Gerrard Tahuparae, rest in peace

Baron Von Booyah, the Brohemian, Gerrard Tahuparae brought colour and light into the lives of people he met wherever he travelled in the world. He was born in New Zealand to Irish-Scottish mother/Maori father and spent time in New York, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and finally back to his home in New Zealand. He was the epitome of style, sophistication and cool, and we were all made richer from having known him.

I look back on the precious and fun time spent in his company and remember the feeling of awe when i first spoke to this amazingly dressed guy, who was just so laid back and cool.

I always hoped we would one day see him back in Glasgow but I know his spirit lives on in all the people he touched and he will never be forgotten.


"Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art

Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art

Not many have style
Not many can keep style
I have seen dogs with more style than men,
although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.

When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun,
that was style.
Or sometimes people give you style
Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
García Lorca.

I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
or you, naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me."

Charles Bukowski

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  • Really sad news, I think I spoke to him outside Volks one year. 

    My thoughts and condolences to his family.

    • I think there is every chance you would have bumped into him outside either Volks or Komedia in 2011 Harry.If my memory serves me well i think he liked a ciggie so would often be found outside a venue having a chat with people.

    • He seemed like a genuinely lovely guy Chris.

    • Spot on Harry. Despite not knowing him that well he always came across as a really nice and happy character. Not sure what age he was but I dont imagine he would have been that old.

  • So sad to hear about this. Knew the big man reasonably well. As others have said he was a big personality and was always smiling/dancing.

    He leaves behind a daughter of 12/13,the same age as my daughter. Don't want to imagine what she must be going through just now.

    Rest in peace brother

  • Sorry to hear of his passing. He came across as a real cool cat and very happy, pleasant dude, in the Emma-Rosa Dias "Faces In The Crowd" Documentary...




    • I have only seen clips of that doc so far Gary, will definitely check out the whole thing soon.

  • Sad to hear this morning about the passing of the big chap. Whilst I did not know him very well he was a well known face in the Glasgow Mod scene for a good few years a while back. He was always perfectly presented, loved a dance, and mostly could be seen with a big smile on his face as if he was enjoying every minute of it all. I also remember Gerrard being part of the big contingent of 50 or so Glasgow Mods that went down to Brighton in 2011. It was a quite amazing weekend that I shall certainly never forget.

    RIP Gerrard, the cool dancer with the smiling face.

    • Looks a top cool fella!

    • Very much so Kai. He always looked to me like he was a person who was happy with his lot in life. I am sure his family will have a lot of great memories of him which always helps in these tough times.

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