HubThreads: Celebrating Boston Street Style

Meet Sam Fish.

Photo by Diana Levine

Critics say this city has no style. We’re here to prove them wrong. Welcome to HubThreads, where we chat with the most stylish people we find out and about in Boston. Think you or someone you know has the best street style? Let us know.


What do you do? I’m an art director, a designer, and a photographer.

What are some projects that you’re working on? I’ve been directing a lot of short films for some restaurant groups, local startups and local brands in Boston. I have a project coming out for Whole Heart Provisions, they’re about to open a new restaurant in Central Square. I‘ve been doing visual marketing for them.

Are you from Boston? Yes, I grew up in Brookline, pretty close to Fenway. I went to Emerson. It’s kind of weird because I didn’t study any visual art at Emerson. I started in film and then I transferred out and now I’m coming back to it.

Did you always want to be a filmmaker growing up? I always looked up to filmmakers for their unique vision and it just seemed like such a fun project to execute. I think the end goal has always been to create film. I’m still getting there, I’m still working on smaller projects. I have some short film ideas that I’m hopefully going to be making in the next year or two.

Do you have any style icons? I like Yayoi Kusama and the way she integrates her own style into her art and kind of reflects it, I back that  – bold, poppy color mixed with a vintage aesthetic. Recently I’ve been super inspired by the Italian futurist painter and designer Fortunato Depero. His work is bold and fast. That’s how I’d describe my style – the combination of vintage tattooing and American sportswear with a bit of thrifted wacky grandma color pops. I grew up wanting to play for the Red Sox, while also idolizing my Grammy’s bold, wild fashion sense.

Do you have a favorite place to shop in Boston? I mainly thrift. I like to peruse the Goodwill and Urban Renewal in Allston. One of my favorite thrifty spots right now is Salty Dame’s Relics, open on the weekends in the back of Orchard Skate Shop in Allston. Go check it out! You gotta just dig until you find something that is so you and then you’re hyped. And it becomes your favorite thing in your closet.

Do you get your tattoos done in Boston? I go to this dude Dan Tooker at Riverside Tattoo on Mass Ave going into Porter Square. He does really cool, traditional tattoos. Tattooing has definitely had a big influence on my art in general, and on my style.