Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Living in a Fashion Video Game World





Things have been bonkers lately with Lactose Intoler-Art. I am back in Tokyo now after going back home for about a month to detach for awhile and recharge my creative batteries.
The lifestyle here in this city is so fast paced, it can be hard to completely adjust, even after spending a lot of time here.
I tell my friends back home that Tokyo just feels fake. I always say it's like I'm living in a Fashion Video Game World...Which sounds awesome, but sometimes it feels a bit disconnected from reality as well.
This disconnect can also be a good thing for the dreamer. I really love the idea of creative people gathering together in a community and creating their own sense of reality.
I feel like that kind of movement is definitely happening in Tokyo. There are so many people that have created a very vibrant, subcultural lifestyle that is so against the grain when compared to the normal, conservative side of Japanese culture.
I think what a lot of people in the west do not realize, is that Tokyo is not actually some thriving mecha where street fashion "reigns supreme", and is openly accepted everywhere you go.
I think the strong "street fashion" culture people often see online is actually a group of kids who find fashion as a means of self expression in a rather conservative culture.
The kids that you see in FRUiTS magazine are definitely not your everyday Japanese business folk. Sure, comments from onlookers may not be quite as harsh in Tokyo as some other global cities, but don't be too quick to assume that these "street snap heroes" are completely accepted because of that.
The fact that a lot of these people are doing what exactly what they want with their own personal style, in a rather group oriented culture is actually something to be admired. They are most definitely going against the grain.
For me, I always feel that there is a weird, cultural twist as well-Being an "outsider" in a culture that pressures people to conform. I definitely get lots of "looks" from people, but that can be both positive and negative. In my mind, I just keep boppin' and feelin' free and enjoying what I do!
I must say though, I have been extremely fascinated with how fashion and art intertwine for a long time. Specifically with fashion as a means of creative self expression.
With that said, I'm not interested in copying Japanese fashion at all (which that would be a bit difficult wouldn't it? I think the fashion culture here is extremely complex anyway), but I am definitely inspired by the stylistically creative aesthetic of people in this city for sure.
I love to try to incorporate my own personal style into what I am interested in at the moment.
As an artist, I feel that art, nostalgia, and even hobbies can all be tangled together with fashion. Fashion alone is definitely not identity for me, but is simply an element and reflection of myself.
Fashion isn't life, but it is a fun part of the bigger picture.
This year, I want to continue to push my own personal boundaries as an artist. I hope to inspire people to be who they want to be, regardless of where they live, if anything. Whether it's wearing a see-through cloud top on a train in Tokyo, or wearing fun, bright red makeup that actually looks like you just got punched in the face in rural Arkansas, do what you wanna do. Don't take yourself too seriously. Life can be your Fashion Video Game.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Cap-Inverted Thrifted Orange Camo hat from Oklahoma.
Sheer Outer Top-Balmung SS14
Long Blue Waffle Shirt-Thrifted
Jeans-H&M
Socks-Christopher Nemeth
Shoes-Nike

6 comments:

Wendy Doe said...

Thank you for this post Brandon ! it is really inspiring ! I totally agree with all what you said haha.

Keep on being who you are. I am looking forward to see your hardwork in the future.

Ps: Lately, I saw you a lot with balmung creations. I think It really suits you.

Lactose Intoler-Art said...

Wendy!

Thanks for your nice comment and for following for so many years!

Haha…Yes. I really like Balmung, and mixing avant garde and Japanese brands with used and vintage stuff lately.. Kind of a high and low mix. :)
What are you inspired by at the moment?

Lactose Intoler-Art said...

Wendy!

Thanks for your nice comment and for following for so many years!

Haha…Yes. I really like Balmung, and mixing avant garde and Japanese brands with used and vintage stuff lately.. Kind of a high and low mix. :)
What are you inspired by at the moment?

Wendy Doe said...

You are welcome dear ^-^

I would say since my trip in Tokyo, I changed my mind about my own fashion. Before I was like trying the same stuffs than I could see in magazines or street snap websites (A used mixed style with some Harajuku trending pieces).
And since last summer, I am exploring what I can do by my own (keeping in mind the atmorphere I felt in Harajuku).
For example, I could'nt expect that, but I had a crush on some "lolita" and "otome" brands, as Miho Matsuda or Jane Marple. So, lately I am exploring this part of Tokyo subculture. Though, I feel closed to Koenji and cult party kei subculture.
x)

Lactose Intoler-Art said...

That's awesome! It's always fun to try something new. People are complex, so I think it makes sense for several different styles or brands to fit different people. Sounds great!

Mademoiselle Lollie said...

Nice article ! I totally agree !
I just discovered your work (i saw a video of you on "Japanese streets") and I like your drawings ! (great there's a shop !)
Keep doing what you like ! :)