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Tuesday, September 27, 2005


I'm at a loss to explain this but I wish them the best. Somebody's money is on the line here. Scenesters World is so far one set of six punky figurines, some keychains and a button that simply reads "Scenester". Each character has a backstory and I guess they each reflect a young and punk demographic. Brandon is still reeling from his favorite punk band signing to a major label a couple months ago, while Lucky refuses to take money from his parents, and is spare-changing to start a record label to put out a 7-inch record for his band, Spange.

What's the target age for these things? Is it something punk kids buy for themselves or an impulse item for parents with punk kids? They're on sale at Tower, Hot Topic and "other cool places near you".

The word "Scenester" looks funny on paper. Stare at it and after a while it looks like it could be pronounced "Sinister". Does a button that says "Scenester" scream poser, or is there an age where a kid would proudly wear it because that's what they want to be? Uh.......

The Scenesters World site features artwork by Kevin Cross, who you might remember from this cover.


Blogger Matt "Max" Van said...

OK, I don't know if I can fully elucidate, but here's a rough stab:
The "Scenesters" are an attempt at getting cash from the same kind of collector-geek contingent that made Tod McFarlane really wealthy. It's terrible, but the so-called "Punk" scene has had these types in spades for the past 30 years. They're the same type as record collectors (the type who'll value a record higher because there's a factory smudge of purple on 12 copies of a single by an unlistenable band screeching about offing the pigs or some such). So, what you have is a comic series (you know, a five panel comic, like in the paper) populated by these "characters" done as some kind of market symbiosis with the figurines. Now, evidently, the marketing extends to the "internets". But, hey, I reckon the "scene" is theirs. Until there's a scene comprised entirely of self-professed "poseurs" I won't really have a "scene". But, I can assure you, once I do, I'll be sure to market a line of action figures, as well. Hopefully, it'll catch on like the Simpsons....

3:17 PM

Blogger Emerson said...

Max, that's soooooo cynical, shame, Shame, SHAME!

3:28 PM

Blogger Richard said...

I was told once that the company that owns Abercrombie & Fitch is the same company that owns Hot Topic. This was after listening to a conversation between a bunch of kids working in a Hot Topic about how they'd never be caught dead in an A&F store.

10:31 AM

Blogger Emerson said...


I can't see how a Hot Topic employee COULD ever work at A&F. They're the poster children for mutually exclusive.

I have a friend who works at Hot Topic. They seem to work pretty hard there, even just to stop theft.

12:01 PM


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