My partner and I love wearing our jackets EVERYWHERE. These jackets are covered in LEDs and have wireless radios in them that “talk” to each other. This is partly to keep in touch and mostly to stand-out amongst the crowd, environmental and production lighting. My friend Kyle Cothern one day said, “hey i’m going to make one, and then we can be a tiny gang”. He made a jacket with parts that we gave him and voila, we became a little gang. Other friends saw this and started asking about how to make their own. I’ve never been part of a real gang, but I could see how there was an appeal. Strangers would ask to wear the jackets, the once they put them on, we would somehow feel connected, partially because of the uniformness of a leather jacket, but also because the jackets were on the same frequency, and you felt connected on the same wavelength.
This was powerful. The idea that a very small minuscule, microscopic group of people could conspire, cooperate and collude. Together we could protect each other, and spread ideas. Which is where the next part of the project happens. I want to help others make their own, and when we go out to events, tune in to each other’s frequency (flash the same radio configuration) and be able to stand in solidarity, probably without having to speak.