A while back I played around with a new look and feel and decided I didn’t like it. I had asked Katie Harbath to help me out and she gave me some really good designs to choose from, but I still didn’t feel they were quite right. (Thanks, though, Katie. I really appreciate it.)
I wanted something that captured the essence of why I write here. While I don’t write often, this site gives me the occasional place to vent my pent up frustrations and express the specific brand of cynical, pessimistic, skeptical idealism that I practice.
I ended up finding my vibe while reading an article about the punk movement of the 1970s and early 1980s. The frsutration, the skepticism, the anger, and the cynicism were all there. Surprisingly, so was the idealism in its own weird way.
I noticed the culture really emphasized black, white, gray, and red in clothing, album covers, etc. It really gave me a palette to work with, and when applied with little modification (other than the fist replacing the little Kung Fu dude in the logo) I was really happy with the result.
I’m not sure if anyone else will like it, and I’m almost positive a lot of people will find it hard to read. It’ll probably end up being even more irritating than I usually am. However, I kind of think that’s what punk was all about, and that suits me.