We spent the weekend at Tyler, The Creator’s LA music fest to find out what inspires its attendees’ style
On November 9 and 10, around 50,000 of Tyler, the Creator’s fans descended on Camp Flog Gnaw, the annual festival-slash-carnival Tyler has been running since 2011. While the singer may have had almost a decade of life – and multiple outfit changes – under his belt since then, his fanbase remains young; Cali sober teens flooded the Dodger stadium in LA to watch Solange, FKA twigs, Slowthai, Blood Orange, The Internet, A$AP Rocky and more. They danced, they got off with eachother, they convinced themselves Frank Ocean was going to show up, and, more importantly, they wore a lot of Golf Wang (including Tyler’s brand new Converse sneakers).
We sent photographer Zamar Velez to capture some of their looks, and met a few of them below.
JAIDA WALCOTT, 20
“I’m a Yankee cowboy – from New York and Dallas. What brought me to Camp was my childhood best friend, she called me one day ready to restart our lives and do a huge road trip – this was the first destination. A lot of my personality, expression, and influences from where I’ve lived come into play when it comes to my wardrobe. I live for thrifting, those chaps I’m wearing I thrifted here in Cali for Camp and I built my outfit around them. My favourite part of the weekend HANDS DOWN was being called on stage with DaBaby and being the last girl up there. A dream!”
“I’m from Orange County. I’m working on a zine, I’ve made some short films, and I’m in a band called A.L.F. My style inspiration comes from playing Skate 3 and Rock Band and spending more time customising my character than actually playing. I went to Camp Flog Gnaw to see my friends and Solange, but I missed Solange’s set – I enjoyed drinking a Modelo in the parking lot with my friend’s dad.”
“I’m originally from North Hollywood but very recently moved to Long Beach. I do a bit of modelling but I’m really into cooking and I’ve started designing clothes in the hopes of starting up my own line. I would describe my style as that of an old man who is about to go fishing but also has casual Friday at work later that day. I get a lot of inspiration from my Asian grandfather and the colours I see old ladies wear on the metro.”
“I performed at Camp Flog Gnaw, it was my first festival and also my third show ever so I’m really stoked on being able to perform, have it go well, and have people really enjoy the show – it’s kinda crazy. Luka Sabbat, Pharrell, André Benjamin and those around me who have great style are the people who inspire my own style.”
ESSENCE MOSELEY, 21
“I’m from Los Angeles, I’m a photographer and photo assistant – my photos are usually inspired by my favourite 70s films alond with capturing a sense of youthfulness. (Starring in the video for Tyler’s song ‘I Think’) was very fun – it felt like one big high school dance.”