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Random fashion thoughts

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by thekunk07, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. cyc wid it

    cyc wid it Well-Known Member

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    Jack Threads app ad in my FB shows a shoe/jean fitpic featuring: longwings with a contrast blue suede panel and vibram sole paired with red laces combined with cuffed denim that has some sort of blue and red vertical striped lining. What is this I don't even...

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  2. magicalporks

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    Gonna dig up an incredibly old post, but just read a pretty interesting article on the history/use of masks in Japan and thought it might be worthwhile to share.

    「現代覆面考」 "Thoughts on masks in modern Japan"

    It's a blog written by a grad student at a university in Kansai specializing in ethnology. It's a bit too much work to translate, so I'm just going to paraphrase the relevant bits:

    Setting aside the obvious practical use of masks in Japan as a tool to prevent the spread of disease, "surgical masks" (technically they're just regular face masks that you can buy at any convenience store - they even have "menthol flavored" masks and ones with children's anime characters) have been worn for all kinds of reasons, like women who don't feel like wearing makeup, don't want to be recognized on the street, etc.

    But even before the modern era, "masks" have played a role in Japanese culture. One example is the Obon Festival in August, a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. The masks are worn during the bon odori, a dance to welcome and console the spirits of the dead.



    The role of the masks during this festival is to bring the normal, the mundane person and elevate him into a "nonhuman existence" (hito naranu sonzai) - one that is able to dance together with the dead.

    Jumping to the 60s and 70s surgical masks were were often used along with helmets in the gakusei undou, or student protests in Japan (this was in the wake of the US-Japan Security Treaty, the Vietnam War, turmoil over Japan's postwar recovery, etc). The interesting part here is that the mask is now used as a weapon - it empowers these students to protest against the teachers and the establishment. By hiding their faces, they counterintuitively gain the ability to rebel and speak out. Again the writer uses the term hito naranu sonzai, these kids are surpassing and separating themselves from their everyday identities/ordinariness (nichijousei).

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    Then in the 70s we have the rise of the bousouzoku, who, to oversimplify a bit, were basically biker gangs in Japan and typically emulated the greaser look + also often wore surgical masks (presumably to conceal their identities).

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    The next section goes on to list why people say they choose to wear masks.
    - "It's somehow calming"
    - "When my teacher gets angry at me, if I wear a mask I can face him"
    - "I don't like my face"
    - "I feel more relaxed when I wear a mask knowing I'm not looked at"

    This desire to be invisible to people, to cut themselves off from society, on one hand has an isolating effect, but the associations with the gakusei undou, bousouzoku, etc. is also paradoxically empowering and has the opposite effect of allowing these people to express themselves freely.

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    Essentially, when these modern kids are wearing surgical masks, it's channeling all this history and background, and I think that background does help explain why there was this attraction to surgical masks - the "frightening but fragile" look that these bullied kids adopted.

    Another bit of unrelated trivia, there's also a myth in Japan of the slit-mouthed woman (kuchisake-onna), who was mutilated by her husband and returns as a malicious spirit wearing a face mask. The legend reappeared again in the 1970s and spread throughout Japan.
     
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  3. FlyingLotus

    FlyingLotus Well-Known Member

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    So freaking hot already in LA, i wanna wear jackets dammit
     
  4. el Bert

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    I thought their Dries section was really good but nothing on sale. Their selection was smaller than usual but if you look at how they run their selection I think it makes sense. They get what they like and that's really how they've done it.
     
  5. Thearkly

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    Mesh Mens shirt? Not as in strippers. As in wearing one as normal clothes.
     
  6. e0d9n0b5

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    i bought a mesh tshirt earlier this week.
     
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  9. iamacyborg

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    That moment when you go to the pub and the dude you thought was a friend actually turns out to be a complete cunt :/
     
  10. nahneun

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    Man she was prettier before she got more plastic surgery done
     
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    Assuming that's to me, no. He got in an argument with a female friend over a joke he misunderstood and started trying to get physically violent with her :|
     
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    almost turned my a/c on at lunch, don't know what the fuck is up
     
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    This is fantastic, thank you.
     
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  15. BreezyBirch

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    Bert stop taunting us!
     
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    Post a pic?
     
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    Looks pretty cool to me. Not exactly the direction I am headed in but if I had tons of cash I would consider this

    Runway pic doesnt do it justice as the cool minimalist piece it could be.
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  19. el Bert

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    Looks cool what is it?
     
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