Much like the Humans of Savannah student ethnographies and the ordinary vignettes of Ordinary Affects, the New York Times article “It’s A Nice Night for Surfing. Beware of Sharks.” exposes anthropological workings in the everyday. This April 2017 emic recount of night surfer, Igel shows that one individual has the agency to change a culture, to create a subculture of night surfing by paddling a new pattern out under a silver sun, alone and moonstruck. In a globalizing world where ideas diffuse, and time and space compress with LED technology to extend surfing space past daylight hours and crowded lineups…

The additional findings synthesized here, under 1960’s Surf Fashion, intend to answer the unexplained gaps which current Wikipedia forums leave unidentified. This research targets the current 1960’s Surf Fashion sub section, which glosses over one of the most iconic styles of Sixties youth, the surf jacket. Before further research, the blurb shallowly explained the Surfer’s Pendleton jacket’s place in 1960’s fashion. Referenced from online encyclopedias, interviews, and journals, the updated Wikipedia forum answers why Surf Fashion in 1960, and why the Pendleton Jacket for surfers. The updated article explains beyond “[teenagers] imitated the outfits of groups like The Beach Boys…

Written to update Wikipedia’s 1960’s Fashion History, below is a brief explanation for why surf fashion and its subsequent retail industry sticks and lands in the 1960s with teenyboppers across gender.

A child of The Fifties, a decade of conformity and Capitalist virtue, The Sixties much like its teens reject the norms of its parents and the values handed down to them. Proper and matured Capitalist virtues and family values were lost to a decade defined by its liberal youth and their personal pleasures, instant gratifications, and sexual explorations. The Sixties exist as a cultural contrast where Capitalist raised youth…

In the travel-less times of a quarantined world, William Finnegan’s memoir Barbarian Days takes us places.

I bought Barbarian Days by William “Bill” Finnegan in the summer of 2017 when I realized that I wanted to major in Anthropology — a little late maybe since I’d just finished my Freshman year of Fashion studies at design school. As it were, Anthro with Professor Falls threw me over the falls with fashion, and upon request, she suggested this book. My purchase was really its own compensation then, a paperback salve for sticking with a major and college I felt soulless about…

Gone Surphing

Shower thoughts, notes in the margin, ten diaries.

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