On wearing wide black T-shirts with cut-off sleeves: Without sleeves, arms are bared, especially the pleasing section extending from the bicep, along the elbow to forearm. A wide, sleeveless shirt turns the upper body into a two-dimensional form – essentially a square – suggesting a mild inhuman abstraction and a graphical presence. Cutting the sleeves marks permanent ownership of the garment through inflicting it with personal codes and obsessions. Forcefully removing the sleeves adds an element of rawness, a camp brutality. It also ensures uniformity with other garments that have been treated similarly. Wide, black T-shirts with cut-off sleeves are the personal uniform covering my slender frame.

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