That’s it! One year!
Today is a year’s mark in a personal project and performance piece entitled, More Or Less. What a journey! I am going to try my best to break it down for you all in some paragraphs so that you and I can both understand the implications of uniforming a year, simplifying a year and letting go of options to gain.
So, first things first, the outfit.
Thank you Source, Nudie Jeans, My Pakage, Kirkland and Gravity Pope for the quality goods. I wore Nudie Jeans, Kirkland black T’s, Source black hoodies, My Pakage underwear and Vans shoes. There were some clauses in the outfit in case of funerals and weddings. Luckily, no funerals and happily, one wedding. I chose an outfit that I thought was timeless, clean and true to my style. Being one who enjoys a classic look, I took to the form of comfort and style that suited my life; the art, the motorcycles, the traveling and the day to day wear and tear of an active guy. I will say that most all of those I ran into this year had no idea of the project or the fact that I wore the same thing everyday, even with an extensive blog connected from a well built website and video. Crazy huh? I think there is just too much going on every day for this type of thing to stick out; “Same Gear, One Year” and it mattered very little in the end. It felt really good, though. Everyday became a no brainer. Simple. I got more time and more peace out of life this past year.
On to the attire though and the wear…
All 3 of my black Source hoodies held up and maintained their shape, fit, comfort and color. I was impressed. The 2 button-up shirts from the Source were only worn about 5-10 times, as were the Krew shorts, which I previously owned. Great quality and fit there on all the pieces! Thank you!
My 12 black Kirkland brand t-shirts from Costco held up really well and retained their shape and color, also. I cut two of the shirts into tank tops and the others I left alone. I love the Kirkland T’s and stand by their quality!
Well, as mentioned, I only wore the shorts in Toronto during my friend, Darcy’s, wedding. The humidity out there with the heat made for the denim to be very uncomfortable. It reminded me of Thailand humidity. Weird. That being said, I may have seen 5-10 days in those shorts. My white legs would testify to that truth! It also looks really funny wearing shorts on a Harley, so I don’t see that changing too much this summer. I did purchase a pair of swimming shorts while in Toronto because it was improper to wear those other ones into the pool with my belt and all. I am glad I had the option while in Toronto. It’s hot there in the summer…like shower 3 times a day, hot.
Nudie, Nudie Nudie! I believe these jeans were intro’d to Holt Renfrew in Fall 2005. I bought my first pair of Regular Ralfs there and sure enough, through years of work and proper promotion of the brand, they are now a very common look. I really enjoy the Average Joe fit, though it may be out of production now. It is a classic cut and I like classic; straight leg, not too wide or baggy and with a proper rise. I had some choices in the field of denim, especially looking into cult denim, but this company had me impressed from their intro to Canada years ago, so it was them I went with. The dark, raw denim in the Average Joe along with the black tops were a great choice for a year long look! As with all selvage denim, I mark my inner pockets with the start date and finish date, or rather, first wash date. I had two pair of Joes for this project and I will show each below, as they look today.
Nudie Average Joe. 32 x34. Dry Dirt Organic. Start date: March 28 – August 1, rest period, February 7 – March 13, for a total of 160 straight days wear before 1st wash. Total washes to date: 1 (on March 13, 2013). Rolled up cuff wore through around 60 days. Crotch blew out at about 110 days. Pockets wore through around the same time. Seat of denim is wearing through quite strong at the moment. Major patching was done by myself and by Wai’s Alterations. Iron-on patches are coming off real quickly.
Nudie Average Joe. 32 x34. Dry Dirt Organic. Start date: August 2 – February 6, for a total of 188 straight days wear before 1st wash. Total washes to date: 1 (on Febraury 7, 2013). Rolled up cuff wore through around 50 days. Crotch blew out at about 100 days. Pockets wore through around the same time. Seat of denim is wearing through more than Pair 1. Major patching by myself and by Wai’s Alterations. Paint marks both pair, as well a two hoodies and a few T’s.
All in all, Nudie denim is a great line with great fits. The quality of denim is good. Thank you Zac for the hook up and for supporting the cause. Thank you Nudie for making such a great fit, look and function through your denim.
Well, Vans, you did good! Frye and Timberland, you both did well, also. The Vans Vault Sk8-Hi black leather shoes held up really well. I actually just started wearing pair number 2 on April 12th, after my return from Portland. Pair number 1 were in bad shape after wearing them most of the year. I switched up into my Timberland boots after summer. The Frye Harness, which I’ve owned pre-project, did not work too well in the winter with all the taking 0n and taking off, as well as grip. I love those boots though, and sure enough, have already resoled them once and will have them for plenty of years to come. The Timberlands, though in good shape, did not hold up to the test of smell and sure enough, I left them in the alley after my trip to Portland. I could not bear the scent any longer. I am actually really excited to wear other shoes and boots.
Speaking of soles, or rather, souls…
It is nice to say I have committed to the year of discipline as you’ve all just witnessed. Whether your attention waned or whether you followed throughout, the fact that I did this makes me smile. Did it move my soul? Did it give me more time for the things that mattered? Did my art change? Did my outlook on materialism change? I set out a list of hope-to’s in the FAQ section of the site, so I’ll try to give an account of the year through some answers listed below.
What do you hope to accomplish in this year?
- I hope to grow as an individual and as an artist.
Did I grow? As an individual, I feel I grew in the knowledge of my surroundings and current state of affairs. I found myself wondering about the machine we live, that being the need to consume and over-consume. I grew in my understanding of my feelings toward judging others by how they look or what they wear and found myself more accepting, less focused on the outward appearance and more focused on time spent with someone. The value of time increased and the purpose to my life increased, it seems.
As an artist, I found my work to get very colorful and somewhat imperfect this year. I found that I was mixing this type of messy look with precision, creating what seemed to be unfinished yet free, messy yet contained and with purpose. I did grow as an artist and not just in practice, but in purpose. I am grateful for that. I feel as though its been a transformative year. From Fall 2012 until now, it has been a unique time in my life with the relationship to my work. I am excited to see what transpires.
- I hope to challenge how I view others and myself.
I view others with better lenses, now. I do like good style and good clothing, so I found myself shopping a lot this year for others. In fact, all year I shopped for others and contributed to updating looks or just spoiling friends. It was nice. I view myself as one who is in need of very little, materially, yet very tempted by its pull to have. I am glad to give more than I am to buy for myself and this past year I really experienced that. However, sometimes the gifting was more about time spent or words shared and so I think I grew in that aspect also. On a level of seeing others for their true worth, well, it’s only been heightened through this year. I value human life. I value depth, beauty, spirituality and humility. I value honesty. I think I just feel like I’ve gotten more in tune with others and myself on a more mature sense of connection that surpasses superficial commonalities.
- I hope to share, very honestly, the process of my mind and heart as I do this.
Well, I hope you can take the time to roll through the last year of about 70 some posts. I feel I shared rather openly. I noticed, as with most all things, that after the jump, attention starts to wane. Thank you if you have encountered the full year with me or if you checked in from time to time.
- I hope to understand better who I am.
Oh, it’s only just begun. The awareness of self happens more clearly and properly upon taking steps outside of the norm. It helps beyond measure that through over 27 months of sobriety I have become more in tune with my emotions and natural state. I do not only think but now I honestly believe that in order to attain true self awareness, one must rid themselves of inhibitors, whether that is alcohol, drugs or anything that alters the mind or physical body. I hear foolish rants about all sorts of new drugs or naturally occurring drugs that bring people to enlightenment and awareness, but in the end, it’s all the same. It’s a substance. It’s from the outside. If you look within, if you hear yourself think, move, breathe, laugh, talk and listen, you will become acutely aware of yourself and most often, God. I find that our society spends very little time in reflection, in silence, in sobriety and in nature. Kudos to those that do! It’s not an easy task but it is rewarding.
Who am I? I asked that question in the video. I wanted to find out who I was. I am still finding out day by day but now, more than ever, I am starting to see the dynamic and beautiful way I was created. I have left some of the old habits, some of the old thoughts on doorsteps that will remain closed and instead opened up new passages, stepping into those ways with new insight and new peace. These truths I am understanding: I am a child of God, I get that. I am eternal, and this body is going to die on me one day. I am more than what I wear or what I choose to share. I am okay, as is. This earth and the things in it, are temporal and are passing away. Eternity was set in my heart and that’s a journey that has begun here and will run on and on and on. Yup, that’s about it for now…
- I hope to commit to this very odd task and complete it.
Guess what, it was not too odd and now, it is completed. Thank you. Oh man, what am I going to wear?
- I hope to have one sweet story to share with others through it all.
Look back and read or jump ahead and create your own project and journey. It was a trip. I am glad I did it.
- I hope to challenge your life by living out mine.
And yes, I hope I did challenge some of you not just with looking at spending habits and over-consumption, but with life’s simple and more difficult questions or thoughts. I tried to be as transparent as I could. I tried to remain true to the project. I tried to share as much as I could but found it difficult some times due to the fact it was such a personal project and really, more of a personal challenge than a triumphant move for humanity. In any case, I did something that I set out to do and committed through it all. Uniforms are great. It makes life easy.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” – The Good Book; some chapter, some set of verses, a lot of truth.
Thank you so much Brock, Ian, Zac, Bree, the Source fellas, the 54 Blue boys, my favourite and only worn PKG undies, the many people who supported this and who followed along. It’s just clothing. Life is of greater value than what we wear. Looking to the wisdom shared by Christ in the Scriptures, he says:
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
That’s it, that’s all. If you see me around, you can ask questions or have a convo about it. Enjoy the day!