Subcultures have always been a huge personal interest of mine. Even before being interested in Street Fashion culture of Japan, I can remember early internet days of researching different fashion and musical cultures, where they started, why they started, HOW they started, etc.
A recent tag/trend I have noticed online is "seapunk." It may not be so easily defined (and hey, from most people I have talked to that most would consider to be in
a specific subculture probably wouldn't consider themselves that. "Hey! I'm cult party-kei" for example.
From what I have seen, it appears that seapunk is not only about fashion, but also about music too. I'll leave the researching to you guys, but as you can see, I've attached some visuals for you to chew on. From what I'm getting, think of a bit of a "New" new wave, with early 2000's influences, especially those related to early online and gaming culture. The ocean also seems to be a huge influence in the style, with dip dyed turquoise hair and conch shelled spikes, etc.
So there is inspiration there for someone. It is always kind of fun to see a subculture rising. People wondering "How big will it get? Will it stay online? Will it get big quick and die quick? "
So basically, I whipped up this illustration pretty quickly. It may be a bit of tacky/obvious seapunk vibes, but oh well, if anything, I guess it can just be a visual for my mental note of this style.
In relation to my fascination, its not so much that I even like seapunk, or any specific subculture for that matter.
I think something for me specifically that inspired me about many fashion subcultures in Japan is that they sometimes start trends from the roots up, instead of the designer down. For example, say, platform shoes died out. Yet, a girl decides she likes platform converse, and starts wearing them in a unique way. Because of her new take on a dead trend, she gets her photo taken on the street. Before you know it, its all over street fashion web sites, FRUiTS magazine, etc. Then suddenly its a real trend in Harajuku. People online catch on as well, and by next season, the most "forward thinking" designers have brought back platform shoes to the runway, later hitting the mainstream 5 years later.
This is a bit of a fairytale (but kind of true?) example. But an interesting thing to note now especially is that many trends have been created online. Fashion Bloggers and street snap web sites for example, can bring incredibly new trends and ways of wearing clothing to even the most rural parts of the globe. Its just a matter of if the viewer is willing to carry the trend. If you like the idea, I'd say go for it!
So now, there is a bit of this also going on via tumblr. As thousands of youth post images over and over (sometimes all day long it seems, good grief), people are exposed to new things like they never have before, especially at the rate that it is going. But one interesting thing about it is that it seems to create a sense of competition for some. Like a style contest. For others, its just inspiration.
(Example of a seapunk graphic, anyone?)
I think it will be really fun watching new design movements pop up within the next few years. I realize the internet has been around awhile, but I feel the combination of sites like tumblr, fashion bloggers, other social networking sites, and street fashion web sites getting bigger, the world will continue to see people ready to break the mold.