December 16, 2008
Go, Billly, Go
Well hello again. I've been away for a few days, visiting friends in Windsor and taking a tour of WindsorU. Very scholarly, and it was kind of amazing to get away from Toronto for a few days. I won't go into it, but it was really relaxing not having to worry about........aesthetics.
I want to know what kind of environment creates the minds of people who do stuff like this:
It could be that I just don't know about it, but I know few people who would go so far as to dress up and meet up for anything like the Tokyo Rockabilly Club. It's more than detachment from the culture it comes from, because you can appreciate and covet a lifestyle from afar (I'm very familiar with the feeling) but there is a line you have to cross to actually pay homage to it at this level. It involves study and immersing yourself in a culture (or sub-culture) that is far enough from your own that you really have to rely on 3rd party opinion and interpretation so you can create you own version of it. For example: I'd have to have an entirely 3rd party view of "hipster culture" through books, photographs and film in order to create my own idea of it without influence from someone who knows the "truth" of the sub-culture and can tell me that I'm doing something wrong.