Since first discussing the adoption of the Keffiyeh as the accessory of choice for those shedding their trucker and box caps, I have seen the trend propagate further. Two kids in my building wear them, dozens on the L over the coarse of a week. Hundreds on the web if you look close enough at the party pix.
Again I ask, what are the wearers' motivations? What is their relationship to the cultures from which the garment emerged? What reaction are they hoping to stimulate in their peers? Do those peers openly question the meaning behind the choice to wear one? Do the wearers themselves?
I find it terrifying to watch my peers, my social allies, manipulate symbols this haphazardly, this disrespectfully. Even more so to watch the inanity spread. Soon this'll be on Youth Intelligence, and a day later in Nylon, then Teen Vogue. Traveling through culture, embraced by many, all blind to what their gesture might actually mean.
Image 1: The Cobra Snake, February 8, 2005
Image 2: The Cobra Snake, February 17, 2005
Image 3: The Cobra Snake, February 20, 2005
Image 4: The Cobra Snake, February 18, 2005
Image 5: The Cobra Snake, February 16, 2005
Image 6: The Cobra Snake, February 14, 2005
Image 7: The Cobra Snake, February 10, 2005
Image 8: The Cobra Snake, February 20, 2005
Image 9: The Cobra Snake, February 8, 2005