characters from musical stories. hentai and fantasy movies. Role play includes portrayals of J-pop and Jrock stars. video games. and entertainment software. short for "costume roleplay". classic novels. Any entity from .FASHION SUBCULTURE “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Taiwanese puppet characters. is a subculture in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.” COSPLAY SUBCULTURE COSPLAY FASHION Cosplay . anime. Favorite sources include mangA. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan. comic books. graphic novels. science fiction characters.tokusatsu.

Cosplayers often educate themselves in crafting specialities such as sculpture. catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans. cosplay is primarily done at manga and anime conventions. with women playing male roles and vice versa.the real orvirtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. show off their own creations. ORIGIN OF COSPLAY Cosplayers typically come from the ranks of otaku--that is. mannerisms and body language of the characters they portray.[5] Once in costume. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched. The waitresses at such cafés dress as game or anime characters. Cosplayers often gather to view the costumes of others. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered around role play. Since 1998 Tokyo's Akihabara district has contained a large number of cosplay cafés. The object of cosplay is interpretation: one attempts to become one's character much as a stage actor inhabits a role. Costumes are expected to adhere meticulously to the attire known to be worn by the character represented. and participate in contests. but in its goal. fashion design and the like in the effort to render the look and texture of a costume accurately. In areas outside of Japan. as well as at dedicated cosplay parties at nightclubs or amusement parks. cosplayers adopt the affect. Cosplayers may purchase or create costumes through fan labor. HOW DOES COSPLAYING DIFFER FROM HALLOWEEN DRESSING? Cosplay differs from Halloween and Mardi Gras costume wear not only in existing independent of any particular holiday. fans of Japanese comic books. known as manga. . In Japan teenagers gather with like-minded friends in places like Tokyo's Harajuku district to engage in cosplay. They gather at public events such as comic-book and video game trade shows. A broader use of the term cosplay applies it to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage. maid costumes are particularly popular. share tips. fiberglasswork. take pictures. Even more generic costumes get an elaborately artistic treatment. face paint. regardless of the cultural context.



canvas sneakers or skate shoes. which is closely related to Fotolog. The style is principally composed of tight trousers on males and females alike. it has become very popular among young people. fluorescent colors.ARGENTINEAN FLOGGERS SUBCULTURE FLOGGER FASHION Flogger is a teenager fashion originated in Argentina at the end of 2004. blonde or black hair. long fringe brushed to . a photoblog web site. to almost become a craze. and merged with elements of several other styles. broad V-neck T-shirts.Emerged from the glam fashion.

and then quickly changing the position of the legs. The moves. Chile is the other. Some have reached levels of nano-celebrity in their social circles . It is common to call "floggers" to any adolescent followers of this style. candy-colored pants. asymmetrical haircuts.although this term already had the same meaning it has in English in reference to the electronic music in general. the more famous the flogger. FLOGGER MUSIC AND DANCE STYLES This fashion has also developed a particular way of dancing electro house and techno music. "la flogger mas famosa del pais.like Augustina Vivero. which is one of the two biggest markets for the site.A. big sunglasses." Her fotolog site is among the most viewed Internet sites in Argentina. based on figures tallied by fotolog. A FLOGGER CELEBRITY . but with a more emo taste in music: tight. centered around photo blogging. and Santogold. the more comments. related to the French tecktonik .com claims to have more than 5. called Electro . consist of rapidly spreading one leg. Fotolog.one side of the face or over one eye. hoodies. straight hair and horn-rimmed glasses. They dress a lot like their American. food court-wandering counterparts Think M. Users comment on one another's photos. Floggers take photos of themselves and friends and post them on photo blogs. ORIGIN OF ARGENTINEAN FLOGGERS Flogging is a teenage subculture that has emerged in Argentina in the last two years.I. logging 36 million visits over the past year. Belgian jump style and the Australian shuffle. and various bruises.5 million users in Argentina. hitting the floor with the heel. and drawing the other leg backwards.

is a spokesperson for Nike (Floggers adopted a lot of the US streetwear culture). then hundreds. how to act. FLOGGER CELEBRITY CUMBIO ABOVE . The kids were tagged with the name Flogger (from fotolog) and the rest is history.Cumbio’s popularity grew out of her organized weekly gatherings of her online friends. First it was a couple dozen. and then thousands! That core group starting dictating how to dress. Cumbio has written a book. and has defended gay rights (she is unapologetic gay). Oh yeah. Pretty incredible. Keeping up with the “look” was as easy as checking out the pictures on fotolog. appeared countless times on TV. she’s only 17. what music to listen to. etc for the rest of the group.



waistcoats. Bands like Jefferson Airplane. Indie kids often reject brand names and like to make fun of people that shop at big retail chain stores for spending so much money. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. also became a big scene for indie rock. found themselves adored by new fans. Miss Selfridge and especially H&M stock becoming big.. blazers. even though "indie" stores like Urban Outfitters is pretty expensive too. The Walkmen. The indie culture not only accepts music of the times but also accepts classic music from the U.indie INDIE FASHION A main characteristic of modern indie clothing trends is uniqueness and individuality. assembling a strong indie following. They Might Be Giants and The Strokes. .. Interpol. Brooklyn. Jethro Tull. ties. New York City. who hadn't had much mainstream success up to that point. vintage clothes. skinny jeans and Converse shoes. Janis Joplin. with bands such as We Are Scientists. especially Wililamsburg. The Velvet Underground. The Zombies.S.. Indie fashion has become more popular with stores like TopShop. Clothing items include band T-shirts. cardigans. especially from the 1960s. INDIE MUSIC Bands such as Pixies and Sonic Youth. striped tops. and Jimi Hendrix are considered popular classic indie bands and artists. The Killers.

increasing numbers of youths have been drawn to the beliefs and trends of indie culture." "Babel. In the 2000s.Britain's indie music scene can be traced back to the early 1960s with rock and roll bands like The Who. . Indie movies often include "unknowns" and are made with little money. emo." ORIGIN OF INDIE Since its emergence some time in the 1980s. and other film festivals feature such flicks. in some ways earning the conformist status that it initially rejected. from a major movie studio. Sundance. grungers. Their views were seen as rebellions and spoke out for the nation. Cannes. The indie culture in recent years has adopted many traits of the hippie culture and that of the 1960s counterculture. which allows fans to discover purer qualities within the movies. INDIE FILMS Like the indie music scene. independent films are an art form produced without the funding. including hippie. many indie followers are offended that such links are made between the indie subculture and some of those listed above." and "Fast Food Nation. mods. and The Clash made a large imprint on indie culture. thus adjustment. Major indie films include "The Science of Sleep. The Kinks. the indie culture has become part of mainstream youth culture. the indie culture has had crossovers with other subcultures. These bands greatly influenced many of the indie bands of the 1980s and 1990s." "Volver. and recently even metalheads. However. including emo because of their differing philosophies and emo's links to mainstream culture. Like many subcultures before it.

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