theme song: “‘Venus as a Boy,’ by Björk.” Hidden talent: “I can sing like Edith Piaf.” Favorite character: “Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty.” Biggest vice: “Tuna fish.” Occupation: Hairstylist. Style icon: “Little boys…yeah, you can put that in.” Occupation: Stylist’s assistant. Signature look: “I’ve been wearing my shirt around my waist like a kilt.” Occupation: Hairstylist. Style icon: “Nightcrawler, from the X-Men.” Signature piece: “Black rubber necklaces that I’ve worn for over two years. I made them from a couple meters of tubing.” Style icon: “Nineties New Romantic bands.” Signature piece: “My neck tattoo of a crow, which is supposed to guide you to the afterlife. I’m planning for the future.” Occupation: “My band, Grass House.” Style influence: “I borrow my mum’s jeans. They just fit me better.” Occupation: “I’m designing a fashion collection that uses big sheets of melted plastic.” Hobby: “Exploring abandoned buildings with my Holga camera.” Favorite character: “Ren and Stimpy had quite an effect on me growing up.” Hidden talent: “I can hold a cigarette in the gap between my teeth.” Personal style: “Fifties womanly shapes.” Hidden talent: “I can do a split the hard way—side to side, not front to back.” Occupation: Performance artist. Signature piece: “Adult baby clothes. I have a pair of pink floral dungarees with a bottom crotch.” Hidden talent: “In my act I pull 50 meters of white ribbon from my mouth.” Personal style: “My hair color changes every week.” Signature piece: “A vintage denim Moschino jacket with an old Hole T-shirt stitched on the back.” Hidden talent: “I can eat a lot more than you think.” Occupation: Makeup artist. Style icon: “Siouxsie and the Banshees.” Favorite character: “Something out of Tom of Finland. A big bear man to keep me safe.” Occupation: Freelance fashion designer. Omnipresent piece: “The sheepskin keychain around my neck.”