Let’s get down to the roots.
A few weeks ago on The Voice (yeah one of those American singing shows), contestant Juliet Simms sang James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s World”. Whether or not you think these types of shows are rigged, the girl’s got talent; and the song is obviously not unfounded.
Men have spearheaded much of the arts world; men have been at the forefront of music, fashion and fine art since our humble beginnings. The same can be said for streetwear, a subculture that’s been a predominantly male-centric endeavor. Except, of course, the ladies of Married to the Mob, who have found a way to play with the boys. While to an outsider it may seem like MTTM is trying to be one of the boys, it actually goes beyond that. It’s about female empowerment, girl power, flower power—whatever you want to call it.
Regardless of gender, regardless of the boys, I think everyone has forgotten streetwear’s roots: the adverse; the anti. That being said, I’m not going to define my terminology, delineate what it is or isn’t—I’m sure you can figure it out. But somehow, now, just like it’s cool to be part of the hipster movement or to be indifferent, it’s also cool to be adverse or anti. It bums me out that people always think life needs to be lived in gradients of ‘cool’ (a notion that comes in direct conflict with our generation’s so-called apathy). People have forgotten that streetwear is a distinct attitude and feeling. Much of it is a belief, where meaning is found in the aesthetic. It is a full embodiment.
The “Comme des Fuckdown”, “Fuck You, Pay Me”, “Bout It, Bout It”, “Adam Bomb” are about something. So is the “Supreme Bitch”. Again, I’m sure you can figure out what it all means. I can very well say, though, it isn’t about apathy.
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