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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Flower Crowns: Outside Lands Is Not the Monterey Pop Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Well, these crowns are far, far better than the cultural misappropriation of headdresses we see at Outside Lands every year, so there's that. But we do wonder when the days of making daisy chains turned into a startup venture. 

  • Excerpt from BloomThat press release

It's not lost on us that the press release from BloomThat is after the flower child vibe that is synonymous with late the '60s in S.F., but they seem to miss the point. The idea of buying a flower crown, via an iPhone, for a concert where the headliner is Kanye, is far from the easy, peaceful feeling that the flower children were after when "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" was written as a means to draw attention to these "children" and promote the Monterey Pop Festival (which, with inflation, tickets were only $21-$46). 

This is not to say that BloomThat is the sole bearer of this new flower crown trend, just last month the NYTimes published an article titled, "Game of Thorns: How to Wear Flower Crowns Without Looking Like a Bridesmaid."  It's just odd to us to compare a Lana Del Ray-trend with the political statements of flower children: "All across the nation such a strange vibration/ People in motion/ There's a whole generation with a new explanation," says something, while were still not sure about Kanye: "So hurry up with my damn massage/ In a French-ass restaurant/ Hurry up with my damn croissants/ I am a god." 

But, if you want one, the baby's breath crown is $40; they'll also have other options for sale at OL. 
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