Marcus Agerman Ross
What do you do?
Founder and editor of Jocks&Nerds, an independent culture and lifestyle magazine.
Where are you from?
It’s complicated. I was born in England but my parents are Irish and I spent the first 10 years of my life between England and Ireland, a place called Bray which is just south of Dublin. Afterwards I grew up in Surrey and went to school in Bristol and pretty much moved to London the day I left school.
Describe your style in three words?
Slightly scruffy classic
If you could keep one book - what would it be?
The Magus, by John Fowles. As I know I could read and re-read that book till my last gasp.
Which British subculture will have the greatest style legacy?
The great thing about subcultures as a rule is the codes are meant to be insular and private; not to be understood by outsiders. Equally they are always pushing against the norms of the day so in that respect they are all equal. But as one of Jocks&Nerds’ contributors once pointed out the Teds still look outré today which says something about how outrageous it must have looked then.
Gene Vincent was a true pioneer, setting the template for leather as rock n roll garb and working with his own backing band not session musicians. I think it is often forgotten how much he set the rules for rock n roll.
You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
Caravaggio. I studied Fine Art at university. There’s putting paint on canvas to mimic what we see and then there’s Caravaggio who made flesh alive. There’s an Italian renaissance room in the National Gallery in London. Obviously all the artwork in there is really impressive and by the greats of the day. They all look amazing until you see the Caravaggio; after that they look like the crude attempts of amateurs.
Simon Fisher Turner, who we profiled in the magazine a few years back, wrote the soundtrack to the Derek Jarman Caravaggio film. They were long time collaborators.