I’ve never been much for camo print. I attribute that to growing up in a town where people actually wore camouflage to literally hunt for their next meal. Something about this print associated with this act has always been a bit of a turn off for me. I am however not opposed to creating and imagining your own type of camo that blends in with… well whatever the hell you want! Pick something, anything, what’s your source of inspiration lately?
For me this week I’m camouflaged in Calgary’s mucky icky gross downtown winter streets. If you live here you know what I mean. We get really beautiful winter snowfalls, where everything is white and clean-looking for a hot minute. Then a Chinook rolls in (yes Leo, this is a naturally occurring phenomena not associated with global warming #eyeroll), warms everything up, the snow turns to slush, and cars mixed with salt mixed with gravel make a muddy mess of our pristine winter wonderland. Using this rather ugly scene as a source of inspiration I created an outfit in attempt to capture, dare I say blend into, and turn this muck into something beautiful. It’s called Calgary winter camo.
It’s pretty obvious what I’m trying to blend in to, but I might as well just spell it out for you. The white is snow, duh. The black are the asphalt streets poking through the winter snow. The tan is the slushy brown snow that covers the sidewalks, sides of the roads and city streets. Last but not least, the neon yellow are the piles of dog piss from city slickin’ pups who want to kill their owners for making them live on the 20th floor of a high rise. Their urine is so potent from holding it in all night that it’s electric yellow. Have a heart people, get a cat.
This is just one example of the many sources of inspiration for camo wear. What are you drawn to these days? Boxes of nerds? Sunsets in Mexico? Aspen and evergreen trees? Why not try to blend in? And then send us a photo because we eat that shit UP.
Photos by Suzanne Stewart from NEAT.