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Why San Diegans dress the way they do

Bras, men's swimsuits, tattoos, mustaches, being blonde, tell me what you're wearing

Peter: "I would just as soon shave my eyebrows off as my mustache."
Peter: "I would just as soon shave my eyebrows off as my mustache."
  • Men's Summer Swimsuit Issue

  • “Now, you ask me, the male physicality wasn't built for aesthetics. Those angles and edges, the purely functional proportions: men's bods are too utilitarian, at least for my taste. (I prefer a woman's gentler curves, that smallness, the supple delicacy; that's just me.)”
  • By Geoff Bouvier, July 1, 2004
Dave Knoblock
  • Mustache

  • "I was 15 years old. I was babysitting. The missus was out of town. When the mister came home, we sat and chatted. The kids were nestled in their beds, upstairs. We were friendly. I had babysat there several times before. The family owned a fancy hot dog stand at the local mall's food court; I was thinking of working for them. The kiss was brief, the mustache wiry and foreign."
  • By Deirdre Lickona, June 16, 2005
Bob: "My favorite mustache in history belonged to Captain Smith of the Titanic."
  • Got Some Skin Left?

  • "When I was eight, I saw a tiny red devil tattoo on my dad's left bicep. That devil might have been no bigger than a golf ball, but he couldn't have made a larger impression. In coming years my father would uncover tattoo magazines under my bed, find a cigar box I'd marked "Savings for Tattoo," and uncover checklists I'd made outlining the process of immigration to the Philippines."
  • By Ollie , May 26, 2005
A short stint in a California prison for aggravated assault had given him 18 months to practice a newfound craft. He showed us how to make a tattoo gun from an eight-track motor, a Bic pen, and a sewing needle.
  • Tell Me What You're Wearing

  • "I used to see all these ads for Hawaiian prints, so I tried wearing those. I grew up in Iowa; it just didn't work. Neither do muumuus, which people wear out in public. And those sweats. Okay, you're a mom, you're busy. You're going to the gym, it's everyday use, but you can still dress up."
  • By Sue Greenberg, Dec. 13, 2007
Michelle Dalessandro: "I don't have a chest, so baby doll tops work great for me."
  • More Than Support

  • “I first started to notice breasts when I was ten years old. Not my own, because I didn’t have any yet, but my mother’s. I had seen my mother dressing often enough; she was small-framed, and her pear-shaped breasts were average in size and proportionate to the rest of her.
  • By Deirdre Lickona, April 24, 2003
“Right now, I have four to six bras, but I mainly wear my favorite everyday bras. Oh, those are ugly."
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Peter: "I would just as soon shave my eyebrows off as my mustache."
Peter: "I would just as soon shave my eyebrows off as my mustache."
  • Men's Summer Swimsuit Issue

  • “Now, you ask me, the male physicality wasn't built for aesthetics. Those angles and edges, the purely functional proportions: men's bods are too utilitarian, at least for my taste. (I prefer a woman's gentler curves, that smallness, the supple delicacy; that's just me.)”
  • By Geoff Bouvier, July 1, 2004
Dave Knoblock
  • Mustache

  • "I was 15 years old. I was babysitting. The missus was out of town. When the mister came home, we sat and chatted. The kids were nestled in their beds, upstairs. We were friendly. I had babysat there several times before. The family owned a fancy hot dog stand at the local mall's food court; I was thinking of working for them. The kiss was brief, the mustache wiry and foreign."
  • By Deirdre Lickona, June 16, 2005
Bob: "My favorite mustache in history belonged to Captain Smith of the Titanic."
  • Got Some Skin Left?

  • "When I was eight, I saw a tiny red devil tattoo on my dad's left bicep. That devil might have been no bigger than a golf ball, but he couldn't have made a larger impression. In coming years my father would uncover tattoo magazines under my bed, find a cigar box I'd marked "Savings for Tattoo," and uncover checklists I'd made outlining the process of immigration to the Philippines."
  • By Ollie , May 26, 2005
A short stint in a California prison for aggravated assault had given him 18 months to practice a newfound craft. He showed us how to make a tattoo gun from an eight-track motor, a Bic pen, and a sewing needle.
  • Tell Me What You're Wearing

  • "I used to see all these ads for Hawaiian prints, so I tried wearing those. I grew up in Iowa; it just didn't work. Neither do muumuus, which people wear out in public. And those sweats. Okay, you're a mom, you're busy. You're going to the gym, it's everyday use, but you can still dress up."
  • By Sue Greenberg, Dec. 13, 2007
Michelle Dalessandro: "I don't have a chest, so baby doll tops work great for me."
  • More Than Support

  • “I first started to notice breasts when I was ten years old. Not my own, because I didn’t have any yet, but my mother’s. I had seen my mother dressing often enough; she was small-framed, and her pear-shaped breasts were average in size and proportionate to the rest of her.
  • By Deirdre Lickona, April 24, 2003
“Right now, I have four to six bras, but I mainly wear my favorite everyday bras. Oh, those are ugly."
Once there was Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, and Grace Kelly, and now we have Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, and Pamela Anderson.
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