Is macklemore a modern-day archaeologist?

Not quite. However, in Dawid Kobialka’s article “Popping tags: Thrift shopping with Macklemore”, an interesting parallel between thrift-shopping hipster culture (if it can be called that) and the practices of archaeologists. As Kobialka states:”thrift shops are, as it were, cultural heritage sites in which are staged and saved artefacts from the past.” While these thrifted artifacts from the past may be both more recently and more figuratively buried, the basic idea is comparable. By repurposing clothing from one era to fit your modern idea of personal style, you also automatically bring its history with you. Kobialka also touches upon another important aspect of the thrift-shop movement. The way in which you repurpose a piece of vintage clothing is an act of creativity. It is a way of saving money and getting clothes that nobody else will have, sure. However it’s also a way of wearing your cultural history. Wearable objects are still objects, and accordingly have their own sort of language. For example: If you wear a pair of 80’s doorknocker earrings (pictured below, because pictures are fun), other people generally will understand that your jewelry choice is a reference to a different decade.



(just look at those earrings)


They won’t be baffled at your odd earrings that have no place in modern fashion. You could wear an entire goodwill outfit, with an early 00’s plastic lace choker,  a grungy 90’s plaid shirt, gaudy 80’s doorknockers, and some 70’s bellbottoms and others in our culture would understand that those pieces are a part of our collective cultural past.  They might not approve, but they would understand the language of the objects you were wearing.