Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take the stage at Arena
By: Deanna Allen
Published: November 23, 2013
DULUTH — Kyle Rine went thrift store shopping before the Macklemore concert Friday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
“Everything I’m wearing I got last night,” the Rockdale, S.C., resident said.
Rine’s outfit, courtesy of the Goodwill in Rockdale, was a nod to the rapper’s and Ryan Lewis’ breakout hit “Thrift Shop” in which Macklemore touts buying cheap, thrift store digs over expensive designer clothing with lyrics like “I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible” and “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.”
“I saw this mustard colored shirt and I was like, that really doesn’t go with much. Awesome,” Rine, 19, said. “And then this jacket looks like a mixture between what my grandfather would wear and a chair, so I wanted that.”
“We thought we’d go as tacky as we could thrift shopping,” Emili Price said.
Price, 19, had donned a white T-shirt with “Macklemore” written in Sharpie on the front and a pair of overalls, carrying what she described as a tacky jacket.
“I found this awesome jacket that looked like a tablecloth that my grandma used to have, so I just went for it,” said 20-year-old Danielle Thibault, who is also from Rockdale.
Katja Hall bought a long men’s button-up shirt and wore it as a dress.
“We found a really tacky dude jacket to go with it. It does look like my granddad’s clothes,” she laughed.
During the concert Macklemore snagged a fur coat from a concert-goer in the front row and put it on over his Atlanta Hawks jersey to perform “Thrift Shop.”
“It’s dope,” he said of the coat.
It was the duo’s 2013 world tour that brought them to the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday. Hailing from Seattle, Wash., Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a unique story as musicians. The duo released their debut, full-length album, “The Heist,” without the backing of a traditional record label. The album soared to the No. 1 slot on iTunes, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and has been certified Gold.
Macklemore and Lewis have made Billboard history as the only duo to have their first two singles — “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” — shoot to No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Top 40 Radio charts.