Most stylish New Yorkers: AntBoogie

The hip-hop guru entertains us with his urban flavor.

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    The hip-hop performer and founder of NYC dance crew the AmountBoyz busts a move in jeans made by his favorite brand G-Star Raw.

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    AntBoogie shows off one of his favorite brands, Rocksmith (rocksmithtokyo.com), which he discovered in here in New York City while on a promotional tour with Madonna.

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    "My sunglasses are from the little stands on the sides of the streets all over NYC; I just stock up on different colors." AntBoogie says. "I started popping out the lens in my glasses because they would fog up while I was in rehearsal. I got tired of taking them off my face every five minutes to clean them."

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    "When I was on tour, a fan gave me this sunglasses necklace while I was passing out flyers for my website (antboogieworld.com)," AntBoogie says of his neckwear. "I loved it, and when I got home I had asked a Brooklyn company Strange Vixens, who specialize in couture dresses and custom jewelry, to make me a couple more. Their Twitter [account] is @strangevixen."

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    His sparkly, stage-ready Extac watch was purchased in 2002 at a small jewelry store near Herald Square.

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    AntBoogie snagged this star-studded ring at the Swarovski store in Vienna.

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    His Supra sneakers take him from the dance studio to the streets of NYC.

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    AntBoogie repeats his uniform of a Rocksmith top and G-Star Raw jeans. "I love the phrase on the T-shirt," he says. "The shirt means a lot to me because as an artist, you have to go out and create your own opportunities. You can't wait on someone else to help make a lane for you."

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    AntBoogie shows off the stars shaved into his mohawk haircut. "Some people think it's a tattoo, and others even ask to touch it," he laughs.

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    He prefers to wear snug sneakers, like these Supra kicks, to give his feet support when jumping and dancing.

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    He shows off a pair of glasses purchased from a street vendor in NYC.

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    "I got my tats done in the Village," AntBoogie says of his tattoos. "I have 14, but my favorites are on my forearms: the Autobots logo and my crew AmountBoyz's logo."

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    "Yes, I would say I have a frames fetish. I like to buy different types and colors. I have over 200 pairs," AntBoogie says of his signature eyewear.

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    "I probably own about 20 pairs of sneakers, but I wear the same three," he says, with a laugh. "I like these because they are super comfy and great to walk and dance in. I should buy another pair."

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The hip-hop performer and founder of NYC dance crew the AmountBoyz busts a move in jeans made by his favorite brand G-Star Raw.

AntBoogie, 28; entertainer and entrepreneur of Amount Entertainment Incorporated (antboogieworld.com); Crown Heights, Brooklyn

His personal style: "My style is a mixture of imagination and positive energy."

His inspirations: "I love hip-hop, retro stuff, Transformers, cartoons, video games, TV shows and the '80s. Images from my childhood (like sitcom TV shows) rest in my style now in some form."

Favorite stores: "G-Star Raw (270 Lafayette St at Prince St; 212-219-2744, g-star.com) The staff is down-to-earth—which has nothing to do with how cool the clothes are, especially the jeans and winter coats—but it makes it refreshing to shop there. Bape (91 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-925-0222, us.bape.com): It always has cool sneakers [that stay in style] for years. It isn't on the scene as much (which I like), but the sneakers selection always impresses me. Swarovski (locations throughout the city; visit swarovski.com): I like the jewelry—very classy and perfect for gifts. Atrium (644 Broadway at Bleecker St; 212-473-3980, atriumnyc.com); the jacket and shirt selections are nice. Also the women employees are very pretty."

His signature garment: "My no-lens frames."

Favorite designers: "Rocksmith (rocksmithtokyo.com). It's Japanese/NYC street style. I really enjoy Japanese fashion. I toured over there a few times and went crazy. Rocksmith captures very vivid moments and expressions that I remember—pictures, phrases, advertisements and songs. It's a good blend between both places."

How his style has evolved: "My style has definitely evolved. I've always had risky haircuts, and sometimes coloring, growing up. I was also a street performer and dancer when I was younger. So everything we wore was baggy; I'm talking 3XL. Now that I'm older, I wear clothes that are fitted. And I've added a lot more colors to my lineup."

About his haircut: "I've had a mohawk for about four or five years now. I started putting the star on my head while I was on tour with Madonna, I wanted to do something crazy with my hair for our shows at the Garden, so I asked my [freelance] barber , Anthony, to put the stars in, and I've kept it since then.

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