October 07, 2014
GUEST POST: MIKO-Chicago Musical Artist
Singing and making art have always been things I innately do and the exploration of my practices has majorly influenced the things I wear and how I express myself on an exterior level. For the past few months, as I’ve been trying to delve deeper into my own aesthetic and means of culture, I’ve found that oftentimes I create my best reality when I am logged off and out of others’ realities. What this means is that I’ve stopped thumbing through the web and its over-saturation of thoughts and trends and started thumbing through books and figuring out the things that interest me. I believe curating yourself is necessary to develop a higher taste level. If we’re all on the Internet looking at each other - as we already are - our tastes and interests are indubitably bound to conform. As our individual taste levels begin to transform into one collective entity, we begin to stop pushing each other forward stylistically, as we already are seeing and experiencing in an onset of heavy nostalgia. Normcore, nineties wave and health-goth is the same as pop-punk, trip-hop and EDM; all of them essentially just being remixes of stylistic elements from the past. The challenge in a time where “nothing is new” is not just to copy and paste, as the age of technology, has made us so used to doing. Great artists steal but the genius is the one most like himself.
A collective project ft. Miko with photography by Vanessa & Adriana