Monday, October 13, 2008

Post Hipster America

The answer to the often pondered question of whats next after the hipster rebellion/bike messanger brigade passes, has come to light.
And it is Steampunk.
Bare with me now.

This had been right in front of our faces and just below radar for awhile now.
Get ready for the explosion. In my opinion this will tear through America in 2009 and be mostly done with by 2010.
In keeping with certain aspects of "trendiness" this fad falls right in line with the key ideals that form a trendy fad trend that effects dress, music and attitude as well as myriad other aspects of culture.
Steampunk has:
1. DIY mentality- IN FULL EFFECT these people spend hard time and effort making their crazy contraptions and gear. This 100% falls in line with the Pabst bike messanger theme of patchwork clothing and handbuilt "fixies". (You can call them Fixie Pixies if you like). The Steampunk thing takes this to a whole new level, I have seen some CRRAZY contraptions/bikes.
As well as being the next step to the "Dirty Baby" thing that VICE has been advocating for some time now.
2. The originality/superiority complex- You know how this goes often stated with this phrase "I HAVE BEEN LIVING THIS FOR YEARS NOW AND IT PISSES ME OFF THAT IT HAS BECOME MAINSTREAM... etc etc." Which pisses me off BTW. Shut up you trend monkey victim.
Steampunkishness is also a complete reaction to the overly techy corporate world we created. (Burning man?)
3. The One Step Further Aspect- Hipster garb was out there, Steampunk garb is WAAAAY out there. After going to the HONK parade in Cambridge this weekend I was certain this is where trends are headed.HONKFEST
As a side note on the one step further thing, this is bringing about a new batch of hairy chics so be careful to do the full inspection before you get one home and she drops the dreaded PITHAIR bomb on ya. (Do you follow through on this? I am not sure of the protocol.)
4. Music Culture- There is a definite "brass band" funk Vaudville thing going on with this one. I went to go see Man Man about 6 months ago (Who are awesome to say the least) and I did not even realize this was part of the next wave. How naive!
Each dude in the band plays like 9 instruments (some hand made, some found).
So there it is feel free to elaborate or retort, but we will all be seeing more of this in our malls and on our shelves for us to purchase, embrace, make fun of, be aware of, criticize, ridicule, love, hate and laugh at.

[editors note]
I am well aware that this entry comes off as pompous.
Am I better than trends- and "cooler" than you.
Probably not. I have been a harsh victim of some really nasty trends in the past.
I wore skids, I listened to Bell Biv Devoe I rocked Caffeine pants with mad straps at numerous raves, I ride bikes, I listen to hip hop etc... The list goes on and on.
I just choose the middle of the road most of the time rather than balls to the wall full out embracing of fashion/culture trends. I don't like my outward appearance to fully dictate how I am perceived (to an extreme extent.) Which could be considered weak, or smart depending on which side of the debate you fall on.

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