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Embrace the Weird

When I was in Portland, OR a few years back visiting family, I saw some signs that said “Keep Portland Weird.” It got me to thinking, what is weird? So I went and looked up the definition (according to 1. involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights. 2. fantastic; bizarre: a weird getup. Also looked at an old Webster’s dictionary: they had the same first one, but added queer to the second one. The Portland website says: of strange or extraordinary character; unique.Embrace the Weird

I am sure that if you have followed this blog for long, you know that there are things about me that many would consider weird. These things have made my life interesting and fun. So here are my recommendations for bringing a little weirdness to your life.

  1. Wear something you might not usually wear. I remember one time going to the Santa Monica Pier and seeing a couple in their early 50’s. The guy was wearing a purple thong. His wife seemed fine with what he was wearing. It didn’t bother me, he seemed comfortable in his own skin. If it puts smile on your face when you look in the mirror, just go for it.
  2. Listen to music that you don’t usually listen to. OK, so the kids aren’t around and  a Justin Beiber song comes on the radio. Feel free to turn up the volume and sing along. Extra points for singing and bopping along to it at a stoplight at high volume. Just remember you hate that guy when the kids get back in the car.
  3. Go to new places. Never been to a karaoke bar? Or a Moroccan restaurant? Go and check them out, it may be a fun night out on the town. Who knows, you may even get up the courage to sing a song! Or meet some interesting people.
  4. Try new recipes. Planning a dinner party is a great excuse to try new recipes. Why go with boring when something new is fun to fix and eat. I always wanted to have a Thanksgiving party with NONE of the traditional foods as I’m not really into them.
  5. Do something different. Rent some roller blades at the beach, go to a nude beach, take a hike in just Speedos, watch a reality show you usually wouldn’t, call an old friend up out of the blue, march in a parade, join a drumming circle, make a crazy YouTube video and share it with friends, or scream like crazy at a concert.

These are just a few ideas of weirdness that might be worth trying out. Life is too short not to have fun. As for me, well, you are talking to the kilt-wearing, speedo fan, who loves stuffed animals, boy bands, with a shaved head (when he doesn’t have a Mohawk). I’ve embraced my weirdness, and I think we’d all be better off if we all did.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including the Embrace the Weird line. They make great gifts for Valentine’s and birthdays.


Hair’s the Deal

Like my hero Madonna, I have tried a lot of different looks with my hair over the years. I had bigger 80’s hair like a lot of people. I tried parting it in the middle and on the left side. I have colored it: blonde, brown, black and even red. In my 20’s I started to get my first gray hairs — what can I say it runs in the family. I love to tell people that I have only known my Mom with gray hair… I had to see photos of her to see that she used to have black hair. So now I am salt and pepper… brown on top, lots of gray on the sides and in my beard too.

I have had feathered cuts, step cuts, Caesar, flat-top, military, faux hawk, Mohawk and even bald. I like short hair on other guys and often wear my hair short. My partner and I invested in a hair trimmer and he often cuts my hair for me. A buzz with a 0-2 trimmer looks great.

I’m in my late 40’s now, but my family HATES the Mohawk. To them, I say too bad. I have had a Mohawk for the past 5 summers. It usually starts as more of a fauxhawk and then gets more extreme as the summer rolls on. My Mom is like “It’s not appropriate for work” (they don’t care Mom), “It’s strange or weird.” (not to me, it looks nice and sexy). Have you been the mall or a gym lately, I am far from being the only guy who has one. It is pretty mainstream now even. I see a lot of kids and babies with Mohawks and faux hawks now. What is the issue here? The haircut does not change ME… I am still the same person. I am an artist by trade, I am open to being seen as edgy or artsy. To me, my Mom doesn’t have a say in this issue at all.


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