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Mike Sains  Host of Audio Barre. Co-Host of IncCast. Writer. Editor. Collector. Student of Fashion. Plus Size Model. Let me showcase your wares.

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So...last weekend, when I woke up on Sunday, I decided to catch up on some reading. In times of strife, look to the voices of the past for insights to the future.
And for me, America has few writers to ever contribute to the printed word greater than Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut. Generation of Swine, Volumes 1 + 2 are exactly what they sound like: a document of America's new capitalism in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. It ain't pretty, both Volumes.

And neither is Galapagos, for that matter. For all of Kurt's beautiful wording, his books are those of dark human nature, of pride in silly things that can be made into weapons, and the tendencies in man that make us cringe.
First edition, first printings, all three. ---------
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These last serval weeks have been extremely trying. Mentally and emotionally speaking I'm both glad and exhausted that the fight is here in my home state of Virginia. Boston has made us proud by rooting out these cowards and showing them that we will not be cast aside.

Today I have been all about Nine Inch Nail's EP "Not The Actual Events". We've been gaslit into having a free platform for Nazis.

It's time to see the Fields Burning Bright.
#music #musicforthesoul #NIN #nineinchnails #trentreznor #reznor #industrial #metal #record #rock #nottheactualevents #records #recordcollection #vinyl #instavinyl #vinylclub #vinylporn #vinyladdict #vinyligclub #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinyljunkie #vinylcommunity #vinylrecords #vinylcollectionpost #collector #collection #vinylsaturday #saturdayfun #saturdayvibes

It's official. I'm now a member of the @demsocialists in the #Commonwealth of #Virginia. I couldn't watch what happened in #Charlottesville and not move towards making real change in this country, starting in the heart of this new conflict.
I am eager to see what comes next. #socialist #democraticsocialist #DSA #democraticsocialistsofamerica #progress #forward #together #thepeople #TheLeft

SECONDHAND DIAMONDS 💎 Craigslist Edition! Swipe to see the whole post!

Another autumn-like day in the middle of August. It should be the hottest it'll be all year, and instead I'm ramping up to go full fall time colors.
Today I'm really digging this vertical striped @neimanmarcus exclusive from @etonshirts. When I say this is the nicest shirt I've ever owned, I mean this is the most intricately crafted shirt I have ever laid my hands on. Found in an ad on Craigslist! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This shirt retailed about $300+. I paid $25. Same price of a t-shirt.
The fabric is somehow soft but tough, thick but breathable, comfortable but form fitting. The shirt itself is heavy. I'm not sure I've ever said that about a shirt before. It has real weight to it. The collar feels like...like really firm, almost like a brace. But god damn, it is SO comfortable. The torso is tailored fit, and it grips the chest (and the stomach, ahem, ahem) but it looks great! It does not have the "big dude boobs" thing that a lot of shirts have, the fabric slides down over the chest, rather than gripping it and letting your manfloppers flop. Fantastic for plus size dudes. A real first time experience.
So, I took that bad boy and paired it with these wild @paulsmithdesign cufflinks, and I think the lines-on-lines look, contrasted by the huge difference in the two color pallets, looks cool. I don't know how to describe it, in terms of fashion or proper terminology. It just looks really cool to me.

Lesson: DC area residents throw away things that have way more value than they either realize or care about. And I will be here to snag it up. I'm like the Ghost of Tom Joad, but for fashion, not systemic oppression.
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Experiments in Top Blocking:

I like my style how I like my music: loud and bold.
Same @roddandgunn jacket as yesterday's weight loss journey victory lap, only this time, paired with eBay steals @culturataroma dress shirt and vintage jeweled @chanelofficial tie, paired with a 2016 @hussars_madrid pocket square. Tie bar courtesy of @thetiebar.
Shirt, tie and square, combined, under $100. (The jacket is another story). Thoughts?
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In January I was 258 pounds. This jacket was more than a little tight. Today I'm 235 and let's just say I'm not mad at how I look in this picture.
There's a picture of me from then in this @roddandgunn sports coat and it did NOT fit me like this. Pair that up with these cream @agjeans cotton blend jeans, and a simple compression shirt, and you've got one comfy late summer outfit.
Thoughts?
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IT FINALLY CAME! After a few months of waiting, my @mondotees + @f_francavilla poster for "GET OUT"! I've watched this film at least 10 times since it debuted in theaters, and JUMPED at the chance to get my hands on the very limited Mondo poster run. 1 of 250 ever made.
Printed straight onto black art stock, this poster is of the highest possible quality and as dope as dope could ever be. @jordanpeele ---
#francavilla #francescofrancavilla #mondo #mondotees #mondoposter #poster #art #posterart #design #movie #movieposter #movieart #getout #sunkenplace #thesunkenplace #horror #horrormovies #cultclassic #newclassic #comicbookart #cinema #cinematic #iconic

Happy 26th Birthday, #StreetsOfRage on #Sega. @sega was my jam back in the day.

This is my salute to my favorite side scroller of all time.
#videogames #scratch #scratching #scratchlive #acapella #acapellaapp #turntable #turntablism #turntablist #midatlanticscratchleague #MASL #hiphop #90s #90slove

eBay steal of the year? I think so!
This brand was one of the first I ever truly knew I couldn't ever afford. @culturataroma is perhaps my favorite shirt company, as their shirts are maybe the softest, most comfortable shirt I have ever put on my body. Literally felt like silk.
So, when I saw the price tag, I immediately took that ego L and moved on with my life. Imagine my surprise when this bad boy popped up on eBay, never worn, and pretty damn certain it's the same exact shirt I had to pass up from Trunk Club.

Get to the point, right? Ok. Word. This is an Egyptian cotton fabric, made in Italy, sold at Nordstrom's. Original price: $200. Yeah you read that right. I paid $23 with free shipping. BOOOOYAKASHAAAAA!
I love how rich people sell their exes stuff on eBay. It is literally how i dress myself in these clothes. Same exact price of a god damn hot topic graphic tee, wearing the skin of an angel. ------
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