For the past three Novembers I’ve put a post on here talking about Straight Edge and/or my sobriety.
This year will be no exception.
Well, one small one.
So, Hi. My name is Alex and as of right now I’ve been sober for a decade.
—David Wood of Down To Nothing, answering a question about straight edge kids breaking edge and leaving the scene. This is from an interview I’m editing right now—it’ll be in the next print issue of RVA Magazine (coming in late November, if all goes according to plan). I’m posting it here because this is something I think about a lot. Down To Nothing are a band full of straight edge kids, but they’ve been playing since the late 90s (they opened for my old band in 2001, which is weird to think about at this point), and now they’re all in their early 30s. Meanwhile, I’m 37, and as I get older, it feels like it just gets weirder and weirder to abstain from drinking alcohol. When I was 21 or whatever, I guess I thought drinking was mainly a college-kid thing, that people grew up and got over it. But David’s right—everybody drinks. Everybody’s parents drink. Not drinking never stops being weird, no matter how old you are. And this line in the interview jumped out at me, just because it was like, “Oh wow, someone understands.” (via andrewtsks)
I have thoughts about this as a thing, but I’m too tired to organise them into words right now.
Anonymous asked: Pat, I am very sad after reading of the 41 elephants poisoned by poachers in the Zimbabwe National Parks. Consider there is no scientific evidence supporting the idea of using ivory as a medicine, how can you stop these peons? How can I, a CA resident, actively help in this battle?
For whatever reason, I have the same hyper-hate for poachers most people reserve for child sex predators.
Only two people I’m convinced I could shoot in the chest and feel no compunction: guy who kills elephants for a living and guy who takes a sharp stone to a tween’s clitoris for FGM. If there were no repercussions, I could watch those people die without my heart-rate changing.
That said, without actually traveling there and shooting these people in the chest, I really don’t have a fucking clue what we do. Certainly, there’s organizations to give money to. And, I’m sure there’s a more holistic approach of raising the quality of life in Zimbabwe by supporting organizations in opposition to crooked ass politicians.
But fuck if I know.
Deathwish is gonna do a charity 7” for us next year, and finding a charity we all agree on wasn’t easy, but we’ve got the cause figured out at least. Find me a charity that arms park rangers with soviet military stockpiles and we’ll devote the second charity record to it. Maybe our $900 can buy a few rocket launchers.
Now look listen and please understand: all of you older cartoonists.
We are living in a new world of cartoonists who aren’t caught up with these thirty-year-late ideas of “edginess.” Exploding heads just don’t do the trick anymore, I’m sorry to break it to you. Hastily slapping gibberish dialogue into the mouths of brown characters doesn’t excite people nor does it challenge people in any way. Not anymore.
You’re boring. Racist, boring and not in any way “real.”
There is nothing real or unbridled or unfiltered about this nonsense. It’s extremely filtered. Filtered through the hacky independent comics of the 1980s, filtered through the rather privileged aesthetic tastes of the 1960s undergrounds, filtered through B-movies and action blockbusters. If art like this represents someone’s unbridled self, I’ll have the restrained version, thank you.”
Darryl Ayo with a headshot. Your edgy is everyone else’s tired and banal. Step your game up.
This is 100% nail on the head. This same shit applies to all the “anti-P.C.” punks, the contrarian dudes (you know, libertarians) whose chosen mode of rebellion is to rebel against the forward-thinking people in the scene. Guttermouth is like the best example I can think of, though NOFX is often guilty of this as well. Racism, homophobia, patriocentricity, etc etc… This shit is not “edgy” or “challenging”. On the contrary, it is literally the EXACT OPPOSITE. It is STATUS QUO. It is FOX NEWS. You aren’t edgy, you’re a fucking white supremacist.