Tuesday, December 19, 2006


The Melancholic Man, originally uploaded by think cink.

Ever since I became aware of a desire to be unique from other people, music above all else has separated me the most drastically.

The above quote is the opening statement from the latest Adherical Lyrical post on the Holland Project blog. It captured my attention and I had no choice but to read on.

Its great, it shows how some people that are seen as disenchanted are actually enchanted. I wish that everyone who doesnt understand why peircings, why tattoos, why eyeliner, skulls & crossbones, and dissonance, would read this.


myrna the minx said...

What if I can understand the music part but not the "piercings, tattoos, eyeliner, skulls, crossbones, and dissonance" part. Will maybe the dissonance but its an inner dissonance. But here's something I think about a lot....I'm not much of a signifier if you know what I mean. For instance, most people would never guess the kind of music I like from my appearance. And I don't judge those that signify overtly (most of the time!) but my point is that there is a difference between those who do signify and those who don't and I'm not sure what it is. Do I seek cover? Are they more courageous than me or less? Why would it be enough for me not to signify and not for others?

What do you think?

quikbeam said...

Hmmm, I think there are so many reasons a person decides to signify or not that you couldnt nail it down to one difference. Basically we are talking about a persons outward appearance. How we appear to look to the world we decide based on lots of things. How were we raised, styles we were comfortable with, what social groups do we want to fit into, what groups do we want to tell to fuck off (if any). Who do we want to find us attractive, what career do we want, or are we thinking about that. Lots of people want to go outside the mainstream more but have reasons that make them decide not to and I think courage is just one possible reason.

For example, I have been trying to decide if I want a full sleeve tattoo for about 1 1/2 years now. I know my idea, I know the artist I would want. But that is such a signifier. I wonder if it will limit me in some way. One of the most important things for me has been to be able to melt into whatever group I happen to be surrounded by. And as much as I have lived with the idea of this tat for 1/5 years and I can feel its right in a way that I just need the artist to scrape off the topical skin and uncover what is already there. If I go over seas will it limit the social circles I am accepted in? Are there people that wont accept me or trust me because of that? I dont know.

Also, from what I see of how you love and understand punk, than you understand piercings, tatoos, eyeliner, skulls, crossbones, and dissonance. Even if you dont wear them I bet your heart lets out a little "Fuck yea" when presented with them.