on the street: the skateboard



What a great accessory.

I am often baffled by the bizarre figures that are to be found on the undersides of skateboards…but can see how it looks vaguely cool, especially when it seems personalized or done by hand. Why waste an opportunity for decoration/expression?

[Although what this might be expressing I cannot begin to guess. And one might waste such an opportunity in favor of simplicity or structural purity…but still.]

It’s certainly colorful and distracting, which is the aspect I like.


on the street: elbow patches



I like a contrasting elbow patch.  A lot.

A lot a lot.

How great for the patch to have in so many cases emancipated itself entirely from its original purpose of correcting or preventing injury to the garment, and made its way to the realm of the purely decorative. So much so that now I sometimes see bright or loudly patterned patches (especially neat on a somber base), and they can be the star of the show.