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D.I.Y, I Think I Can!


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“The hardcore scene wasn’t just passive consumers—it was kids putting on shows, making zines, creating music and artwork. They were figuring out how to make things work either with their parent’s money or their own money or no money at all. Almost every person who was really a part of that early nineties hardcore scene seems to have gone on to do amazing things. The whole D.I.Y. aspect was really what got that going.” ~Scott Beibin, taken from the book Burning Fight by Brian Peterson.

As I’ve said to my dear friend Sophia on many occasions: Punk rock made me believe that I could do anything & hip hop gave me the confidence to do it.

While punk & hip hop reinforced my Do-it-yourself mindset, it is an idea, a world building view that has been around me my whole life. I come from a long line of hard workers with an entrepreneurial spirit. My family have had skateboard stores, Mexican restaurants, car yards, bicycle stores, motorcycle stores, hair salons, fish n chip shops—my parents were even hawkers in the Australian outback travelling from community to community selling the necessities to the locals in remote places. Once my dad even sold the boots off my mum’s feet because someone really took a shine to them (ha,ha!) My dad has never been one to miss an opportunity. Always ready for an adventure. Always making things happen. I admire my father’s D.I.Y spirit! My dad is punk rock & doesn’t even know it!

My grandfather, Jose Ramon Alfonso de Montelegion Valentino was a stand-up man too he would be the pin-up dude for ‘D.I.Y.’ he taught himself to speak six languages fluently, to write and read (he only had a third grade education) & about a million other things—he was a playwright & actor on the radio, worked on building the Story Bridge and wrote speeches for parliament.

Another do-it-yourself advocate is my pal Heidi Minx, she’s the Queen of D.I.Y. She recently released a book, Home Rockanomics, a spin off from her home of crafty guys & gals Punk Rock Domestics. There’s a whole load of D.I.Y. tips on everything from recycling your clothing to recipes from members of Sick of It All and Flogging Molly.

Super apt to the post theme = Beautiful Losers trailer. The film focuses on the careers and work of a collective group of artists who have since the 1990s began a movement in the art world using D.I.Y. aesthetics from skateboarding, graffiti and underground music such as punk rock and hip-hop

Also, here is a video, it’s part one in an eight part grassroots documentary from 2002 called D.I.Y. or Die that explores D.I.Y culture and ethics. Featuring: Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Jim Rose & more. It’s seriously right on!

Do you know any brave, courageous individuals rep’n the do-it-yourself ethos?

D.I.Y or Die man!

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  1. Bianca
    January 12, 2010

    FYI guys my ever-productive friend Amelia Arsenic a.k.a Destroy-X from Angel Spit has launched her own body adornment range (earrings, necklaces etc) and make-up line over at her blog http://destroyx.com/ she’s a shining example of d.i.y.

  2. jhonny
    January 12, 2010

    keep up the great work Bink!

  3. Bianca
    January 12, 2010

    Honny – i’m trying too! working 16 hour days is making me a tired lady… tired but happy. It’s amazing how much energy you can find to fuel you when you’re working on something you love. xo

  4. Shawn Z
    January 16, 2010

    My copy of Beautiful Losers just came today from Net flix, crazy!
    Also in reference to the Dr. Dre bio. Check out RZA’s new book. The Tao of Wu. Great book!
    Peace and Love.

  5. Bianca
    January 16, 2010

    Ruby – No problems! It’s my pleasure… I love passing on awesomeness! ha!

    Z – ha! That’s awesome your copy of Beautiful Losers just came. Thanks for the reminder about the RZA book, I totally forgot about it! I remember when it first came out I was going to get it but I got distracted and never put my order through lol! Do you know if KRS-One’s book came out yet? I love his recorded talks. Go the Temple of Hip Hop!!

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