Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Misunderstood Trends: Keep Calm and Carry On & Ed Hardy

I recently was in a store and a friend turned to me and asked what the big deal was about the "Keep calm and carry on" posters and giftables that we are seeing everywhere.  I just shrugged.  While I love the sentiment, it does seem a bit overkill and I am tired of seeing it and its variations absolutely everywhere.  But I recently saw this video that tells the history behind how it started and I found it intriguing and refreshing.  It gives the trend more substance and a timeless courageousness behind the simple and quirky statement. 

Another trend I've simply not been able to understand for the last few years is the Ed Hardy clothing trend.  While he does have some fun and colorful designs, I just didn't understand the mass appeal.

 The aesthetic just didn't appeal to me and I honestly got sick of seeing it everywhere.  So I was really surprised when  my husband and I watched a documentary called Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World a couple weeks ago and found myself sort of intrigued with the guy .  He started with nothing but a love for art that morphed into a love for tattoos, so he started a business doing it before it was a popular or accepted thing to do.   He's basically a hardworking dude from the Beatnik Generation who pursued what he loved his entire life and finally had it pay off in unexpected and big ways.  He marveled and laughed genuinely at the fact that his designs are now on t-shirts and perfume bottles.  He seemed to just shake he head at his good fortune then move on to talking about his newest passion (painting).  If you like documentaries you might find it pretty interesting.

Isn't it strange how ignorance can form bias but information can change your perspective even in the smallest things like recent trends?  I still don't really like Ed Hardy's designs, but I have this sort of begrudging respect for his entrepreneurial spirit and singular pursuit of his passion.

And the "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters have taken on a whole new and courageous meaning when I see them, and I'm glad they're so popular.  Why wouldn't I want more positive messages in the world?

Sienna Miller

Love this photo of Sienna Miller by Ryan Mcginley

Sunday, April 1, 2012

"I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed.  Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told.  I decided I was safe.  I was strong.  I was brave.  Nothing could vanquish me."  

-Cheryl Strayed, on her fear of hiking 
1100 miles alone on the Pacific Crest Trail.

(from the book I'm currently reading to the left)