(image via www.shockhound.com)
Can you believe it’s been almost 3 months since I first grappled with “The Strange Case of the Hipster Headdress?” Since then, I’ve definitely been shocked by just how much the trend has invaded indie/hipster culture, as well as more mainstream outlets (like Ke$ha on American Idol). Two weeks ago, the Coachella music festival was held in the desert of Southern California, and it seems like the go-to outfit of choice for attendees (and even some performers) included the now ubiquitous headdress. Abundant evidence below:
(image via GQ.com)
A commenter on the Coachella.com forum asks: “Why was every other douchebag at this year’s festival dressed in a colorful Native American Feather Headress with neon paint all over their bodies?”
Twitter user evlauren tweeted from the event: “Coachella Indian head dress count so far=2″ (she got up to 4)
Nylon Magazine reported that “The official uniform of Coachella is cut-off jean shorts, a drape-y, belly-baring white tee, and an Indian headdress.”
Twitter user krishaleanne tweeted, the day before coachella: “packed for coachella. but still needed: an indian headdress, more confetti, light-up toys . . .oh and a ticket to coachella.”
Then there was Icelandic artist Jonsi, who performed his set in a full-on warbonnet-type thing:
(via Nylon Magazine’s flickr feed)
Which even made it to the bbc.com article on the festival:
(article and image here)
These are by no means exhaustive, there was a ridiculous amount of material to draw from. I just wanted to use this post to point out how prevalent it was, but look for a follow up that will offer a primer on just why and how this trend is harmful, hurtful, and effed up.
UPDATE 4/27: Here’s the follow up post–But Why Can’t I Wear a Hipster Headdress?
The strange case of the hipster headdress: http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/2010/02/strange-case-of-hipster-headdress.html
Ke$ha, American Idol, and a trend that won’t do away: http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/2010/03/keha-headdress-and-trend-that-wont-go.html
(Thanks Jesse, Lici, Lisa and anyone else who sent me links!)