Classifying and categorizing the various kinds of annoying, snobby tryhards that express themselves on the internet is a challenging task to say the least. There’s a seemingly infinite number of different varieties, from Tumblrsluts to IMNs to rockabilly turds and so on, ad nauseum. However, they all seem to have on thing in common: the irritating assumption that old stuff is cool.
‘as u can see from my tattoos i am into a lot of stuff that poor people/OTWs created a long time ago. if u want a long-winded, inaccurate explanation of any of it just let me know’
For example, the asshole in this photo has Sailor Jerry tattoos of antique ships/anchors/other 1930s grandpa imagery, a Dia de los Muertes skull, and most prominently of all, a cassette with “BLACK FLAG” hand-written on it. This irritates me a lot, especially the cassette part. Why do people think that listening to music on old media formats like vinyl or cassettes is some kind of amazing fucking accomplishment that you should be impressed by?? Why do they think old stuff in general is so cool??
I thought of three possible explanations:
- Sour Grapes: “If I make it look like I rejected current popular culture because it’s ‘shallow and fake,’ nobody will notice that *I* am the one who got rejected.” AKA, “I did it because I wanted to, not because you told me to!!”
- Rose Colored Glasses: When people who worship stuff that was before their time (eg, 17 year-old neo-thrash kids), it’s because they never saw it firsthand and don’t realize that it actually kind of sucked compared to their idealized vision of it. And then there are oldfags who cling to the past, only remembering the good parts and none of the bad. Remember, for every awesome 90s band like Earth Crisis there were a dozen like Knapsack, Campfire and Ashes!!
- Special Snowflake Syndrome (SSS): If you are ‘really into something that other ppl don’t know about’ then you must be a spesh snowie with really sophisticated taste and/or a ‘really cool way of looking at things.’ For example, there is the old standby of loudly declaring “I don’t even own a TV” when other people are talking about some show they like (pat yourself on the back, u totally showed them how shallow and meaningless their lives are). See also the guy who ‘doesn’t have an iPhone because he doesn’t want to get sucked into all that gimmicky bullshit.’