this website is really not a good place for young kids and im not just talking about the abusers, pedophiles and nazis that pollute this site im also talking about how the weird atmosphere and subcultures generated by self hating jaded adults can hamper how a kid connects with their similar aged peer groups like

hows a 14 year old going to be able to talk to ppl who aren’t outwardly similar to them if all they do is submerge themselves in ironic humor and depressing obscure media


Pachucas, 1929-1944

“It was during the time of Mexican Repatriation and WWII that pachucas, the forbears to the cholas, started to appear on the streets of Los Angeles. Pachucas were the female counterpart to pachucos, the Mexican-American teenagers who wore zoot suits with high-waisted pegged pants and long suit coats. Pachucas also had their own nonconformist style of dress. They were known for teasing their hair into bouffant beehives and wearing heavy makeup, tight sweaters, and slacks or knee-length skirts that were immodestly short for the time. They were a rebel subculture that rejected assimilation into the white, hyper-patriotic spirit of WWII. Their rejection of mainstream beauty ideals and association with a non-white underclass challenged the idea of a unified nation, which the US was desperately trying to portray during wartime. The pachuco and pachuca style became a signifier for a racialized other and was therefore considered un-American.” - Excerpt from “The Folk Feminist Struggle Behind the Chola Fashion Trend”, April 13, 2015 by Barbara Calderón-Douglass, VICE

excuse me if i’m wrong but what tf is the point of a hookah? is its only benefit looking substantially fancier than a cigarette? what’s the deal with people who occasionally smoke hookahs but don’t smoke cigarettes? i’m trying in earnest to understand hookah subculture


‘B-stylers’ Are Japanese Teens Who Want to Be Black

Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg has spent the past seven months traveling around Asia. She lives in Hong Kong at the moment but when she was in Tokyo, back in December 2013, she met Hina, a 23-year-old who works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Hina’s shop has the tagline “Black for life.” She describes its products as “a tribute to Black culture; the music, the fashion, and style of dance.”

Hina’s appearance is also loyal to what the Japanese call “B-style"—a contraction of the words "Black” and “Lifestyle” that refers to a subculture of young Japanese people who love American hip-hop culture so much that they do everything in their power to look as African American as possible.

I called up Desiré to find out more about her time photographing Hina and her gang.

VICE: How did you meet Hina?
Desiré van den Berg:
 She appeared in a documentary about B-style a couple of years back, which I happened to watch. This is what got me interested in the culture. It took a lot of effort, but I eventually got in touch with her on Facebook, through other B-stylers. I said I wanted to take photos of her, and she actually thought that was pretty cool. It was all a bit of a hassle though, because Hina and the other B-stylers didn’t speak a single word of English. We needed a translator both to make an appointment and at the actual first meeting, too.

How does that work in terms of translating rap lyrics?
Hina speaks some English but not fluently. She does like to use some English slang when she speaks Japanese with her B-style friends, like finishing a sentence with “man” or using bad words like “motherfucker” jokingly.

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