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Vanity Slave By: Eric Blair

Vanity Slave By: Eric Blair

“What I really want is a simple place. With no flashy clothes ‘cause you can’t eat those.” –Animal Collective – Taste

I begin this train of thought with lyrics from Animal Collective’s song “Taste,” these lyrics compelled me to write this piece. When did clothing and trends become a lifestyle? Allow me to elucidate, people make labels and trends a living thing; too many people make this closet monster who they truly are. When did it become cool to boast about how much money was spent on an item of clothing? Why it’s cool for the first thing to be notice is a man or woman’s attire? When did so many people’s identity become replaced with a tags and labels? No faces, just trends and strobe lights in a club full of Ciroc and lust in the air. Everyone wants to dress and live like a celebrity when, in reality, celebrities are humans, not Gods nor royalty. Allow me to share a thought with you all; I was sitting at home and it dawned on me, I am going to die someday. I don’t know when or how but I will cease to exist one day. I catechized, do I want my legacy to be left upon this world as a label or how I dressed? I’d love for people to speak of my intellect, my parenting, my friendship, or my love; not how “doped I looked in my coffin.” I can not die perpetuating these asinine trends and leave that image for my child to remember me by; I’ll pass on being “cool.” I don’t want a woman to engage with me because of my looks and attire, how about my personality and mind. I wouldn’t want a woman for clothing that makes her sexy because she makes the clothes sexy; I am not just talking about physically. I am talking about mind and personality. Too many people boast about their labels and how much money they have thrown away on a pieces of fabric. So many people are in competition with others to be the best dressed, how about being the most educated or most ambitious? With all that money used for clothing it could have been invested in higher learning. I love how people would buy the latest sneakers or weaves but their light bill isn’t paid and there isn’t any food in their home. These labels and fashion leaders, by the way, we’re making these people millionaires, this industry has consumed too many people’s lives. Too many people are slaves to these grody fashion statements, they forget to just LIVE! Clothes are just clothes but life is invaluable. When we die we won’t be buried with our wardrobe. So think about it next time you’re buying that dress or jacket that’s over two hundred dollar, what could you have been doing with that money? Clothes don’t last forever, we make the clothes, clothes doesn’t make us; therefore, be you!

Hey, who am I, just some Black nerd who thinks too much. It’s your money, do what you please. I just know life is too short to try to impress everyone each day. F**k it, it’s just clothes once it hits the floor.



About Mr. Blair

Eric Blair was born in August of 1984 in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in the North Philly section of the city. He has always enjoyed stories, schemes, and the complexities of plots. At a young age he discovered that he could create narratives full of adventures, creativity, and intrigue. It was this realization that caused him to fall in love with the art of storytelling. At age of twenty-one Eric began writing comic books. His first professional book “Hip-Hop Chronicles” was written for Space Dawg Entertainment in 2004. Eric’s writing style ranges from descriptive to expository writing, where the writing serves to explain and inform the audience. He uses thoroughly developed characters, clever situations, and witty conversation style and tone to keep readers engaged. Eric is inspired by authors who can evoke an emotional response from the reader, as well as authors who can blend elements of fact with fiction to construct a great piece. Eric is currently working on a series of comic books that are soon to be published, his recent writings have been guest featured on several online blogs. He works on perfecting his craft by consistently updating his work, editing pieces, reviewing the latest relevant material, and surrounding his self with like minded, creative, intelligent people.

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