Flip Flop Bottle Opener, 60
Try walking mile in someone else's shoes, and you'll wind up thirsty. Would a beer opened with someone's filp flop quench that thirst? Well if the shoe fits wear it, I guess. Nothing seems more satifying than having someone's crusty dirt and disease-ridden flop, pop your top. Sure your buddy just got back from sleeping in a port-a-potty at Burning Man, and then marched across the five boroughs of New York City, through dog piss and rancid garbage just to open your beer. Yum!
Sure desperate times call for desperate measures, but is opening a beer so tricky? Heck, there are a gazillion people out their who can open a bottle with a million different things: lighter, counter tops, water bottles, carabiner/keys, and their teeth. Now obviously it is up to the individual as to whether they prefer cracking a tooth to getting E. Coli or Pneumonia from a flop. But why risk either, nobody can fill your shoes.
Ironically, Fantich & Young make several pairs of shoes, both women's stilettos and men's oxfords, where teeth comprise the sole. Now...don't got get off on the wrong foot, F&Y actual soul so the soles are made with faux teeth. Well is is most certain shoes have come a long way from our Neanderthal ancestors, where it almost seems as though we've gone full circle with form no longer follows function and falls somewhere under the vast umbrella of art and fashion. Apple even patented a shoe with a build in pedometer while the Reebok Pump could in fact make you jump higher. It seems that even Lady Gaga is over outrageous platform stiletto heels as high as slits. But one thing is for certain, sneakers and Timberlands will forever reign, even if you live on a shoestring budget, form follows function and allow fashion to meet comfort. So whether it is a Flavor or an Air Jordan put your feet up.
So stand on your own two feet and get your foot out your ass, or possibly someone else's ass and consider the consequences of mandals (man sandals) as well as flop opened beer.
100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.