Saturday, December 25, 2010

No-Tie Holidays

Yes, it's that time of year again in the Southern Hemisphere. Time to shut shop and move myself to a beach at Waiheke Island - contemplating more posts for this blog (among other things).
Meanwhile, until 10 January, I'll post interesting neckerchief-related photographs from the archives on the site.
Have a great Christmas holidays and may the next year be a good one in every respect! See you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Be Kind

The Be-Kind Collective was founded early in 2008 by Waldo Binneman and Romy Van Tonder.
With the vision to create a brand-house, alternative fashion choice(s) for like minded individuals and
creative people to wear and relish. Be-kind has collaborated with some of South Africa's leading young talent.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Neckerchief Valhalla


You think you've got something new; do the research - find nothing on the net like it, set up a blog and then, half a year further on, you discover a blog called the Neckerchief Valhalla

Okay, it seems to have died on 17 February 2009, but the thing with these blogs is: they don't disappear. 
Three great pictures I can't resist to paste here; thanks Valhalla.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Carving A Cowboy Bust - The Neckerchief

You wouldn't believe it, but even a complete course in how to carve a neckerchief for cowboys in wood... it's available through the web:
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Questionable Fashion Tips...

Not meant to be funny, I fear, but it makes good entertainment:
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More sad than funny: a video showing you how to fold a bandanna so it looks cool in your back pocket...
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bandana Argentina



Bandana were a Latin Grammy-nominated female pop group from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They saw both local and international success from 2001 until 2004 when they disbanded. In total, they released 3 studio albums, 1 live album and DVD, and a film starring themselves. They were managed by RGB Entertainment and were a big phenomenon, causing hysteria among tween and teen girls.


Following on from a trend established by the Spice Girls in the UK & internationally in the late 1990s, Bandana became a carefully marketed product which was especially popular among young girls. Many licensed products with their brand were available to purchase, and contributed to the heightened interest in the group, occasionally referred to as 'Bandanamania'. 

Their signature bandanas of varying colours were quickly imitated by the teen population, as were their lyrics & dance routines.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bandana, with Susan Roces

Two beautiful posters for the Philippine movie Bandana (1968). Starring: Susan Roces, Romeo Vasquez, Lourdes Medel, Dante Rivero, Caridad Sanchez, Mary Walter, Nello Nayo and Gina Alajar ad Roderick Paulate) / Directed by Armando De Guzman

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tattoo You

Like with motorbikes, cowboys and boy scouts, tattoos and neckerchiefs go very well together.
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Some are plain beautiful, others may be scary, insulting, silly, tragic... 
They all tell a story.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bandana Babes

After Sweet Emmi's Bandana Babes, here some Bandana Babes of a completely different nature:
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 Buy them here 





Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sweet Emmi

Always searching for neckerchief-related material, I came upon this web site 'Sweet Simple Pleasures' - it scared the wits out of me!
Starting off with some rather silly (animated) pic's of bandana clad girls, I was lured to another of this lady's blogs by her phrase "If it isn't in the constitution then it is an illegal act that I want nothing to do with": be a constitutionalist
Sure, we (non-Americans) know these people exist, enough to sometimes hold the world hostage by electing one of their own for president, but the contents of her web site, her lines of thought, xenophobism, anti everything that is slightly progressive, are non-the-less a shock to me. 
Best to stay clear from...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Willie Nelson

Clean-shaven Willie Nelson was trying to fit in with the clean-shaven sound of Nashville in the 1960s. 
The smooth sounds of Chet Atkins were king, and country music was finding a wider audience with the easy-listening sheen. Try as he might, Willie Nelson never had a hit following the formula. 







But once Willie returned to Texas, grew his hair out, knotted his trade-mark bandana around his head and started making music in his own way, things changed. Now he's an icon.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Moustaches

If the real thing doesn't come naturally, one can always use a bandana with instant masculine hairy look.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Confederate Bandana

What is generally referred to as "The Confederate Flag" has never historically represented the CSA as a nation, but has become a widely recognized symbol of the South. It is also called the "rebel", or "Dixie" flag, and is often incorrectly referred to as the "Stars and Bars" (the actual "Stars and Bars" is the First National Flag, which used an entirely different design).
During the first half of the 20th century the Confederate flag enjoyed renewed popularity. During World War II some U.S. military units with Southern nicknames, or made up largely of Southerners, made the flag their unofficial emblem. The USS Columbia (CL-56) flew a Confederate Navy Ensign as a battle flag throughout combat in the South Pacific in World War II. This was done in honor of Columbia, the ship's namesake and the capital city of South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union. Some soldiers carried Confederate flags into battle. 

After the Battle of Okinawa a Confederate flag was raised over Shuri Castle by a Marine from the self-styled "Rebel Company" (Company A of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines). It was visible for miles and was taken down after three days on the orders of General Simon B. Buckner, Jr. (son of Confederate general Simon Buckner), who stated that it was inappropriate as "Americans from all over are involved in this battle". It was replaced with the flag of the United States. By the end of World War II, the use of the Confederate flag in the military was rare.
The display of the Confederate flag remains a highly controversial and emotional topic, generally because of disagreement over its symbolism.
Some groups use the Southern Cross as one of the symbols associated with their organizations, including racist groups such as Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The flag is also sometimes used by separatist organizations such as the Aryan Nations. The Aryan Nation also uses the U.S. flag as well as the Christian flag displayed in some Protestant churches.
Supporters of the flag view it as a symbol of southern heritage and the independence of the distinct cultural tradition of the South from Northern government. Due to its ban in some schools and universities that have viewed it as a racist symbol, display of the flag has, in these contexts, also been considered an exercise of free speech.
As I see it, it is no more than a symbol for ignorant hoons and truckies, believing it signifies something like 'freedom' (but from what, I don't know).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Red Youth Neckers @ SouthPacificCowboy.com

Even though everything but fresh fruit and vegetables may seem to come from China these days, don't think it is necessarily easy to import some of the still abundant red neckerchiefs from the PRC!
I managed, in the end, and wouldn't recommend the experience. I'll take my losses and sell these genuine Red Neckers for $5.- (and won't tell you how much these particular ones are really worth, considering international postage, levies and custom duties paid on them!).
Grab a bargain by clicking here - gone = gone.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tie-dye

Tie-dye is a process of resist dyeing textiles or clothing which is made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton; typically using bright colors. It is a modern version of traditional dyeing methods used in many cultures throughout the world. 
"Tie-dye" can also describe the resulting pattern or an item which features this pattern. Tie-dyeing became fashionable in the West in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of hippie style. It was popularized in the United States by musicians such as John Sebastian, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Joe Cocker.
Tie-dyed bandanas, or neckerchiefs, are probably the most uniform piece of clothing among people detesting uniforms.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear is a mascot of the United States Forest Service created to educate the public about the dangers of forest fires. An advertising campaign featuring Smokey was created in 1944 with the slogan, "Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires". Smokey Bear's later slogan, "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires", was created in 1947 by the Ad Council. In April 2001, the message was updated to "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires". According to the Ad Council, Smokey Bear and his message are recognized by 95% of adults and 77% of children in the U.S.
Smokey's correct name is Smokey Bear. In 1952, the songwriters Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins had a successful song named "Smokey the Bear". The pair said that "the" was added to Smokey's name to keep the song's rhythm. This small change has caused some confusion among the public ever since. 
Note that, from the beginning, Smokey's name was intentionally spelled differently from the adjective smoky. The Forest Service emphatically denies that the name was ever "Smokey the Bear"; however, during the 1950s, that variant of the name became widespread both in popular speech and in print, including at least one standard encyclopedia. 
A 1955 book in the Little Golden Books series was called Smokey the Bear and Smokey calls himself by this name in the book. The campaign to remind the public of the correct version of the name is almost as old as the Smokey Bear campaign itself.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Graffiti

No surprise the neckerchief, or bandana, is very popular among graffiti artists and their annoying little cousins, the taggers.
Instant, but questionable, protection from toxic fumes as well as from the eyes of building, vehicle and viaduct owners.
In Israel the bandana itself becomes graffiti...