1/30: London’s Gone Full r

Mazz and I were standing near to Leicester Square station yesterday. An idea that I’d been nurturing bubbled up in my mind and emerged from that murky swamp.

“You know,” I said, looking around, “I think 2018 is the year that London’s gone full r.”

“How so?”

“It seems that every girl I see now has some kind of body defamation.” (I’d meant to say modification). “They all seem to have tattoos or a non-standard piercing. It’s interesting.”

We spent the rest of the afternoon spotting girl’s secret tattoos.

I genuinely have a feeling that the social balance has tipped. Not only do I see a lot more tattoos and piercings but also a lot more dyed hair (lemonade blues and acid greens) and more extreme makeup styles. The appearance of the average girl has been driven further towards the aim of social distinction. Oddly enough, I’ve also seen roving bands of cosplayers with startling frequency.

Now, there’s a lot to say about that particular observation. For starters, maybe it’s just me and it was always there, but I’ll get onto that in a future post. But I want that statement – “London’s gone full r” – kept as an observation, a statement made from my POV, not as a value judgement. How is it going to affect our Daygame? Our dating? Our lives beyond the lay? (™ Crown 2018) At a wider level: does it make Daygame easier or harder? I don’t think the answer is as simple as same demand, higher supply. Does it make the whole process more or less satisfying?

Yours unfaithfully,

Thomas Crown

3 thoughts on “1/30: London’s Gone Full r

  1. I’ve been out socialising (day and night) more frequently in the past 2 months than I have for a couple of years and there’s definitely something different about the city.

    First, there are a lot less people out and about on the weekends. Camden, Angel and Shoreditch on a Saturday night are on the level of a Thursday night a couple of years ago.

    The impact of curated social media is much more pronounced. In my opinion you need a good Instagram account in order to operate a maximum efficiency. Women have a multitude of options available on their phone and you need to stack the deck in your favour as much as possible.

    I don’t think I’ve noticed more ‘r’ aesthetics but I’ll keep an eye out.


    1. Curated social media?

      I agree about the phone thing completely (girls might look to tinder for their quick fuck). But the “out and about” impact is seen less during the day.


  2. By curated social media I mean that it seems to me that in general the first generation of social media: MySpace, FaceBook etc. was more authentic and immediate (we are talking in relative terms of course). Compared to SnapChat and Instagram where the average person is more deliberately sculpting an image and narrative. I didn’t get the sense that it mattered how many friends you had on FaceBook but having more than the average number of InstaGram followers seems to be a bigger deal.


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