1.characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.
2.being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.
3.having some unusual or extra part or feature.
4.characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.
I've started off this entry with the word 'redundant' because it seems to be a buzz word I keep hearing in the vinyl scene. Mostly when it comes to the amount of custom shows going on these days. You're probably wondering why a customizer who is involved in a lot of these shows is bothering writing a blog entry like this. To answer that question simply, I would say that I agree with what people are saying. Not that these customs are of any lesser quality, but they're getting to a point where people are missing great work being done because of the rush of the next show.
I've also heard some artists say they'd never do another custom again, unless it's something of their own creation on their own time scale. While 'never' is a strong word, I can understand where they're coming from. A lot of the custom artists out there (myself included) work day jobs and do all of this as an escape from that day to day grind. Yet when you have deadlines piling on top of one another it starts to become work. Which then puts the creator into a bind, try new fresh things, or keep with a stylistic approach they're known for and try to add some new flair here and there. While people have a style, they can usually turn heads still because we don't get to see it often. But with the onslaught of shows going on, we see those names and styles more and more often which begins to desensitize people and they all start to become 'redundant'.
I know there's a ton of effort and time put into these customs and for them to be clumped together in such a simplistic description doesn't serve them justice. These customs aren't made with the hopes of $$$ falling from the sky, but they're done out of the love for what we do. Yet, I feel like these frequent 'platform du jour' shows are taking away from that joy and excitement of the next big custom from so and so. So much so that I think I might take my hat out of the custom show arena for a stint. Of course I'll follow through with the obligations I've already agreed to, but other than that I think I'll be going back to my roots. Delving further into my own creations with the customs peppered throughout that.
If you've made it this far through my rant, I thank you for that. I'll stop this here since I can't talk to any of you instantly through here, but I'd love to hear what all of you are thinking. Please leave comments and voice what you love and dislike about the custom vinyl scene these days. Hell make that the whole vinyl scene.
Thanks for listening and reading.