Huntington the Third is a Local Melbourne Label making super cute Gay stuff fashion. Their Queer Coding Apparel has been dressing me up since last year. I always like supporting locals and I’m super excited to give them another plug.
You might have seen me getting around in the “wanna film it?” T-shirt and now AussieBigDadDik and have new matching Power Top and Power Bottom singlets and T’s.
With all that’s been going on over the past three months, my little challenge to myself to only buy second hand clothing for one year hasn’t stopped. I’ve been keeping to the challenge and with the exception of underwear and socks I haven’t bought any brand new clothing since January. I’ve been sent a few items of undies from my Amazon wish list but otherwise all my clothes this year have come from gift bags or thrift stores.
For those of you who need to catch up on the challenge, the rules are simple. The goal is to reduce my carbon footprint. So I’m making no brand new clothing purchases except for undies and socks for one year.
Thrown away clothing is a massive environmental hazard with fibres, chemicals from dyes and all kinds of other waste products making their way in to our food sources and environment.
It’s also a good chance to unlearn some bad shopping habits. Although I’ve never been very fashionable I do sometimes make impulse purchases. Consumption culture is most evident in the fashion industry. We constantly buy in to looks that pass quickly and pick up things that we only wear once. Travelling over the last five years has taught me that I don’t need a lot of stuff to get by. A good suit, a pair of light and dark jeans and a few basics will get you through any situation. In fact the less stuff I have the less stress I feel about having to move around.
Now that COVID restrictions are being eased I’m able to do one of my favourite things again and go hunting for treasure in second hand stores. First day out I managed to score three Adidas T-shirts and a new windbreaker. Adidas gear is always hard to find and it’s pricey even second hand, especially the genuine vintage stuff. It’s now become a bit of a fetish for me, the fit Chavs in London really got me interested. I’m pretty much in some kind of Adidas everyday now.
Check out this article on unenvironment.org for some interesting stats on the environmental impacts of the fashion industry.
“The fashion industry produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of jeans.”
Putting the breaks on fast fashion.
Manscaped recently sent me their new Lawn Mower 3.0 clipper to try. It’s a nifty little clipper for the hard to reach places and is much less cumbersome than my larger clipper. It’s also waterproof and has a handy light on top. If you’re looking for a new clipper then I can recommend it.
It’s cordless of course and comes with a handy little charger. I like to unplug mine when it’s not charging and use the stand to keep my bathroom looking tidy. I charged it up when it arrived three weeks ago and I haven’t had to recharge it since.
I’m a nervous shaver, especially when I’m trimming my nethers or under my arms and having a compact clipper makes it much easier to get where I need to go. It’s also waterproof which means I can use it in the shower.
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Continuing on from my other articles talking about body image and the aesthetics culture I discovered this article on Petapixel which talks about how focal length and your distance from the subject can effect how the subject looks. As a photographer I’m aware of this but I think it’s useful to talk about in the context of body issues here on the blog.
This isn’t going to be a photography lesson. You can read the original article if you want the technical stuff. The point I want to make is that all those pictures you see of hot guys in mags and online have been taken and manipulated by people who need to sell you the perfect body image so that you will buy shit or buy shit from their advertisers. It’s also why you can take photos on your phone or point and shoot camera and wonder why you look so skinnier, bigger or why you look so different.
Generally if your shooting selfies on your phone standing closer to the mirror will make you look skinnier than if you are standing further away. It’s why your face changes shape depending on where you hold the camera, it’s more to do with the camera than how you actually look. If I’m using a point and shoot I try to stick to 50mm or 35mm at a pinch. It’s always better to step away from your subject than to go wider with your frame.
Above all, always remember before you beat yourself up for not looking like a male model that chances are they don’t look exactly like their picture either.