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The style of Johnny Depp, a contemporary pirate

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Andrea Tuzio

Unless you have been on the International Space Station for the past month and have just returned to Earth, I imagine you are aware of the trial of the year-at least in terms of relevance and media attention-the one involving ex-spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
We won’t go into the specifics of the trial quarrels here, partly because you only have to scroll through any of your feeds to get as much info as possible, I’ll just tell you that final arguments are scheduled for today, so we’re in the home stretch.

I have never been attracted to the morbidity that is unleashed around certain issues but I chose to take my cue from the story of the moment and try to tell the evolution of the unique and timeless style of one of the most eclectic actors in Hollywood show biz, John Christopher Depp II.

Ever since his big-screen debut, which took place almost as a joke and to support himself in his career as a musician, in the first episode of the cult horror saga dedicated to Freddy Krueger and created by Wes Craven, Nightmare on Elm Street, Johnny established himself to the general public as a handsome, charismatic actor and potential teen idol. This status was later solidified through his role in Oliver Stone’s Platoon and especially in the TV series 21 Jump Street.

The rebellious boy aura acquired in 21 Jump Street was further fueled by his off-set lifestyle and consummate rocker aesthetic that “cost” him his bad boy reputation.

Charismatic, eccentric, eclectic, versatile, shameless, over the years Johnny Depp has set a standard of style that is inimitable (partly because he is the only one who can afford to be Johnny Depp) linked inextricably to music and precisely to rock – he started out as a musician and continues to play guitar in the Hollywood Vampires – building a style that fully reflected that mood: long, shaggy hair, tattoos, leather jackets, ripped jeans, boots, vintage items, worn-out T-shirts etc.

Charismatic, eccentric, eclectic, versatile, shameless, over the years Johnny Depp has set a standard of style that is inimitable (partly because he is the only one who can afford to be Johnny Depp) linked inextricably to music and precisely to rock – he started out as a musician and continues to play guitar in the Hollywood Vampires – building a style that fully reflected that mood: long, shaggy hair, tattoos, leather jackets, ripped jeans, boots, vintage items, worn-out T-shirts etc.

A contemporary pirate who also delineated his style through his experience as the protagonist of the saga Pirates of the Caribbean as Jack Sparrow, his alter-ego on the big screen, and a character almost completely inspired by the legendary guitarist and founder of the Rolling Stones, who became his friend and mentor. 

Depp has consistently ignored the fashions of the moment, expressing himself and preserving his eclectic and distinctive aesthetic throughout the years. He has never enlisted the help or advice of stylists and is always conscious of what he expresses through his extremely divisive looks, just as the person is.

There is only one unique and inimitable Johnny Depp.

Stylestyle
Written by Andrea Tuzio
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