This subject is dear and near to three of the guys here at Thousand Years who wrestle with this topic every day (less so for David). The dilemma comes each morning when, as an Asian male, you look at yourself in the mirror and decide what you want to do with your hair. Even more than that, the next time you go to the Chinese barber that your mom swears by, you end up giving in to the ‘regular’ haircut you always get, the same one you’ve gotten for the past however many years you’ve lived (minus the bowl-cut years). As I approach the time when my friends and family all begin to tell me to cut my hair, I am struggling with my identity as I try to find a hairstyle that I truly like and would imagine wearing out every day.
I Google’d “Asian Hairstyle Men” and here were the results of my searches:
Okay, nothing against guys who rock these hairstyles, but these pictures are pretty indicative of what even you would imagine would appear on a Google search of Asian hairstyles for men. I even tried searching for “Asian normal haircut men” but I ended up with the exact same results, indicating to me that our society has clearly internalized these types of fobby haircuts as the status quo for Asian men. While some of you readers may find these MORE attractive than I do, I ask you, why can’t Asian men have NORMAL HAIRCUTS? It seems it must always be layered, long, slightly messy looking, light, and slightly dyed (if not really dyed), and if not long, then some sort of lopsided bangs to make up for it. Why can’t we rock these hairstyles?
Although I’m fairly certain KevJumba has proven that we probably can’t rock the comb-over without looking like the hardest working co-worker you’ve ever met:
And I mean, even normal short hair on an Asian guy is hard to come by. And when you do, it never looks quite as nice as on your average (or above average) white guy.
Another thing, we get ridiculed when we try to rock some Black hairstyles (Black, according to Google). I mean, that’s the other half of those Asian kids you see at the mall (like Square One, not Pacific Mall). They’re always sporting some faux-hawk or some detailing on the side (Nick and I are very guilty of this), but it never quite looks as cool as on the original from which we derived our styles from:
I dunno, I’m still struggling to find that one haircut that doesn’t scream FOBBY or POSER, or make me look like Justin Bieber. I want something that will make people say “Wow, that’s a nice original and classy haircut”, not “Wow, I think I saw that on a Dragonball Z episode once!”. But alas, the search continues.
Anyway, aside from searching for the right cut, I’m busy throwing together the final couple touches needed for our City of Stars, snapback, and crewneck sweater to drop this Tuesday. Get seriously excited for a Thousand Years Apparel you’ve never seen before. And also a snapback you haven’t seen before. After that, our last segment of our full Fall 2011 TYA line drops on the Sunday, so that includes another fresh t-shirt, one ladies T, and a dope necklace/chain, all up for pre-order.
Also get ready for a special feature on all our apparel in this line that you’ve never seen anywhere else. When the prototypes come in you’ll understand, and you’ll understand it all better when we drop our Fall lookbook. THOUSAND YEARS GON HAM.