Back in dark dark January, Mr Natty spent a frosty morning (proper brass monkey weather) on the streets of New York with our good ol' mate Josh Griffler (a fine photographer)and they took some smudges of the very talented singer/songwriter Justin Dean Thomas. Looking properly natty, despite the weather, he told us his story. Originally from Boston, Justin hitchhiked across the States cutting his teeth playing everywhere he could to immerse himself in folk, country, rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll. Lending his time to poetry and songwriting, he has developed a sound all his own. Now living in NYC, he sang in the subways and clubs before meeting fellow musician TJ Rosenthal. Together they formed the band The Bowery Riots. Justin is on fire with his solo work and he's gearing up for an album release in the near future. The Natty boys wish him all the best and suggest you check out his music here.
What do you do? Musician- Singer/Songwriter. I have my own solo project - Justin Dean Thomas - and a band - The Bowery Riots.
What do you prefer doing? Underwater basket weaving.
Do you have a regime for your grooming? Pomade and a good leather jacket.
Can you recall your first or early barbershop experiences? I remember this joint in Boston with these old school barbers, they had slicked back hair and you could smell the cigarette smoke on their hands. The chairs were from the 50’s and I was always in awe when they brought out the straight razor to finish the back.
All-time getting ready to go out tune? Down on the Street by The Stooges.
Photos: Joshua Griffler
Hair: Matt Raine @ One Represents