In 1988 Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS; and in 1989 he established the Keith Haring Foundation which provided funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. Sadly, Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990.
This is the first entry of our new “Prop Rocks” series. The “Prop Rocks” series does exactly what it implies; it gives props to artists that rock. In this series I will feature artists with a truly unique vision and individual style. I wanted to start this new series by celebrating the work of artist Keith Haring. Today is the anniversary of the proclaimed artist’s death. Haring is remembered for creating work that expresses concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war by utilizing colorful graphics with sharp, defined lines. His work can be found in galleries all over the world and in collaborations with other artists and designers.
Lately it seems that I either don’t watch television or I just watch old movies and television shows. To me, there is just something about them. I think it’s because the story lines are better. There’s really nothing that we are doing now that hasn’t been done before. I also think that I watch because I like the way people used to dress. Not this, “I look like I just rolled out of bed, but I really spend two hours getting ready” look that is gaining popularity today. Back then people cared about looking neat and put-together, which I like. I was raised with old school discipline. My mother would never let me leave the house without a watch because, “a lady always wears a watch” and god forbid if I left wearing sweatpants and wasn’t heading to the gym. I still live by these principles and wish others did too because I’m tired of the pajama pants in boots look I’ve been noticing lately. Here is a link to the movie Mahogany (1975) starring Diana Ross. Now, this is a movie with style and panache (I love that word). Thank me later.
Maybe I should call this post "Nothing Lasts at Forever21", but I thought the other title sounded more profound. Maybe when read you would assume that I would write about how important it is to live life to the fullest, to think positively, and yada yada yada. You should know that by now, right? Instead of talking about that I would like to discuss Forever21, more specifically why I will try to stop shopping there. Can I tell you a secret? Come closer to the screen this is for your eyes only. The secret is that I check the Forever21 website everyday. I can tell you what time new things are posted and when the new collections will come out. It's sad really. Now I'm not saying I shop there all the time and that my closet consist of items only from that store, but I will say that many of my hard earned dollars have contributed to the store's success. What's better than getting cute clothing at an affordable price? One thing I can think of that is better is getting quality clothing at an affordable price. Let's be honest, Forever21 clothing is not the best quality. They are good if you want to buy into a season trend, but not that great for the long haul. It's like dating a cute guy with no substance. He'll please you momentarily, but eventually the two of you will have to have an actual intelligent conversation. You see my problem here, right? I am not trying to start some anti-Forever21 revolution I'm just trying to build a better closet for myself. Nonetheless, here are some reasons that I will not shop at Forever21 anymore: 1. Everyone shops there. How can you express your creativity if all your friends own all the same pieces? 2. Think about the sweat shops. The people that work in Forever 21 make less than $2 a day. 3. Small cloest with quality clothing > Big closet with non-quality clothing. 4. I don't ever want to be a slave to fashion. I love fashion (mostly fashion history), but I'm not going to buy something just because a few editors tell me to. If I don't want to wear clogs this spring then I won't. Seriously, I won't be wearing clogs this spring (bleh). That's it for now. I'm sure you can think of other reasons. Now the question is: Will I throw away all my Forever21 merchandise? Answer: Hell no! That was some hard earned money and I don't waste. 21 doesn't last Forever so it's not like I'll be wearing a lot of those things five years from now, but until then I'll wear whatever is currently in my closest. I don't want to make it seem like Forever21 is the only store of it's nature, so just insert Charlotte Russe, Wetseal, and Topshop where ever you see fit because they are all essentially the same. Yes, I'll stop shopping at those places too, not that I go there as much as I did Forever 21. The great thing about not shopping at stores like that anymore is that it'll drive me to check out other shops and think of new ways to dress that will allow me to express myself better. The point is that it's better to think outside the box with style sometimes. Don't just buy for convenience, dig a little deeper and have fun shopping in different type of places. This is the official blog of Junkprints, so of course I'm going to encourage you to buy some junk here. Check out the show Blood Sweat and T-Shirts tonight at 10pm on Planet Green: Six shopaholics head to New Dehli to discover how it is working in a sweatshop. Sounds interesting to me so I'll be tuning in.
It is pretty evident, if not obvious, that if you want your business, blog, or brand to thrive you must tap into as many online networks as possible. It's definitely cheaper than printing out flyers and you'll reach a lot more people when promoting yourself online. Everyday I check my blog roll on Google Reader, which allows me to quickly scan through my favorite sites. A lot of my favorite sites include personal style blogs where the blogger posts pictures of their style each day. I also like to check out sites like chictopia and lookbook.nu. I recently started a chictopia page in hopes to promote my personal blog. Chictopia is a site where you post your outfits and other members give you chic points if they approve. A good thing about sites like Chictopia is that you can find a lot of like minded people (in terms of fashion) who could be potential followers of your business, blog, or brand. Most people use it as a promotion method. I tried it for a while, but grew tired of it. While I love looking at other people's outfits, posting pictures of myself everyday made me feel a bit vain. Plus, I dislike posing for pictures in general. I began to feel that I needed to gain the approval of the other people on the site. As if I needed some reassurance that I am chic and have a cool personal style. One thing I dislike is seeking the approval of others and here I was posting my pictures and fishing for comments. No me gusta (I don't like). So, I've stopped posting pictures of my daily outfits online because I like the way I dress and don't need comments on it. Some people are intense and have daily photo-shoots scheduled, that's just not for me. I rather live in the moment than have to pray I have enough memory in my camera to capture it. I will continue to read daily style blogs, but as far as posting my outfits online...I'll pass.
Check out The Winter Wool dress Here!
Okay so you're allowed to buy 1 non Junkprints bag. This amazing MAGNETOPHON-CASE, made by Newafresh is really doing it for me. I know, in January I was raving about nostalgic radios and tapes being played out by urban outfitters but dopeness is dopeness and this case is fly. While I'm on the topic of music and fashion I have to show case another fantastic take on the topic. I've been in love with Miss Elizaveta's work since I first laid my junky eyes on it. I think what I like most about it is that it's the opposite of 'reasonable' and yet it has a real sensibility about it. She's also the one who put me on to Boom box case. Flud watches and me were bound to meet. My bro-in law had a photo shoot recently and showed me a pretty nifty watch, It wasn't all that, but I did like the case. While vending at the Recessionista shindig last sunday I spotted that same case, but watch in this case was amazing. I'm not really big on watches the concept of being shackled to time bugs me out a bit but the concept of rocking an oversized men's peice sound lovely. By the price points I have a feeling that they aren't made domestically . Can I have my cake and eat it too?
Some Black folks in North America wanna be African REAL bad, they take African dancing (as if Africa is city w/ 1 style of dance) wear Kente cloth that was made in China and listen to Fela. I love Fela as much as the next person but it's like we have such a warped sense of self that we've filled in the blanks with this idea of 'Africa' and run around calling each other King and Queen (as if everyone on the whole continent was a Queen or King, hey some folks were/are farmers, prostitutes, traveler and or thieves. And if we're making up some magical idea of Africa is, than what about the perspective of the various people in Africa. I just feel like some extreme pan Africanism is Fakin' the funk. So I've decided to explore his with my aFAKIN Collection. All pieces are limited edition and are made from fabric rescued from a closed down textile store...and yes the 'African' batik fabric wasn't even made in any part of Africa, but it was labeld 'African Fabric'...my point exactly. This will debut on Junkprints.com in Early May
I really do feel bad for them. I get a lot of request to make Junkprints baby clothing, and do make lil custom baby clothing from time to time. But I hate the idea of putting our social, political, baggage on an unassuming drooling sack of human cuteness (a.k.a. baby). My disdain goes so far that I'm not really into putting any type of logo/icon/character on children's clothing, unless requested by the child. All that stuff is our baggage and it doesn't take long for a child to want to participate, i.e mommy I want a barbie, and would like to dress like Brittany spears etc. At that point, unless it's harmful to the child, I'm down w/ having them pick they social alliances and express them through the way they choose to dress. Until that time, I like the utilitarian approach to dressing children. Beyond the social baggage, most baby stuff that adults think is cute would is either suitable for dressing an Easter egg or would be utterly embarrassing for an adult. Here's a few examples. Snuggies for new borns? WTF? (but I do want one...I'll put a pineapple where the baby should go)
Well the Big Clean Up is in full affect. Yay! I've come up with a fantastic solution to the killer scrap pile! Earrings!