Thursday, July 05, 2012

From the Doodle-Ma-Tron: Mr. Polka Dots


The big question here is:
  1. Is he an actual dude from back in the day, an authentic 70s-ish guy (and I've merely time-travelled back in my imagination to render him)?
  2. Or is he a present day hipster, cultivating a throwback look?1
Without contextual clues, it's remarkably hard to tell. Hmm... (And why does he look so distressed? Is his polyester chaffing?)

1 I'm amused by the range of cross-decade vintage stylings that get mashed together by youngsters into a single "retro" look. Pretty much anything from the 50s through the 90s is fair game. Mix 'n' match. No matter. And I like how the retro-version of each decade is a selectively stylized hyper-caricature of whatever was actually going on back then: neo-50s greaser kids with full sleeve tattoos that were almost non-existent back then. And everyone under thirty seems to think the 80s was populated exclusively by people dressed head-to-toe in neon.

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