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What's your aesthetic?

For helpful reference on what this means, please watch this charming 38 second animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkUgj1za6-U

54 comments

  1. [5]
    imperialismus
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    I'm afraid even after watching that animation, I have no idea what "my aesthetic" means. Intuitively, and in an old-fashioned pre-internet sense, a personal aesthetic would either reference a way...

    I'm afraid even after watching that animation, I have no idea what "my aesthetic" means. Intuitively, and in an old-fashioned pre-internet sense, a personal aesthetic would either reference a way you present yourself outwardly (e.g. goth, hipster) or a kind of cultural expression or artistic style you like (steampunk, mariachi music, whatever).

    I can't make sense of "my aesthetic is newly discovered habitable planets". To me, that reads like the output of a Markov chain. Can someone help a poor fellow who's out of the loop on the whole A E S T H E T I C thing?

    16 votes
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      1. [4]
        imperialismus
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        Cool, thanks. I still can't quite grasp the newly discovered planet (seems like a very obscure metaphor) but I can dig the general concept. In that case, my aesthetic is Burial's album Untrue....

        Cool, thanks. I still can't quite grasp the newly discovered planet (seems like a very obscure metaphor) but I can dig the general concept.

        In that case, my aesthetic is Burial's album Untrue. Now, this happens to be my favorite album, and I obviously appreciate it on a purely auditory level. But for me, the reason I keep coming back to this artist, and this album is particular, is that it evokes a very specific visual and emotional landscape. It feels like a journey through a night out on the town, with a particular emphasis on the tail end.

        It's almost 3 in the morning, the bars are closing, you are walking or taking the bus home alone. The buzz you had (off alcohol or other drugs) is fading. The world is gray and wet but it's not quite raining. You had a lot of fun, you got everything you could reasonably expect. But there's also a melancholy feeling that you'd been secretly hoping for something more - a bit more of a genuine human connection, perhaps. You had fun but you're still going home alone. You wish you weren't alone - I'm not talking about sex, just the feeling of ending the night together with someone you have an emotional connection to, whether it be a platonic friend or lover. The residual euphoria allows you to appreciate the beauty of this stage of night, to relive the memories you made, but it's mixed with exhaustion and melancholia. And you wonder if any of it will have any meaning in the morning.

        Now that's my aesthetic, and that album in particular does a very effective job of evoking it. (And from the interviews I've read with the artist, these are if not exactly, very much in the vicinity of the sorts of associations and emotions he wanted to evoke.)

        10 votes
        1. [2]
          antiolrach
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          Did you hear his most recent single? What do you think of how his (dare I say it?) aesthetic has changed in the years since Untrue?

          Did you hear his most recent single? What do you think of how his (dare I say it?) aesthetic has changed in the years since Untrue?

          1 vote
          1. imperialismus
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            Checked it out today. Found it fairly repetitive and uninspiring. I think since Rival Dealer (2013) his style has become a lot more diverse, experimenting more with genres and styles. And that's...

            Checked it out today. Found it fairly repetitive and uninspiring. I think since Rival Dealer (2013) his style has become a lot more diverse, experimenting more with genres and styles. And that's made his stuff a lot more hit and miss for me personally. To me, there was enough variety in his stuff prior to that, that I'd happily listen if he kept producing the same sort of stuff for another decade or more. But I understand that's not necessarily satisfying to an artist.

            I identified very strongly with that melancholy, underground-club-music-but-kind-of-toned-down style he had. And I was okay with the slightly more upbeat stuff he put out after Untrue, but after a while, it became too disconnected from what I personally wanted from him. But artists are not obligated to satisfy me personally, and if that's what he wants to do, more power to him. I'm still gonna listen to his new stuff, but at least half of it is stuff I won't be coming back to a decade plus later, unlike Untrue or even Kindred or Rival Dealer.

            2 votes
        2. vivaria
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          Newly discovered habitable planet -> Full of life and value, but largely unknown/neglected until very recently? Maybe, someone who didn't feel appreciated or understood for most of their life, but...

          I still can't quite grasp the newly discovered planet (seems like a very obscure metaphor) but I can dig the general concept.

          Newly discovered habitable planet -> Full of life and value, but largely unknown/neglected until very recently? Maybe, someone who didn't feel appreciated or understood for most of their life, but was found by a group of friends who now understand the person for who they are?

          Or, alternatively, it might not be trying to be a metaphor for the person. It could be that groundbreaking scientific discoveries (and the awe-inspiring hype behind them) are something she vibes with. Like, when that image of the black hole was released and it dominated the internet for a bit -- those big societal moments can be an "aesthetic" feeling that speaks to someone personally, I think.

          (Aside: Burial's Untrue is a great example of how album artwork can do a great job at reflecting the sound of the music within.)

  2. nic
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    My aesthetic is SQL & spreadsheets.

    My aesthetic is SQL & spreadsheets.

    9 votes
  3. [9]
    Gaywallet
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    rave slut, probably

    rave slut, probably

    8 votes
    1. [8]
      vivaria
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      Is that... a slut for raves? Or a slut at raves? I feel like I only know about rave culture through the one or two articles that bubble up into the mainstream. I'm probably awfully misinformed.

      Is that... a slut for raves? Or a slut at raves?

      I feel like I only know about rave culture through the one or two articles that bubble up into the mainstream. I'm probably awfully misinformed.

      4 votes
      1. [7]
        Gaywallet
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        both in all honesty. One of the things I really enjoy about the rave atmosphere is that people are very welcoming and that people also come dressed in the most outrageous outfits. I really, really...

        both in all honesty.

        One of the things I really enjoy about the rave atmosphere is that people are very welcoming and that people also come dressed in the most outrageous outfits.

        I really, really like being able to dress up (or dress down) because I can express myself in ways that I don't get a chance to in normal society. This is a big reason for why Halloween is my favorite holiday.

        I also have an issue with body dysmorphia (probably mild dysphoria too) so getting positive comments on my body helps my mental state, despite me thinking that people are just being nice to me and insincere.

        5 votes
        1. [6]
          nic
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          Are warehouse Raves still a thing?

          Are warehouse Raves still a thing?

          2 votes
          1. [5]
            Gaywallet
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            No the scene is very different nowadays. It's way more mainstream, which means a lot more clubby and a lot less plur. It kinda sucks, but it's also a lot easier to find raves because it's so...

            No the scene is very different nowadays. It's way more mainstream, which means a lot more clubby and a lot less plur. It kinda sucks, but it's also a lot easier to find raves because it's so commercialized. That being said, the festivals like EDC, nocturnal wonderland, ultra events, etc. still very much have what I consider a more pure rave atmosphere.

            2 votes
            1. [4]
              cos
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              In your opinion, which single festival best captures that classic, warehouse-rave atmosphere?

              In your opinion, which single festival best captures that classic, warehouse-rave atmosphere?

              1 vote
              1. [3]
                Gaywallet
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                I think you're much more likely to find large scale enclosed raves in Europe than you are in America. The bigger commercialized raves that still capture the plur atmosphere tend to be festival...

                I think you're much more likely to find large scale enclosed raves in Europe than you are in America. The bigger commercialized raves that still capture the plur atmosphere tend to be festival raves which are outside.

                Can you expand a bit more on what you mean by "warehouse-rave" atmosphere? I think I have an idea of what you might be looking for, but I think I need a more pointed question to answer this well. Is it the confined space that you are looking for? The excitement that comes from the possibility that your rave might get shut down? The intense dark/light contrast? That more people tend to be on drugs at warehouse raves? The heavy plur focus that comes with less commercialized raves? Something else?

                1 vote
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                  cos
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                  That's primarily what I'm getting at, the kind of grassroots connectivity which permeates the group, giving it an entirely different energy compared to the commercial giants. That feeling of...

                  The heavy plur focus that comes with less commercialized raves?

                  That's primarily what I'm getting at, the kind of grassroots connectivity which permeates the group, giving it an entirely different energy compared to the commercial giants. That feeling of community and cooperation, that this is something we are doing together, all of us helping to create something far greater than our individual selves.

                  The excitement that comes from the possibility that your rave might get shut down? The intense dark/light contrast? That more people tend to be on drugs at warehouse raves?

                  But all of that sounds cool, too!

                  1 vote
                  1. Gaywallet
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                    Honestly, as I mentioned, the larger festival raves. Yes, they tend to be kind of commercialized in that it's a big show being put on, but I feel like the kind of people that show up to these, not...

                    heavy plur focus

                    Honestly, as I mentioned, the larger festival raves. Yes, they tend to be kind of commercialized in that it's a big show being put on, but I feel like the kind of people that show up to these, not to mention the way they dress and how frequently they are on drugs, are the kind of people that embody plur. It's not so much that the people got together to make the rave happen, but people get together to make connectivity and good vibes happen. Insomniac and ULTRA are probably the two biggest rave festival companies out there. I'd take a look at their next events close to your area and check em out.

                    But all of that sounds cool, too!

                    Yeah this is something I miss. This kind of scene probably still exists somewhere, but I haven't bothered to really dig around the internet to try and find it. I don't really know any promoters anymore because outside of quite recently, I haven't been to raves in almost a decade, and I can't remember which contacts in my phone are promoters and which are just ravers I met 😂

                    1 vote
  4. vivaria
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    My aesthetic is... That one cat who's a regular in the dusty local used bookstore. The smell of the air after it rains. (petrichor!) Expertly-dithered palette-limited pixel art. e.g. The warm...

    My aesthetic is...

    • That one cat who's a regular in the dusty local used bookstore.
    • The smell of the air after it rains. (petrichor!)
    • Expertly-dithered palette-limited pixel art. e.g.
    • The warm retro-futuristic glow of nixie tubes and aerolux bulbs. e.g. 1 e.g. 2
    • The neat and organized simplicity of an IKEA or a MUJI.
    • A quiet passenger train car, empty except for you and me.
    • Floral print, used subtly.
    • A well-curated science museum.
    • The kind of animated show that tells a big story with simple, adorable visuals.
    8 votes
  5. Bishop
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    Haha, what a fun idea for a thread. And I liked the animation – thanks for showing me a new channel! :) Edit: Man.. this was a lot harder than what I had anticipated. 👀 The question asks what your...

    Haha, what a fun idea for a thread. And I liked the animation – thanks for showing me a new channel! :)


    Edit: Man.. this was a lot harder than what I had anticipated. 👀 The question asks what your aesthetic is – and to me this means "find a metaphor that describes you."

    Eg. "I am a week-old cigarette butt pressed into the cracks of a sidewalk on a rainy day."

    But I kept reaching for different things that didn't describe me – rather my perceptions of myself, what tended to highlight my insecurities.

    Like this excerpt from my second attempt at this post

    I'm a cloud.

    I stay up in the sun where it's warm

    but I don't know how to open up.

    So the water sits and sits, and really starts to pile up.

    And then I grow three times my size and get so big I blot the sun

    and no one taught me how to rain, so when I do

    I let the water free in bulk, all rushing out at once.

    But that... doesn't feel right. That's a metaphor. It describes me. But it's not an aesthetic, in my opinion.

    It's lunch now – so I'll grab a bite and have a few and come back to this. Thanks for the challenge OP!


    E2: Beer acquired. Food on the way. I really like the visual of rain just happening as one mass. Just a flood of water hitting the streets with one crash – then the sun returns. Might have to do something with that. (Why am I writing all this here? In this comment section? Localized entirely within your kitchen?)

    7 votes
  6. [3]
    krg
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    bar trivia grab bag

    bar trivia grab bag

    6 votes
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      antiolrach
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      What's your favourite bit of bar trivia?

      What's your favourite bit of bar trivia?

      1. krg
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        scoring on the free beer rounds.

        scoring on the free beer rounds.

        2 votes
  7. NaraVara
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    Some kind of whisky based cocktail served in a gold rimmed coupe glass in a surprisingly dingy bar. It's supposed to have a fancy garnish, but the bartender forgot. Tastes good though.

    Some kind of whisky based cocktail served in a gold rimmed coupe glass in a surprisingly dingy bar. It's supposed to have a fancy garnish, but the bartender forgot. Tastes good though.

    4 votes
  8. [4]
    The_Fad
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    My aesthetic is a bat-winged wyvern astride the tallest peak in its world, surveying the infinite land below with glowering greed before sending jets of blue and white flame sailing 50 feet into...

    My aesthetic is a bat-winged wyvern astride the tallest peak in its world, surveying the infinite land below with glowering greed before sending jets of blue and white flame sailing 50 feet into the air; a fearsome foe by all accounts, but named Bartholomew and whose primary goal is the safety and wellbeing of his millions of subjects.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      xstresedg
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      Have you traveled through the fire and flames?

      Have you traveled through the fire and flames?

      2 votes
      1. The_Fad
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        Nah, but I have always wanted a shitty van with a sick epic fantasy mural on the sliding door.

        Nah, but I have always wanted a shitty van with a sick epic fantasy mural on the sliding door.

        2 votes
  9. euphoria066
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    You know in 30 rock when steve buscemi mentions that he went undercover in a highschool, and it flashes to him dressed like a sk8r boi saying "how do you do, fellow kids?" That's my aesthetic.

    You know in 30 rock when steve buscemi mentions that he went undercover in a highschool, and it flashes to him dressed like a sk8r boi saying "how do you do, fellow kids?"

    That's my aesthetic.

    3 votes
  10. kfwyre
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    My aesthetic is a middle-aged dad who doesn't actually have any kids.

    My aesthetic is a middle-aged dad who doesn't actually have any kids.

    3 votes
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    culturedleftfoot
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    The aesthetic that can be named is not my aesthetic.

    The aesthetic that can be named is not my aesthetic.

    2 votes
  12. Canberry
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    my aesthetic is i3 gaps

    my aesthetic is i3 gaps

    2 votes
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    tunneljumper
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    I listen to a lot of experimental and noise music, so my aesthetic is the fan blades of a broken air conditioner. (am I doing this right?)

    I listen to a lot of experimental and noise music, so my aesthetic is the fan blades of a broken air conditioner.

    (am I doing this right?)

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      mundane_and_naive
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      Do you happen to like vast industrial hellscape too? (think: Blame! style)

      Do you happen to like vast industrial hellscape too? (think: Blame! style)

      1. tunneljumper
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        I've never seen Blame!, but you've piqued my interest.

        I've never seen Blame!, but you've piqued my interest.

        1 vote
  14. Chopincakes
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    Bill Evans playing in the background on a rainy day Like so

    Bill Evans playing in the background on a rainy day

    Like so

    1 vote
  15. xstresedg
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    My aesthetic is like if Avenged Sevenfold got punched in the mouth by Limp Bizkit, but then they joined forces to form a new band called Deity of Sloth. But it's more like a mental aesthetic. I...

    My aesthetic is like if Avenged Sevenfold got punched in the mouth by Limp Bizkit, but then they joined forces to form a new band called Deity of Sloth.

    But it's more like a mental aesthetic. I don't show it on the outside.

    1 vote
  16. mrbig
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    My aesthetic is a rottweiler that everyone's afraid of but just wanna be petted... (have I done it right? :P)

    My aesthetic is a rottweiler that everyone's afraid of but just wanna be petted...

    (have I done it right? :P)

    1 vote
  17. moocow1452
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    Tuning into an internet station that plays old timey radio serials, on a Raspberry Pi shoved into a period appropriate case, with physical controls and just a hint of white noise added.

    Tuning into an internet station that plays old timey radio serials, on a Raspberry Pi shoved into a period appropriate case, with physical controls and just a hint of white noise added.

    1 vote
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    mftrhu
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    My aesthetic is nuclear-powered steam locomotives, rusted Rube-Goldberg machines, hidden smirks and lots of dark green.

    My aesthetic is nuclear-powered steam locomotives, rusted Rube-Goldberg machines, hidden smirks and lots of dark green.

    1 vote
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      vivaria
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      Have you ever played The Incredible Machine: Contraptions? :)

      Have you ever played The Incredible Machine: Contraptions? :)

      1. mftrhu
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        Afraid not. I'm not big into games.

        Afraid not. I'm not big into games.

  19. mozz
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    When you’re driving home late at night after visiting with family all day, and you notice that your tank is almost empty. Not bone dry, but low enough that if you don’t take care of it now, you’ll...

    When you’re driving home late at night after visiting with family all day, and you notice that your tank is almost empty. Not bone dry, but low enough that if you don’t take care of it now, you’ll have to do it tomorrow on your way to work. So you decide to do the responsible thing and pull over at the gas station by the highway entrance. And as you stand there outside and start to pump gas, with no one else in sight, the screen above the pump nozzle lights up and starts playing its roll of advertisements. “At work or play, we’re on your way, the convenience stores of Speedway!” Two for one hotdogs.

    That’s my aesthetic.

    1 vote
  20. UniquelyGeneric
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    I’m a Brooklyn craft home brew served in a standard pint glass in a non-descript pub in Manhattan

    I’m a Brooklyn craft home brew served in a standard pint glass in a non-descript pub in Manhattan

  21. s-sea
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    You know that feeling when both your hands fall asleep and get static-y, and you try to put them together but it feels like they don't touch? That's my aesthetic.

    You know that feeling when both your hands fall asleep and get static-y, and you try to put them together but it feels like they don't touch? That's my aesthetic.

  22. AugustusFerdinand
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    My aesthetic is the unique trim and interior options of the 70's and 80's specifically cars.

    My aesthetic is the unique trim and interior options of the 70's and 80's specifically cars.

  23. alyaza
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    it's hunter s. thompson, but with less drugs (probably forever, but maybe not). hence the following in my user bio, which is taken from the epigraph of hell's angels.

    it's hunter s. thompson, but with less drugs (probably forever, but maybe not). hence the following in my user bio, which is taken from the epigraph of hell's angels.

    In my own country I am in a far-off land
    I am strong but have no force or power
    I win all yet remain a loser
    At break of day I say goodnight
    When I lie down I have a great fear
    Of falling.

  24. akinevz
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    My aesthetic is anything done deadpan

    My aesthetic is anything done deadpan