This is a real conversation that took place in my house last weekend (well, it’s an approximate translation anyway):
(The scene is a typical Saturday morning suburban scene as I appear downstairs freshly showered and dressed in simple blue jeans and crisp white round-necked t-shirt, ready for an exciting morning in the local ‘home centre’)
Me: Are you nearly ready? I’ll just pop the pushchair in the boot.
Mrs Panther: Why have you rolled the sleeves of your t-shirt up like that, it’s disgusting.
Me: Erm…well…I thought it might look a bit like The Boss…
Mrs Panther: …(eyes widen, eyebrows involuntarily shoot upwards – incredulous expression)
Me: Y-you know, like on the cover of “Born in the USA”..?
Mrs Panther: … (incredulous turns to what-the fuck expression)
Mrs Panther: (long sigh, rolling of eyes, shaking of head)
Me: So….I’ll…erm…just get the pushchair ready then, shall I?
I’m still convinced I looked pretty damn good!
I’ve imitated a lot over the years. When I was a Grungy teenager I bought some horrible old-man stripey blue and white pyjamas from Oxfam that had quite probably been died in and wore the bottoms under ripped jeans and the top as a kind of open shirt to complement the layers of t-shirts. I possibly looked ridiculous, but I thought I’d seen Kurt Cobain do the same thing in photos, so it had to be cool, right?
At the height of the Britpop madness I wore a snake belt for a whole year because the guitarist from Menswe@r had one (I always find it very useful to have exceedingly low standards of idol worship, that way you can’t be disappointed!).
So, the question is: what have you worn/done just because your favourite rock star/actor/whatever did it. Spill points for the most embarrassing, photos welcome!