Terry Plater

glimpsed at maryland art place

April 12, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun

In the Maryland Art Place gallery, filled with folks for the "Out of Order" auction, artist Terry Plater was a standout in a personal style he calls "a mixture of '50s Harlem renaissance old school mixed with a modern-day skateboarder."

The 24-year-old Loch Raven resident uses mixed-media not just when he paints. He loves to build an outfit with layering components.

"Being an artist, [my look] is pretty important. It's always important for me to be different and that includes how I dress."

The look: : Gray, black and red button-down cotton American Rags shirt. Slim-fit Ralph Lauren jeans. Black cotton Vans hoodie. Black, gray and red cotton fringe scarf. Pocket watch and chain. Black and gray with red patent leather trim Supra sneakers. Black felt Vintage Crown Co. porkpie hat. Phat Farm glasses.

Where it came from: : He's had the shirt "forever." The pants came from Marshalls, and the hoodie from the Vans store at White Marsh Mall. His scarf was a Downtown Locker Room find, and he picked up his pocket watch at WalMart. He ordered his Supras from zumiez.com. He bought the hat at Urban Outfitters. His glasses were a gift.

How he shops: ": I don't shop that often. Maybe once a month, and if I do, I'll either go online or to certain shops like Urban Outfitters or American Apparel, or I'll go places like Marshalls. I don't like to go to the mall. ... Online, I like karmaloop.com, digitalgravel.com, thegiantpeach.com, tanktheory.com. ... I don't like to wear a lot of [mass] manufactured things. I make my own T-shirts, silk-screening them. ... I buy five for $20 from Chaps and then put my own art on it."

He's a sucker for sneakers: : "I have a weakness for shoes, sneakers. Especially Supras. I like having a pair of shoes that people don't usually wear, but they're still very eye-catching."

His money matters: : "I will spend the most amount of money on shoes. Supras can range anywhere from $80 to $150. Hats won't usually run that high. Jeans, I don't like to pay more than $60 for jeans. Jackets, I can pay up to $80 for."

How he creates an outfit: : First, "shirt, shoes, jeans, jacket, hat. I'm always wearing a hat. I'm always wearing a nice pair of sneakers. And you'll usually catch me in a jacket. ... I'm a hat person. I wear a whole lot of hats - hats that you generally can't find. I'll wear Kangols, fedoras, baseball caps; sometimes I'll wear a scarf on my head. I'll wrap it with a bun in the back."

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