For those underwhelmed by the garden variety of ombré, sequins, chiffon, tulle, sequins, hosiery, v-necks, sequins, and more sequins on Olympic ice this year–leaving us with the conclusion I guess there’s only so much you can do with sequins–Mark Roberts is here to say: we can do better.
Sure, the fashion police probably rule that sneakers with bare legs is a bit gauche, and I would agree. But I toast the panache with which renowned streaker Mark Roberts (who has allegedly streaked 562 times, by Yahoo News’s count) strode onto the ice topless in sneakers on Friday after the speed skating medal ceremony. Notably, he has also gone for a more high-concept look than in Olympics past, for which he had painted messages like “TRIVIAMANIA.COM” and “GOLDENPALACE.COM” on his torso. This time he chose an elusive equation: “Peace + Love.”
On his website thestreaker.org.uk, he has posted something of an answer:
Mark’s mission this time was to promote an international spirit of togetherness. The long-haired dreaming Liverpudlian father-of-three wants to ask the world to be a little better. Thank you, Markyboy, you tutu-wearing streaker. May we carry the spirit of the Olympics with us always, together with a bit of British stiff-upper-lippedness.
He is of British descent, but I bet if he were asked what nation he is representing, he would answer: The world.
Jezebel has reached out to Roberts and will update the post if and when we hear back.