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The current mode of suburban rebellion [Mar. 24th, 2005|12:56 am]
The American Caliban
At least where I live, the wealthy children of the middle class have embraced rockabilly "white trash" style, big tattoos, 1961 tough guy facial hair, pimp and hooker and stripper outfits, and chopped fifties cars now pretty much totally. From a subculture it has become the culture for late teen/early 20s kids with money who want to annoy their parents.

It probably works pretty well. I ran across a nude and tattooed picture of a FOAF on myspace and after my initial appreciation for the arrangement of the pixels I thought "wow.. I wonder what her dad is drinking if he knows about this?"

The last time I can remember rockabilly/greaser culture being the dominant one around here was in 1981 or so, when we were waging little wars under an aw-shucks brylcreemed president.. hey! Now I don't have to ask any of you to deconstruct this!

March onwards, freedom hookers and victory pimps!
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[User Picture]From: spacemummy
2005-03-24 10:16 am (UTC)
That's strange, I remember in the early 80s having a discussion about how culture was on a 20 year cycle. It's kind of sad adhering to second generation retro. And here there are perfectly cool subcultures waiting to happen, like Egyptian Futurism.
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[User Picture]From: flipzagging
2005-03-24 11:11 pm (UTC)
I once saw a cartoon with the caption:

STRAIGHT = GAY - 3 YEARS
GAY = STRAIGHT - 23 YEARS

With examples from different decades. Did the trailer trash thing start with gays? What are they doing nowadays?

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[User Picture]From: spacemummy
2005-03-24 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I understand the formula you have presented. Does this imply that it takes 3 years for gays to adopt straight culture and 23 for the other way. And what would that mean? Perhaps I am not the expert cultur dekonstruktor I had imagined.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2005-03-24 11:38 pm (UTC)

Put an ad in the Advocate!

Long story short you have to get the gay community to embrace Egyptian Futurism as soon as possible.
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[User Picture]From: spacemummy
2005-03-24 11:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Put an ad in the Advocate!

Got it! Look for the SpaceMummy (SM, for short, also known as Sit and Model, barely noticing all the attention he's gathering) performing in front of the Castro Theatre in SF.
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[User Picture]From: effluvia
2005-03-24 05:59 pm (UTC)
Keeeee-righst, it's the same thing up here. All the cool kids are running around with pompadors or Bettie Page bangs, driving about in vintage cars with custom paint jobs depicting flames. And, like you said, major tatoo-age.

The thing is, eveyone sticks to a very consistent theme and consistent images. Is there a newsletter? I've never understood it, to tell the truth. The rockabilly thing, that is.
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[User Picture]From: oohahh
2005-03-25 12:19 am (UTC)
The jig was up the moment Hot Topic pasted RAB styles all over their fliers. Think they started about four, maybe five months ago. Lookee here, they're still hyping it.
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From: samiamrex
2005-03-25 03:20 am (UTC)
1997: i remember all the teenage "punks" who would carouse in back of the record store i worked at and swagger around drunk around the dumpsters. then, when they were in need for inspiration, they would come in and buy their brand new punk cd's with crisp $20 bills.

those kids all lived up in the hills in their $600,000 and up homes. when it was dark all those "punks" disappeared and went home. none of them ever stank of piss, OD's on the sidewalk, or got kicked off the property for squatting or sleeping in the dumpster.

it was all just a style to them, nothing more.
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