Monday, March 30, 2009

See Comments Enclosed

That particular addendum was a constant companion to my school report card during my last several years of teen-dom, along with such gems as “if only Lawless would apply himself” …fortunately, my completely uninspired school record aside, I either wore my teachers out or charmed them enough so that instead of keeping me around to grace them with my presence another term, I managed to keep passing and becoming someone else’s joy of life. But what if I hadn’t? Well, there but for the grace of God go I - with no more fanfare, I present to you: Lawless, the twenty-nine year old private school student, and yes, I’m as creeped out by this post as you are. I cant stop thinking about Wooderson from Dazed and Confused and his classic creepy quote “that’s what I love about these high school girls, man - I get older, they stay the same age”…

So yeah, knowing me, it prolly started with the Blitzed Classic belt, which I love so much that Dove told me I'm not allowed to keep wearing it with outfits any more, feel my pain? Working down, I wore these ever so faintly pinstriped pants from MUWU, namely the Boy Next Door pants, which I figure set me down the road of recapturing my private school glory days. This led me to the inevitable inventory search for “school” and a winner with the Mechanism school boy outfit vest and shirt. I love the rumpled up feel to it. The school crest and my slapped on SG Monocrom black tie had me wanting to form a clique with my snobby friends Logan, Sumner and Reese and vacation in the Hamptons….love you guys! Although it comes with a collar, I fiddled a bit and ended up using a collar I liked more better and less worse from one of my Valiant shirts, go me! I really love the Maitreya armwarmers, with great texturing and a very realistic look…I think I wore them mostly cus I was freezing my arse off RL at the time…see you winter, don’t let the door hit you on your way out! if you sort-of kind-of like the beanie hair from GrueLing Designs (I know I did), be sure to grab it for yourself, it's scripted with all sorts of happy fun goodness.

Last and definitely not least, my new Xing boots from Shiny Things - instead of a thousand words, the picture tells you they are awesomely detailed as usual, so grab your piggy bank and go get spending. In the meantime, I'm going to go and write comments to myself in all my old high school annuals from all those girls I was afraid to talk to…ain't revisionist history the best?

Valiant - Designer Showcase Autumn Suit Shirt Collar
Maitreya – Armwarmer (black)
Shiny Things - Xing Boots (black)
GrueLing Designs - Beanie - Deep Black Hair
Mechanism - School Boy Outfit Vest and Shirt
MUWU - Boy Next Door - Black Pants
Blitzed - Classic Belt V.2
Sweetest Goodbye - Monocrom Black Tie

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sarcastic Mr Know It All...

Okay, I don’t really know it all, but I do fake most things with great confidence! That being said, here's what I know about Cowichan Sweaters (Rylan, put down your new Crackberry and pay attention, it's learning time). These thick wooly beauties were originally made by women from Vancouver Islands' Cowichan Tribes in the late 1800s - hand knit in one piece, they are a unique and essential Vancouver souvenir for hipster tourists and retro art nerds alike. Not convinced yet? Well, Ralph Lauren thinks you suck, and he'd also love for you to buy one of his machine made imitations at Lord and Taylor for one-hundred dollars more than you can get the real thing here! (as an added bonus, I'll let you take me out for lunch while I lather you with compliments) Anyways, enough about “the Cowichan Sweater” and more about this one, the En Svale Cowichan - it's definitely my favorite out of the several I've managed to hoard in-world, great texturing, prim collar and cuffs, and a jacket or shirt option. This is the sweater I wished I could have stolen from my gramp's closet when I was younger, but alas, not too many native Cowichans in Scotland, who knew?

Feeling nostalgic, I wore some old favorites, my Armidi chinos (sighs as he reminisces about all those good times oh-so-many months ago….like eight?) One of my favorite accessory makers, Eko, changed their name but not their standards, as detailed in my Classic Belt V.2…not only great looking, but unlike the V.1, nobody was killed during the human avatar testing phase.

I chose the old brown Combat Boots from Hoorenbeek partly due to their brilliant detailing and comfortably worn in look, and partly due to my yearning to create an outfit that emulates something that I kick about in RL during these bleary winter days - and Australians, you’ve had summer long enough, please send it back here where it's needed….Canadians need melanoma too!
P.S. for all of you that commented on my “grandpa sweater” and my “old man sweater” while I was wearing this, I'm making a list, and I'm checking it twice…oh wait, that’s Santa…carry on, then.

Maddesigns hair – crew natural black
Blitzed – Classic Belt V.2.
En Svale – Cowichan Sweater (gray)
Hoorenbeek - Combat Boots - Old Brown
Armidi Limited – Low Rise Chinos (black)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

You people don't understand...

I’m not locked in here with you, you’re locked in here with ME!

....that of course, holds no meaning for you if you have not ever read the Watchmen graphic novel, or at least perused the new movie of the same name. Suffice it for me to say, the movie left my inner geek both sated and pining for more Rorschach, to whom the opening quote belongs, although I'm pretty sure I'd not want to be locked in anywhere with him myself. ZCal Decosta not only sensed my inner longing, but took the next step and gave me my very own Rorschach avatar, and holy hell does it rock. This comic book tribute is the full meal deal, coming with an AO, skin, shape, full outfit and best of all, ZCal’s take on his mask, a constantly morphing inkblot - although I'm still searching for the dog with his head split in half….all I see are pretty butterflies.

As for the rest of this blog post, I'm going to put the baby to rest, so skip to the next feed if you’ve already ate your fill of drama pie today…I wouldn't blame you, I'd do it too!

My last post, the apparently infamous “pink” post was inspired by a real life story of a student who wore a pink shirt to school and got bullied and picked on for his choice of clothing - in fact, this is the first post I had ever made that had a message. Because of that, I built an outfit that was outlandish to go with the message I hoped people would pick up from reading it, mainly that “NO MATTER WHAT A PERSON WEARS, NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO BULLY THEM BECAUSE OF IT”, physically, or mentally, or whatever…as such, IT WAS NOT ABOUT WEARING THE COLOR PINK, OR LIKING THE COLOR PINK, OR NAMING YOUR PET LIZARD MR. PINK. I purposely made an outlandish outfit in order to make this point - I figured wearing my new pinstripe MRM suit with a pink button shirt would not get the point across, because people would just think “oh, why would anyone ever pick on someone wearing something that looks like that”…it was not meant to be a fashion statement, as anyone that has read my 70+ posts know that I dwell mostly in blacks and leathers and kilts, etc. If you missed the point of my post, I honestly have to assume either you never read it in the first place, you are pretending to be too stupid to get the point, or you are legitimately too stupid to get the point.

So, a few days later, someone posted a “NO” plurk to my look as represented in the post…I was not offended by some perceived critique of my outfit, because, duh, the outfit was supposed to be something out there that would normally incite your typical school yard bullies to arms (get it? I wasn’t telling people to wear this, I was telling them to respect a person's right to choose DIFFERENT in rl) thusly, I was annoyed that this person (mistakenly?) chose the only post I have ever made that wasn’t about a fashion choice and misled people who only had that picture (without the benefit of the post that went with it) into thinking it was some kind of fashion statement for the year 2009. Thusly baited, people were commenting WTF type comments, even culminating in one person stating that my avatar would fit right in at the local gay bars. Ironically, the pink-shirted teen was called homo by the bullies all day….that’s what happens when you removed the context. Now, the original plurker has every right to post her “NO” and “YES” plurks, but I feel she did my message an extreme disservice by removing a pointed picture from its context and creating the same kind of ridicule that motivated my post in the first place.

As a backlash to the whole event, several of my friends and several people I have never met in my life posted pink outfits under the banner “YES”, to bring the focus back to my original blog message, that of anti-bullying….I had nothing to do with that event, because I felt I had already had my say in the first place - anyone that claims that I organized that event or called out to my friends to foment it in the first place is a liar, simple and plain…or they have been misguided by liars. Anyway, next year, I will get off my lazy arse and actually post before the event happens…that in mind, I better start planning now, you think?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ink Pink, You Stink!!!

First of all, I’d like to apologize to any girls I may have said that to in grade school. The pink you were wearing actually looked quite nice on you and you truly didn’t stink. Truth be told, I kind of liked you and I was trying to impress you with my uncanny ability to rhyme words - the fact that we didn’t keep in touch tells me I missed the mark. Alas....back to the Pink. Here in B.C., last week, many folk took part in the annual “pink shirt anti-bullying” day, where kids and adults alike were encouraged to wear pink to work, or school, to show their support to put an end to bullying. The movement had its start on the east coast of Canada a few years back when hundreds of high school students showed up at their school to show their support for a grade 9 classmate who had been bullied and called a homosexual for daring to wear pink the day before (because only homosexuals wear pink, right? and of course, homosexuals should be assaulted because they are not hetero, right? Oh, how I love the simple reasoning of the modern day cro-mags)….so yeah, I’m a few days late, but that really shouldn’t be any surprise by now.

The pants were easy, since I bought every color-variation of fightclub pants in existence, I knew there was a pink pair waiting to be let loose on the masses. I used to wear the occasional pink shirt to school to bait the wannabe bullies…although that only works a few times if successful. Before I vacate my soapbox for mellower pastures, seriously, if you think that you can identify someone’s sexual preference by the color of the clothes they wear, you are a prehistoric twat that needs to get out more - and if you believe wearing pink could actually affect your desirability with the opposite sex, you need to stop dating bigots and work on your fragile ego. So, yeah, Dutch Touch just came out with some nice simple colored tees, in both jacket and shirt layers, with an underwear layer so you can rock them with your low cuts. Appropriately, I bought the pink one...but I feared that I would burn your retinas out, so I wore a vest out of sheer love for all three of you, my dear readers. I’m glad I did too, because this was one of those purchases that kind of fell between my inventory cracks, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Ache's Riders Down Vest - I like the patches, and I like the way they managed to get the vest to look puffy without going overboard and creating a black flotation device…props! A long-postponed trip to Boon rewarded me with both a new bad arse skull necklace and an even badder curly black hawk, which I used with great effect to finish my “wear pink and carry a big stick” look. Where’s the stick you ask? As official half arsed editor/censor, Dove deleted that picture…ie – removed it and put it in the secret folder on her C drive….

Boon - 2 Headed Skull Necklace (hammered silver), XXX555 Hair
Dutch Touch - TwoTees Basics – Pink
Sassy Kitty Designs - Sassy Woolen Knee Socks
Ache - Riders Down Vest (black)
Rawdolls - Juxtabelt B
MADesigns - EYES of TRUTH ~ Pale
Love Soul - Nails (checker)
Yabusaka - 09 Flare Ring
Urban Bomb Unit - PornStars Hi-Tops MultiColor V2
Primitive Design - Trash Kiddz Necklace + Wristbands, Fightclub Reborn Pants – pink
EtchD - Tangleweed Tattoo