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Icon: Dennis Hopper

  • Kempt Staff
Icon: Dennis Hopper

Hey, remember when we called a moratorium on Steve McQueen? Here’s why: guys like Dennis Hopper deserve just as much cred—if not more. American badass: check. Motorcycle junkie: check. Looked great in denim: check. Hopper was one of Hollywood’s last wild men, had a prolific career on both sides of the lens, was an indie darling before that was even a thing and managed to do it all with a personal style that’s as iconic as any role he’s ever played.

Here’s what we mean.

Style Icons Spoiling a Perfectly Good Walk

Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx, Palm Springs, CA, 1954

It may prove a bit tricky to duck out of the office this week for a twilight round of golf, given that we’re coming off a 10-day Fourth of July sabbatical. To tide you over, we now present, in no particular order, 18 photos of style icons spoiling a perfectly good walk.

Gunga galunga...»

Barbara Gonzalez is Stretching

Free & Easy: The Dennis Hopper bonus reels are starting to come out of the woodwork. This Schnabel short biopic is our favorite so far. [Not Yellow, Chicken]

The Daily Meme: In case you missed it, feast your eyes on the wonder that is Sad Keanu. [Urlesque]

We Call Him “Papery”: Uniqlo gets a mascot, and it’s creepy as hell. [PSFK]

Back in the Day: McNairy for Pro-Keds is a time warp to the best part of 1981. [Sartorially Inclined]

Saunas are the New Nude Beaches


This Sporting Life: Jacques Magazine is up to its old tricks again. [ANIMAL]

Punk’s Not Dead: Wired rounds up some of the best punk snaps the world has to offer. [Raw File]

Be Easy: Some of Dennis Hopper’s best early snaps. Think cowboy hats, not anesthesia masks. [Secret Forts]

Pick a Card: Apparently Adam Kimmel is friends with David Blaine. Honestly, we’re still coming to terms with that fact. [Interview]

You’re Finished in This Town


In a business that judges impoliteness pretty harshly, we’re kind of amazed Vincent Gallo hasn’t been run out of town yet. But we’re glad because it means that from time to time, we get to hear batshit rants like this.

Over the course of 39 minutes, Mr. Gallo manages to mortally insult Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorcese, Wes Anderson, Abel Ferrera, Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Roberts, Dennis Hopper, Honda, and the Directors Guild of America. To be honest, it’s pretty rough going—and decidedly ungentlemanly throughout—but it should be a cautionary tale of what an out-of-control ego can make you sound like.

A word to the wise: If you find yourself trash-talking the director of The Godfather—who, coincidentally, gave you your most recent starring role—you may want to reconsider yourself as a human being.

On the plus side, he has nothing but nice things to say about Mickey Rourke.