Hey, gidday mates! What a week it’s been. I don’t normally talk politics here, but how can you not at a time like this? Coming from New Zealand, it’s hard to understand the American system with its lack of diversity, its lack of universal healthcare, its lobbyists, its insanely high rate of military funding, and its second amendment. And that’s not even mentioning the general consensus that, ‘It is what it is, and it’s not going to change.’ I strongly believe that one thing this campaign has shown us is that racism and prejudice are alive and well and living in America, and that misguided fear directed in a cunning way is an incredibly powerful weapon. Don’t understand these people? Hatred is the answer! The system is broken.
So anyway. It’s easy to point fingers and shine a spotlight on the cracks like I’ve just done, but it’s much harder to actually try to change the status quo, whether it’s on a national level with politics or on an individual level by attempting to learn and understand more about other cultures or religions, or just trying to focus on the community as opposed to what benefits ME (and I mean the collective ME). Obviously I don’t have all the answers, but education, love and spirituality have gotta be the solutions to what’s going wrong.*
It seems ridiculous to talk about clothing at a time like this. Seriously it does. I don’t even feel remotely interested in fashion as an industry or a pursuit right now. I am passionate about making an effort to create good content, and working with my mate Denny Balmaceda has definitely helped in that regard because he continues to push and inspire me to create better imagery. He shot these photos, by the way. I’m wearing his hat that he designed in collaboration with Stetson. The jacket is by a Korean label named Plac, the pants are by Alex Mill, the T-shirt is Rihanna tour merch and belongs to Jenny, and the shoes are Dr Martens.
I used to try to SAY SOMETHING on this blog. I used to feel like I had something to say that was worthwhile to be shared. Experiencing this election reminded me that I’ve got a lot to say, but watching all the fighting and negativity on social media also reminded me that divided we fall. I don’t want us to fall. I want us to unite and stand together.
*Imagine for a moment that we had a government that actually reflected the statistical demographics of this country — 55% of the population is female, so shouldn’t 55% of the senate be female? Etc etc. That’d be an amazing start.
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