In an episode of the 1999 cult sequence Freaks and Geeks, the Neil Peart-loving burnout Nick Andopolis (portrayed by a teenage Jason Segel) shared what I’ve at all times assumed to be a truism relevant to drummers in all places: no different sort of pants can present the complete vary of mobility—nay, freedom—that drumming requires like a pair of shorts.
Whether or not or not that is true for the generational drummer Travis Barker when he’s behind the equipment, he definitely has a knack for the kind of gnarly-cool clothes that appear to be they’ve in all probability survived many nights on a tour bus idling in an Indiana parking zone. For instance: whereas out and about on a current 90-degree day in Los Angeles, Barker sported a pair of ultra-baggy, low-slung black jean shorts hacked off someplace across the knee space, coming into into the report one of many wilder pairs of cut-offs we’ve seen shortly. (He paired them with a slouchy Motörhead hoodie and, as a result of Calabasas is rarely too distant, a pair of Balenciaga resort slippers.)
It’s not summer season with out a little inseam discourse, however between Barker’s monstrous jorts and Robert Pattinson’s 2000s-mall-skater knee-length cargos, we could also be on the verge of one thing new. Then once more, a dishevelled shorts revival is nothing we will’t deal with; as GQ’s own Yang-Yi Goh wrote back in June, “Make ’em both an inch or two shorter than you’re comfy with (assume prime ’80s Magic Johnson)…or three to 4 inches longer and flowier than something you’ve worn since your Warped Tour days (assume prime ’00s Allen Iverson).” As Barker—who, to be truthful, was in all probability at that Warped Tour—proves, shorts are an artwork, not a science.