Thursday, December 25, 2008
Due to recent events (a.k.a. the reading of certain articles about today's youth culture) (a.k.a. hipsters) i realized how much the things i enjoy correlate with this completely detatched part of our young society. katie sent me a mind-blossoming article about this hipster culture that i am completely surrounded by and probably partake in, and how unlike preceding "revolutionary" counter-cultures people are ashamed to be tagged as a "hipster". Being a witness to one of those branding moments truly takes the cake.
ANYWAYS to continue........
Certain things I like, again, correlate with the hipster culture. But unlike liking these things for their "coolness/street cred/counter-culture" reasons, i like these things because they make me happy. Examples:
- Music: (Justice, Girl Talk, MSTRKRFT, Daft Punk) I like this music because FINALLY there is dance music i can dance to with a lot of people around me. I really don't see many people at a dive bar listening to ABBA and AQUA thinking, "THIS IS GREAT, LETS DANCE". (even though that is one of my deepest dreams). I didn't realize SO many people listened to this nuevo techno and almost all of them wore skinny jeans and v-neck tees. When all i really wanted to do was dance and bob my head while driving (YES DRIVING) to school.
-Clothes: (Skinny Jeans, American Apperal, Ray Bans, Scarves) I buy skinny jeans, acutally capris due to my stature, because they will never EVER get wet at the bottum when it rains, and they look cute with boots all the time, and are flattering to my figure. If two out of the three of these reasons weren't true, i would continue wearing flares/boot cut. You cannot resist an American Apperal tshirt, but i do remember thinking that the deep v-neck was gross because my dad would always wear those and have his chest hair showing, so i really dont support the v-neck (financially or mentally). Ill admit right now, i started buying those cute ass ray ban knock offs because of mary-kate fucking olsen and bob dylan. the moment those bad boys hit the forever 21 floor i was right there with my $5.80 buying them. but i will never, i repeat, NEVER wear those Kanye West Sunglasses. When i go out, i dont dress to look dumpy, if i look dumpy its because i really didnt mean to. i dont get it, why is it necesarry to look like you came from the streets when your whole outfit probably costs more than i pay for gas a month.
-Beer: (PABST) now, from the article, i was unaware that Pabst was considered a "hipster" beer. Then i took a look back through my memory and realized almost every "hipster-esc" event i have attended has had pabst for a $1. i just thought Pabst was an amazing alternative to nattie or keystone. i LOVE THE TASTE OF PABST. When i buy my own beer, i will buy Pabst for its true beer-y taste. And if i want a fucking miller lite, i will get a miller lite as well. (that new bud lime is amazing by the way) honeslty, if the cow is there, you might as well milk-it. right? and not because everyone is milking it, but because i like milk and gives me calcium.
all in all, when i do things its because they make me happy. i rarely do things to make myself look better to a certain group of people. im not writing this to say IM NOT A HIPSTER because essntially i am. I am also and art-student, im also a hippie, im also a raver, and a typical fucking college student looking for the answer to love, life, and happiness. we live in a society where everything is connected. everyone is associated with something or some group of people no matter how hard they try. being part of a counter-culture puts you in a group as well. if you live your life enjoying the things around you, and not looking for things to enjoy you will be a much happier person and less of an asshole, basically. no one is better than you, no one is better than me (its an old saying but its true) when everyone figures that out please let me know because i will be dancing and drinking my pabst while wearing my gray american apperal t-shirt (because i like it).
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I'll be the first to admit that I am not a big reader. I probably finished reading two or three whole books in high school. I have read on my own, but like many things in my life, when I start something its really hard for me to finish. (having distractions doesn't really help). The books that I have read, and continue to read are personal essays by writers. I am obsessed with David Sedaris and will begin reading Naked sometime this week. As I finish off the Sedaris collection, I feel I should move on to other authors.........I came across Sloane Crosley and her book of essays called I Was Told There'd be Cake. I will, again, admit that I was interested in the book because of the title, and the fact that cake was incorporated somehow. After reading a little on the author, I feel this might be my next read. Stories are nice, and personal experiences are some of the best stories to tell and read. And apparently she makes really intracit dioramas...........which again is AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEE. I want to make one.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I was just thinking about POLLY POCKETS for some reason. I really don't know why and of the million things i have googled, i have never googled Polly Pocket........so i did and i got the this website:
this website scared me so much that i immediately muted the sound. were girl commercials this annoying? i mean, when i was growing up and polly pocket was the coolest thing on the block all we had were television commercials that showed how much fun having an abnormally tiny life would be, while some gigantic hand controlled your every move. (i had a genie polly pocket with a pink room that had a red jewel on top). we couldnt interact on the internet with these dolls, and now there is a whole world on annoying that is brainwashing little girls. things just arent the way they used to be.......everything from nickelodeon to toys. its just not how things are supposed to go.
OH and this person is either a total freak or the most awesome person in the world, you be the judge of that:
only polly pocket
Monday, December 1, 2008
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - 1. Economy, Walden, Henry David Thoreau
I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture,
but I had not made it worth anyone's while to buy them.
Yet not the less, in my case, did I think it worth my while to weave them,
and instead of studying how to make it worth men's while to buy my baskets,
I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them.
from the chapter "Economy" in Walden