Subculture: [or] the meaning of style

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was the title of Dick Hebdige’s classic study way back in 1979. Is this the clue to understanding our collective urge to decorate our (culturally various) means of transport?

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When we try to interpret the decorative elements in this Harley at CraftACT‘s current exhibition Custom Made, (see Hogs @ Craft below) how much attention do we give to the epithets “tribal” and “goth” as signifiers of the particular style of the modifications made to this machine? And yet this is not (on reflection) outsider art – if by “outsider art” we understand the creative products of isolates working beyond the influence of culture or fashion. By contrast, this is primal, first-world, derivative, sub-cultural style. Difficult to interrogate. Compare with other cultures, other times…

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There are even Vespa choppers… See the Lambretta and Vespa Scooter Club site and be amazed.

2 comments ↓

#1 Celia on 07.27.09 at 10:12 am

Where on earth is this poor pom pomed pony?

#2 Nigel on 07.27.09 at 10:35 am

I found him standing in a street in Herat. No owner to be seen. But well looked after, as you see!

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