yesterday, when i took the dog out, i saw a man on the towpath. in a top hat. on a unicycle .
that’s right. my sleepy hamlet is being invaded. but by whom?
now, like a certain blogger at lucy’s football i am a bit creeped out by clowns, hence the freaky screen print made back when i was a student. six separate colours. a serious committment to expressing my clown fear. so the question is, have we been invaded by CLOWNS or is this the beginning of the hoxton creep that i have been predicting? clowns and hipsters being not completely separate categories as far as i can see. a venn diagram would bear me out, i’d be willing to bet.
here’s nathan barley from the prophetic 2005 series of the same name, set, naturally, in hoxton.
n. barley – the hipster’s hipster.
ten asked if the invader had “starburns”. starburns being the would-be interesting character in community who styles himself thus;
(here’s an instructional video as to the etymology of starburns for non US readers)
and if you haven’t seen community yet, i beg of you, just go buy the box sets. it’s very funny television.
so, yes. back to the “hoxton creep”. my prediction is that the hipsters, having colonized the entire near east, as well as pushing through the blood brain barrier represented by the north circular, the river lea, and the olympic park in concert with many other non residential elements, will leap over the hasidic enclave in stamford hill and begin to colonize tottenham. there are some other people living on stamford hill, but even if all other housing was taken over by hipsters, stamford hill is europe’s biggest hasidic community, so they’d never be the dominant aesthetic. you can’t compete with two and a half thousand people dressed entirely in black, the men with massive furry hats and shiny coats and the women with their wigs and strangely unfashionable black quilted jackets and over the knee black skirts, no matter how outlandish your clowny costume.
at the moment there is little in the way of bohemianism in evidence around the riviera, but tottenham’s a fairly cheap area by london standards, and i have heard tell of people living in WAREHOUSES near here.
yes, you see?
as an aside, there happens to have been (don’t know if it’s still there) a CLOWN SCHOOL on hoxton square, the epicenter of hipsterism. the very idea makes me squirm – a whole school of people learning CLOWN SKILLS. unless, of course, you are going there in order to round out your diamond thieving skills. that seems more sane to me.
that other hipster comedythe mighty booshmay have started life set in a zoo, but it soon decamped to a shop in hoxton called the nabootique, after it’s owner, the wizard, naboo. our hapless heroes spend many hours manning the shop which doesn’t sell anything anyone would want. the essential hipster shop. i couldn’t find any very relevant clips, though whole episodes are available on youtube, but here’s a little taster for if you haven’t watched the whole series several times…
because if i can’t use this blog to endlessly fan on about the mighty boosh, what’s the point of anything?