Storyboard: High School
I’ll always say “yes” when you want to get slurpees. I don’t have a fake note to get off campus, or a car, but you’ve got both, and I can hide in your trunk, waiting in the dark until we’re safely around the corner for another glimpse of your backlit face.
[Clockwise from top left: Eyes sweater from PrettySnake; Pink scallop cutout flatsfrom sussudionyc; Old school gymnasium clock from lacklusterco; Silver tribal double bell ring from Amrapali; Vintage Norma Kamali sneakers fromMaxineofBeverlyHills; Vintage steelman record player from wondercabin; Floral shorts from SoChicaBoutique]
The eggs we’ll keep in our pockets, ready to launch. They’ll splatter beneath us when we dive in the bushes. The lard we’ll smear on his windshield, for breaking your heart. And after city curfew, when we can’t drive around aimlessly anymore, we’ll park by the levee and tilt the seats back, staring at the silhouettes of live oaks and power lines in the pink suburban sky, eating sour sugar until our tongues get raw.
[Clockwise from top left: “Sick” zine from skyn1; Vintage oversized cardigan fromyulibow; Plum silk button down and white shoes from LapineOursVintage; Black and white Scandinavian pattern socks from TatianaOrlova; Olympus XA-2 fromjamests; Bright yellow circle skirt from ClosetOverflow; 1970s backpack fromanniehaul; “My Cat” zine from scarface133]
When the thrift stores and coffee shops close, we’ll go to the big-box store, the last place open. We’ll clear an aisle and replace it with things we like: propane lamps, disposable cameras, bags of plastic dinosaurs and knee-high socks. We’ll leave with safety pins and tempera paint, to make banners for the club we’re starting.
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage mod peach shell from mousevox; Georgia on My Mind and Omen from the East necklaces from MamaSheaShea; 80s forest green sweatshirt from Kasifoundthis; Vintage leather and linen backpack fromLouisAdroit; Green and white stripes flats from MyVintageLook; Vintage pencil sharpener from RattyandCatty; Ribbed knit green skirt from PomegranateSeed]
Let’s drive far away from here, away from small-town bigotry and rules to prepare us for being employable, away from being too young to write good poetry, away from this guilty, secret wish to be really, really pretty. We’ll make a promise to be awesome old people. We’ll promise to hold each other to it.
Su Wu of I'm Revolting continues to compile a list of the things, places and misinterpreted philosophies that somehow manage to coalesce into a well-lived life. These narrative-driven collections will find you stealing out of your alternate personas' closets.