Personal Style: Jennings

Photography: Darious Smith

Where are you from and where are you living now? 

I am from Laurens, South Carolina (Hickory Tavern). Currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

When it comes to clothes, how would you describe your style?

If something is comfortable, I make it work. I have gotten more miles out of my old sweatshirts than I ever have out of any $100 piece of clothing I have purchased. 

What are some of your staple items? Is there anything that you just couldn’t live without? 

I am a hat guy. I honestly can't remember the last time I went anywhere without a hat on. And no matter the weather outside.....shorts. I haven't worn long pants outside of workplace attire in several years. 

How do you decide what to throw on for the day? 

"Am I naked? No? Okay, good to go." Simple as that. 

Do you have any inspirations for your style? And what are you wearing right now? 

Most of what I wear I have acquired from my friend's bands or some sort of jersey (baseball/hockey/football). I like to support the things and the people I care about. Hard to pinpoint an inspiration other than that. 

I am currently wearing a pullover hoodie, shorts, top-siders and a USA Hockey National Championship hat. Just as a visual...if someone had to play Finn The Human in a live-action Adventure Time film, I may get the call. 

What are some articles of clothing that you feel the most comfortable in? 

A good pair of shoes. Foot comfort is very important to me. Sperry Top-Siders have been a staple part of my closet for a long time. They hold up well and provide the comfort that I need in a shoe. 

What advice do you have for other guys/gals that would like to achieve a similar style?

STOP CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK! If you want to wear it...then wear it. Be happy!

Is there a color that you most often incorporate into your outfit, whether it be intentional or non-intentional? 

I collect vintage Alkaline Trio shirts, specifically Heather Gable designs. Most of those designs were printed on black so by proxy black finds it's way into my outfits quite frequently. 

If we could go through your family photos and see a photographic documentary of your style phases, which style phase would be the most embarrassing? We’ve all had them! 

Early high school years I had this idea that I should be squeezing into as tight a t-shirt as possible. I would get one or two wears out of them before they would shrink into doll clothes. Most of those shirts are part of a quilt now. Glad that whole phase didn't last too long.   

Do you have a hidden hobby? Or a hobby that not everyone knows about?

I don't know about hidden but kayaking with one of my oldest friends, Ike, is something that I enjoy doing every now and then. Nice to get out on the lake and just drift around for a couple hours and get away from stresses for a little bit. 

What is your favorite type of music? Who are some of your favorite artists?

I work in the music industry. Touring most of the time, (200-300 days a year). I would have to contribute that to punk music, 100%. I started listening to bands like Alkaline Trio, Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at ten years old. Now at twenty-three I still listen to and love all those bands. I work a lot of the same venues those guys did/do.
Crazy thing to think about. 

What are your interests, passions?

Like I mentioned before, music. It has been a major part of my life for more than a decade now.  For about five years I played shows and did tours with a band that I was part of. And for the past three years touring has become my job and source of income. 

In the past two years I have invested a lot of my time into writing/performing stand-up comedy. It's starting to become a more prominent part of my day-to-day. Doing a few open-mics a week, doing short sets before some of the bands I work for, and soon...doing my own tours.

What are your goals for those passions? 

Just keep growing, learning, and filling my calendar. Getting as much mic time as possible for myself has been a huge priority lately. Need to continue writing better jokes and going out on stage and building more confidence in the material. 

Entertainment is a tricky one. Whether it is music or comedy, it can be tough to get your footing and a lot of times you're out there without any sort of safety net because a lot of people consider it outside of the social norm. I can't say it isn't a risk but I got to take a shot.....Sorry mom!

What goals did you want to achieve for your adult self when you were five or so?

When I was five I wanted to be an ice hockey star or be the next Steve Irwin.

Have those goals changed? And what are they now? 

I still want to be those thing, you kiddin'? Hockey made me who I am today and Steve was the coolest. Rest In Power, Mate! 

But things didn't quite go that way...

I may not be the in the NHL or have my head in a crocodile's mouth but I do think that my current life path is still about pursuing that same need for adventure and excitement that my five year old self had in mind.

Will you tell us about a struggle, recent or not, that you’ve overcome?

I had a pretty difficult time during college and the year or so after I dropped out of college. I was there for all the wrong reasons and I had no interest in being there in the first place. At the time I just wanted to play hockey or play music....I felt that college was in the way of where I wanted to be. Once I dropped out I felt like I had disappointed a lot of people and made the wrong choice because it wasn't what I was "supposed" to be doing with my life and a lot of people expected "better of me". To this day I feel leaving college is one of the most significant choices I have made and I now know that it was the right choice for me. I wasn't happy then, I am now. Must be doing something right.

Three random facts about Jennings: 

1. I was a professional wrestler for a couple of years.

2. I am a source of useless baseball trivia. Been a diehard Atlanta Braves fan my whole life. 

3. I love seafood. I have an oyster tattooed on my shin.


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