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?


  1. I'm a very curious person, so as soon as I encounter something new, I do my best research on it (admittedly, some topics I spend more time on than others). It was because of this curiosity that I found out the meaning of Keep Calm and Carry On and the story of Ed Hardy as soon as I saw my first poster and shirt. :) It's always a good idea to reserve judgement until you know the whole story. Unless the story is about Lindsay Lohan. Then you can judge freely. :)

  2. I knew the history of the Keep Calm posters but I hadn't watched that video. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad that one was actually never used, since it would have meant the worst. All 3 posters are well phrased and inspiring really. I think I'll post about the video and share it for others that might not know.

    About the Ed Hardy franchise, I can respect him for making something out of nothing. But in general, I hate the designs and art and the people that wear them always look really gaudy to me. Not to be mean haha

  3. I love this post. I had heard of the history too, but the video was really nice to watch. I absolutely love its timeless design.

    As for Ed Hardy - I love tattoo's, but I hate that the stuff if everywhere. Good for him making it big, but I personally find the stuff cheesy now.

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