Mar 28 2011

the affects of effects [day 306]

It starts when we’re born.  Accessories.  ”My daddy is the best” and “My mom is better than your mom” on our shirts, iconic pacifiers, hair bows in more styles and colors than Baskin Robbins has flavors, complete ensembles of coordinated clothing, all in large quantities.  When did babies become fashion statements?  Aren’t they cute enough already?  I see a lot of people talking to parents with small babies and hearing more compliments about the clothing than the kid wearing them.

It continues through adolescence, expanding to toys and games.  I have boys (thank you God) that don’t care much about fashion and will probably need future therapy for their lack of stylish clothing options.  They do however have accessories.  They have Nintendo DS’s that have lots of games, a universal charger, a fancy light sabre stylus and headphones, all packed inside a custom case.  Society says, “You need more” and we respond by buying more.

Into adulthood now, and I’m not exempt from this.  I might not have a lot of fancy, trendy clothing but I do have some nice things in my house.  Most from eBay, craigslist and thrift stores, but nevertheless, lots of things.  Accessories.  I have decorative things that serve no purpose other than to sit there and look nice.  Now I’m an artist of sorts, so this is an important topic.  I love to create things, but with a purpose.  Much of my art is chaotic, but has meaning and purpose behind it.  The vase sitting on my shelf, not so much.  I’ve been sucked into the American vortex of more is better.  I created this photograph several years ago.  This has many meaning for many people, but I see it as how we become background fixtures in the sea of stuff we own.

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Nov 15 2010

could you move out of your house in 6 hours? [day 172]

My initial answer to that question would be no, but not anymore, after seeing what happened to my friend yesterday.  I’m sure this question had never crossed her mind, nor did she ever think she would have to move in a matter of hours.  I got the 911 text message early.  Her house had flooded and she needed help moving things out.

I headed over, not having any idea what to expect other than some water on the floor.  And just for the record, why do these things happen only at night while you’re sleeping?  Just about every story I’ve heard like this is someone waking up to a disaster.  Is this what Santa does on the off season to help employ the elf plumbers or do evil demons travel through the water pipes at night?  I don’t know, but I find it interesting.    Continue reading


Aug 4 2010

what do the initials E. H. stand for? [day 68]

I had to design some t-shirts for work with a comic book / superhero look for our volunteers.  The associated website is everydayheroes.me.  The volunteers are our everyday heroes and the assignment was to use the EH, making into something similar to the S for Superman.  The turnaround time was quick on these, so not much design time.

Here’s what I came up with:

After getting teased about the design using the EH with everyone walking around with their hand cupped over their ear saying “ehh?”, someone said the ultimate, horrific words… Ed Hardy.  I’m pretty sure I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

So why does this bother me?  You should read my blog post on iembracechaos.com to fully understand, but here’s an excerpt:

…what statement are we making by wearing it?

  • I support financial insanity
  • Food… $12, gas… $40, mortgage payment with late fees… $2367, Ed Hardy t-shirt… priceless
  • My shirt cost more than yours! :P
  • The tattoo would have been cheaper
  • So what, my parents paid for it

I could add to this list.  I guess when they saw the shirt, maybe they saw something like this:

Yes, that’s a menorah.  I’m pretty sure Ed has his name on just about everything.  What is so desirable about a shirt (or other Ed stuff) that costs a ridiculous amount of money and everyone is already wearing?  Don’t get me wrong, I like the artwork, and the quality of the stuff is good, but why does our society idolize it?  As far as I know, Ed is not supporting anything good with his money… the probably 90% profit he’s making.

So who owns E.H.?  Who knows, he could have copyrighted the initials, but E.H. has now become an icon.  Just like the smiley face and Walmart.  (yes, that’s a blog post too on iembracechaos.com)  Whether or not Ed technically owns EH, make no mistake, he owns EH.  We all get sucked into the marketing world, a culture where everything is well advertised and heavily sponsored.  Stadiums are named after soft drink companies, generic brands have large chain store names branding them and let’s not forget that WalMart in Frisco is on WalMart street and Ikea is on Ikea drive.  Even the paid camps for kids are sponsored by many businesses, all competing for space on the back of the camp t-shirts.  What happened to the good old days of propaganda?  Today, that would be something like this:

Okay, so today I’m belly-aching.  I’ll stop, but I do need to say that this saddens me.  I want to be stylish and wear fun clothing, but I want to make the statement that I shop smart, I support good causes and I sport some creativity in my choices.  People don’t know, when they see my Ed shoes, that I got them for free.  Yes, I’m against Ed here, and have used him as my ‘bad example’, but what I’m trying to say here is that we should all support retailers and brands that are supporting good causes and not ripping off shoppers to make large profits.

Here’s a photo I had in a gallery showing a few years ago I thought you might enjoy.

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