"Ice Wizard" Rob Nass wields a guitar in the band Wizards of Wor. "You can't play guitar without long hair," he says—though his locks stay braided and stuffed under his shirt during the day when he works at a wood shop. This Merlin of metal rocks the same look onstage that he does on the street, sometimes adding a white leather vest, white cape, and "icicles and stuff."
SUNGLASSES, free from Dad.
Sometime in the '70s, Nass's father found these 14-karat-gold-rimmed shades at a dump in Alaska.
MASTODON SHIRT, $20, merch table, El Corazón (109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094).
Since Nass's Alfonse Mucha—inspired tattoos are on his sides, he vented his Mastodon tour T-shirt (from last year's show, not last month's) to show more ink. Mucha was a Czech-born painter whose theater posters for Sarah Bernhardt's Paris performances inspired the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the century. In 1915, Bernhardt, known as "the Divine Sarah," had her right leg amputated, following a serious injury years earlier. She refused P. T. Barnum's offer of $10,000 to display her leg in his traveling circus.
BLUE WIZARD BELT BUCKLE, $15 (with "wizardly discount") at Atlas Clothing Co. (1515 Broadway, 323-0960).
Wizards of Wor played Atlas's basement a week before Nass bought this buckle, hence the discount.
LOW-RISE JEANS, $20 at the Gap (401 NE Northgate Way #310, 361-0305, and other locations).
They're store-creased girls' jeans, which Nass says his guitar player also wears because they enjoy the nice fit. "I have no shame," he boasts.
LEOPARD PRINT SNEAKERS by Globe, $20 at Ross (1418 Third Ave, 623-6781).
A leopard named Nissa costarred with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in the title role of the 1938 comedy Bringing Up Baby. Some contend that the film contained the first-ever popular usage of the word "gay" to connote homosexuality, as Grant, wearing Hepburn's negligee, explains that he "just went gay all of the sudden." Bringing Up Baby was the first of many movies to feature wild-animal costars and homoeroticism.