Today I am going to try something a little different. Every since I began this blog I have been getting tips on subject matter from everyone I know. Some people just run an idea by me in passing and others write me entire emails about their feelings on any given subject matter. Either way I try to take note and incorporate the ideas of those closest to me in my blog. The below prose was so brilliant that I had to make today’s post that of a guest blogger. The author is a young man who is by far one of the sharpest dressed guys I know. Enjoy!
To some, fashion is religion, to others, simply utilitarian. But when I see you deliberately wearing the waist of your pants around your knees, it’s a cry for help… whether you know it or not. I did some research, and you do not want to know where I went for it trust me. But I will tell you it was dark and I got my hair braided for free. But the idea of sagging one’s pants has two meanings, neither are good. The first is sociological, the idea that your pants are too big for you, might mean that you were given hand-me-downs, denoting that you come from a less than affluent place. Urban youth in housing projects sometimes use this to show that they are “more ‘hood’ than the next guy” Boys, you can still wear a belt and be tough, nobody has any desire to see your pants half off unless you are a fireman returning from a call. The second, is a little more rugged but equally true. The idea of sagging one’s pants is very popular in prison culture. Your pants are worn low to denote that you are “available” for lack of a better word allowing easier access to your cash and prizes. This also acts as a way for urban youth to show grit and toughness. I am channeling the Dave Chappelle character “Lysol” where he introduces himself as “my name is Lysol, and yeah, I’ve been to prison!”
Look, in the 80’s rapstars wore a pad lock around their neck to show their badge of honor through incarceration. That was disturbing but at least it didn’t catch on. The sagging pants crap has spanned a generation and what we thought would perish with “Kris Kross” is now a fashion staple of Justin Bieber, Usher, and very confused hipsters. STOP this vicious cycle of emulating failure. If a sexual prospect (boy or girl) wants your pants down, you will know. If that doesn’t work for you, get yourself locked up, and you will have more close friends than you need.
“You’d be surprised how expensive it costs to look this cheap.”
― Steven Tyler