CAUTION! INDIVIDUALS IN MIRROR ARE MORE UNIQUE THAN THEY APPEAR

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CAUTION! INDIVIDUALS IN MIRROR ARE MORE UNIQUE THAN THEY APPEAR

“I don’t like half-shaved heads. It just doesn’t look attractive to me.”

Feel free to replace “half-shaved heads” with any trademark feature, such as nose piercings, tattoos, platform boots, or the”mop top”. Since The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show almost 50 years ago to the day, young rebels have been challenging the fashion status quos. Even though hair slightly longer than a buzz cut might not seem like anything to put your panties in a twist today, when the Fab Four introduced their “mop top” look to America, it was extremely radical.

(Below: Luis “Skrillex” has been in my Spanish class for a solid 2 years and, honestly, he’s probably the only reason I’m still in that class. )

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we young’uns are still causing quite the riot, and we have more options of how to look when we do it. In the grand year 2014, no matter how you dress, do your hair or make-up, you can probably find a group of people in your school who dig it. We are a much more diverse culture than we were just 50 years ago.Take the “half-shaved head” look. Sure, it’s something to look at; but I think they can pull it off. It’s how they want the world to see them. We all send out a message, and this is theirs.

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(Above: Ethan, the punk drummer in the local rock and roll band Pernicious Nonsense. Check them out here.)

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(Above: Lily, the artist. This diamond in the rough is a very talented member of the VADA academy, and boy does she shine.)

(Below: Chandler, the lover of anime. Also in VADA, this crazy fun guy is practically oozing creativity.)

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No, being an individual is never easy until you find your people. It takes courage, time, and, most importantly, confidence.  You have to believe in who you are to be yourself and persevere until you find someone who like you for you also. Then the going gets easier.

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I guess what I’m preaching is that criticism is just a side affect of individualism. And if you are one to criticize, don’t think you’re special. Everybody is constantly judging the next body, despite its background, story, or personality crisis. For every nag you throw down, someone else is nagging on you. But it’s those of us who can tune out the nasty voices and focus on the fun ones in our head that pull out of this battlefield called life faring best. Just something to dream on. Best Adventures- your friendly neighbourhood Mars Martian.  Oh! and-

Don’t forget the glitter. iamtheseventies

(all pictures by yours truly. special thanks to Ethan, Skrillex, Lily, and Chandler for being awesome.)

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