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Jim Parker




27 Jan 1959


I am one of the best writers on the entire planet. So, what do I do? I re-write other people's jumbled crap so that a normal person can read it without barfing.

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Published on: 25 Apr 2012 by jimbo92107

What the Hell Am I Doing Here?

Exploding. Do you know what an explosion is? Rapid combustion, no different than a normal flame, other than speed.


Speed. The relative velocity of a thing, whether it is a motorcycle, a flame, or your career.


Your career. Why isn't it exploding? I have no idea.


Ideas. Where do they come from? Rather, where do the good ones come from?


Last few weeks I've been learning to ride a motorcycle. Coincidentally, I started just after my father died. Boom. I bought a little bike, a Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Never did anything like that before, like flouting my father's ban on such things.


Today I practiced S turns, describing progressively more aggressive swerves as I rode around some lakes. At one point a police car turned in front of me. Should I keep slaloming? Sure, why not? The edge of fear was exhiliarating, aside from my practice maneuvering


What does this have to do with my theory of fashion design? Simple: Create a theory, then work it. Did you learn design theory in school? Scrap it. Theories are cheap, they're everywhere. Don't follow anybody else's formula for anything. Instead, learn how to observe. Look for patterns in your environment. Colors. Textures. Shapes. Arrangements. Take pictures of interesting things, then ask yourself, "What makes that interesting? Zoom in, zoom out. Get a picture of a dragonfly from three inches away. Photograph a skyline.


What makes somebody buy an article of clothing? Why would anybody be interested in your clothing ideas? The answers to these questions lead in some very interesting directions, if you let them motivate you to start searching. For what? Well, values, then from them criteria, then from them, analysis. Use these to see the world through the lens of an evolving theory of design, your very own.


What the hell am I doing here? Lighting a fire, I hope. How fast will it burn?


Trust Mexico,



Jimbo's Junk

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