With his furrowed brow, backcombed hair, and exquisitely tailored suits—Nick Cave is goth’s very own modern day dandy. His aesthetic has morphed over the years, from his charming early-to-mid 1980s dirty Berlin punk style to the chic sophistication he adopted during the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Kicking Against the Pricks album in 1986—a look he has kept some variation of since. But one accessory always remained throughout the years… his cigarette.
Nick Cave and his ubiquitous lit cigarette, held precariously in his mouth or in a hand often lined with chunky rings, made my job almost too easy for this photo set. Behold, the effortless elegance of the dandy-esque Nick Cave smoking.
A young Nick Cave lights his cigarette as a cloud of smoke passes through his wild mess of hair—oh, to be so lovely!
I could get used to the dark green suit—the dandy hard at work.
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Stacks of books, locks of hair, handwritten words strewn around the room… Nick with a cigarette brings beauty to the chaos.
Even onstage you can’t find him without his favorite accessory. (But wait, is that a velvet smoking jacket?)
Elvis-inspired sunglasses, his tattoo and slicked back hair makes him look tough but tender.
Nick and his pal Blixa Bargeld take a smoking break in the most fashionable way possible—in leather and an over sized belt buckle.
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Nick and Blixa—who is literally wearing a bowtie—are dressed sharp with cigarettes in tow, probably plotting world domination.
This is how I often feel after a couple drinks in, as well.
A débonnaire and fresh faced Cave nay without a cigarette in hand.
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Alright, we get it. Now you’re just showing off.
It would be a sin not to include Cave relaxing while reading a book and having a cig—oh yeah, and let’s not forget the black-rimmed glasses.
And with one more for the road, this picture proves that Nick Cave doesn’t really need clothes to look smoking while smoking (sorry, I had to do it).
Really, Nick, it’s all yours!
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– Andi Harriman