Phoenix Artist Zach Bootz on Ditching Denim for Slacks
Phoenix native Zach Bootz knows that the way men dress in Phoenix is very much restricted by the state's weather.
Andie Flores Zach Bootz loves graphic T-shirts done right.
"It's easy to dress well here," says Bootz, "but a lot of people wear boat shoes and boring shorts and Ts because of the heat."
The 23-year-old has put his own spin on dressing up and dressing well every day and still manages to stay cool.
Bootz is a printmaking major at Arizona State University, where he does both print work and creates large-scale drawings. His Instagram account, @yourpalbootz, is filled with his illustrations, many of which have streetwear and sports influences.
The artist's love of streetwear began as a kid. "I found graffiti artists that I really liked, and in sixth grade, I started to draw graffiti and thought it was really cool, but I sucked at it," says Bootz. "I kept practicing and it was a pretty short lived phase, but street art was a gateway into finer arts."
Bootz says before Obey clothing is what it is today -- think wheatpaste and Andre the Giant days -- he was an avid fan. Once he began to see Obey shirts everywhere, his tastes developed into newer brands.
Bootz knows streetwear has changed a lot in the past few years and that it's becoming more and more high end. "Brands like Hood by Air are bridging this gap that there's always been between streetwear and fashion, and it's cool."
The streetwear fan says he doesn't see himself as being that fashionable, but he does have a formula. "I always start with slacks, I revolve around three pairs of shoes, and then I'll just tuck in my shirt or roll my sleeves.
"I don't know why more people don't wear slacks every day. I haven't worn denim in almost a year because I wear slacks all the time."
Bootz posts his illustrations and prints regularly on his Instagram, and fans will be able to purchase his work this summer on his web store.