The Cool/Suck Spectrum

One of my favorite things about things sucking or being cool is that none of it is static. Things suck for a while and they become less and less popular and then all of the sudden someone who is cool decides that the thing that sucks is cool; then all of the sudden that thing is cool again. On the other hand some things are cool for so long and become so popular that they start to suck. For example hipsters:

Notice the intentionally mismatched clothes, the calculated disheveledness, the bad glasses? that's not an easy look to create. Part of the reason that these hipsters are so cool is because they worked so hard to look like they hate the idea of cool. By doing so they've actually moulded cool into the shape of a hipster.

Notice the intentionally mismatched clothes, the calculated disheveledness, the bad glasses? that's not an easy look to create. Part of the reason that these hipsters are so cool is because they worked so hard to look like they hate the idea of cool. By doing so they've actually moulded cool into the shape of a hipster.

Now look at these squares wearing the new hipster onesies avalible at Macys. Part of the reason that they embody suck so much is that they didn't work at looking shitty. These outfits just have three snaps in the back, it's just too easy. Time turned hipster shaped cool and somehow turned it into hipster shaped suck.

Now look at these squares wearing the new hipster onesies avalible at Macys. Part of the reason that they embody suck so much is that they didn't work at looking shitty. These outfits just have three snaps in the back, it's just too easy. Time took hipster shaped cool and somehow turned it into hipster shaped suck.

The Cool / Suck Spectrum isn’t just affected by time it’s also a regional thing. I know it’s way over talked about but a great example of this is Mullets; in Europe and South America mullets are perfectly acceptable for cool people. Here’s a couple of examples with their American counter parts:

Look at how confident this European mullet is.

Look at how confident this European mullet is.

This American mullet is equally confident but i think we call all agree that he's infinitely douchier

This American mullet is equally confident but i think we call all agree that he's infinitely douchier

Here's an Argentinean mullet grabbing a fence that he's clearly probibited from touching.

Here's an Argentinean mullet grabbing a fence that he's clearly prohibited from touching.

Here's another American mullet, no doubt watching as his friends rape some city folk.

Here's another American mullet, no doubt watching as his friends rape some city folk.

What does the future hold for cool and suck? Who knows? But my guess is that old school cellphones are on the way back in. Nobody is using them anymore and that’s a pretty good indication that they are really cool.

Look at how hot that phone is!

Look at how hot that phone is!

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Published in: on January 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I had a laugh
    cool blog

  2. love your blog. i think the other reason those 2nd generation hipsters looked so terrible is that not just anyone can pull off the hipster look.


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