My name in lights

Today as I was walking back from sushi I spotted this woman crouched down and shooting some dude in yellow galoshes on the street. After she was done packing up her camera and getting his contact info, I wandered up to her and asked her if she ran a’street fashion’ blog. You gotta be willing to confront the competition, right?


She said she did, and handed me a business card for Shot By Rain. I told her that I too had just started my own take on Seattle style and gave her my web address.

Then there was a long pause.

I looked down at my shirt and shoes. I coughed a little ‘ahem’. Reluctantly she said “oh, right, I can see why you have a fashion blog. I totally noticed you on the street, mind if I take a few snaps?”.

I blushed and said “really? In these rags?” and then quickly took a pose, with my Starbucks paper cup prominently displayed in my hand. She took a few photos, or at least convincingly seemed to do so, and promised me they might make it onto the blog.

So folks, my dreams may be coming true. I highly encourage you to keep going back to Shot By Rain and let her know you’d LOVE TO SEE GARRETT KELLY (that guy in the purple cordorouys and festive vest) up on her blog in short order. Maybe you should leave an obsessive amount of comments? (I will be)┬áThis would be my first Seattle street fashion debut and really, don’t you think it’s a bit overdue?

Cursed with poor eyesight and a need for prescriptions glasses, I don’t usually usually find myself wearing designer shades. But I’ve quickly made an exception when it comes to the VoyagerXL by Theta Technologies. These spectacles – and they certainly are! – come straight from the 1990’s and yet they still ooze with style. They were recently given to me as a wedding gift a friend who told me that back in the day, he and his CyberArts buddies used to hold concerts where a whole audience of folks would all don the glasses and get mind altered together!

Basically, these glasses play some tripped out music and flash LED’s straight into your eyelids – all in an effort to reach new mental states. With settings like “relax”, “explore”, “change”, you have a lot of options to mix and match your moods. I don’t know if I’ve had any mood shifting effects to report as of yet, but they do create a fantastic light show that feels like you’re travelling through Bill & Ted’s time warp. You really do feel like you’re being bombarded by visuals, sometimes physically feeling as though you’re falling through geometric astral planes!!! Take that RayBan.

Anyway, I don’t know much about the science behind these things but I do know they look slick as shit. Imagine packing a pair of these puppies at the night club. Just slip the controller box into a back pocket, dial up the flickering red lights and turn into the most dazzling wallflower around. You’re not supposed to open your eyes while the machine is running, but who says a good fashion accessory has to be functional? They’re black and they’ll go with anything. And most importantly, you’ll be the talking piece of the night – GARRE-UN-TEED. Instead of chit chat or being bored to death by some shitty band, you can TRIP BALLS AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM & drive home without worrying about getting a DUI. Looks like you can still purchase these babies at the official website. Well worth it.