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The Indie Culture And Me

Now indie should not be mistaken with emo or something. This is different, but emo culture is a branch off from the indie culture. But the difference can easily be seen.

Now to start this off, I will let an article from Wikipedia explain what it is.

Indie, an abbreviation of independent, is a term regarding a trend seen in music, film, business and subculture originating in the late 20th century.

The most general definition of the word is to be independent from the mainstream. The word has become most often associated with a subculture defined by its associated music, fashion, behavior and beliefs. Indie culture is an avant-garde lifestyle which follows social trends that are considered to consciously deviate from the mainstream. One common belief within indie culture is anti-conformity, even though indie has become a well known and conformist subculture in itself. The major influence for the indie culture came out of the indie music scene, associated with the DIY culture to the arts. Many followers of the indie culture are associated with local independent art and music scenes.

Since its emergence in the early 1980s, increasing numbers of youths have been drawn to the beliefs and trends of indie culture. Like many subcultures before it, the indie culture has become part of mainstream youth culture, in some ways earning the conformist status that it initially rejected. In the 2000s, the indie culture has had crossovers with other subcultures, including alternative, hipster, art school, hippie, emo, grungers, and mods. However, many indie followers are offended that such links are made between the indie subculture and some of those listed above, including emo because of their differing philosophies and emo's links to mainstream culture. The indie culture in recent years has adopted many traits of the hippie culture and that of the 1960s counterculture.
Now the main aspects of this are the music and the fashion. You can easily spot someone out for the fashion. Heres another Wiki article about this.

A key characteristic of clothing trends within the modern indie culture is focus on uniqueness and individuality,[1] which is often achieved by appealing to fashion trends associated with music from the 1970s (rock, punk and country) and the 1980s (New Wave). Common clothing items include band T-shirts, vintage clothing, striped tops, blazers, distressed jeans, waistcoats, ties, cardigans, scarves and aviators. Some of the most popular footwear choices include Converse or other plimsolls, slip-on shoes of all manners, and various styles of dress shoes. A somewhat counterintuitive result of this is that though individuality is prized, or at least vocally espoused, indie culture does have an identifiable look, making it less than truly individual and more like any other subculture. This is particularly evident in the case of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes which has become the most successful brand of shoe in history, as a result of the make being prized for its "independent" style. Surprisingly, the increase in demand for "Chucks" has, as of late, driven up the market price for the once-inexpensive footwear.

Brand labels are sometimes rejected as an exemplification of mainstream culture, and several small companies cater to the indie style, including Tourist Attraction and Artus. American Apparel, however, has broken this mould and is one of the few brand labels that is accepted amongst the indie culture. A few products that are a favorite in the indie culture include low cut v-neck shirts, drain-pipe jeans, lip, nose, and septum piercings, short cut-off jean shorts or short athletic shorts, cardigans, any sort of small slip-on shoe, and an emergence of early 90's culture such as cartoon T-Shirts and Jumpers, hats and high waisted jeans have also become very popular. There are counterintuitive consequences here as well: though adherents to indie culture would criticize those who patronize mainstream retail outlets for spending too much on mass-produced items, the retailers that cater to indie culture tend to be at least as expensive, if not significantly more so. The clothing chain Urban Outfitters is one example.

Indie fashion has become popular on the highstreet as the subculture grows. Stores such as TopShop, Miss Selfridge and especially H&M stock more vintage inspired quirky pieces- that, ironically, wouldn't have necessarily sold so well 10 years ago.

The fashion of the Indie Subculture also features a wide variety of hairstyles, ranging from very stylized and shaped haircuts to hair that is intended to appear as though very little, if any, effort has gone into its arrangement. In some particular groups associated with the Indie scene, backcombing is also quite popular.
Now I got into this, I really don't know. It might have been in HS last year as a freshman, as I really started to get in the arts. The program I was in, ROCK (Revolution Of Core Knowledge) had four classes. English, History, Science and Drama/Art (switches off each year). The class is Fresh/Soph mix and I was in it last year and this year. It really launched me off into Indie Rock, which I quickly liked as it was different. It was still rock, but bands tried new things which I loved.
Just the way I dress is different too. I used to wear skate stuff and really made me look like a poser. Now I wear tight cords/jeans, shirts with pop culture references on them, sweaters, unlabeled sweatshirts, beanies, etc...
Now this really wasn't for trying to fit in, as most fashion styles are for. It was me trying to be different while at the same time being pulled into the indie culture.
Its really hard to explain this myself, as it is really something you need to experience for yourself to understand.
I don't want to get to deep into this as I could go on for awhile, but I welcome you to research this.

Really, this is a way to introduce myself to you while at the same time teaching you something new.

And feel free to ask questions, I really have no clue what OCN wants to know, so ask away.

Have a great day.

~ Marin


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