I am about to unpack why Jesus is a style hero/influence, and I want to make it clear off the bat: I’m not a believer, nor am I particularly irreverent. I’m not trying to be controversial or silly.
If I really reflect on my Jesus interest, it might be that–despite a youthful run of low-impact delinquency–my rebellions tend to be of the quieter variety. And, in a lot of ways, I think that’s why I think Jesus as a dude seemed pretty awesome. I think that the visual image we have–doe-eyed and bearded–combined with the myth of a sensitive and principled dissident, femininely masculine, can lead to an inspired look.
I am not joking. Jesus would fit right in with artists through the ages:
I first really contemplated Jesus as fashion touchstone when I saw The Royal Tenenbaums ten years ago. Wes Anderson must have been thinking of the ultimate martyr when directing Luke Wilson as the fallen, tortured Richie Tennenbaum.
The headband is a little goofy but I’m actually really into the long hair/beard/tennis uniform/blazer situation going on here. I also should note that it’s pretty fantastic that Richie symbolically sheds his role as victim by losing the beard and hair (and surviving a suicide attempt), but he looks great even when he feels defeated.
Every poor bastard with dark, curly hair, intense eyes and the weight of the world on his shoulders has a little Jesus in him. Al Pacino’s subtle reference is great as the artfully disheveled Serpico, a cop who tries to do the right thing and then gets royally fucked by his apostles–I mean buddies.
I am of this Judeo-Christian culture and therefore I find the whole look poetic. Speaking of downtrodden poetry, who is more representative of the street bard than Bruce Springsteen?
Except for, perhaps, Mr. Dylan:
If he grew a beard, you know he’d look like God’s son. Which is all the more apropos, given his recent conversion from Judaism to Christianity.
My favorite Jesus-look comes courtesy of Adrien Brody, who I love because his weird nose and pointy face bear a passing resemblance to my own. And ladies think he’s handsome! Also, when I picture him I always think of him as skinny and I remember that most of the time he’s buff as all get out. Go on, Adrien!
I enjoy that he always looks like he’s having a nice time. Sailing, wearing straw hats–Brody is a pretty relaxed Jesus; Jesus without the whole crucifying/save the world thing.
Finally, my pal Rocco Kayiatos, better known as romantic rapper Katastrophe, definitely has a Jesus look about him:
Tattooed Jesus! You know Jesus would love tattoos.
In summary, perhaps it says something about my psychology but I don’t care. “Jesus” is a look and I like it. I am a guy with wild, curly brown hair and a sensitive heart, and I’m clearly not the only one to look to the Man himself for the ultimate good guy style.