Capturing the Essence of D’Angelo Barksdale

For my second DS106 assignment this week, I decided to choose the Web assignment “You’re a Pinteresting Character” and portray The Wire character, D’Angelo Barksdale, using Pinterest.

Although I’m currently not active on Pinterest, I do have an account and am familiar with the process of “pinning” images, links, quotes, etc. to virtual “boards.” I love the concept of Pinterest–it’s like having an infinite amount of bulletin boards categorized by topics and being able to compile information/ideas for those boards. It’s the ultimate brainstorming and planning tool. I chose to make a board about D’Angelo Barksdale because I felt that (1) he had a distinct style, (2) there are many objects that can be tied to his character, and (3) he is one of the characters in the show that is undergoing a transformation or change of heart.

I used Google images to find images of D’Angelo Barksdale so that I could match what he wears in the show with pins. D’Angelo’s signature style consists of: beanies, his leather jacket, large t-shirts with designs, his black turtleneck sweater, and baggy button-up shirts. Some of the objects I connected to his character were: a beeper, a payphone, a King chess piece, a stack of cash, and a glass of liquor (as he is often drinking at Orlando’s). The places I connected to D’Angelo were: Baltimore (the setting for The Wire) and the courtroom. I also pinned some quotes that I think demonstrate D’Angelo’s new attitude well:

“When someone attacks your kingdom, you do not flee, you show them why it is your kingdom.”
– Olan Rogers

“And now I’ll do what’s best for me”

“You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance–You don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go.” – Danielle Koepke

Follow Nicky’s board WireStyle – D'Angelo Barksdale on Pinterest.