Ben harper once sang that the masters of convention count on you to never change, but the law of reinvention knows nothing stays the same. Ben was obviously looking at the world through the eyes of a slide guitar that would make even Dwayne Allman jealous. But Ben’s right on point, as always. Rock and Roll is about freedom, expression and saying goodbye to the boring looks of yesteryear.
This time on the Hot Minute, we go to craft fair – the one that should be in your house. Its nothing that you cant do with some intuition and slice of creativity. I’m a musician, and it’s been something that has defined me for years. From the early days of jamming on my mom’s guitar to the more recent days of stage riffing with my best friends – it’s a part of me, in every single way. Even fashion. But how do you take fashion, how do you merge Rock and Roll with a suit and tie and make it work? Modern brick and mortar stores want us to believe its as easy as wearing Marc Jacob Boots, or some music note/guitar flair, a necklace or a tie bar with a piano on it. Really, there's Rock and Roll and there's just dumb. Nothing against the boots, but do you really need a Mic Jagger Jacket and Steven Tyler's Scarf to have music as your keystone?
The centerpiece in any wardrobe is usually something small, powerful, and simple. Men’s fashion is dominated by trim cut suits, paisley ties, wool patterns and wayfarers, but that doesn’t mean that you should use all of them at once. Like a guitarist with too many pedals you stop being true to form and just look like a gear head who cares more about tone that sound; all show and no go. And just like the music snobs and elitists I knew in my youth, you too will get left behind, and forgotten, as the next wave of expression crushes the shores of the modern workplace.
|It's simple, almost free, and will have everyone's attention.|
Just like "Sway" by the Rolling Stones.
One of the things I’ve been doing for years is converting my old picks, and the picks given to me into cufflinks. It’s as easy as gluing them to cufflink backers with some industrial contact cement – in a pinch, Krazy Glue works, but they break off easily. Not a huge deal, they’re cheap, and really easy to replace. I’d rotate the pick to about 45 degrees of center -- that seems to get the job done. That way your not getting them caught on everything you run into. The more genuine the picks are, the better, teeth marks, worn edges, cracks, they all add to the décor, or ambiance. If you have trouble with décor and ambiance, listen to Marshwan Lynch tell Kenny Mane about it, he really breaks it down. The great thing about this little project is that its easy and cheap enough that you can practically give them away.
|Check out the stands in Washington DC's|
Eastern market for great cufflink ideas
Remember, rock and roll was about being loud, different, and changing the status quo. Don’t dare to be ordinary - don’t dare to be plain. But don’t get so crazy that you lose your edge, or end up looking like a clown. Remember, you can glue almost anything to cufflinks. Here, in DC, you can go all out and just kitsch to the max - Go to eastern market and you you can get lego men for your french shirts.
Be bold - be loud - just don't use a megaphone.