The first time we ever saw Lars Holdhus he climbed on a stage absolutely hammered wrapped in red-and-white plastic tape and started dry humping the androgynous singer of an intensely mediocre rock/electro band. After his stint, he lay still onstage until security pulled him off it and, remarkably, set him loose in the audience again. Afterwards, we found out he has a fabulous collection of Christmas sweaters, and that he’s put pictures of himself wearing the horrific things here. When we saw that, we just had to ask this Amsterdam-based Norwegian superstar a couple of questions.
Vice: Hi Lars, how are you?
Lars: At the moment I'm at the Galapagos islands! It´s too hot to wear sweaters, but I´m looking for Christmas t-shirts at the moment. I brought some Christmas t-shirts with me and some sweaters.
What's the point? How and why did you start collecting these sweaters?
It started with one sweater I found in Germany. Before the Christmas sweaters I was into Disney and cats. In Germany I found one with Christmas and Disney together. I started to wear it and I liked that it was so comfortable. I´m mostly into sweatshirts and not so much into sweaters. There is a big difference for me between those two.
OK, so how often do you wear your Christmas sweatshirts, and to what or which occasions?
I wear them every day. Before I took pictures of them all I was only wearing four of them. I´m afraid of getting stains and dirt on them. That´s why I´m only wearing my favorite sweaters for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.
So which are your favorites?
I have a lot of favorites. The best sweatshirts have a lot of print and details. They tell a story. This is one of them:
What are people's reactions when you wear the sweatshirts?
People ask me why I wear Christmas sweaters in the summertime. People laugh at me sometimes. Most people like it. My friends have started to give me sweaters now and I appreciate that a lot. Something else that's funny: last time I got my friend to bring me a lot of sweaters from United States. When he came to customs they started to check his bags. Everything they found was packages from different people in United States thanking my friend and wishing him a merry Christmas. The customs officer started to take a knife and cut through some of the bags to check what was in it. Then my friend had to explain why he had 40 kilos of Christmas sweaters with him...
Would you consider collecting other types of clothing, for instance different colors of Crocs?
I collect everything I find interesting. I used to collect basketball posters and empty Pringles boxes. Then I started to collect everything. Now I focus on some big collections with a lot of smaller collections on the side. I collect miniature horses. I have around 400 of them from different countries. I take portraits of them also. I have just recently started to collect postcard with ships on them. I also collect Christmas cups, Christmas t-shirts, Christmas denim shirts, Disney cups and horse pictures/paintings.
You're kind of creepy.
JAN VAN TIENEN