February 28, 2007 19:23 | Bits


Been wearing camo pants ($30 @ Uniqlo) for the last 3 weeks. I am suddenly comfortable with the idea of patterns on my legs.

Subtle, ton-sur-ton patterns. Hmmmm...

Aside, I was looking for "digital camo"... I didn't know where I had seen it or how I had gotten the idea of wanting some. Turns out it is used by the Chinese Armed Police. So, it's not so much "cool" as it is "a reality in our times". Lameness or coolness perhaps hinges on intent.

i.e.: say you go and get some digicamo piece of clothing. If your intent was purely to "look oh so cool", in other words, "trying to be cool", it would be lame. If the intent was "see this pattern, recognize this pattern, it is a pattern of oppression", then you could get away with it. Of course, how do you communicate your intent in such a situation? People who know me know that I would not in a million years consider the Chinese Armed Police anything remotely positive, but for the billions of other people out there, how would one get the get across?

I am starting to learn the languages of fashion*. It is fascinating. It is mass communication and one to one whispers, individualization and group identification, extremes of culture agglomeration and fractualization, all in one and moving in real time with us, always and everywhere.

# To give shape or form to; make.
# To train or influence into a particular state or character.
# To adapt, as to a purpose or an occasion; accommodate.

Jesus, Anders... this is South Korean Military training camo from the 70's-80's. Look familiar?

Hahaha this is NOT going on my back.

Ok apologies for the garish styling of this post. The nature of fashioning, in the early stages, is always messy. ;)


This entry feels like a 90's FrontPage site. :)

Canadian military has been using digital patterns for a few years now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CADPAT

Hah! "CAnadian Disruptive PATtern"... I love it.
Thanks James.
I wonder where I've seen it though. Where in my experience did I acquire "digi camo"? It obviously didn't just pop into my head that day walking down the street in Harajuku...

Interestingly these patterns are almost the antithesis of those old paintings.

The patterns I used also included angular shapes (as well as repetitive elements) and were intended to collect and direct the gaze of the viewer, rather than to disrupt it.

Food for thought...

it looks cool.

For the love of G-d, Boris, get Disruptive Pattern Material by Blechman, an encyclopædic labour of love.

Also research the word “tarn.”

ordered. it'll arrive in Mtl after me. ;p
thnx Joe. :)