Street Style: Skater Edition

Cars passing above create white noise as skateboarders shred on an unusually sunny day in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. Tucked under the 105 Interstate, the Washington Jefferson skatepark is the largest of its kind in the nation for skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to come together. It is not a shock that the park is filled with people spending their Sundays on the concrete. Among these skaters are Aidan and Ari, two boys still in the prime years of their childhood, and their older peers, Sam and Elias, who seem to serve as role models. WJ, as the locals call it, is proof that the relationship skateboarders have not only with each other but with their personal styles creates a dynamic lifestyle and an even more dynamic community.

Ari and Aidan (13 and 11)

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Aidan and Ari are some of the youngest kids at the park but skate with the same finesse as their older peers and even surpass some of them. Not only are they both talented skaters, but despite being born in the new millennium, they have a ‘90s slacker look to them, which was what drew me to talk to ask them about their style.

What’s it like being the youngest people here?

Aidan: Well, it’s not really weird. Not to me, at least.

Ari: Everybody here is a family, but this park can be scary sometimes. Some guy got stabbed here the other day, and it was really bad. I wasn’t here, but that’s what I heard on the news.

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Do your parents every worry about you skateboarding?

Aidan: My parents don’t worry about me because they got me a phone, so if I get hurt, I can contact them right away.

Ari: My mom kind of worries because I don’t ever wear a helmet. She doesn’t really worry about the fact that I’m down here, though, because she knows I have a lot of people that have my back if I ever get into trouble.

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What is the average skater uniform?

Ari: A lot people wear hats, but you’ve gotta get fat jeans, like big, old, baggy pants. I have a pair of 30×30 jeans, but I’m really a size 14. Also, a nice shirt is good. We don’t really care too much about matching here. We just care if it looks cool. I take an hour before school to get ready because I wanna look good.

Aidan: Like he said, baggy pants. I wear a size 10, and these are 14s. Style, to me, is important. It takes me a while to figure out what I want to wear in the morning. Once I pick my shoes, shirt and pants and have everything on, I go outside as soon as I can.

Ari: But it doesn’t matter what it looks like because you can wear anything and be the best skateboarder ever as long as you’re comfortable in it. You can skate in anything you want. It doesn’t really matter too much. It’s the skateboarding that matters.

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Do you think there’s a relationship between skateboarders and their styles?

Aidan: Oh yeah. Some people will be like, “oh that guy’s not trendy,” but he’ll be super nice. People here don’t really care. We’re all homies.

For how long do you think you’ll be skateboarding?

Aidan: I’ll be skateboarding until I die.

Ari: I’m going to be skateboarding until my legs fall off.

Sam and Elias (18 and 16)

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Sam and Elias are textbook examples of the modern skateboarding scene. Both clad in beanies, wide-legged pants and worn-in shirts, the boys perfectly encapsulate not only what it means to be a skateboarder in 2017, but how to have style while doing it.

What’s the overall skateboarding scene in Eugene like?

Elias: There are a lot of drama queens, but other than that, everyone’s pretty chill with one another.

Sam: It’s getting a lot better actually. There used to not be many people who skated, and I think this park kind of got more people to come out.

What do you mean by drama queens?

Elias: There’s just a lot of drama that can go on between different skaters over stupid stuff. Smack talk. That sort of thing. It’s weird but definitely dying down.

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What are your thoughts on non-skaters wearing brands like Thrasher? 

Sam: It’s pretty messed up. Don’t wear Thrasher unless you can stick a skateboard up your butt.

Why do you skateboard? What do you get out of it? 

Sam: Well, it’s fun, and I do it every day. I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t skate.

Elias: Yeah, I mean it’s just something that we do. Simple as that. Learning new tricks is like a high almost. It just feels so good in your body. Rolling away from tricks, working on your style and cleaning up your technique are just great feelings. Skateboarding kind of is an art in and of itself. It’s not really a sport. It’s more about style and technique.

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What does style mean to you?

Elias: Well I mean style is pretty much everything. Especially in this day and age you can do some crazy stuff like waving your arms around your head and looking like an idiot, or you could just do basic stuff but do it really well. At the end of the day, the person who is a better skater will go farther.

Where’s your favorite place to skate in Eugene? 

Sam: Probably WJ (Washington Jefferson Plaza) or the streets.

Elias: WJ.

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Words and Photos by Brooke Harman, @brooke_harman

Hometown Love

If you ask someone where they’re from, you’ll receive a wide spectrum of answers. They might tell you their ethnic background and cultural heritage; they might list off family members who raised them or grew up with them; they might answer poetically with colorful, vivid strings of words; or they might tell you, simply, one city. Four University of Oregon students explore where they’re from and how their environmental and cultural upbringings inspire their senses of fashion and reflect their hometowns.

Name: Danielle Leblanc

Major: Cinema Studies

Year: Junior

Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon

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What is your favorite part of Sherwood? I like the festival we have every summer, the Robin Hood Festival. I like things that are themed, and I always imagined that if I ever was on “The Bachelor,” that’d be my hometown date. That’s the part that I’d show off. It’s not even that fun, but I think it’s cute because of all the archery-themed hats, and people have fake bows and arrows. It’s literally only two days long, and people just sell stuff. The food is really good, though.

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Name: Delainey Garland

Major: Journalism

Year: Junior

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

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What kind of styles come out of Los Angeles? I think one really cool part about LA is that there isn’t a genuine fashion sense. Of course there are guys and girls who are influenced by pop culture and all have a similar style, whether that be the typical Brandy Melville look or the older American Apparel vibe, but I think the cool part about LA is that most people are their own trendsetters. Entertainment is so influential in LA, and there’s so many different kinds of people.

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Name: Srushti Kamat

Major: Journalism

Minor: History

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Grew up: Singapore

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What statements do being from Mumbai and Singapore make? I think that there is a third culture kid in the world. You grew up where your parents didn’t grow up, or you grew up in a place very different than what you know, and you kind of just create your own world. A third culture kid is going to be the future. The statement is that, “I’m a third culture kid, and I do what I want, when I want, and I adapt to whatever styles are me.”

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Name: Rachel Weir

Majors: Cinema Studies and History

Year: Senior

Hometown: Atlanta

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Would you recommend a visit to Atlanta? Definitely. It’s growing so much right now… so maybe I shouldn’t tell people to come. Maybe I should keep it a secret. But no, it’s awesome. It’s really spread out, and because of that, there are different neighborhoods that have their own quirks, so you can find your place and kind of know everyone in that area, and it feels like a small town within a big city.

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Written and Photos By Miranda Sarah Einy, @mirandwa

CLOSET CULTURE: Cassie

Name: Cassie H.

Major: General Social Sciences

Hometown: Carnation, WashingtonDUDClosetCulture_Cassie2.jpgWhat does fashion mean to you? Fashion is the one way I feel I can express myself consistently. It’s something that inspires me to stand out rather than blend in with the rest of society, which the hermit in me sometimes wants to do because it’s easier for me to go unnoticed. I’ve also found that when I look good, I feel good.

What kinds of things influence your fashion choices? Nature, the weather, and living vicariously through the rad girls I follow on social media doing their things across the world. I think that girls dress to impress girls.

DUDClosetCulture_CassieDo you try and match your room designs to your style? Not purposely. I’m naturally attracted to statement pieces that usually end up creating a clash of fun aesthetics in my outfits and in my room, which seems to “work.”

DUDClosetCulture_CassieFullRoomWhere are your necklaces usually from? My necklaces are usually from MECCA, the materials exchange I volunteer for. We get endless donations. I usually appoint myself the job of sorting through any beads or jewelry which may seem tedious, but pays off when I get first look at the gems, which I set aside to buy for myself. I’m not sure how I continuously justify spending money there every time I’m working even though I’m not getting paid. But, I do feel good supporting local businesses. 

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Which ones do you wear most and why? Most of the time I fall asleep and wake up with all my chains on, skin indented from the random collection of pendants, charms, etc. that hang from them. I enjoy toying with them when I am feeling anxious. I wear them because they represent me and make me feel comfortable. 

What are three words you would use to describe your style? Funky, fresh, hobo-chic.

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How do you make some of your clothes? I’ve been collecting vintage shirts from thrift shops, which I either bleach dye or ice dye. Ice dyeing is a different kind of tie-dye where you wrinkle the clothing item and then cover it strategically with ice. After the entire shirt is buried, you can scatter dye on the top. The trippy effect is created when the dye melts into the ice over time.

Do you plan on selling them or making your own company? Yes. I’ve created a business that should be up and running and ready to take customers soon. I will be selling my one-of-a-kind vintage finds that have been styled by yours truly. I’ll make a post on my Instagram (@casstingspells) as soon as it’s up.

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When you are shopping, what items are you drawn to? I’m usually drawn to anything with quality material. (I get stuck in the men’s section just feeling the silks and collared shirts.) I tend to gravitate towards anything that is sheer, sparkly or checkered.

DUDClosetCulture_Cassie14Where do you get fashion ideas from? I’m not sure, but they never seem to run out. I am continuously surprising myself and adopting new styles. My memory is terrible though, so sometimes if I see something I want to reference for festival outfits for example, I’ll snapshot it and add it to my “inspo” album on my phone.

DUDClosetCulture_Cassie12What is your favorite article of clothing? My favorite article of clothing is a floor-length, vintage Chico jacket I thrifted in Bellingham. Two of me could probably fit in its entirety… Oh and four beers fit in each pocket.

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Words and Photos by: Kelly Tanguay, @kellytanguay 

Joey

Name: Joey J.
Age: 26
Major: Graduate student in the MBA program for sustainable business practices
Hometown: Cottonwood, Arizona
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What would you say your “everyday style” is? I would have to say “punk rock hustle.” I basically became a punk rocker when I was 14. I really stuck by the style for a while. I was always that “punk rock guy with the patches,” and [there were] a lot of outward statements of identity. I really dove in and became a part of the scene when I was younger.
What does the word “confidence” mean to you? Confidence is waking up in the morning and knowing where I’m going. Every night, I set out a schedule for myself with both short and long-term plans. Then I write out a paper schedule for myself that goes through my day with all my obligations, such as school, projects and work. Making time for myself is something I don’t often do. Confidence for me is really being where I need to be, when I’m there.
Left: “Lady Silence.” The small dot towards the bottom was given to Joey by his recently deceased Lolo (grandfather). Out of over thirty tattoos, this one is his favorite. Middle: “Jean Valjean.” Right: “Lady Flight.”
In what ways do you feel like you “rebel against” what society wants you to wear? I’m in a MBA business program. When I showed up on my first day at my internship over the summer, I wore brown dress pants; a tan, collared shirt; and a green tie. One way you could put that is “Joe, you don’t know how to dress professionally!” I go to school/work, and I just wear what I want to wear, and I make myself professional.
What are your thoughts on allowing tattoos in the workplace? I think of it in terms of branding. Are your tattoos on brand with the business? If you work at Voodoo Doughnut or an underground restaurant, then you can expect tattoos will be there. If you work at a bank, you don’t expect someone to be heavily tattooed. It’s really interesting that way, but people dress according to the expectations that are set by different environments.
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Joey attached a binder clip to his brown Pendleton button-up. Binder clips are an essential part of his wardrobe, as he uses them to organize pretty much everything. 
What is your response to the stigma that tattoos are “unprofessional?” I view tattoos as timeless. It’s something that humans have always done. It’s a statement of identity to belong with a certain group. If you take that into the workplace, it’s important to recognize that when you have a tattoo, you are identifying yourself as a certain type of person. When you work in some types of jobs — such as a law firm — there’s a certain professionalism to being a lawyer that really goes beyond individualism. If you’re making the decision to get a certain style of tattoo that is unprofessional, then maybe you shouldn’t be pursuing a professional career. I recognize that being tattooed adds that level of identification. I’m not the guy with the hand or the neck tattoo because that guy is identified in a certain way. I can always button my collar and roll down my sleeves. It’s not about being anonymous, it’s about being an average person.
How do your tattoos represent you? There is the idea that your body is your temple and you should not tattoo on it. I am of the opinion that your body is your temple and you can write on it. You can write on the walls of your temple and actually communicate with the world and universe around you.
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Joey’s belt buckle is from the 1977 National Rodeo Finals. His great uncle Bob collects buckles from different rodeos and gave this one to him. 
What aspects of your life are reflected in your style? I would say definitely my personal history. Being involved in punk rock and underground music as a kid really shines through. With tattooing, I’ve chosen American traditional style, which I think says a lot about who I am and where I’ve been in life.
How many tattoos do you have? Something like 36? I always wanted at least 30 tattoos. Once I got there, I couldn’t keep count. I sometimes forget about some!
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“Hope in Death.”
What inspired your first tattoo? My first tattoo was simply the words “be good.” It was about trying to transcend who I was and become a better person, but almost dictatorially so. It felt more like “do this,” versus my later tattoos which mean “be who you are.” I’ve since gotten it covered up. I got in a lot of trouble as a kid and got kicked out of high school but always had great grades. I got to college, and I really wanted to “straighten out” and be a good person. That is why my first tattoo was “be good.” Kids are kids. Kids will do what they do. All of that is benign and not representative of who I am today. That’s why I covered up my first tattoo.
Do you have a favorite tattoo? If so, which one? My favorite tattoo is the small dot on my arm from my Lolo, my recently deceased grandfather. He gave me this dot. When I heard he was diagnosed with cancer, I flew to visit him and brought tattoo needles with me. I sat with my Lolo and said, “You’ve seen me in my ups and downs, and I know you don’t agree with my tattoos, but I was wondering if you’d give me a tattoo.” His response was, “You know what? Why the hell not!”
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Making to-do lists and staying organized are crucial parts of Joey’s day. His wallet is simply a giant binder clip. 
What developed your interest in your major? It was the idea that business can be a force for positive change. We always characterize business as being self-serving — and it is. We characterize business as being destructive — and it is. But, if we change the lens of how an economy functions or how resources function or what the actual value of certain things are (forest products, fossil fuels, water, etc.), then we can approach some type of ecological balance that will actively heal the damage we’ve done to the earth.
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Words and photos, Hannah Neill, www.hannahneill.com

Sierra


Name: 
Sierra C.

Major: Environmental Science and Biology

Year: Senior

Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii

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What inspired your outfit today? Well my first thought when I get ready in the morning is “Do I have clean clothes?” With the weather being in the 50s in the morning and warmer later in the day, I just was thinking about how I can layer.

What was the transition from Hawaii to Oregon like? Honestly when it’s cold, I wear as many sweats and sweaters as I can put on. I don’t really explore fashion until the sun comes out. In the winter, I just try to get from point A to point B and stay as warm as I can.

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Her trusty Tevas finish the look.

What made you want to study environmental studies? Well I’m really into conservation, and environmental science has a lot to do with ecological work and conservation. I’m vegan, so I don’t wear any leather products or if I do own any, they’re from before I became vegan. I’m not going to get rid of them because that’s also not sustainable. More relating to style, fast fashion is not sustainable. I think that fast fashion is kind of a hard thing to solve because it has to do with your economic influence, and a lot of people are going to want what’s affordable.

What made you want to become vegan, and what was the process like? Well I was vegetarian for two years, and after that I transitioned into veganism. It was a long transition of researching and becoming more aware, not only why you should become vegan but how to do it and still be healthy. It takes a lot of work because it’s really easy to become malnourished.

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Her backpack is functional enough for rainy Oregon weather and for adventuring.

What do you normally wear on a day-to-day basis? If it’s warm, I like to wear really flowy dresses, I really love Urban Outfitters. I have these blue pants that I got from Thailand, and they’re really baggy, and some might even say they’re ugly, but I love them. I also love to wear my Tevas.

What was Thailand like? I was there over winter break for a month. I went from northern Thailand all the way to the islands and just explored a bunch. Going as a white woman was a really interesting experience because American women are idolized there, and they’re usually just seen as like sexual entities.

What was that like? It was very strange for it to be culturally acceptable to openly stare at me. It was a wakeup call seeing how differently women are treated there. Regardless if I was with a man or not, it was openly okay to stare at western women you don’t know, which is really interesting.

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Sierra gravitates towards flowy silhouettes, like this printed top, because they are the most comfortable to her.

Did you notice any differences in style when you were in Thailand? Well I think because it’s a third world country, fashion isn’t really a priority, so the main focuses are comfortability and durability. You would see a lot of western women on the beach wearing a lot of Free People or Urban Outfitters or stuff that’s really trendy and Instagram-worthy.

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Words and Photos by Brooke Harman, @brooke_harman

 

Patrick

Name: Patrick G.
Major: Business Marketing
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
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Patrick sports a  Patagonia flannel and a Ralph Lauren T-shirt.
What do you love most about your lifestyle? I think I’m a pretty easygoing person, which really helps with meeting new people and connecting really quickly with them. I like being able to share a passion with like-minded people who love the outdoors. It always brings a smile to my face.
What is in your backpack? My backpack is a Patagonia 60-liter backpack/duffel bag. What I bring depends on the adventure. If it’s at a waterfall, I’ll pack more water gear. For example, I would bring Tevas, a dry bag to keep anything that can’t get wet in and a poncho just in case. When it gets a bit cold out, I’ve got my Columbia Jacket, which is one of my favorites. My mom bought it for me when I was in sixth grade, and I still use it! It’s been on a lot of adventures. I keep anything you could possibly need for any situation in my backpack. This includes: Counter-Assault Bear Deterrent, a tarp, a hatchet my grandpa gave me, Planter’s trail mix, Nugo bars, Nature Valley bars, beef jerky, Meals Ready to Eat, a fire starter kit, three pocketknife multitools, my Nikon D3300, Mechanix gloves, an Eno hammock, a Princeton Tech headlamp, Bicycle playing cards and a Hydro Flask.
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No backpack is complete without a plethora of carabiners! Patrick uses them to attach gear (such as his red Hydro Flask water bottle) to his Patagonia bag.
What inspires you to go outside? My father inspires me. He’s a wildlife biologist who surveys spotted owls and endangered species. I used to go on trips with him out into the woods at night to find owls. He took me fishing when I was in preschool, and ever since, it’s been a thing that we do together. He’s the one that really pushed me to get outside.
How does the way you dress influence your lifestyle? It depends on the adventure. If I’m doing a medium difficulty hike, I’ll wear more casual dress like my 14th and Union boots and a T-shirt for Weekend Tee, which I’m actually an ambassador for, as well as jeans. If I’m backpacking. I’m wearing Keen boots, North Face lightweight breathable pants and a lightweight flannel from Columbia. For my everyday style, I wear Vans high tops, khakis, and a plain T-shirt.
Patrick loves watches, and his favorite is his blue and white striped Debon. Always by Patrick’s side, his Nikon D3300 camera is his prized possession.
What’s the most memorable adventure you’ve ever been on? My most memorable trip was going to Falls Creek Falls in Washington. My friends and I thought we could get to the falls pretty fast after a blizzard hit. We thought it would take us an hour to do the whole trip, which would give us time to leave before the next blizzard hit. We were wrong. It was three miles to get to the trailhead, and once we got there, it was 1:00 p.m. This was when we had to make the decision on whether to turn back or keep going. We were extremely underprepared but decided to keep going anyways! We made it to the falls an hour later and hung out there for 30 minutes. The weather forecast said that a blizzard would hit around 2:00 p.m, and you bet it did. All three of us felt like we were in “The Revenant.” We could barely see where we were going, the wind and snow just pelted our faces. We found one pair of snowshoes buried in the snow on the way there and just took turns using those. Keep in mind we were walking through knee-deep snow with no visibility. We told our parents we’d be back by 2:00 p.m, and the light started escaping from us. We ended up getting back by 4:00 p.m. It took us forever to walk through the snow, we just sunk with every step. I was the only one who brought water. Between the three of us, we had half a power bar and a Nugo bar, both of which were frozen. So to sum up the story, if you aren’t prepared enough and you have a gut feeling, stick with it and save the adventure for another day!
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Patrick tips his hat, a souvenir from his spring break road trip to San Fransisco.
What is one gear item you can’t live without? I guess it has to be my camera. I’m always the one that documents the journeys of my friends and me. A camera has been by my side since 5th grade.
What are some local hikes you’d recommend to people in the Eugene area? Spencer’s Butte and Mount Pisgah are awesome. If you have a car and a day, check out Proxy Falls or Silver Falls State Park.
Do you meet a lot of new people because of your outdoor lifestyle? Instead of going to a lot of parties, you bump into a lot of people being able to go on a lot of hikes and take photos. These sometimes turn into friendships and business. It’s a lot of fun. It’s like going to a party and meeting people but out in the wilderness.
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Patrick sports his favorite 14th and Union boots, scuffed up from his various adventures.
How long have you been into photography for? I have been seriously into photography for about two and a half years now. I mainly started out with video back in 5th grade doing stop motion animation with lLegos. By 6th grade, I started downhill skateboarding, which got me into filming. That eventually shifted into doing more photography too.
Who got you into photography? My father got me into photography. I got a camcorder in 5th grade which sparked my creativity to get my first point and shoot camera. I always wanted to be like my father, since he has been doing photography for so long. We’d go on hikes together and I would learn a lot from him.
Many photographers like to say they have a specific “style.” What’s yours? My style is “lifestyle” photography. Although, most people know me for my videos before I got into photography two and a half years ago.
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Patrick carries anything he could possibly need in his Patagonia bag.
What challenges in photography do you often face? It’s hard when people ask for a photo shoot and expect it to be free. I’ll tell them my prices, and they just back out of asking and stop responding. I just want people to understand that I cannot just work for free. Another challenge I face is finding new and interesting poses for my subjects to do.
What are some ways you can continue to grow as a photographer? Some ways I can keep growing as a photographer are to keep traveling and making more friends along the way. I like to go on hikes or road trips, and if I see someone with a camera, I’ll usually go up to them and start a conversation. I love meeting new people so I can learn new tips and tricks from them. Everyone has a different style they specialize in, and it’s fun to learn from them.
Words and photos, Hannah Neill, www.hannahneill.com

Hailey

Name: Hailey D.

Major: Business with a concentration in finance

Year: Senior

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California

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She found her dress at a booth in London’s Camden neighborhood. She has loved Vincent van Gogh since her second grade class painted their version of “The Starry Night.”

What developed your interest in business? I don’t know if I really like it, but I guess it applies to everything. I really want to manage a music venue, so it applies to that .

Were there music venues growing up that stick out to you? My parents just moved to London, so I spent six weeks there last summer. There’s this venue by our house called the Roundhouse. It’s this really crazy venue, and on the outside, it says “Electrifying,” like “the Most Electrifying Experience.” I’ve never been to a concert there, but my parents went and said it’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to go back, and then I went to a bunch of small gigs and got really into music over the summer.

Is there a band that stuck out who you saw? Glass Animals. I got a little preview session before their album came out. They didn’t play. They just played a recording of the album, and then they answered questions. That was really cool.

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She sports a trendy Herschel backpack. 

What would you want to have in a music venue you managed? I went to this really cool chapel over spring break. I went back to visit my parents, and this chapel had been turned into a music venue. I really like the stained glass and the big windows. I like that aspect, but I also like a community feel. I want it to be personal. I don’t want it to be impersonal and a huge mosh pit orgy. I want it to be a mosh pit orgy that’s personal.

How would you describe your personal style? I have no idea. I just really like dresses and really eccentric patterns. I guess I get to graduate and start to be somebody new. So I’m trying to move towards something more personal.

How do you think your style will change when you graduate? I think I’ll try to be more clean cut if I’m in a professional space, but I love sneakers and Vans.

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She found her Dr. Martens brand new on the university’s Free and For Sale Facebook page.

Do you have any style icons? I’ve always wanted to dress like Effy Stonem from “Skins,” but I’ve never known how to dress like her. So I thought, “I’m just going to go do my own thing.”

Are you attracted to British fashion and culture? I just really like a European lifestyle. Everything is more minimal. You go to the grocery store and everything is small, and you can get small bags of flour. But then they care about what they look like outside. Not in a superficial way, but in a presentable way.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully not in the U.S. I’d love to become fluent in Spanish. None of my life goals align, but that’s just where I’m at.

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Her mother knitted her cozy sweater, and her elephant necklace was a birthday gift.

Are you nervous to be graduating or excited for what’s ahead? Both.

Does the warmer weather affect your style? Yes. I love, love, love dresses. So I have another van Gogh dress actually from the same place. It’s blue also, but has white flowers, and it’s teal. I wear a lot of dresses when it gets warm.

Do you think you have been influenced by Oregon style? I think so a bit. I have this sweater that my mom made me, and it’s just huge and feels like a blanket when I’m wearing it. It’s sloppy, but I still think it’s cute. I kind of look like a bag. Someone told me I should go in a freezer today, and I said, “I’m full of my mom’s love.”

As you are so far from your parents, does wearing the clothes your mom made make you feel comfortable? Well, I don’t care about being that far away from them necessarily, but she’s just good at knitting. So it’s fun to watch what she can make. She made this [sweater] a long time ago when she was still figuring out how to knit better, and she now makes really amazing things. I have this bright red scarf that she made me that’s really long and fun to wrap around a bunch of times.

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Words and photos by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, @HSteinkopfFrank