Laury, one of my dearest overalls friends, made a post earlier this year http://soardreamfrance.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/08/togetherness-in-place.html about her house in New Orleans and about being together in place, just like we were last year in her chatette and she had one of my favorite photos of her in her overall painted baggy overalls, not in Cadrieu in France, but in New Orleans, and last week, I took this photo of Laury in her “new” overalls I found in Mission Thrift in San Francisco, so we all were prepared for International Overalls Weekend, and the guests arrived and we all had a great party getting new friends in New Orleans so it was fantastic to have a real overalls party on the International overalls weekend, first time I have been together with other overalls dedicated people on the very day. At the same time, it looks like not many of the folks on the international overalls day group made something special out of this, this year, so perhaps, there might not be no more real celebration of the international overalls day or weekend on a special time of the year, but as my wife said, the international overalls day will become ubiquitous, all over, over all, so may be the next overalls party will be in Summer time in our new guest house on our “farm” ! Have a nice weekend
It is difficult to believe, but today and in the next couple of days, the 5th international celebration of overalls is taking place ! In 2009 after , I celebrated it in Tromsø together with my wife, and already then I had contact with Laury and today I’m sitting here in New Orleans together with my wife and Laury, and ready to party tomorrow here in New Orleans with an overall pot luck, which I’m really excited about, first time for me to be together with other overalls wearing folks on the very day ! ready to go
It is really fun when you discover that you are not alone about the way you feel about what good life is about and they even tell the public about it like what Lori Rotenberk, a Chicago based journalist just did yesterday with her article in Modern Farmer interviewing a number of my overalls friends like Tammy, Laury and Meg about why overalls are so great and somehow becomes more than just a comfortable clothing item, but also a symbol for a way of living ! as I have been writing about for now more or less 7 years. A few months ago, I thought, well perhaps it is time not to focus so much on overalls any more and then this comes up and next month I’m going to party together with some of my best overalls friends in New Orleans and next year probably do it with other overall folks ! and also indeed share a lot of other things ! It is a bit like overalls themselves that as they get older and more worn they give you new opportunities for making interesting patching ! they are a way of life and will give you new experiences as long as you live in and with them ! Be ready to International Overalls weekend in a month from now, November 23-24, all over the world wearing your oldest, newest, partying or making them dirty, Enjoy it in all cases !
Yes, sometimes I do dress UP and wear this silk Jacket, which I bought in Paris going to the Opera with a Red Bow Tie ! unfortunately I don’t have a shot with me having Red Bow Tie and the Silk Jacket, but I have one with the Red Bow and my oldest and most fancy overalls Anyway, as I said it is not very often I wear the silk jacket, but next time I do, I’ll be sure to have a photo taken of me !
When I was in the beginning of my 40′ties I thought I should be a tough guy, just like many males in their 40ties/50ties do, so I went to the Salvation Army thrift store and find a really leather biker jacket and they could not be too heavy, and I seriously thought that I should ride on a motorbike, but luckily I didn’t apart from once I tried a ride on the back seat ! and I quickly found out it was not me, but I sort of like the biker life style, not the bad boys, but the simple and down to earth style, many ordinary bikers have ! and I still do even if I have somehow come back to the country side of my life, but I’m a strange mixed person, because, to be honest when I was a kid, I was actually dreaming of being Royal and things like that in contrast to the simple and down to earth style I prefer today ! and I actually still have an elegant jacket, very seldom used, more about that tomorrow !
First, I must admit that I was not a very revolutionary guy in the 70′ties, but it was a time where there was a lot of revolutionary talk, not least related to China and their “Chairman” Mao, demanding all people to wear the blue “Mao” jacket and I still have it, although I didn’t wore it much back then, but it was bought by my former wife, when she was in China in ’75, but it is a bit of fun to have it ! Unfortunately I don’t have the other revolutionary jacket, or perhaps is it more a revolutionary coat, because it simply deteriorated at one point. I wore it a lot, not only on the Red Square in Moscow in January ’76 in minus 26 degrees celcius ! but all back when I went to high school in late ’60′ties. My mother made it out the skin from 4 of our own sheep, back in ’68, when I went to High School and I was teased by my school mates, that the Sheep coat came with me and not the other way around but as we moved into the 70ties, it become more and more cool among hippies, who actually wore that kind of coats in summer !! I didn’t do that. I only wore it when it was cold and it was fantastic warm I can tell you, much warmer than the Afghan sheep coats my friends wore. When I see this photo of myself in 76, it is fun to see my very black hair and my very white coat and today it is opposite !:)
In 1963, when I was 14, a lot of things happened for me. In March I confirmed my Christian faith, a so called Confirmation, at a Church in Copenhagen, where I lived and I had a special jacket for the very confirmation ceremony in church, but on “Blue Monday” I wore this black jacket filled with stars, which I got from my brother Ole, who got it a few years before, in 1960-61, when he went out on the farms to work and went to dance/ jazz parties in the nearby towns and villages, saying “Hello My name is Ole, What’s yours” and I used it many times in the following years, when I moved from Copenhagen to a farm and went to jazz clubs in a nearby town. My brother also gave me another jacket, which really is one of my treasures now. I probably got it in order to use when working on the farm, but as I got used to jeans, I used it more and more, and in the late 70ties I was going to a party and got a pair of Angels on the back, not Hell’s Angels, but some nice angels of course they are not any more but their silhouette can be seen on the back of the jacket. I’m not wearing the jacket so much any more, but still keep it since I really love it, but for the upcoming International Overalls Weekend in New Orleans, I’m going to wear it.