I'm not a billboard
I don't know why, but I
don't like to advertise. Nothing I wear or take part in should
advertise much about me or anything else.
Clothes - No prints. I used to wear band shirts in high
school and maybe even when I was college. I've had a few Star
Wars shirts over the years. But once those wore out, that was the
end of it. And I only wear four colors: white, grey, dull blue,
or drab green. My shirts rarely have collars or buttons.
You just don't see collars or buttons on any futuristic space clothes
now, do you? I won't wear a belt with a prominent buckle.
My shoes are solid colors.
Hats - Even though hats are practical (summer or winter,
especially if you're bald), they also always seem to state
something. They may be be designed to grab attention, but they're
a statement in and of themselves. Baseball caps distinguish
themselves by sports teams and the orientation by which they're
worn. Most other hats are rooted in a style and era, even to the
point that most look anachronistic (I live in Texas and still think
cowboy hats look like a costume).
Tattoos - They're just draws on yourself like you're a high
schooler's notebook. Most tattoos are just semi-professionals
versions of what a kid would draw/write: rock band logos, girlfriends'
name, quotes, etc. I don't want any of that on me. I don't
need to advertise what is important to me.
Jewelry/accessories - I don't wear wedding ring. I don't
have my ears pierced even though earrings were the style for guys when
I was in high school. I've never worn a necklace. I love
watches, but I can't stand wearing them. If you have a phone,
then they're redundant.
Guitars - I don't put anything on my guitars. No
stickers/graphics. The only exceptions have been where I've
attempted recreations of other guitars that already sported the same
(e.g., EVH's "5150" guitar). Even with all the crazy mods I do,
you can't tell they're different than stock. All the extra
switches are disguised via push-pull pots. You think you're
looking at just a volume or tone knob, but there's a secret switch
beneath that accomplishes some other trick. It might be fun to
have those on the surface, but I just don't do that.
Bumper stickers - I don't have anything on my car either.
If I repainted my car, it would be something themed, not just
text. For example, the year we dressed up as the Scooby gang for
Halloween, I looked into getting the car repainted in a Mystery Machine
motif (light blue/green with the flowers) but decided it wasn't worth
the expense to replace a perfectly good paint job.
Social networking - I loved MySpace, but I never went by my own
name. I couldn't get into Facebook and gave up on Twitter after a
week. I never posted my picture on MySpace. Don't
want my picture posted on my partner's Facebook. I only appear
sparingly on my own site, and many of those instances I'm in a
Halloween costume. My parents didn't even recognize Dani or I in
several of them.
Web page - I have my own site, but some sections are
hidden. I don't feel the need to put it all out there. You
can find those pages by searching. Most people happen across them
because they were searching for something relevant. I write for
my own sake and that's it. I put it out there in case someone
finds it useful.