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irreplaceable as the new currency

this post contains offensive language. if you can’t deal with it, that’s OK, we can still be friends, just come back in a couple of days.

so the other night at aha!, the creative get together at the commercial tavern, some cunt stole my ipod, and my mate charles’ bag. cctv didn’t pick up squat and the police, well, I suspect they won’t find anything anywhere.

and while this post could easily be a vent about all of that, it’s actually about sentimentality and preciousness. you see, my ipod was covered in this:

in case you can’t tell, it’s a hand-made felt cover, made by my best friend Sarah, with my name stitched into it! how cute is it! it was a farewell present from her before I came to London and a general ‘I love you’ gift. see how loved it is in that photo? and now, it’s gone. and it hasn’t gone to a good home, either. in fact, said cunt probably just turfed it before she/he hocked the 80GB video pod for about 4 hour’s worth of crack, smack, or fuck.

and, even though public transport is now a bit tougher without my toons, and my travel insurance will eventual replace it, it’s this special cover that I’m devastated about.

my new friend nina was there that night and when I was telling her about the nicked cover, she told me a similarly shit story about her teddy bear. nina has just moved from germany. in fact, her bags are still being shipped and the delivery company rang to tell her two days ago that her backpack had been stolen. which is really fucking annoying, but the only thing in that backpack that nina really cared about, that couldn’t be replaced or covered by insurance, was her teddy bear. she’d had it since she was born and you can’t replace that stuff!

which highlights how important that element of ‘hand-made’ really still is to us. as humans, with the access and capabilities to generate an enormous amount of FMCGs (Fast-Moving-Consumer-Goods), technology, replaceable, recyclable and disposable stuff, it’s the authentic, sentimental, ephemeral and memorable items that we really care about. not just me and nina, but everyone. ask anyone what they’ll grab to save in a housefire and I can assure you (unless you’re Patrick Bateman), it won’t be the Prada bifocals, the Paul Smith suit, Manolo Blahnik strappy stilettos or the Bose 5 Channel Surround Sound Digital Entertainment System. It’s the photo albums, the vinyl records, the teddy bears, the trinket Grandma gave you when you were sick from the chicken pox, you save. the sentimental and irreplaceable.

as an artist, that comforts me a little. knowing that as humans we still care about the time and effort something is put into being. and that the art of making tangible, irreplaceable things, is still a worthwhile pursuit. in fact, i'd go so far as to say that in the years to come, the irreplaceable will be the new currency in the face of a backlash against disposable.

And if you read this and you’ve got my ipod cover (or nina’s teddy bear for that matter), fucking give it back.



At 21 July, 2007 14:26, Blogger Will said...

Lauren - Didn't know about your iPod cover. I'm sorry to hear about that part of the story (and the iPod, obviously).

And as for this:

"in fact, i'd go so far as to say that in the years to come, the irreplaceable will be the new currency in the face of a backlash against disposable."

Spot on. Or, if not to that degree, certainly things which are individual/made by someone you know will be valued higher - the rise of the tradesman/craftsman.

At 21 July, 2007 15:36, Blogger lauren said...

a renaissance, even?

At 21 July, 2007 16:45, Blogger Jade said...


speaking of patrick Bateman, i know your pod was full of Phil Collins....

Yes it is interesting that as industrialization has displaced and devalued the handmade it has become more valuable and precious.

Your ipod cover was beautiful.

At 21 July, 2007 20:37, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that, that fucking sucks.

At 22 July, 2007 00:45, Blogger Feltbug said...

What a shit day that was - hope it was interspersed with good stuff too xx

At 22 July, 2007 10:11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't worry love, i'll make you a new and improved one. xx

At 22 July, 2007 18:02, Blogger Nina said...

Lauren, many thanks for really mentioning my teddy bear...who, right now, is probably lying somewhere in the gutter with his head chopped off, wondering why I didn´t take better care of him...Just as your Ipod cover is waiting for you to get pick up from some trash bin... How shall these things possibly ever understand how we could have let that happen to them...?! Makes me feel really bad...so this one goes out to my teddy bear (wherever you may be): I AM SO SORRY!! I should have taken you with me in my suitcase...if only I could turn back time...!

At 23 July, 2007 03:05, Blogger lauren said...

jade - sssh!! that was supposed to be a secret. that and the whitney houston! ha! and thank you for swearing :)

angus and feltbug - thanks for the sympathy.. it was a totally shit day, but thankfully, it's just a day and i've had a bunch of good ones since.

sarah - thanks babe!!! i really did love it a lot and look forward to getting a new one (once i get a new pod - ha!)

nina - i'm sure your teddy bear understands and who knows, perhaps our things will actually end up somewhere where they're supposed to. perhaps comforting someone who needs it more than we do. maybe. :)

At 23 July, 2007 09:11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren - you had a bad week, really didn't you ? Sorry to hear about all those things - and I hope your new cover is even more especially special than the last (which looks pretty fine, too).

At 23 July, 2007 23:46, Blogger Age said...

That fucking sucks!
How did they steal it?

At 23 July, 2007 23:56, Blogger lauren said...

thanks tom. just a bad day, actually. it all happened on that one wednesday! i'm sure the new cover will be just as gorgeous too.

hey age. yeah, it bites biscuits. they nicked it out of my bag while i was milling about.

At 24 July, 2007 11:07, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were talking about the resurgence of tangible the other day werent we, I think its definitely going to arrive soon.

Sorry to hear about your cover. Some people are just heartless.


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