Craigsmith We promised you a special edition of Five Questions for Five Pockets from our trip to Wyoming. Following through, we’d like to introduce you to Craig Smith, owner of Triple Three Outfitters. He’s a professional hunting guide at his ranch in Buffalo, WY, and all around tough guy. Craig’s the kind of guy who ropes cows, starts campfires with flint and steel, and plays poker in the back room of local bars.

Be it riding his horses, hunting in the mountains, or working on his ranch, Craig is always in his jeans. We thought he’d give us a different perspective on denim rather than our usual fashion-focused POV. Check out our wild west edition of Five Questions for Five Pockets:

1. What was your first pair of jeans?
The first pair I can remember were a pair of Levi’s when I was about nine. My mom took me shopping at Santerians in Hatboro, PA. There was nothing I hated more than shopping. At that time I was practicing shooting my gun and trapping animals in my parents suburban neighborhood. I can remember making myself vomit whenever it came time to go clothing shopping.

2. Who do you think is the ultimate denim icon?
Country singer, George Strait. He’s a classic. Always acts like a gentleman and his jeans always look great–never like a costume get-up.

3. What are your current favorite jeans?
Wrangler’s cowboy cut jeans 34w36l and anything from Carhartt. I used to wear Levi’s when I lived on the East coast, but I can’t find the same fit out here. I like sturdy jeans that take a beatin’ without falling apart.

4. What denim trend do you wish would go away?
People cutting slits in their jeans. Why mess up a good pair of jeans? Plus, it just looks stupid. Also, button fly jeans. I gave them a shot, but it’s just too much work to get them buttoned back up.

5. What’s your number one rule for denim?
Comfortable and durable. They have to feel good and hold up with the wear and tear.