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This Weekend Lots of People Took Their Pants Off On the Tube

We asked them why.

This article was originally published VICE UK. 

Yesterday was "No Trousers On the Tube Day" – a day that is very much what you think it is. You'll know about it already, of course; it's the eighth year it's happened in London, having started in New York in 2002, and now takes place in 60 countries around the world, generating the exact same coverage year on year: look, some people took their trousers off on the underground for a bit – here's a grown man proudly wearing some fun underwear.

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But what I've never seen anybody ask any of the participants is "Why?" Why do you want to take your trousers off on public transport? Who is this for? Are you not cold? Is it fair to expose tourists just trying to have a nice time to the vivid outline of your cock and balls?

Here: some answers.

VICE: Why?
Tony: I saw it on Facebook and I was like, "Why the fuck not?" It was a break in my day, y'know? It takes two hours.

How does it feel to be trouser-less on the tube?
Pretty good, to be honest. I can't really complain at this.

Why?
Helena: This is my first year and I've just wanted to do it for forever. I think it's just a really fun thing to do. I think too many people just sit on the tube – with delays, all crammed in, fighting and jostling to get in, having no fun. This is a good way to cheer people up.

How does it feel to be trouser-less on the tube?
It's good. I'm really enjoying it.

Why?
Eva: Just for fun.

How does it feel to be trouser-less on the tube?
It feels like freedom. I don't know – liberating, I guess.

Why?
Ivan: Because we want to make a scene. We're part of the no trousers on the tube or no pants on the subway event that runs worldwide in the first weekend of every year. People just have some fun – they go on the tube or the subway or the metro with no trousers on for a couple of hours. Y'know, it's been fun; we've had some lovely reactions from people.

Are you not cold?
Everyone goes on about how cold it is, but actually in here it's about 15 degrees. It's 15 degrees here and we're in an open station. On the tube it's 19 to 20 degrees – it's fine! It's absolutely fine.

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OK!

Helen and Steph

Why?
Helen: Why not.
Steph: This is actually my fourth time, and I just love it. Randomness for randomness.

How does it feel to be trouser-less on the tube?
Helen: Liberating.
Steph: Very liberating – and it's warm today, so it's very good.

Why?
Jonny: Because it's fun.

How does it feel to be trouser-less on the tube?
Liberating. You should try it.

Why?
Nicholas: Just for fun, really.

How does it feel to be trouser-less on the tube?
A slight adrenaline rush. It's also pretty cold.

Why?
Clint: I had a bit of washing to do so I decided to come out like this in London. Anything goes, right?

Fair enough. And how do you feel?
Warmer than I thought it would be. There is a point to the madness.

Why?
Billy: It just seemed fun. I've been wanting to do it for a few years and I finally convinced my girlfriend to do it.

Was it everything you hoped for? How do you feel?
Completely normal, to be honest. It doesn't even feel that different. I find it's nice – a bit refreshing. I just took my coat off as it's too hot.

Why?
Crystal: To challenge the social norms and see how people react.

And how are you feeling?
Cooled down and breezy. It's quite nice.

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