The past few months, I've been avidly working on a few things in my life. One of those things is gaining inspiration. Alas, it is a task of great importance yet daunting vagueness for the artistic individual. Well, for ME at least. How the heck does one get inspiration when they need? It's not something that you can just go out and pick up at the corner store. In theory, one can get inspiration from just about anything, tangible or intangible. In practice, how does one begin to take in everyday things and reimagine them in new ways? It seems like everything has been said or done already, right? Is anything new anymore? This leads some to the belief that the answer lies in the past...
This weekend, I made one of my occasional visits out to the north fork of Long Island. Just a very amazing, beautiful, quaint, and a million more adjectives, place! I had my first taste way back in 2013 when I worked for the man, and I keep finding myself going back a few times every year. I'm not sure if I can fully capture the essence with a mere blog post, but I would say it's a bit like a modern time capsule if that makes any sense. There are a few modern things going on here and there, but it has a feel of long ago. That's one reason why I love beach towns so much. Near the Main Street (have you ever noticed how almost every cute little town has a Main Street, but not major cities?), there was a very cool vintage shop where I spent a bit of time wandering around. Now, I've never really been one for vintage shops, but recently I've been SUPER into them for some reason! The only thing is, the prices of some of that stuff is pretty much the price of (or even MORE) than a new clothing item. 50 dollars for some old dirty underwear? In some vintage stores though, they really do take great care of all clothing and other items from decades ago. It's quite impressive.
The concept of vintage is an interesting one. All the hipsters are super into vintage stuff these days. It seems as though history does actually repeat itself. All of the old stuff that wasn't appreciated in its time comes back around full circle. The old BECOMES the new. What does the new become? I've also noticed that people do like to cling to the past. The glory of the older days and the way things were. This happens every once in a while when people talk about how funny I USE to be on my show "Gettin' By" (as if I'm not funny anymore??). As the great Jay-z once said, "****** want my old s***, buy my old album". I do still very much enjoy all of the content I've put out over the years, but I would like to do new and different stuff. Perhaps I can intertwine the past and present somehow.
Where is this blog going one may ask? Not too sure, but hey, I have the title and main photo up already, so perhaps I can build some sort of bridge between it all. You see everybody! I need inspiration! Going out to little towns on the outskirts of the city is great, but how do I take that and create something from it? I often have a fear that I talk about certain stuff more than once, so I constantly search my old writings to see if I'm being painfully redundant or whimsically fresh. Let me know what you all think about the subject of turning old ideas into new and fresh spins on said ideas.
I've heard before that insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. It may be a BIT of a reach labeling that "insane", but I get the idea. We can't just keep doing the same old things forever. We'll keep getting the same ole results. But there is something very beautiful about taking notes from the past. I haven't quite figured out the way to do it properly yet, but hopefully, I will get it all together soon. I believe that some of the best creations come from something old and something new. I already have a billion borrowed things.... and let's just say black is the new blue!
P.s. Back in the day, I had no idea what the difference between vintage and second hand was. I still kinda don't, but I DO know that second hand was the cheaper of the two...which is what my family could afford.
P.p.s. I actually did get a bit of inspiration while away. I have a few new business plans in the works so stay tuned for that!
P.p.p.s. If anybody wants any of my old clothes, let me know!