Step 1: PRESS PLAY
Transport back to 2003. You’re skipping school with your three best friends — Val, Lisa and Afua. Take the bus to City Place Mall and spend most of the afternoon shoplifting CDs from Sam Goody® — Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Missy Elliott, and OutKast — you know the drill, put the CD in your underwear. Split a Cinnabon® three ways and buy snakeskin pants at Spencer’s® for No Uniform Friday. Your best friend’s brother manages the Sbarro® by the Hot Topic® — free slices!
Pick up some MANIC PANIC® AMPLIFIED™ Temporary hair color spray — ELECTRIC LIZARD™ tint (100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free) — and do it up. Accidently stain most of the bathroom sink. Smoke a bowl of mostly schwag to forget that AJ never called you back. Take a deep breath and chillax.
Flash forward to 2019 or whatever, but stop adulting. Just completely stop. Stop waddling around in your desk job, nightmare, nine-to-five wear. Stop dressing for the career you work sixty hours a week for and don’t even want. Stop drinking cocktails at bars dressed in slate and dark wood, and eating at farm-to-table, yuppie crap shops. Stop eating those $10 tiny tacos that have three licks of chicken, and ordering everything from an app.
Start drinking shitty alcohol again — the well of the well that comes out of plastic bottles full of BPA. Smirnoff Ice? YUM! Start wearing whatever the fuck you want. Start dressing for the multiple genders and identities you know you have. Play dress up, play house, play all the time. Go to divey gay bars exclusively. Eat at chain restaurants, eat at hole-in-the-wall taquerias, eat mac n’ cheese. Eat everything that is not keto, Whole30®, Paleo Diet™ friendly. Never app, don’t do it.
No More Steps, You Are There Now:
Be Young and be Restless. Find a few ride-or-die friends, and make your own job, your own club, your own world. Add meaning to party dresses and disco pants. Enter the void — listen to music loud, take too many photos, and put on lots of lewks. Be antagonistic.
Be scary. Be bored. Be whatever. Be Bonanza.
The Young & the Restless Select Lewks:
Fashun is one limb of Bonanza’s multi-disciplinary, hydra-like practice. Our fashun projects are a populist medium about creating space for our community.
*We’re often dressed in all black, like stagehands, receiving suspicious looks when talking about our fashun shows.