Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, rude and crude bumper stickers, did not go over well. That means there is still hope for society. Sixty percent voted all-out crappy while another 8 percent said such stickers should be illegal.

Perhaps the latest snappy or crappy will fare more fairly: Thug outerwear

You, too, can be a thug if you wear this sweatshirt/Ryn Gargulinski

You, too, can be a thug if you wear this sweatshirt/Ryn Gargulinski

Details on back, in case folks missed you coming/Ryn Gargulinski

Details on back, in case folks missed you coming/Ryn Gargulinski

It’s no longer enough to follow prison fashion, which dictates removing your shoelaces and having baggy pants that hang down below your underwear – since authorities also took away your belt – but now it’s essential to advertise you are a thug.

Not cool enough to be a thug? You will be with this sweatshirt.

This particular shirt was spotted at the Fort Lowell Savers, my favorite second-hand store. I did not leave wondering why someone wanted to get rid of this beauty. It did not look worn, either, indicating someone maybe got it as a gift from Aunt Mabel who thought she was being hip.

Thug outerwear is crap-ola for sure.

What do you think?
Please vote and leave comments below.



About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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29 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

  1. leftfield says:

    Good morning, Ryn.  Like all good commies, I am up early, getting ready for the days’ labor. 

    I do find it hilarious that looking bad or cool these days means that your undies are showing.  I mean, the initial impression is one of dorkiness or perhaps special needs.  Recently, a friend of my daughters was bending down to get in our car and her pants came down so far that, being behind her and waiting my turn to get in, I got the full “smile” through her sheer undies.  Fortunately, she is a good kid and saw the humor in an old guy laughing about it all the way to her house. 
    What I am more concerned about is the glorification of violence, sexism and materialism by certain hip hop artists and genres of rap.  How did these come to be attributes to be admired and emulated?

    • Rynski says:

      mornin’ lefty,
      so glad you’re up and about, ready for the labor – sure your chickens love your morning hours!
      thanks for the laugh:  “I mean, the initial impression is one of dorkiness or perhaps special needs.” hahahaha
      i wholly agree with your concerns about the glorification of violence et. al. –  not sure how it happened, just as i will never know why people think a plumber’s look is nifty.
      thanks for input.

  2. radmax says:

    Mornin’ Rynski! The usual-snap/crap. 🙂 While the sweatshirt appears to be quality apparel, the message is crap. So respect is not something to be earned through actions, no, buy yourself some! I agree with Lefty’ assessment; since when are you to be admired for beating and or abusing a woman?

    • Rynski says:

      hiya radmax!
      snap/crap – really?
      i guess it does look like a quality made shirt – but i’d say any quality gets negated by the message. and the shirt can’t be salvaged, either – looks like patch is sewn on dang good and couldn’t even be hidden by a nice rit bath.
      i’d rather wear a ripped up junky shirt with no message.
      thanks for vote!

      • radmax says:

        At least you can throw the damn thing away. There is a guy who used to work for me who had this catchy phrase tatted on his belly…he is currently in the care of the state outside Buckeye. 😉

      • Rynski says:

        hahhah! what was the phrase – or is it not suitable for print?
        i just read a true crime (no surprise) where the kid went from a catholic school all honor student to a wanna-be thug once he got some freedom in college.
        he got a jailhouse tat that said “fell on” – hahhaha. it was supposed to say “felon” even though he had only committed a misdemeanor.
        but then he shot a girl in cold blood and hacked off her head and hands – so he then lived up to his tattoo.

      • radmax says:

        ?…thug life.

      • Rynski says:

        oh! “this catchy phrase” meant “that catchy phrase” – these are those. got it.

  3. Jennatoolz says:

    Hey Ryn! Thug fashion is super crappy, especially that sweatshirt!! I chuckle when I see those guys around with their pants hanging low. It’s a strange, strange fashion choice, that’s for sure. I’ve even watched some guys “pull their pants up” but just enough to where their boxers are still showing, so this is not an accidental problem with their pants! I hope someone tells them that it just looks silly.

    • Rynski says:

      hiya jenna!
      glad you agree that sweatshirt is a super crapfest!
      yes, i’ve seen pants as low as the knees, with both the underwear and thighs showing – somehow magically floating in place.
      as far as someone telling them it looks silly – i’ll bet they’ve heard it 9 million times from their mothers! hahahahha

  4. Ferraribubba says:

    When I got the 3 am phone call from the hospital in Calif., that my son had been in an accident and wasn’t going to make it, I booked the next flight out of TIA, which left at 7:30 the next morning.
    Sleep was out of the question, so I dressed and made it down to my favorite Adult Day Care Center on Benson Hwy. to have a cup of coffee and wait to board the plane.
    Three old women from the trailer park next door, in bathrobes and slippers,  two with their hair still rolled up in toilet roll curlers, were in line, standing to get in.
    At 6:00 am sharp, when the doors opened and we all went in, they ordered their shots and beers, lit another smoke, and began fighting over the TV remote control.
    That was just about as gross as any camel toe on a 50 year-old morbidly overweight woman that I’ve ever seen.
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  5. azmouse says:

    Most real thugs don’t advertise it in writing on their clothes, do they?!?

    It’s not that big of a deal to me personally. I see little girls walking around with playboy bunny logo t-shirts…my boys have a few t-shirts that they don’t wear out, but they have questionable phrases on them.

    • Rynski says:

      good point, azmouse, about real thugs not advertising. hahah. it would make them much too easy to be nabbed by the police perhaps.
      also reminds me of a phrase one of my bosses used to say about actions being the true gauge of character, not mere words:
      your actions speak to loud i can barely hear you.
      …or something to that effect. it seemed more eloquent when he was saying it…

    • Ferraribubba says:

      Hey azmouse & Rynski: Youze girls ain’t been hangin’ around the ‘hood much lately, have y’all?
      In the L.A. area, and in most cities in America, any gangbanger worth his 9mm, advertises himself to all others by the color of either the basecall cap he’s wearing sideways on his head, or the color of the handkerchief hanging out of his left back pocket.
      Red stands for the BLOODS, and blue say that I be a CRIP, fool! 
      Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

      • azmouse says:

        Morning FB,
        I know you’re right. I have a drug house down the street that many of us have been trying to put out of business and they are always sporting their blue. They walk up the street to Lakeside park to peddle their drugs.

      • Ferraribubba says:

        Hey azmouse: Next time that you’re driving by a donut shoppe and see at least one TPD patrol unit parked there, you might want to stop in and interupt the officer from his enjoying his discount coffee and donuts, and his trying to hustle the counter girl (Hey baby, Wanna see my .45? <g>), and tell him of your plight. TPD Narcotics Division might want to know.
        Book ’em, Dano, yer pal, Ociffer Bubba

      • azmouse says:

        Thanks for the advice, FB. Many of us in this neighborhood have tried many things to get them out of here. It amazes me because it’s parents and their teenage (or older) son, plus the son’s friends. So, the parents are involved as well.
        I’ve heard that the police have the place under surveillance, but that was a while ago. I also know that the guys who assaulted and robbed my son and his friend are associated with the bunch down the street. We even gave the police the license plate number of the guys who did it, but no arrests have been made.

      • Rynski says:

        hiya ferraribubba –
        i gave up hangin’ around the ‘hoods for lent (hahah).
        but you are correct – the advertising does go on constantly – just not in the form of “i am thug” sweatshirts.
        good point!

      • leftfield says:

        “i am thug”

        I suppose if it was grammatically correct it would ruin the whole effect.

      • Rynski says:

        you bet it would – better yet, make it “i is thug.”

      • Ferraribubba says:

        In L.A. it was, “I be da thug, fool!”  —  Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

      • Rynski says:

        even better!
        one small edit, tho. should be:
        “i be da thug, foo”

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