Sunday, September 29 2013 23:04

I'm Almost 37 and Going on 15... Or I Certainly Dress That Way...

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The Rock Father"You dress like you're 15."

The first time I recall hearing my wife say that, I'd just purchased a pair of Ken Block signature edition DC Shoes from PacSun (pictured below), and a long, green wallet chain from Hot Topic. That was probably about two years ago. I'll be 37 in just a few weeks, and I still have the shoes, but the wallet chain is a memory. If my wife has a gripe with me, it's definitely about the way I dress. She'd like me to class it up a bit, and there's a few times I've tried.


T-shirt. Camo Shorts. Chain Wallet. Some kind of additional shirt/jersey/jacket. Skate shoes or similar footwear. That's essentially the "uniform" that I wear as part of my day-to-day as "The Rock Father," a comfortable ensemble that's easy to assemble and fitting for my adventures with the girls.

But I never really agreed with the "15" comment until this past Friday. I was wearing this...

James Zahn - September 2013

FAITH NO MORE "Angel Dust" t-shirt. Camo Shorts. Chain Wallet. Disney CARS Land Radiator Springs Garage Jacket. Adidas Training Shoes (a slight variation from my Skate preference at my wife's suggestion). 

I'd just rolled into the gas station to fill up the Equinox with some e85 when a weird sense of deja vu hit me. As I shut off the car and silenced the sound of METALLICA's "Seek and Destroy" (playing on the limited-time METALLICA channel on SiriusXM), the sense of familiarity took over up until I placed the nozzle into the tank. As I looked down at myself, and whatever the combination of elements, I flashed back to being 15... gassing up my first car while driving on a learner's permit in Iowa, but here I was in 2013 wearing a t-shirt for an album that came out in the summer of 1992... when I actually was 15.

So my wife is right. But is this an example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it?"

I don't think my daughters mind, but they're one and four.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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