Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Bought a Mickey Mouse Shirt

"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."

Walt Disney

Oh wow. It really was a more innocent time.

When I was in Delhi, I discovered this niche apparel store in a mall called DLF Place at uptown Saket called PUNK which carried his-and-hers fashion for punk revivalist wannabes and ironic hipsters. While I no longer reserve much affection for the subculture after I discarded the last of my safety pins from my togs back in high school, I still find its motifs of pseudo-nonconformity, trashy romanticism and enforced irreverence appealing.

The PUNK store is totally my kind of place. When I picked up a T-shirt from a rack to try on, the retail assistant cheerfully informed me that it also comes in black. When I looked at another, he told me that, "That one comes in black too." Gosh, I have lost count of how many times I've seen a T-shirt print I like but was ultimately forced to pass on it because I did not like its colour (i.e. not black). Here, there's a black version of... of everything! What an awesome concept! It almost made me want to lose my head and go on a girly-type shopping spree.

However, since I did not carry a spare X-chromosome with me, I exercised self-restrain and purchased only one item,

Suicide Skeleton Mickey Shirt
Isn't that a bit excessive and kind of redundant?

It's a skeletal Mickey blowing his brainstem out by firing a revolver through his mouth! What do you think? It set me back Rs 800 (roughly fifty ringgit), but it's probably the only one of its kind in Malaysia right now. There's just something morbidly satisfying about seeing a world-famous cartoon icon end his life in such a spectacularly gruesome manner, but if you ask me, it's not nearly gory enough for my taste. They ought to have used a fully-fleshed Mickey instead of a calaca, and depict his head exploding from a hollow-point impact with grisly pieces of face, shreds of brain matter and bloody eyeballs flying energetically in all directions. I want to be able to put on that piece of thread, walk out to the streets, and make every kindergartener who sees me cry in absolute terror.

I expect both my grandmother and the Long-Suffering Girlfriend™ are going to complain about my buying yet another black shirt to add to my very invariably monochromatic wardrobe, but I think they are just jealous of my deft sense of fashion. Batman dresses in all-black, all-the-time too but you don't see them make much of a to-do about what he wears.

Thinks black is the new black,
k0k s3n w4i


~*caryn*~ said...

i was so amazed at DLF place and citywalk shopping mall. it is now my dream to spend the first half of my vacation being at peace with nature in leh and mcleod ganj, and then spend the next half of my vacation on a shopping spree in citywalk.

fevrier said...

i think disney's quote can still be seen as innocent. there are plenty of hardcore disney fans out there who wouldn't see the harm in such a quote. although it's funny he should even love mickey more than any of the other characters, seeing as mickey is really the most unfunny one. they had to surround him with funny characters to compensate.

k0k s3n w4i said...

~*caryn*~: half of your vacation in delhi? really? we have better malls in malaysia!

beve: mickey is the straight man, like seinfeld and abbott (of abbott and costello fame). they provide the essential reality which frame the gags. abbott and costello supposedly split their earnings 60-40 in favour of abbott because the straight man was always viewed as the more valuable member of the team.