Somehow each article of Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has come back in style, albeit mostly when they’re worn individually. His daring lifestyle and his use of Gonzo journalism worked perfectly with his individual style which often included a Hawaiian shirt paired with a bucket hat and aviator shades.
It’s no secret Depp and Thompson were friends in real life with Depp even funding the writer’s funeral which included his ashes being shot out of a cannon at the top of a tower Thompson designed himself. Thankfully you don’t have to go that far this Halloween to achieve his iconic look. Take a look below for the full outfit from the head down and where to buy each piece.
“We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.”
Thompson could be seen almost exclusively covering his head with a fishing cap or letting it shine in all its bald glory in a visor. Check out this reversible hat from Barbour and start the look off right.
“We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.”
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“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
The Gonzo journalist thoroughly understood the benefits of TarGard filters when he said, “For one thing, it is not a holder. It is a filter. A big difference. A filter clears a full ounce of scum and tar a day, keeps it from ruining my lungs. The first time I used it, I saw what came out of a filter and I never stopped.” Get yours now at TarGard.
“1) Never trust a cop in a raincoat.
2) Beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway.
3) If asked if you care about the world’s problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks, he will never ask you again.
4) Never give your real name.
5) If ever asked to look at yourself, don’t look.
6) Never do anything the person standing in front of you can’t understand.
7) Never create anything, it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.”
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“Jesus! Did I SAY that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me? I glanced over at my attorney, but he seemed oblivious…”
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“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”
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“The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we’d get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. Probably at the next gas station.”
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“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
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“The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”
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