The thermometer hit 100 two Sundays ago, but that didn’t stop cool-hunting New Yorkers from trekking out to Fort Tilden to see Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden.” Some 1,500 infinitely Instagrammable stainless steel balls were installed inside a former train garage, as part of the Rockaway! arts festival. Some attendees used umbrellas to ward off the sun; others wore bikinis. The beach, thankfully, is just over the sand dunes.
Is this the least you’ve ever worn to an art show?
Yes. Absolutely. It’s hot as hell. I was wearing mesh and a vest, and I decided it was too hot.
Could you ever bartend in this?
Absolutely not. I would get harassed. Don’t want to deal with that at all.
Where is your bathing suit top from?
I got it from Zaful online. It had stripes. Thought it was cute.
And more stripes on your bottom half.
These are from the thrift store. They’re Soffe brand, my favorite kind of exercise shorts.
Do you exercise in them?
Occupation: Civil engineer
Where is your shirt?
In my bag. Outside in the grass.
What brought you here?
My friend. We try to do something new every weekend: art or going out or going to a park.
Are those shorts or a swimsuit?
A swimsuit. I come from Colombia. I bought them there. For the beach. My sandals, they’re from Walmart.
Are you just visiting or do you live here?
I moved here two months ago. I want to do movies. I want to direct them. And if I could be an actor it would be awesome. My roommate and I make short films every weekend. Actually, being a civil engineer is my hobby.
What do you illustrate?
Mostly feminine bodies and flora. A lot of erotic stuff, too.
Did you illustrate your tattoos?
No. The basketball with the plant is actually a sculpture by Juni Figueroa. So is the little witch, which my friend did for me in college.
Are you witchy?
Is that a linen skirt?
So what’s your plan for dealing with the heat today?
I was planning on sticking my face in the ocean.
Occupation: Web developer
How did you dress to beat the heat today?
I tried to wear the flimsiest things in the closet. The top is actually my girlfriend’s.
Do you guys share a lot of clothes?
Just about everything.
As long as it’s comfortable.
Are those shorts for sports?
This is a WeSC bathing suit.
I also wear a bathing suit as shorts. I think it’s stylish.
Occupation: Poker player
Did you bring a drink from home? What’s your poison?
I did. This is Henny, Johnny Walker Black and cranberry juice.
Do you have a name for that drink?
Call it Kellz.
What’s on your feet?
These are Dockers. I like the sand. I love the sand, but you have to walk on the beach and the sand is hot.
What’s on your wrist?
Invicta. It’s a diver’s watch. Hopefully it’s going to be a Roly soon.
Occupation: Brand manager, Debra of America.
You’re the only person I’ve seen in all of Fort Tilden wearing overalls.
I just woke up and said, “Overalls!”
Why are you wearing something over your bathing suit?
It gets cold.
What are you wearing beneath your overalls?
A bathing suit from Inamorata.
Do you have a million bathing suits, or just a couple?
Have you been swimming?
How’s the water?
It’s cold, but the perfect cold.
Occupation: Audiovisual technician
Jeans. Very brave today.
I don’t have many shorts. I just spent a month in Iceland, and it was very cold. I have only jeans and sweaters. And I dug this out today, because it has no sleeves.
And combat boots. Is it just a puddle of sweat in there?
No, I’m pretty good in all extreme temperatures.
What’s the tattoo on the back of your neck?
It’s Aegishjalmur, which means “helm of awe.” It probably goes back to right after the viking age in Scandinavia. The lady who did it used pokes, the traditional Old Norse way.
Occupation: Theater facility manager, Bardavon 1869 Opera House
You are wearing more clothes than most people today, but they look very light.
They are. These are cotton Gap pajama pants.
That might be the only cool golf shirt I’ve ever seen.
This is a designer from New York City, Juli Raja. She designs the block prints and her father-in-law has them printed and made in India. It’s a nice light Indian cotton that’s gotten softer and softer as it’s been washed.
And the print is a lovely depiction of a shark eating a man.
Is there anything special about your sneakers?
I got these at a yard sale for $5.