CLOTHING COLLECTABLES: THE LIFE OF AN APPAREL JUNKIE

Black and Red Supreme Cap

“Why we want them.”


racking up

Ever since I was a child, I would see people collecting clothing. For the most part, people collected shoes. These types of people were known as,” Sneakerheads.” They would run out and buy the latest addition of shoes they could find, and not wear them. But what they would do is save the shoes and then maybe sell them at a later date. Especially if the shoe was known to be rare; then they would really hold on to them. Can you imagine buying shoes for $400 and never putting them on a day in your life. But sometimes those $400 shoes could be worth as much as a few thousand dollars years later. And some people have hundreds of rare sneakers that they have easily spent $40,000 to $50,000 for shoes. Their collection might be worth $100,000 or more. There is also rare luggage that you can purchase especially if the luggage is from a well-known designer. Can you imagine owning Louis VuittonĀ  luggage purchased back in the 1930’s.

cash in cash out

Have you seen those lines of people every time and iPhone comes out? Or better yet, a long line for the latest sneakers at Footlocker. Well, would you believe me when I tell you that people are in these lines to buy the phones then resell them. They tend to fetch a lot of money for the phones because they sell them to people who don’t want to stand in long lines. Or people who have to work but they must get the new phone. And this means sometimes paying more than the phone is worth to get it. Oh yes, people are truly that desperate for something as simple as a cell phone. But the same goes for a lot of other hot ticket items.

I feel special

When yo have something no one else has, or have friends that have the same things, you belong. You are part of a group that very few people belong to. And for those reasons it makes you seem like that you have accomplished something. So many people want to belong to something, sometimes anything. And when they finally do, they tend to go all in.


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NOT WHAT I GREW UP ON: THE WAY DRESSING STYLES HAVE SHIFTED

Woman in White Long-sleeved Dress

“I wish I understood.”


what a strange dressing style

I look at the styles from fashion and the first thing I think is I know I could have designed this outfit. Because o me I always thought fashion was this luxury and classy style with a little sexy flare. But today it just seems that everyone is going for who can look the poorest. Like people went to a trash can and found outfits typically worn by men and women sleeping in the street and thought, why not attach a large price tag to this. And yes, people are truly buying these items. These products are fetching for price tags in the thousands of dollars. But what has happened in our culture of fashion this has become the trend on the runway?

disturbed or trying too hard

People have this mind frame today where they are the disturbed and troubled artist. But when you look at it for what it is, they are far from disturbed. In fact, they are just people in their right mind trying to feel as if it makes them someone by feeling crazy. And the problem with this is that our culture has become addicted to having a troubled mental capacity. Because those who are truly disturbed try everything to keep from being this type of person. They create things that are the opposite to keep from being in that mental space. And then you have the people who are just keeping up with what everyone else is doing. These people years ago used to be called posers. But to me if you want to dangerous, be dangerous. They dressed like they have nothing, then go into their comfortable coves.

i still love the classics

Say what you want, but I love the former looks. I love when you look at something and say to yourself, “I cannot afford that, and I could not create that.” Anything that makes me go I do that is not amazing. I just don’t feel it is special when anyone feel they can get into it. You should look and say to yourself, this is too much for me. You should feel like you have to leave the planet and fly to a far away place to be that good. But not today, today is totally different.


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MINE OR THE WORLD’S: WHY WE COVET CULTURE

Traditional Indonesian Wedding

“It’s mine, all mine.”


protective cultures

What would people think if me, a Black male were to wear a traditional Japanese outfit, or attire myself in traditional Indian clothing. I wonder how many would get upset by the decision for me to do so. And that is where you see who is protective of what as it pertains to culture. The reason people tend to be protective is that they do not want the meaning of what it is they do and why they do so to lose its lure and historical importance. Imagine if I were to wear clothing that is an outfit wore by Indians and it became popular. Without expressing how it came to be, it could be seen as a trend I started. Which would be considered disrespectful to Indians. what are other reasons for the protection?

good guy bad guy

There are behaviors or customs that are alright by one group. But the moment the other group adopts the exact same behavior, then for some reason it is seen as fine. And that is another reason why the culture tends to be protective. How can you say that rap music is bad when Black people do it. Then a White rapper expressing the same violent rage and sentiment and he is seen as expressing his artistic emotions. We are not talking anything else but a change in the hue of the person performing. Then it becomes the thing that is cool that the dominant group does and no longer an origin of the original group.

america is not your typical country

Living in the United States, this is a country that is considered a place where people come from all over the world to live. There is no such thing as an American custom that exist in China, or Russia, or India, or Egypt. We have many different things brought over by many different people. So when it comes to culture, this country shares cultures because of our close proximity to one another. Your neighbor is not someone that lives in the next country over. They are people next door to where you live. So it makes sense that we easily adopt one another’s customs. It is not always intentional. It’s our overall way of life because we are so close.


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CULTURE CRITICS: PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE

 

Brown Wooden Gavel

“Not my cup of tea.”


those who have no interest

A lot of people have no interest in pushing culture forward, and they could care less what happens to the culture. But when these same individuals really do want a say in what the culture does, then t becomes a problem. Because if you have no interest and don’t care for it, then what’s it to them if it ultimately fails. So we cannot allow these types of people to get their hands on the culture. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they should not have a seat at the table. But who are these people and how do we spot these types of people? Well, it can be difficult because sometimes these people come in disguise.

listen close to the critique

People don’t always just come out and say I don’t like this cultural thing or this thing. Sometimes people have a critique where they try to circumvent. They create some type of work around so they don’t have to outwardly say what they don’t like. So you have to have the objective ear to understand what it is they are saying to you. For example, some people may try to say they don’t like your culture because it far too rowdy. But then the music they listen to is just a gritty. Then what they do is create some type of work around to deflect away from the conversation so they don’t have to deal with what you asked them. But sometimes it’s harder, but make sure when you listen, don’t be too biased. Be able to decipher between objective opinion and plain out hate.

do they matter

We have to think long and hard if these people who hate truly matter to us. Because if they are aiding the culture, and have no impact, why do we care. We shouldn’t unless the culture is weak in the first place. But what we should do is act as if they don’t exist. Because rest assured you have no impact on their culture.


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THE GREATEST GIFT TO THE WORLD: WHAT HAS YOUR CULTURE DONE FOR THE PLANET

Earth Illustration

“I give to you, myself.”


i here by grant you access

You have this amazing culture that you come from, and want to share it with the world. Now, the word culture takes on a wide range of meanings. But when we think of culture we typically mean ethnic culture. Now, I have never really heard of that many people who say they want to share their culture with the world so openly. And if they do, it is silent and you don’t know about it. If you so choose to get involved and you are someone who respects the culture, then no one has a problem. And if you you do want to gift what you have to the world, how well will you be received by people who are on the inside that are more protective of their culture.

protect it with your life

We live in a society that if you protect your culture where you want no one else in you are going to run into a problem especially if you live in an environment where so many other different people live around you. Now, what would be the reason someone might want to protect their culture. A major reason would be there are civilizations that have existed that had a strong cultural identity, but for whatever reason; whether it was war or it just started to unravel for other reasons. And once that happens, what started as a thriving nation, now becomes ruins and urban legends. I was reading a few months back how anthropologist uncovered a mass region of Mexico where a few hundred thousand people were believed to have lived. Now we know there more like close to 10 million people. So you have to think to yourself, what happened that such a large group of people that are no longer around? And what happened to the culture that was once there?

i don’t want the cookie, just a few pieces

We are very protective in cultures because we take what we like and then we dump the rest. Sometimes we take the whole cookie if it’s delicious enough then we act as if the baker who made the cookie had no hand in it. We award the deliciousness and the entire recipe to someone of our liking. And there is a saying that goes with this, and that is, whoever is in power gets to rewrite history. And if you belong to a group who has gone through this rewriting, you tend to be more selective with who you share information with. Not only are you restrictive with information, but skeptical of people who take part that you didn’t share it with.

7 billion is hard to control

If you create anything that the world finds interesting, there will be no ability to hold it for yourself. Especially if you create something that taste good to the masses. Trying to keep your culture hidden in such a social media era is impossible. So you are better off sharing with the planet, because as a human we were meant to share experiences. Social constructs have made us scared to open up, but as the world grows, we become closer because land that was not previously utilized become utilized by neighbors. Thus we are now far too close to keep anything hidden.


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SHARE THE WEALTH: SHOULD WE SHARE EACH OTHERS CULTURE

Photo of Woman Portrait Wall Art

“Appropriation or credit?”


we the people

As a citizen living in the United States, you always hear the term “cultural appropriation.” And I understand the ramifications connected to the appropriation of ones culture. And the reality of it all is this, should we share each others culture. Because in America, where so many different groups reside, should we be living as a whole in one nation yet still separated in the same space? Especially if you live in a major hub like I do in New York City. How do you not try to connect on some level to the different groups around you? But how do others within groups feel themselves about sharing what they have with the world? Because the idea of culture is strong, but segregation is archaic considering you’re putting a distance between the species.

for the love of it

We all might have a shared love interest for something and that strengthens the culture. Typically this form of culture is music, movies, and dance. This is something that is engraved in the identity of this country. People from around the world have an affinity for American culture because of the diverse nature of our entertainment. Everywhere in the world the entertainment is very centric to what is in the group’s culture that reside in that country. We have so many different people with so many different stories, you don’t have to worry about the same story being told over and over. And we are more than welcoming to allow people to explore the American cultural landscape. But it starts to get into some grey areas the moment you get into ethnic and religious practices. Well, I will say, more so with ethnicity than religion.

adoption is illegal

If you come a group of people who have had their history lost or stolen, then you typically are quite protective of that culture. And whoever comes in, you are critical as to why they are coming into the culture. And what happens when someone adopts something, then write it off as their own? What happens if the group is so small they don’t have a big enough voice to fight back. Then their identity is lost or becomes a trend. And cultures have taken at times thousands of years to be eradicated in a quick stint. For example, people think of the Swastika as a Nazi symbol, when in reality it is a strong Indian symbol. It was created for hate, yet adopted and now has the connotation of genocide.


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MONTHS FOR CULTURE: MAY AND JUNE

 

Man Wearing Multicolored Costume

“Be apart of the experience.”


whether shared or not

No matter if we come from a similar culture, the same culture, no similar what so ever, we all come from a culture. And that one word is very broad depending on what you mean by culture. Because we can come from the a different religion, ethnic group, and region of the world, but if we listen to the same music, it’s a shared culture. Now, a straight forward more understandable cultural definition would be a custom, value system, belief, or region of the world from which people have a strong bond in the close quarters of this particular group of people. So when you hear of someone with a Yakama, you right off the back know I am referring to someone who is Jewish. Whenever I show you an image of someone who is praying in front of a cross you know they have a string connection to Christianity. So there are identifiers that allow you an understanding as to what group is who.

culture to you not to me

There are cultural norms that belong to certain people that others may not like that don’t reflect their beliefs. This is very obvious in religion when you have the three major religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. But you also have sects under each of those that may be different than the sects, which are subsects. So for example you have Christianity, but all Christians don’t look at the religion from the same standpoint. So now you have Lutherans, Catholics, Baptist, Evangelist, Methodist, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Seven Day Advantage, and Protestant that fall under some form of Christianity. But then, for example, I grew up Baptist, and you have Southern Baptist and other regions of American Baptist, where all places have a different view. And in each of these sects and subsects there are practices that people under the same category that is Christian don’t agree with.

shared experience different culture

Our experiences are similar yet our culture is different. And can easily be seen in the entertainment that we create for our consumption. Meaning a Trekkie is a Star Trek fan, but a lot of these people come from very different cultural backgrounds. And yet they can sit in a room for hours and have conversations on the television show Star Trek. Same goes for music, there is a Punk music scene everywhere in the world. Now, I know nothing about Punk music or the style of dress, but it is a culture of its own with people who come from different other cultures. And with that said, I can’t wait for the months of May and June, because these will be two months dedicated to the topic of culture.


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