Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I really like billabong, quicksilver

I was thinking today, at what point did I become so solid on the billabong and quicksilver brands as part of my "style". well first of all it's sort of ageless, as far as getting older gracefully like you'd consider any surfer or guy in a band and still dressing "cool". also I thought back to growing up and how my "skater" friends were probably guys I tried to relate to more since they weren't on sports teams and neither was I. I went out for basketball til 9th grade and then nevermore... I remember hanging with my basketball buddies at the football games and then the football guys at the basketball games. It was a pretty small school and I remember how weekend parties in highschool had everyone hanging out with everybody, jocks/skaters/preps etc.. One summer night I snuck out and we headed over to this friend's house out behind town with a bike ramp out in front of the house aside the long drive. His parents gone all weekend, and a group of us sat up at the top of the platform of the ramp staring up at the stars, this was later after a party of everyone inside drinking beer and smoking up. man those were good times. I never smoked or drank in highschool, I was pretty much a quiet observer of it all...but looking back there were a lot of us churchy type kids in the mix, only few of us actually abstained..(me until college that is..that's a whole nother post) at this time I was wearing preppy polo shirts and mall-bought button-up shirts and long sleeves etc...
when I went to college, not only was the experience of a Christian school new and comfortable for me, all the guys on my hall were pretty average like me, guys into music, bands, intermural sports. I found a group to hang with slightly rebels, always onboard with their faith, a few MK's in the group that kept it really interesting...and later in college I had a few roomates both in bands which I'd end up following to all the shows on weekends helping set up and break down gear and maybe videotaping some of the shows..this was on the tail-end of grunge rock and I never quite rocked the flannel shirt as jacket look quite as much as everyone else was wearing.... I guess all this influenced me to appreciate the laid back band-guy look (I'm thinking Weezer, BareNaked Ladies, and TMBG). My college buds are now graphic designers, or into broadcasting ,and some have random business jobs or missionaries. I still like the graphic T. and what I really like about the icy blue t shirt I bought in NYC last dec is that it's a size medium and fits so comfortably, sort of styled not so tight fitting (that's so 2008, 7?) and hangs just right on my chest etc.... ahhh
anyway, here's a shirt I found online today maybe next on my list....another draw to these brands must be that I grew up in OKC away from any beach and knew that the surfer lifestyle was never never never something I could be... but really any surf brand is just all about summer to me. less clothing, SUN SUN SUN long days warm nights. tan sweat fun etc...

2 comments:

Mike said...

Billabong and Quicksilver are so Cali... sorry, man. Just kidding... lol... wow... I was just thinking I haven't really seen Billabong and Quicksilver as of late. They seem to have been replaced by Hurley and Volcom.

Liked reading your story... you should blog more about stuff like that.

Anonymous said...

Billabong hoodies, sweaters, and t's; Quicksilver t's, shorts, and jackets...they're classics and they'll never go out of style so long as the graphics remain fresh. Hurley and Volcom are good but Billabong and Quicksilver are in a whole other league of cool. Cheers