like the baddest member of that crack commando unit, the A Team,
played by the way-tough Mr. T. The television show The A Team ran from 1983 to 1986.
That theme song still gets me pumped:
Back in the day, Mom assured me that
B.A. stood for Bad Attitude, but I’m pretty sure it stood (and stands)
for Bad Ass. B.A. could punch through walls and make the bad guys back
off with a sneer, just don’t try to get him on an airplane.
I pity the fool who doesn’t give you
props for this easy-to-assemble outfit. You’ll need:
Ideally, you’re a dude who can sprout some facial hair like Mr. T.
If not, you might consider a wig/beard combo
like this one.
A shirt or
jean jacket with sleeves torn off, or an animal print vest. If
you’re as buff as Mr. T was, omit the shirt entirely. Wear old jeans
and a wide belt, like a weight lifter’s belt, if you’ve got one.
Loads of Gold. Piles of thick gold chains,
like this. The more the better. I suggest getting a couple dozen
Mardi Gras beads and then a couple of larger necklaces to make
the look work. Take a necklace or two and wind it around your wrist
for a gold bracelet. Add a gold ring or two. To go all out, clip
feathers in your hair behind your ear and wear
gold clip-on hoop earrings.
A grumpy scowl.
Pepper your speech with phrases like,
“Shut up fool,” “Don’t go crying home to Mama now,” “I pity the fool who
stands between me and the keg,” and “I ain’t getting on no airplane!”
If you have a group of friends who want
to play along, they can dress as Hannibal (don’t forget the cigar!),
suave Face, and kooky pilot Murdock, but it’s going to be B.A who really
pulls your costumed team together.