Thursday, May 18, 2006

It was fun while it lasted...


Dude, it's time. Girls, you too. Time to pack up the whole in-your-face, raw, hyper-sexualized, porno, skater, white trash, open wounds, self-effacing, Jackass, loose ethics, 80's bar mitzvah disco, and party-till-you vomit movement, aesthetic and attitude. Go on, scram. Beat it. We don't want you hanging around anymore. For those of us that saw this Larry Clark inspired tsunami coming, we all thought Terry Richardson was on to something fun (in 2000) and we all laughed our asses off at Vice's fashion do's and don'ts (in 2002... ok, ok... they're still pretty funny). Ed Templeton represented on the West Coast. And for a nanosecond it seemed like that colosal wanker Dov Charney was going to breathe some eros into the deadly boring billboards and newspaper back covers of our nation's cities. Ya Ya Ya... we thought.

But it's all over now you beautiful losers. The schtick just comes off as stupid and done. Your hip, modern, rough-hewn, brainless, urban nihilism has been handed over to marketers and sold to the suburbs. Tired. Tired. Ti-erd. Like disco in the 70's you never had any substance to begin with, and you thought that would make you safe. But it hasn't. Your fashion clock has stopped ticking. And don't try to pretty things up with your pastels and your five sizes too small dandy suits either. Just take your little terrycloth short shorts, your limited edition Ryan Mcginley skateboard, your two months at Parsons (before you got kicked out), your ketamine, your tube socks, and your three legged cat, and just go. Try to have the decency to fade into the night and be remembered by your own kids in twenty years. God knows you took enough pictures. They'll be yawning at yet another flash-saturated shot of you getting your boobs sucked by strangers in a crowded Brooklyn bar.

Please. Go. Stop clinging on. Make way for something new. Evolve.
OK, you can keep the hot pants.

75 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Jesus Motherfucking AMEN.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous 1mag3 said...

Hit the nail on the head!!

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness....I am so tired of his crap being passed off as good work, and young stupid art directors/hot shops with larger budgets than common sense who should know better, buy in to the holier-than-thou images made with point-and-shoto cameras - give me a fucking break. Plus Workbook did that big ass spread on him in that stupid magazine that lasted all of three issues. Goodbye...

4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bout time someone nailed his ass to a board!

4:51 AM  
Anonymous MikeNesi said...

Thank you, Paul. My sentiments exactly. However, as a resident of Brooklyn I gotta hope that sucking a stranger's boob in a bar never goes out of style.

On a related note: Do you read the web comic "Cat And Girl" by Dorothy Gambrell? Also of Brooklyn. You would appreciate the humor. A recent strip makes reference to similiar ideas.
http://www.catandgirl.com/view.php?loc=345

8:54 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

i thot this applied to me, b/c i do a point and shoot aesthetic, and then i realise im not a hipster, and i live in the middle of nowhere, and im not trying to shock...

to document with cheap effiecency(sp) is the point and the central history of photography, and not art photography, but all sorts of shit you can do with a camera, and loving that vibe is important...

yeah richardson is a fool, and mcginley is sort of played out (though some of his work is deep in beauty and commonness), and the american appareal dude is just a creep, but there have been whole bunches of creeps...

but documentary fotos, on flickr and elsewhere, taken of all sorts of people, in all sorts of situtiona,s, with a tenderness and devotion to what is now, in an attempt to delineate what was and what will be, is an incredibly powerful thing, and there is work being done in this field that i want to see in galleries over and over again

(i also want to see people playing with the ideas that jeff wall and stan douglas had, and i love me a 20 foot gursky, and what lachapalle has done with pam anderson lee, and annie leibowitz's hardening into society formality, and louise lawlers theory attempts at intertextuality, there is not a bad genre, or bad photographer, just a bad shot)

5:13 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

www.flickr.com/photos/pinkmoose

and you can shit all over mine, if you want, in the above link

5:15 AM  
Blogger Jakob said...

I live in Manhattan and sometimes party in Brooklyn, and somehow I rarely, if ever, come across these people you're describing. If they make you so unhappy, maybe you should just avoid them? I don't think it's hard.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Muffy said...

Well said!!!

Now if someone would just tell that to the f***wit trendies in Nashville that, all will be well.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you and well said! I couldn't think of a better "subculture" in which the psychologically damaged (think: shitty dads, male attention issues)can feel like they're normal. It unhealthy and it's just BO-RING.

Scott Partee
Vienna, Austria
http://halfass.com

7:47 AM  
Anonymous cpawl said...

It nearly makes me giggle (I say nearly because your wit is as boring as your subject matter) that you and others get so excited about such things. Trends be trends, personally I rather look at hipsters all day than guys in baseball caps and girls in Gucci shoes. Sure the trend is "over" but so should be 50's haircuts. football parties, dockers and penny loafers, grown men in sneakers, flip flops, sideburners, hip hop, and all the rest of it.
The thing is... these so called "hipsters" are happy with who they are. Haters seems to be the one with the identity worries. For the record, I am not a hipster by any means... I am simply someone that has better things to do with myself than worry about them existing or being "outdated". Plus, I like looking at the girls with the tight ironic t-shirts...

8:49 AM  
Blogger listsanddiagrams said...

You know what I'm sick of? People being sick of things. It's like no-one's allowed to like anything for more than five seconds any more, you've got to be "over it", and over the fact that you're over it, and so on.

Can't we just be happy and have fun?

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just turned 26 too!

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Scott said...

You're right. It's time. Let's go back to Radiohead. Let's go back to cargo shorts and flip-flops. Let's call ourselves 'creatives'. Remember Silicon Valley! On a personal note, I admire your audacity - taking down disco! A call to safety - wow, man, wow.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fucking snoozefest.

I want those 30 seconds of my life back.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you and i agree.
from: a drunk in brooklyn.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It intrigues me that so many people need to diclaim: "by the way, I'm not a hipster" who cares? As faras the original string goes, well put. Why won't another boring trend replace this one? I fear it's treatment resistant. Am I the only person in New York who doesn't like dance music? By the way, I'm totally not a hipster...

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is gonna change everything.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Mack said...

wait a minute... BACK to cargo shorts and flip flops?

What's wrong with cargo shorts and flip flops?

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do all the guys in rock groups nowdays act like metrosexual pansies? I cringe when I see these acts nowdays getting interviewed on MTV and such, they all sound so nelly.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. What's even worse is the 30+ and 40+ guys that continue to dress this way and act like they're kids, even after they have kids. I mean grow the F*&K up. Seriously. I can understand that the state of the world, and the leadership in this country begs you to stay infantalized, but the world needs you to grow up and act your age. Do it and make a difference.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Garlic Mustard said...

How are people supposed to dress in their 30's and 40's? 3-piece suits every day? Pressed khakis and sweaters to mow the lawn? Not trying to be an ass, but wasn't there a time when "short pants" were only OK for swimming?

Not that I'm a hipster...

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey COBRASNAKE! This shit gos for your ass too!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. Simply being outrageous is so often confused with good. David Blane is an idiot.

5:30 PM  
Blogger leftcoastbreakdown.com said...

This may be the most hipster post of all.

6:31 PM  
Blogger j. said...

These crackers are making my mouth dry.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this whole post, and all comments are total bullshit.
fuck off.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Valoss said...

Remember, you are unique JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank god for this rant. and don't worry, all the angry-comment-kids obviously need some personal reflection time to deal with their wounded egos.
there are people doing important work to make this world a better place, to make earnet livings, to strive for some kind of ACTUAL authenticity in these empty times, and the conspicuous consumption of the most vapid subculture yet is now how we're identified as a bullshit generation.

9:05 AM  
Blogger kevin. said...

screw all the nay-sayers on this comment thread -- i'm sick of the apathy i see everywhere. what happened to the passion? it was in this well-put post, however. kudos.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Pete Nawara said...

This is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

You're right Kevin - the passion. Won't somebody please think of the passion?!!!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I read this. I was so plumb out of outrageous things to keep me going I was about to fingerbang myself at work while my IT guy took pictures. Well I already did this, but I am not uploading any of the pics to myspace. I am SOOOO not changing out of my buisness casual before going to the bar tonight.

Thanks guy

2:54 PM  
Blogger mojomacman said...

Can someone go back to Garlic Mustard's comment about what 30-40 year olds are supposed to wear? I need to know.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous bill said...

Please kill yourselves immediately.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mojomacman, I think the previous commenter was hoping the 30s and 40s will wear cloaks of invisibility. nothing finer than hitting that age and realizing that not only do you not *give* a rat's ass what the 20s think of you, but the ability to take or leave whatever you like of the culture, recontextualizing it at will, makes them no end of pissy.

and we will "grow up and act our age" as soon as they can convince their parents to unscrew all the stuff they screwed up when *they* were supposed to be the grownups -- including the rearing of the current hipster generation. get that mess untangled and we'll take it from there, capisce?

4:15 PM  
Blogger mojomacman said...

Got it. Whew! Because I really like my converse, graphic t-shirts and PSP. I'd hate to have to trade it all in for white deck shoes and a hearing aid.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

birds are dying!

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

word pablo.
who knew that the extras from 'kids' would become the whitney biennial?!!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Pot: But it's all over now you beautiful kettles.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, the reason why so many say 'i'm not a hipster' is that in the last 10 years, hipster became synonomous (sorry sp.) with trust funder. i'm from a working class background and an artist-critic-indie whatever type, but i never meshed w/ anything so much 'cuz people could tell i couldn't below. now, are all the people sayin i'm not a hipster, like, not criminally wealthy and have an apt their dad pays for on st. marks? i dunno. i do know the term hipster originated with folks back in the day who were way more diverse & not wealthy & way more creative. so go figure daddy's girlz and boyz.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought white deck shoes on purpose about a month ago. i like to wear my jokes. most people don't "get it".

this has a-lot-to-do-and-nothing-to-do with this post.

I teach high schoolers-once they grab onto a trend it's definitely over and usually misinterpreted. they look like 80s kids yet some weren't even born then! HOW!? WHY!?

10:39 PM  
Anonymous dowat said...

hahahahahaha.... everyone just needs to chill the fuck out.......

11:47 PM  
Blogger Screwsan said...

Yaaaaarrr, the hot pants.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Allen Khodabash said...

Did I give you permission to use my picture?

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

Say what you will about hipster folk (your observations are spot on for the most part), but please - don't speak ill of the early days of disco.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Fran said...

So what's next?

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hilarious . I find it so funny when people who identify themselves by the clothes they wear or in this case DON'T wear, define their hate for another group of people, based on how THEY dress.You keep up that "I'm too hip to be a hipster" mentality and I'll keep laughing. By the way, the majority of you who now consider yourselves New Yorkers are not. You are just the latest influx from the burbs. You did not discover New York !!! It was here all along, dear heart and will remain so when you go back to your folks 4 bedroom house.I love Cat and Girl but once again the cartoon is done by a burbs girl not a true Brooklynite.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous frisco said...

i love poo

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

say what you will about mr. terry, his sloppy aesthetic, and his subculture - i think it's all a bit pretentious, a bit contrived, a bit humorous - most of you here would kill to be in his position and experience the degree of exposure and success, both commercial and artistic, that mr. terry has enjoyed.

don't let envy narrow your critical distance and obscure your definition of art's true purposes.

many of you here (and this does not exclude the american photo website) are not hipsters but rather, you are more like wienies. tech-wienies.

the tech-wienie segment of the field encompasses a vast majority of serious amateur photographers. you know a wienie when you see one. they fret over perfect exposure and lighting and color management and image composition and the latest gadgets all the while limiting their subject matter to concepts so dull their photos would bore a nun to sleep.

some of you are probably a little upset that all those hours spent deducing color temperatures and flash exposure values were, ultimately, in vain. all that meticulous attention to detail is moot because most of the viewing world just doesn't care. all they care about is the final image and its emotional or visual impact.

you're upset that mr. terry has become so successful knowing apparently so little about your painstaking craft, right?

the lesson to be learned here is that he goes out and gets shots, however lurid and indulgent and technically ignorant they may be.

so, is it really our place to say whether he has a place in art?

of course not. let mr. richardson and his mopy, dysfunctional brethren delve further into realms of futility and narcissism.

who cares.

get out there and take some fucking pictures you wienies!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Comandante AgĂ­ said...

umm, i don't get it

9:48 PM  
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want food now

12:58 AM  
Anonymous possumface said...

dont be so mad

1:11 PM  
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Nothing list above is nearly as hip as this:
http://www.whodoyoudo.com

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beats the hell out of the same ol' photos of trees, decayed buildings, puppies, babies, whatever, most "photographers" have been shooting since the beginning of the medium. Abit of thier work is still showing about if the climate, and at the least still has some fresh astetic value. Love it or hate it, the work has had quite an affect and will have one on the view of photography art commerce, and all around asthetics in general.

6:36 PM  
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Blogger b said...

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8:40 AM  
Blogger Dan Otranto said...

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5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is your fuckn' problem? you need to get a life!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous airplayt said...

Hey! I'm am a hipster and proud of it. You all have offended me! It hurts me to my hipster soul what you've said and makes me feel bad for being so fucking cool. Why do you have to make me feel this way? I've worked so hard on my look and what I'm into. I am cool! I am hip! Leave me alone guys. you're hurting my wittle feewings.

8:29 PM  
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2:49 AM  
Blogger Jeff Vallee said...

Wow, what an amazing collection of whining haters. It must seem so easy to hate "bad photography" and judge things at their face value at exactly this moment in time. I'm not waving the TR flag, but if someone wants to make their photos about the relationship between them and their subjects and not about over lit nonsense, then let them do their thing. these people( terry and ryan) aren't asking for your fucking opinion. They did this before you were looking and they'll do it after you write them off. Which is probably more than you all you can say about your own photos, that is if you still actually take pictures. As for Ryan Mcginley, I went to his show in NY a few months ago and I decided to reserve judgement until I got there. Well, it was really fucking good. I say keep doing what your doing. Yes these two are experiencing great financial success from their "hack" photos, but to write them off just makes you look petty.

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