My favorite nerd apparel are, hands down, the things I’ve made myself. I can take such pride every time I go out and someone say cute skirt, because it’s not just how I’m wearing it, it’s everything about that outfit I can take credit for. For the clothes that I buy it’s the stuff that comes from the shirt of the day sites, it’s more directed to what I really love, which pretty much means Doctor Who, but I have some pretty cool shirts and things that I got from mass market stores that I’ve never seen anyone else wear. For me that’s important, there can’t be too many of whatever it is that I’m wearing that I see on a regular basis (except for my shoes, I do love my Uggs) I need to know that I’m different enough when picking my clothes. I have some great stuff from Old Navy off of their clearance rack from the men’s section. For me, I find the best stuff in weird places. That’s one of the reasons that I like wearing my nerd gear. I get to be different in a way that’s not annoying and in your face but also not for everyone. I have a great shirt that says Vader for President. When people take the time to read it they usually smile and go, “well, can’t be much worse.” I think that once I decided that I was just going to wear whatever I wanted, geeky or not, it made me happier. I got to say I don’t care and do what I want and that, for me, is what nerd fashion is all about.
I know there are tons of people who don’t like Disney Princesses. I am not one of those women. I love princesses. I think they can be a great time. I am also not in the minority. I also love Doctor Who and Star Wars and Star Trek and sports and reading and things that aren’t even close to the princess world. There have been many many artists who love the same things I do, so they put them together in such clever ways. And I present to you some throughly exciting mashups of princess characters.
Hot Topic’s main game right now is pop culture. Particularly nerdy pop culture. There are sections of their stores devoted to super heroes and Doctor Who and anything else that gets nerds excited. But walking into this store there is no love of the subject. It leads to the fake nerd. Nerds and geeks are trendy. There is no two ways about it. But loving the new Star Treks does not make you a nerd. The JJ Abrams movies aren’t even make fore Star Trek fans, he’s wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he started making them. They were awesome space story movies but after seeing them they left me missing Captains Cisco or Janeway. I feel like having the clothes so easily accessible is awesome for nerds but when I see someone wearing something that says Police Box or is wearing a Star Wars shirt and I start nerding out to them and they give me a blank look I know it’s all over. I do believe that everyone is a nerd, whether you are a nerd about fashion or football you are a nerd. Fantasy sports are just Dungeon and Dragons for jocks. But it’s like wearing a band’s teeshirt and not listening to the music. There is something a little wrong about wearing, say a Dark Side of the Moon cover art shirt, without knowing or listening to Led Zeppelin. I know here I am contradicting myself from a earlier post saying that one of the best parts about SteamPunk is that you don’t have to know everything about it to dress up as it. However, I do feel as if this is different. When I go SteamPunk I know what it is, when I wear a superhero costume I at least have a working knowledge of who they are. But when you walk about to someone wearing a TARDIS shirt and ask if it’s bigger in the inside and they don’t know what that means, it might not be the right shirt for them. There is nothing wrong with pop culture being nerd culture, but maybe before someone wears a Superboy shirt, they should know who Superboy is.
Well there have been some really cool things on the internet lately. I have to say that for me the ones that have really stuck as of late have been Doctor Who themed. But there is just so much cool stuff going on and now that we are in the early days of convention season there should be even more coming soon.
I have to say rings are pretty much my favorite piece of Jewelry. I like how small and understated they can be, and how gaudy and over the top they can be. I like the idea of nerdy engagement rings and ones that show your nerd pride in a way that can’t really be seen unless you know what you’re looking for.
Here are some of the pictures from Day 2. I was in a really interesting panel that brought up Cosplay does not equal consent and it’s interesting that it has become such a talking point at cons. Not that the idea is wrong but because it is so right that it shouldn’t have to be stated and because it has to be talked about is sad. ETouching someone without their permission is illegal in any instance. There are so many strong female characters to dress up as but so many of them also dress in overly provocitive manors. I don’t think there’s a problem with dressing like them,but I do think there’s a problem with the way they are created. It also saddens me that when a company tries to move away from an over sexed character look there is an outcry from the fans to change the character back to looking that way. Most recently, Power Girl and her lack an then reinsertion of the “boob window.”
Yesterday was day one of Comic Con. Typically this is a day where there aren’t that many people dressed up here in Philly. This year there were more than normal. It’s a different feel this year. More fan oriented less celebrity centric. It’ll be fun to see where the weekend takes me. For now here are some awesome cosplays from Thursday.
I can’t believe I haven’t talked about nerdy tattoos yet. I have mixed feelings about tattoos. I love them on other people. I think they are so cool and interesting. Except face tattoos. I also hate face cakes, the ones with the edible pictures on them, so maybe it’s just a face thing. I really want to get one in theory but I’m terrified of needles. I also know for me I would probably get bored with the design. When I get a manicure I’ve spent too much money on it to pick it off and change the color but after a certain point that’s all I want to do. I can’t imagine putting something on my body I can’t change.