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The Common Thread Between Us: WanJun

Wanjun Carpenter is a 37-year-old creative who resides in Newcastle East, NSW. Photography and music are the two disciplines that Wanjun specialises in, and the majority of his time is spent shooting live music or performing, either as a DJ or his live electronic music act. His usual weekends are mix of shooting, performing, skating and bodyboarding, which he’s been doing for over 20 years.

What dictates what you put on in the morning?
It’s kind of just what I’m feeling at the time. I’ll lay a few things out, change shirts a few times then just go by feel.

What is the greatest sartorial fail of you life?
I went through a pretty bad flared jeans stage in the early noughts. Stencil tees, peach fluro—it was a pretty bad cycle. And Y2K’s coming back, which is scary.

What is the piece of clothing you’ve always been too scared to buy?
Mainly just boutique brands like Aries. You’re talking $600 a jacket, and my access to that is limited.

What is the piece of clothing that your most deplore?
Those generic cotton pants with the scrunchy elastic around the bottom.

Which living person’s style do you most admire?
I don’t really look to anyone in particular. I look more at what normal people were wearing at 90s raves and stuff. I pay more attention to the era rather than individuals.

What is your greatest fashion extravagance?
I don’t have one really, I try and keep it to a minimum. Most of my stuff is second hand to be honest, I dig for one-off pieces that people don’t wear and try not to tap into too much consumerism.

What is your single favourite item in your wardrobe?
I’ve got a big denim trench coat from the 80s—it’s mad.

What is the piece of clothing that you wear the most?
I’ve got a pair of green and black plaid pants that I wear a lot, and I wear Dickies heaps.

What is the best thing you’ve bought in the last six months?
I bought a new medium format camera, a Mamiya Rb67.

What would you wear to your own funeral?
I’d head down the line of wearing something a bit brighter to celebrate life. Wearing black’s kinda morbid.