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Landscapes that inspire you

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I can't speak for anyone but myself, but the landscapes and cityscapes have really shaped the way I dress. This is verbatim from an chat I had with Conceptual 4rest:
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    I love the solitude of the Canadian Rockies
    and the hues of grey and black rock
    and the pale and deep greens of conifers

    and in the cities:

    I like the sparse lights of LA at night
    orange on black
    and just the sound of cars
    the look of cold neon against asphalt
    strip clubs and gas stations on lonely stretches in El Monte
    Sitting at a Winchell's donuts
    (worst chain ever, only the fresh donuts are edible)
    waiting for the new batch to come out of the oven
    talking to the tattooed, shirtless, BMX rider we called "Devil"
    everything closed
    just the dim lights of the closed restaurants
    and chain bookstores
    and motels

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    I imagine that some of you guys must have similar experiences that have shaped the way you dress. If you are in college, probably a little less, but for example, I see a lot of LA in the way Baron dressed, and it was a lot different than my experience with LA.

    Feel free to contribute if you wish to.
     
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  2. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    the ocean.
     
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  3. hossoso

    hossoso Senior member

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    I love the patina, elegant decay and hints of faded glory in places like Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Rugged coastlines make my heart beat faster especially when they are crowded into a vista with mountains and islands like they are around here (PNW).
     
  4. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    I hope pictures are allowed...

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  5. LonerMatt

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    This is a fantastic idea for a thread. I want to post some pictures, but don't quite have the time.

    Landscapes that inspire me are either incredibly urbane (think dank, grungy crowd streets full of cafes, with little or no natural light: greys, blacks, browns and subdued colours) or incredibly vibrant natural scenery (bright, sunny days, skies stretching to infinity, colour abounding everywhere).

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  6. Syeknom

    Syeknom Senior member

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    I draw a lot of inspiration from the salty cliffs and hills of Cornwall (and the landscape of the rest of the British Isles as well).



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  7. pickpackpockpuck

    pickpackpockpuck Senior member

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    I grew up next to NYC and as a kid my family would come into the city all the time for Chinese food (my dad was obsessed with it). Some of my earliest memories are of Chinatown at night.

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    Not pretty, but I thought New York was so cool. I ended up going to college in New York and spent most of my time hanging out on the LES (it was just starting to be cool then).

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    By that point I loved the grittiness of New York, and I still do. I'll take that dirty chaos over a manicured lawn any day. I think that shows up in what I wear too. I love the beach and the woods and the mountains, but those landscapes weren't as much a part of my everyday life, so I didn't really absorb them in the same way.
     
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  8. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    I need to take some pictures, but I love Richmond. I live in a neighborhood called "The Fan" close to the center of the city -- it's a good neighborhood, and all of the houses were built between 1890 and 1910, and the streets were originally cobblestone. One of my favorite things is walking through the alleys in behind my house, it's very European -- overgrown, random cobblestone streets, not particularly planned out, hidden garages and art studios.
     
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  9. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Absolutely, pictures are allowed. I think that landscapes in cities are often further filtered through film. For me, the movie that was California for me was "The Salton Sea".
     
  10. ManofKent

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    Not a film I've seen, but it looks interesting, I'll order a copy.

    Perhaps I live in the past (or want to live in the past) but Powell & Pressburger's 'A Canterbury Tale' still resonates with me and where I live.
     
  11. colabear

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    I always dreaming seeing myself wearing a wifebeater, cut-up jean shorts, leather sandals, and sunglasses sitting at the Spanish Steps eating gelato just waiting my old man to pick me up
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  12. RegisDB9

    RegisDB9 Rico Suave

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    Sun, Color, and Relaxation. I am inspired by the colors of a beautiful beach- the blues, whites, creams, and shades of greens. I wear no black and very little gray, anything else and I don't feel like me

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  14. Lionheart Biker

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    My city is, fortunately, a city by the sea, yet stuck in a barren wasteland. Still, there are amazing lanscapes here, mainly because of the plateaus all around. That and the ocean can provide for some wonderful sights. Then there´s the region where cities like Bariloche are, full of trees, lakes, rivers, mountains and home of some of the most breathtaking views in the country. There and in the province of Cordoba you´ll find beauty that few places can match. These places have the perfect layout for someone to just a grab a motorcycle and ride having mountains on one side and rivers/lakes on the other, going up and discovering never before seen beauty. I´d like nothing more than to do just that, take my bike, a few pieces of clothing and ride through all those places. I guess I´d like my wardrobe to reflect that of a nomad, a wanderer simply seeking to constantly be moved by what one sees and finding more to be inspired from.


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    Córdoba. Not the best pic but the mountain chains there are out of this world.

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    And, of course, a motherfucking glacier.

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  16. MikeDT

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    The beautiful view I see every morning from my bedroom.
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    The street and shops I see every day during my commute by taxi or bus. These have certainly inspired what I wear and the way I dress
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  17. colabear

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    Villa Escudero Restaurant- what's more relaxing than eating with your hands, barefoot and letting the river tickle your toes infront of a waterfall.

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    caramelized fried plantains and fresh young coconut juice.....sooo goood
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  18. Synthese

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    Hi, I'm Synthese.

    My interests include:
    wind and sand and dust and rock and sun and blood and salt and thunder and iron and rain and ruin and winter

    What I look for in a landscape:
    Liminality, overlap, dissonance, the epic. Empty space and solitude feature heavily, as does vertigo.

    Some other landscapes that I have liked in the past have included:
    the wide-open plains, the giant dome of the sky, the wildness of the Rockies, the airless claustrophobia of New Hampshire forests. Parisian romanticism is something that is always at the back of my mind, as is the grit of eastern Europe. The British landscape and the associated mythology is always a source of inspiration. For that matter, I think that landscape and mythology are so intertwined in my had that they're practically inextricable, wherever I am.

    I think you can see most of these places in the way I dress. It's a real mash-up, though. For example, I've spent more time in France than I have in California, so my view of "the West" is really a more of a view of the Rockies. I feel like I've got so many little snippets of memory from things as disparate as Czech castles to Victorian railways to New England yacht races that all my colors start to bleed outside the lines, a little bit.

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  19. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Here is my Los Angeles:

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    And this, I saw this a lot:
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  20. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    def. ^ the glow of the orange streetlights and the sky that never gets totally black, but stays a smoggy dark amber.
     

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