The swaggiest ‘80s movie you’ve never seen
Wild slept-on crime-flick fits, handwoven home-jawnz, good vibes vs. kind vibes & more
A few weeks ago I hopped on the horn with GQ SpyFriend Gabriella Paiella to meditate on positive energies as they relate to clothes: She was writing an article about the success of labels with an explicit interest in “good vibes,” from Life is Good to the SpyFriends at Online Ceramics, and she kindly requested an expert “vibe check” from yr boy.
Her piece, linked below, is great, featuring a delightful visit to Life is Good HQ and a beautiful, dog-based ending. My small yet monumental contribution to the article is I outline a vital distinction between “good” vibes and “kind” vibes — the latter being a mindset that takes into account not just the positive stewardship of your own sense of happiness and contentment but other people’s, too …
This connects to a reader question from our last open call:
“What perks you up when you’re in the depths of existential despair?” — @_barbara_smith_
The answer in a nutshell is: Kind vibes!!
Put more concretely: Getting outside and helping others …
Yes! If you are feeling down it is ~99.9% guaranteed to turn yr own spirits around if U dedicate a little time to getting out of the crib and helping alleviate other living things’ hardships & burdens… large or small, strangers or friends, humans, animals or even plants baby !!
This could mean classic “volunteering at a community garden or food bank” type acts of goodness or it could mean driving a homie to the airport or sending them a surprise eBay gift out of nowhere like SpyFriend Daniel Arnold told us he does (though in this case you’re not going outside so consider hand-delivering the gift)… Or it could mean tiny but meaningful acts of interspecies linking & building, e.g. feeding and hydrating neighborhood stray cats or sharing peanuts with crows, who will remember your kindness and your vibes for years.
🎬🎬🎬 MOVING ON to a recent reader Q about cinematic jawn inspiration —
“What are some slept-on movies with slapping fits?” — @m_style_acct
Yooo here is ONE movie so slept-on, so fantastic looking, and packed with such monstrously inspirational fits that it deserves an extended salute — an insane, virtuoso 1985 crime saga that is surprisingly difficult to actually track down and stream BUT WE FOUND A FREE LINK FOR YOU: