Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
It always seems to be those who struggle with their own individuality that have the most to say about what other's are doing; Case in point, Polo boots
A third of Philadelphia is in Uggs, another third in Nike, and the final third is in polo boots. Don't get me wrong, (I made up those statistics) and had made my fair share of jokes until the day that I actually picked up a ranger boot and then looked down at my own feet.
At the time I had been wearing a pair of Palladiums and after tracing my finger over the Polo's boots leather, then my leather, putting both shoes side to side and noticing too many simialarities, I thought, "The only difference is the label and price". Naturally the Palladium were cheaper, the Timberland's on the feet of the guy beside me were also eerily similiar to both, AND $150 as well.
The only eyeopening difference? The polo boots were the nicest of the three pairs.. Ignore the man on the horse, ignore "polo" on the heel and what do you have? A boot that will keep your toe armed warriors looking chic and snug in the cold. So tell me, if Kanye West hadn't worn his timberlands to the BET awards last year would you have seen your local blipster in a pair? If complex magazine hadn't showcased palladium how many people do you think might actually consider them? If 3 males on your bus (that's transporting at least 30 people) weren't wearing the same model of Polo boots..Would you really cast your nose up?
EVERY male on the bus also undoubtedly owns a white tee (hanes) like the one that you have at the bottom of your laundry basket. What justified that white tee but scares you away from the "cookie boot"? Your white tee is better than their white tee for some reason, right? And your space jams, aqua's, and three's.. I bet they're better than everyone else's for whatever reason too.
$175 (or more) for a sneaker that might be worn three times this year (twice to difference sneaker events, once in your bedroom). I bet that all of your so called "sneakerhead friends" will have them also..Or $150 for a pair of attractive boots that you might also see on strangers around the city but are much, much more comfortable than your timbs that you now proudly stomp around in (but were dissing a year ago)?
"Ha, I'm not in that unoriginal category. I wear clarks". I hate to wipe the smile off of your face but yes, you are., Brilliant choice in terms of style but the $55 that you saved doesn't compensate for your wet & frozen toes when winter laughs at the fact that your boots were made for the desert (and not the snow ridden streets of Philadelphia) or the fact that some of us saw the same "NOBODY has these" crepe soled boot on Sidney Lo (ska Skidknee) years ago.
And unless you are a worker in the 1920's, your red wings were showcased in a room, thrown unto a catwalk, and caught the eye of someone who would later spoon feed the idea to you, for more than 2x the cost of retail in 1920.
Yet you're better than the 14 year old in polo boots, hm. How is it that his "extended middle finger and grimace" picture is any more unoriginal than your "creative dslr and squinted eye" picture that you took in the mirror? A lot of "artsy & original" people seem to have those also.
None of this is to call you (nor I) posers. It's more like, uh..How do you figure? Why is your neighborhood "lo head" a copycat when he's only a copycat of his immediate environment? Most things that most people are wearing would throw them into the copycat grouping as well if looked at in depth.
The ONLY thing new under the sun is individual distinction, the same distinction that might seperate your hanes tee from his (or hers).
In short, don't diss the polo boot, Either A: own up to the fact that you wouldn't be able to find a way to unassociate your choice of winter footwear with the city's latest trend,B: go to The Ralph Lauren store and see what the fuss is about, or C: Say nothing at all.
I am sorry to inform you that a restraining order has been placed you from my facebook page. If you don't mind I'd like to just run through the key requests that it wittholds:
First, you are not to be within 30 miles of my facebook page. Translated to the use of the internet, you cannot be on anyone's page who is a mutual friend of mine, unless you do not see my name and picture in the "friends in common box" that you can find on the left column of your page.
Second, if you are to ACCIDENTALLY stumble upon a page that displays a link to MY page, you are to keep the cursor at a minimum distance of 6 inches away from the link. If you violate that request, you will be given a 10 second relief period to get the hell away from my page.
Third, when I feel that you have made progress, you will be granted the priviledge of viewing my page with one exception: do not...I repeat, DO NOT mention the iluminati, freemasonry, or whatever else suggests anything of the sort.
Until then, fuck off my page.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
First, I would like to once again shout out Chinedu for the heads up (which This time, i recieved in a less direct manner). Before I get to the actual news though, I should let you know that this is comming to you in the form of two seperate posts; One to "tell you it", and one to tell you what I think of it 'cause I'm honestly going to need some time to articulate my thoughts on this.
....It's about Lil Wayne, and T-Pain. And They be on some other shit so I'm sure you understand.
Try to ignore certain websites that will misinform you. There will be no cartoon with Ron Browz, Kanye West, and T-Wayne (haha) called Auto-Tunes. Lil Wayne will not play a "drugged out midget with dreads." (haha). C'mon, that's nonsense!
Don't be fooled.....he's actually playing Jesus Christ (haha!!!) on a cartoon entitled Freakniks airing on Adult Swim March 21st. =)
....and T-Pain plays the "Ghost of Spring break, the Spirit of Freaknik"
I will be back,
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Before I start ranting..No, I'm not finished the "Best 0f 2009" yet..I didn't forget about it though!
Now unto the rant.
I change my career as often as I change clothes. But today, yesterday, the day before, the week before and the month before.. I wanted to be a stylist. "You shouldn't care so much about what you wear and you won't make any money that way, they're only clothes"
Not everyone can understand that with the exception of a hungover Saturday or Sunday, I think about what I wear and it really wouldn't be a good day if I just rolled out of bed and threw on a sweatshirt. Does that sound shallow to you? Maybe you don't understand either, what is your definition of personal style? Steez?...Fashion?
Style; A quality of imagination and individuality expressed in one's actions and tastes.
Steez; I jumped up from my sleeping arrangement, rubbed my eyes threw on a white tee and turned my steez on. My steez is never to be confused with your "swag"
Fashion is the opposite of effortless. Fashion is that certain je ne sais crois worn above the collarbone that says "Fuck you, I do care. Maybe a little bit too much even".
Fashion is standing in the mirror for an hour asking yourself "what about this outfit is mine? How do I separate this shirt from the logo? What makes this my belt, and not Louis Vuitton's?". Fashion is borrowing an idea, and turning it into something that you can call your own. Fashion is that "Must you consistently dress up for class" look that you get from your peers adorning sweatpants and crusty eyes.
Fashion is a commitment to quality and originality. Fashion is turning a laptop case into a briefcase, turning an "Oh you bought that because Pharrell wears it" t-shirt into a "Fuck you, I bought it because I had the money and it compliments the hypnotiq stain on my jordans" T- SHIRT.
Fashion is dirty. Fashion is clean. Fashion says "I'm taking a risk wearing this outside of my room but fuck it, and them if they have a problem".
Fashion is timeless. Fashion is the ageless classic. Fashion is cuffed khakis, and slacks. Fashion is tucked in cashmere shirts with $20 plimsoles. Fashion is an untucked and wrinkled white tee paired with $300 gucci sneakers.
Fashion can't be limited to heels, chukkas, oxfords, laceups, or boots..Fashion is talking to your suitcase full of streetwear apparel "I own YOU. You don't own me." Fashion goes as far as dirtied white vans, "I'll only ever be worn on this occasion" nikes, and Jordans that you swapped out for wingtips at the last minute
FASHION is the fading ink on a receipt, telling you that the price doesn't matter. Fashion is in a steel doored, security guarded "luxury items" store. Fashion is in a small thrift store on walnut street that you might pass by if you're not looking for it. Fashion is in your Mom's blazer that you borrowed, or inside of the shrunken wool fibers of your brother's vneck sweater
Fashion is a lot like love, it is wherever you find it and can't be limited to a certain socio economic level, clique, genre, brand, or price range.
Yeah, labels make fashion but, can you really put just one label on it?
If I don't change my mind, and I don't make any money..I'll be sure to apologize to anyone who still doesn't understand the significance .
Friday, January 1, 2010
cuz he's been busy..
Party Done - Medina Greene ft. Mos Def
Just Begun - Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica (also grindin'), J. Cole (new nigga) & Mos Def
24 Hr. Karate School - Ski Beatz ft. Mos Def
Taxi - Curren$y (produced by Mos Def)
On the Vista - BlakRoc (Mos Def's on it)
A couple hot vids:
& He will be doing a cameo on the next Gorrilaz LP under the alias of SunMoonStars....This all dates back to like late november. You been hearin' about this???? Probly not.
fuck what you heard he's killin' the game.