Thursday, May 21, 2009

This Look is Aces

Sometimes, I very much lament not being a quicker draw with my camera. This also has a lot to do with the fact that I really don't like stopping in the middle of the World's Busiest Sidewalk to take a picture while there are two dozen people walking 1/8 of an inch behind me. I know I'm the only person in Times Square who feels this way.

However, I wish I had eschewed ALL sense of public propriety and was able to bring you a better picture of this:

I will do my best to explain but I forewarn you that whatever I do will be inadequate. Because this man was walking down the street in 60 degree weather with:

Exhibit A) His right arm through the neckhole of his tank top which was perched at a jaunty angle on his shoulder only.

Exhibit B) Aside from whatever small portion of his torso was covered by Exhibit A, bare skin.
Exhibit B, Subsection 1) The word ACE tattooed Thug Style on his stomach. It's unclear if this was in reference to the bandage brand, Snoopy's high-flying alter-ego The Flying Ace, or obscure Season 5 American Idol contestant, Ace Young a work-in-progress masterpiece dedicated to 90s Swedish supergroup, Ace of Base. Though my guess, in corroboration with the rest of the evidence, is that he is in fact a rabid fan of the latter.

Exhibit C) All that navy blue you see? That is his underwear. All of it.

Exhibit D) Pants that were defying the laws of gravity and the decade but that were also managing to look like capris from the back. In other words, pants that were magic.

In conclusion, it's obvious that I have a responsibility to all of you for more accurate on-the-scene reporting, which really means better journalistic photography skills. Foot traffic be damned. I will not let you down again.

And please feel free to share your own interpretation of what Ace's ink could mean in the comments section below.


  1. Um it's obviously in reference to the Ace of Cakes, he saw the one with Hogwarts and was moved. I sadly have still not seen the Hogwarts cake. Sad faces all around.

  2. Katie, you need to get on that!! It's absolutely amazing!!

    I don't understand these magical pants. I see them all over the city. They sit just under the butt, but somehow seem to stay up. It baffles me!

  3. I would have guessed it was an Ace of Base tattoo, but I probably would have spelled it wrong. Much to my first girlfriend's chagrin.

    On a different note, I think having the arm through the neckhole of a shirt is going to be the new poplin polo shirt.

  4. I think he's a big fan of the show "Amazing Race" and has put a tattoo on layaway.