Originally Posted by Whiteroom
Why Grunge Graphics? Why not?
As a general truism, if your parents (or older generation) like something it is NOT COOL. If your parents understand it it isn't cool. The fact that you are asking why these graphics exist IS the very reason they exist. Your shock and horror is the point. Think Elvis>Beatles>Doors>Led Zeppelin>Sex Pistols>Motley Crue>Nirvana>Dr. Dre, my point is they get progressively more 'edgy' or obnoxious depending on your view.
If you enjoyed Elvis or the Beatles odds are the Sex Pistols or Heavy Metal aren't your cup o' tea.
This post is insightful.
I don't suffer so much from shock and horror as simple aversion. I'm probably the minority, but I will decline a ski if the graphics make me groan. Skiing is the primary purpose of the ski, but you've still gotta look at 'em (how many people would buy cars with graphics they dislike?).
Regarding cultural expression getting "progressively edgy", where does it end? How much further can it go?
As much as kids love shocking or alienating their parents, who's affected most? The influences people immerse themselves in aren't without effect.
I'm not coming from "On High". I'm not a prude (Danish by birth) and not religious at all - in the traditional sense. I was also once a pseudo-hippy. However, the "peace and flower" scene was a long ways from the hard-core expressions of today.
Eventually, the "shock value" wears off, and people become immune to the statements of discontent. Hence, the need to take it to another level.
None of it - whatever people decide to rip, spray paint or pierce - matters much to me. I don't get outraged or disgusted - just indifferent.
Mostly, I just don't wanna buy ugly skis.
I had some interest in the Volkl Karma as an "in-between" ski, but couldn't stomach the look - especially the '07 version. Now I'm considering the upcoming "Snoop Daddy" by Atomic - possibly a perfect ski for what I'm seeking. However, while not quite "grunge", it's definitely in the "unattractive" category for me (Atomic seems to be opting for a darker "boarder look" next year).
You're right, there's a lot of skis out there with a more traditional look. But, once you begin narrowing your choices, you've sometimes gotta hold your nose (or eyes), and choose between performance and appearance.