I guess I was feeling kind of badass today, and this is what I came up with. I love this band, the Boids. I’ve toured with them a couple of times, while they were on tour with my husband’s band The Real McKenzies. They were kind enough to give me this awesome t-shirt. I have stacks and stacks of band T-shirts in black, so I just had to get my hands on a red one. This song “Fuck your Macho Bullshit” is from their album Superbafrango. I just love the message, because, hey, who doesn’t love cussing? And as a woman, yeah, I can do without anyone’s macho bullshit. This is my interpretation of a #metoo shirt; yes, I’ve had plenty of unpleasant things happen to me, as I’m sure every woman out there has. I can make myself heard too, in my own, cussing, bright red shirt-wearing way.
The red socks and Doc Martens combo I have to admit are inspired by the lovely Rad Baztard, one of my favourite bartenders at my favourite local watering hole, What’s Up? Hot Dog. Rad is in a really fun punk rock band called the Isotopes. Him and his partner Jill are always wearing the funnest outfits whenever I pop in to see them. For decades, I never, ever, wore anything but black socks. But these days I have no problem injecting some additional colour into my wardrobe, especially red. Now if only I could find one of these belts with rivets in red. I’ve been searching for months!
In a way, punk rock, or rock and roll looks, are pretty classic in their own way. Denim and motorcycle jackets, Doc Martens or motorcycle boots will always be part of the “uniform”. (The subject of “The Uniform” is going to be whole ‘nother post!) But it is nice to see the uniform evolve and change over time, even for an old, stalwart, black-socks-only wearing person like myself. One cannot deny the practicality of everything in this outfit. Jeans, the original working man’s trousers. T-shirts, have been a part of the dictionary since the 1920s. The black leather biker jacket, has also been around at least since the 1950s. Think Marlon Brando, or James Dean. Yes, I often wear my jacket while riding my motorcycle, so it is not just for show. Doc Martens have been around since 1947. Why do I wear mine all the time? Because not only do they look cool, but they go with practically everything, and are the most comfortable walking shoes that I have. Of course I also had 8-holes “back in the day” like any good punk rock kid! So we take all these classic pieces, and put them together, and viola! Instant subversive uniform. Yes folks, that was sarcasm.
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