Thursday, 13 October 2011

Crazy beards

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau

When my friend Ang came to visit NSW from Melbourne a while back, she commented on how there is a Newy (Newcastle) look. Bit scruffy, usually in flip flops / thongs and often sporting a beard of some description. She mentioned this in comparison to the Melbourne look of shaved sides, asymmetrical hair and skinny jeans.

I thought that was pretty interesting. Local styles and all that. Except that here, not sure about England, there is a weird juxtaposition of people thinking that being a "hipster" is very uncool. Try hards, over doing it and just generally being pretty vain. I've never really understood this kind of prejudice towards people wearing certain clothes. Yeah, yeah, I get that a lot of people choose to wear stuff that matches their frame of mind / point of view and in and out groups and all that, but come on. Better to direct your energy towards something a bit more interesting.
Like this or even this...

I did find this interesting picture on the net describing the evolution of aforementioned hipster style.

  Anyway, back to beards, cos they're funnier than all this fashion malarky. Especially when people get obsessed with them like these fellas. 


                                            And finally, a moose and the Norweigan flag. Brilliant.

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