Galileo said the Earth orbited the sun, and the Jesus freaks locked him up in jail as a heretic. Years later, it turned out he was onto something. Paul Gauguin painted pink dogs and the Paris art scene laughed in his face, some time later Symbolism became kinda trendy and today you wouldn’t get much change out of 30 million quid for his most famous gear. Meanwhile, Glenn Hall used to have a thin moustache, when nobody, and we do mean nobody, did.
Tell us about your pre-hipster moustache… you were pretty much ahead of your time with it, nobody had one back in the early naughties…
Fashion is the funniest shit ever. People try so hard it’s hilarious. The only reason I ever had a creepy little mo is because I can’t be bothered shaving. But people do grow beards and mo’s completely to go with their outfit.
When you first saw dudes come out with them, trying to be all cool and trendy, how’d it make you feel?
Those bushy beards are the funniest. Everyone started running them because it was
in fashion. It’s a big fucked up annoying beard. You see them trying to eat and struggling and all itchy and shit. But as long as they look cool and it goes with the outfit, it’s all worth it.
It seems like in Oz a lot of dudes had the mullet before Beckham made it chic. Is rural Australia actually secretly ahead of the curve?
Yeah outback Australians are so ahead of fashion and they don’t even know it. They have been running mullets and beards and mo’s forever. Short shorts, dodgy tatts, the whole lot. Everything those trendy dudes that are trying to do to get that rugged cool look, the outback Aussies have been doing for ever without trying to be cool.
How hip are you out of 10?
How do you even rate hip? Is it the closer to you are being exactly like the other hipsters the higher the rating? I’m not a vegan and don’t drink soy, so that’s not a good start.
If Monster Children call you and say ‘Micro we want to shoot you smoking a cig nude under a trench coat in a Sydney warehouse painting an ironic cartoon whale on a skateboard deck and photographing it with a 1950’s Russian camera’, would you tell em you were busy…?
I would probably do it for a laugh. Except I hate that smoking is looked at like it’s trendy.
You and Wilko came from the same place, yet seem to have different style influences. Has he always been hip?
Wilko and I grew up in the same area and he was a fat little kid in a Gath helmet. So when they become cool again he can say he started the trend again with them. Now he lives in Bondi. He’s not that bad to be honest, he does most things for a laugh.