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Monday, March 3, 2014

Gimme Your Fucking... "Normcore"

Posted by on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Y'all know about NORMCORE, right? Hipster fashion for "Those Who Realize They're One in 7 Billion?" Ardently ordinary clothes? I went to the Pike Place Market yesterday, to look for some Seattle Normcore... Here's what I found:

Gimme your fucking work shirt (with pen):

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking Birkenstocks (with socks):

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Gimme your fucking apron and urban camouflage:

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And then gimme your fucking cool-not-cool-camo:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking khaki and comfortable sneakers:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking comfortable sneakers:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking comfortable sneakers and tie dye:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking Carhartt overalls:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking beret and your braided bun:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking quilted flannel:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking Terry Richardsons:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking fishing tackle hat:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking Mom and Dad's NASCAR:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking windbreaker:

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  • Kelly O

Gimme your fucking windbreaker-cowboy hat combo:

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Gimme your fucking double-hats:

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  • Kelly O

And lastly, gimme that raccoon and gimme THAT CAT!:

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  • Kelly O

 

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Jaymz 1
That cat is a Maine Coon - dead ringer for my old cat Jack. Took no shit, ever.
Posted by Jaymz on March 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Fnarf 2
I'm not sure this is "normcore". "Normcore" isn't tie-dye or Suicidal Tendencies jackets, and it certainly isn't raccoon hats or cats-as-accessories. It's stuff like fleece pullovers, no-name jeans from Target or Walmart, and Tevas or mom sneakers. It's anti-individuality; most of these people are trying to stand out for some reason.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on March 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 3
The American look. Always disturbing.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM · Report this
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@2 Hear that, lineout? You're not failing to give a shit correctly.
Posted by Ruke on March 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM · Report this
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Great job, The Stranger, for providing this passive aggressive pile of shit. News? Nope. Let's make fun of people who are different and then bitch and complain and moan whenever some republican makes a dig at a gay person. #overit #growupalreadyseattle.
Posted by Overitseattle on March 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM · Report this
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It's a loose interpretation of what I could find in a couple hours, wandering around the Market...

The "khaki and comfortable sneakers" couple are probably the only purest Normcore. And after I took the photo, I ran up to them and gave them a copy of VICE Magazine, and some Kratom. (just kidding, no I didn't!)

Posted by Kelly O on March 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM · Report this
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@5 - News? NOPE. You're right about that.

"Making fun of people who are different"? NO. Poking a little fun at a fashion trend labeled "Normcore"? YES. Here are the direct links, from the first sentence of this post, if you want to read more: http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/02/normcore…
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/normcore
Posted by Kelly O on March 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM · Report this
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Fnarf wins the Captain Obvious award . . . I can't be sure, but I'd wager a week's beer budget that none of that is lost on Kelly O.

Also, @5, take your own advice, dude. Bitter about something?
Posted by povertyrich on March 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM · Report this
SPG 9
Wait. Photographing tourists is an indication of Seattle fashion?

I'll grant you that documenting anything that passes for fashion in poorly dressed Seattle is a fool's errand in itself, but at least we should try to stick with photographing our own unfashionable residents rather than the even more unfashionable tourists who would think that Seattle in March is a reasonable vacation destination choice.
Posted by SPG on March 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM · Report this
Lissa 10
@9: You miss the point. Go read the links
Posted by Lissa on March 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM · Report this
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Based on the information at those links I'm finally fashionable. Normcore--for people who have better things to do than shop for overpriced clothing made by underpaid children.
Posted by stating the obvious on March 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM · Report this
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dead coon hat, live cat scarf = win
Posted by cb on March 4, 2014 at 6:36 AM · Report this
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This is disgusting, Kelly. First off, define hipster. Second off, half the people in this picture live in pike place market, and depend on the community there to get by each day. Some of the older residents that you featured in this blog have actually lived through some bullshit in their lives and therefore deserves our respect. The busker wearing the tye dye? She's fucking blind! You try dressing, without your vision and see what you come up with. I think it's pretty cool actually, a sign of freedom of expression without the fear of someone snapping photos of you and posting them on the internet. Considering that most of these guys are llow-income living at like place, their attire is based almost entirely on socioeconomic status and your blog is written to suggest that these people are going out of their way to stand out in the crowd than assimilate. I'm sure everyone appreciates you humiliating them with your passive aggressive and not very considerate writing. If you're going to write about fashion, don't be an ignorant idiot about it.
Posted by Boobface on March 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM · Report this
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Double hat is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid Rock! Nice job slipping Michigan fashion in there, Kelly!
Posted by nrdlngr on March 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM · Report this
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You mad, bro?
Posted by normal face on March 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Agent Beryllium 17
No. NO. NOOOOOO.

Take the #150 and disembark a ways down the line-- at about the point where skinny jeans are no longer visible and meth addicts have replaced all of the fair trade coffee addicts. Go the the hinterlands of Seattle where camouflage is still worn in earnest and small platoons of small children are armed to the teeth with scarily realistic-looking guns like a Kool-Aid stained Seal Team Six, under the watchful eye their brood mother who swells with pride when they keep trigger discipline.

These people hate modern fashion passionately because it has strayed from godly ways, or at least strayed from 1996, when God died and Fox News was erected as a memorial to the fundamental values of a lost nation. Please do not make them feel 'cool'. They are not cool, and they have their heads up their pale blue relaxed fit mom jean asses, they have their stupid poufy permed hair SO far up their asses that if they caught whiff of someone calling their style "cool" then they'd go from passively depressing to actively obnoxious. Young hipsters can still grow out of it. These people will only depart when to heart disease and Type-2 Diabetes allows us to finally pry their guns from their cold dead hands and cash them in at a gun buyback.

Is it a coincidence that this style came about a little over a year after "Thrift Shop" made it big? Did Goodwill finally run out of quirky weird shit and now all that's left is 90s athletic shoes and denim cargo pants?

Fuck you, Normcore.

If this is where fashion is headed, then I give up. I'll old and unfashionable. I'll keep shopping at H&M and Forever 21 with all of the other greying, dried up husks are shopping while all of the youngsters flock to to this trendy new place that just opened up... what was it called again? Oh yeah: Wal-Mart.
More...
Posted by Agent Beryllium http://https://www.facebook.com/lagent.beryllium on March 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM · Report this
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Two more interesting articles on NC, if anyone is interested:
http://www.bkmag.com/2014/02/28/on-normc…

http://www.thestylecon.com/2014/03/03/no…
Posted by Kelly O on March 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM · Report this
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@13 - I'm sorry this is confusing. Not making fun of anyone photographed at the Market, especially not the sweet blind busker lady.

Trying to illustrate that their seemingly normal clothing is coveted and considered cool now, per the standards of "Normcore"
Posted by Kelly O on March 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Renée Krulich (Nay) 20
The beret and braid bun ladies are gorgeous. <3
Posted by Renée Krulich (Nay) on March 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM · Report this
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Look like a bunch of slobs who need to learn how to use a washing machine and a shower.
Posted by Bradn http://www.pornscat.net/ on March 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM · Report this

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