There’s nothing chicer than confusing residents of Bushwick about what your gender is. It’s a perverse sort of thrill to fuck with people who are generally so unshockable and immune to aesthetics. Yes, to be sure, the only thing that still intrigues people when it comes to jolting anyone out of their own reality is, for some reason, dressing in a manner that isn’t in keeping with the norms of your gender.
One would think that, after so many centuries of cross-dressing and gender-bending in America and Europe, people might finally be over the novelty of gender ambiguity. But, alas, it remains a constant and almost cliche source of getting attention for those trying to claw their way to the top of the Bushwick social scene. The Burning Bush spoke to one such androgynous proponent named Jett Aguilera, a 44-year-old man who dresses effeminately to sustain his edge in all the local bars. Aguilera noted, “It’s the easiest way to get people to take notice of you in this neighborhood. If you can stand out from your basic hipster riffraff, you’ve got some automatic clout.”
With hipster garb being the current equivalent of wearing a petticoat in terms of fashionability, it seems likely that we may see the demise of stores like Mary Meyer and Beacon’s in favor of more S&M-flavored clothing shops–which means you’ll have an easier time one-upping the competition at Tandem and Cobra Club.
Written by Genna Rivieccio