Fashion from the Inside
Written by Shawn T. Nichols,
Correctional Institution, currently incarcerated after a jury trial
where he was convicted of sexual assault.
over 714 prisoners per 100,000 people, the U.S. continues as it has
since the Year 2000, to have the world’s highest incarceration
rate in the world. Of the over one million prisoners worldwide, the
U.S. has over two million, or 22%, of the total. Chances are you
know a prisoner
or maybe you’ll become a prisoner. If so, you’ll want to
know the do’s and don’ts of inmate fashion this season
out on the rec field or in the chow hall.
There have been many changes in trendy inmate fashion this year.
The first and most obvious being the “layered gangster” look.
To do this you need to wear lots of clothes. First, wear your pants so
the waist band is below your ass. Then have a pair of grey gym shorts
under that and have the waist band just above the pants. Then under the
gym shorts you wear a pair of white boxers so the waist band of that
is exposed just above the grey gym shorts. Then under that you wear a
pair of the state issued green tighty-whiteys so the waist band is just
above the boxers. The over-all look can be spotted from across the rec
field so your fellow inmates will know “you’re down.”
It seems that a fashion don’t this year is
the homemade wife beater. This was actually all the rage last year.
You take a regular t-shirt
and and cut it to resemble a wife beater. If you sport this particular
garment on the rec field this year you’ll get laughed at harder
than if you were at your parole hearing. But what should I do with last
year’s homemade wife beater you ask? Well that’s simple.
You cut it up even more and wear it as a du-rag, ah yes, the ever popular
do-rag. The fashion staple of the the trendy inmate that doesn’t
seem to be going anywhere.
Another popular accessory this this season is the hair net. It’s
not just for your grandmother or fast food worker anymore. This year
inmates in every cell hall are wearing the hair net. Always tie it
in the back to create the ponytail effect. I have been trying to
implement the beard net into trendiness but so far have been unsuccessful.
my fashion icon status is largely ignored by the other inmates.
Another curious comeback is that of the state issued work boot. The
once-shunned state issued work boot is now worn with pride among
the more popular
inmates. But don’t tie the laces, they must be worn untied.
It gives it that chic laziness combined with that Devil may care
that has all the female guards and the more effeminate inmates swooning.
So, all in all, this year’s inmate fashion season promises
to be exciting. See you on the rec field, or possibly the hole.
Inmate Nichols has been a fashion icon since 1987. He enjoys hard drugs,
crochet and would like your feedback.
Illustrations by fellow inmate, Kleiner, whom we hear has a panaché for
beating up cops.
Where Are You From: Wisconsin
Where Do You Live: Waupun
What Do you Do: Time
What Are your Interests: Hard
drugs, Crocheting and good Rock-N-Roll
Where Did You Buy What You Are Wearing: State
What Do Yo Hate: the
Where Are You From: Pennsylvania
Where Do You Live: Bellefonte,
What Do you Do: Time
What Are your Interests: Real
Coffee, Playing my Telecaster, Music
Where Did You Buy What You Are Wearing: State Issued
What Do Yo Hate: Authority