What if we, the creative community, agreed to all adopt a philosophy? What if we all made a quality decision to live and work under the banner “No Hand-Me-Downs?” What would a “No Hand-Me-Downs” (creative) society look like? How would it transform our ideas?
Any of us who have ever been the “proud” recipient of hand-me-downs will understand. Getting your older siblings clothes is never cool. I mean, it’s nice to have clothes and everything (beats not having clothes), but it’s always better to wear something you choose. Everyone likes something new, especially if you have a choice.
You have a choice.
“What about thrift store shoppers? Some prefer that to Express, Urban Outfitters or Neimans.”
Exactly my point – you have a choice. Thrift shopping IS usually creative, because you are doing something new with something old. Making a statement. That isn’t recycling. That’s original.
Even the auto industry has caught on. You can’t buy a “used” car anymore, they are all “pre-owned”. If you want to get really fancy it’s certified pre-owned. It’s still the same thing, but camouflaged. The auto industry gets it that “used” sounds negative. Why don’t we get it?
For the creative community, we can’t disguise it like that. Call it what you want, but used = recycled = pre-owned. Who wants to present a certified pre-owned idea anyway?
You have a choice.
Nobody is forcing you to present hand-me-down concepts. It may feel that way at times, but ultimately it’s your choice. It’s always easier to recycle “Hand-Me-Downs”, but creating is not about easy or hard. It’s about being unique. It’s about pushing some envelope, finding a new way, or saying it different. It’s about personality. Your personality. Not someone else’s.
Will you join me? Will you draw a line in the sand and make a quality decision on this?
Let’s choose to be a “No Hand-Me-Downs” creative society.