May 27, 2009

Tip Our Hats: Guys Who Are Pretty Much A Big Deal In Their Subgenre

  • Walking down South Street and seeing a teenager wearing your band's t-shirt
  • Your non-fiction book about baseball was published by an independent press
  • An art gallery is going to feature your paintings
  • Pitchfork gave your band a review higher than 6.9
  • Your film was screened at a local film festival and previewed with an embedded YouTube clip on Philebrity
What do these events have in common? They're all pretty big deals in your microcosmic scene but anyone in the "normal" world wouldn't get what the fuss is about. It's hard to explain to our co-workers what our artistic, creative boyfriends do. "Well, he's in a band," falls flat. "Well, he's an artist," feels nebulous. When we tell them about your accomplishments in your subbaculture, it barely raises an eyebrow, even though we know that what you did was pretty freakin' awesome.

So, guys who are pretty much a big deal in your subgenre, we tip our hats to you. No, my mom has never heard of your band and no, my grandma won't be impressed with your killer psychedelic '60s DJ night at the Lost Bar, but we think it's pretty cool that you are king of your tiny scene.


Jeanette said...

As long as they're not douchy about it! There's nothing worse than a head-trip over mini-fame.

Anna said...


Baby J: email me at when you have a minute. I wanna chat with you for a sec.

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