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.


deep_in_vogue said...

hahaha that reminds me of those hard rock cafe shirts with absolutely unreasonable cities under the logo. my roommate made herself one, saying her home town which would be some small austrian mountain "city"

roxanne said...

these images are so great.. this really does require some level of dedication to nostalgia that most people can't fathom, but it's endlessly fascinating nevertheless

Anonymous said...

i love rockabilly, and i love how it is interpreted through various parts of the world, like in these images.

oh i've asked my self that question so many times, every time i meet someone or see a group of people from a certain subculture. i must say, when i was at the AA flea market sale, my friend and i were seriously wondering the same thing.

the great thing about finding a group of people like this, is that they can fit into such an saturated and intense image with out looking campy at all. they look so effortless and natural, it is amazing anf facintating. now what is irritating, is the blatant mass production of their or anyone else's culture...(can anyone say forever 21 quasi doc martens? gag me for life).