Sunday, June 27, 2010

Skull Shine

For a decade I've been bald, but this year I've let it grow.

And grow it has. And grow, and grow. It's been aesthetically softening, and physically warming.

But seeing this photo reminded me of why I shaved my 'fro all those years ago: it is large and ungainly. It becomes a hair helmet; a Lego beanie.

It distracts me from my face and clothes - it overwhelms, instead of complementing.

Enough. Time for a little Picard skull shine.

21 comments:

Peter Fyfe said...

Unless you embrace the alternative: the good hair cut?

Unless you step up to that never ending battle with constant change, product placement, ongoing adjustment, and the always present angst of imminent disappointment or self-discovery… just like a weltanschauung, only tangible?

Is hair what makes us human?

Is choosing bald just giving up?

:0

Damon Young said...

Nice.

Baldness is a haircut. It's an aphorism or haiku, to the Henry James of tresses, or the Orwell of a short back and sides.

So baldness isn't giving up - it's embracing clarity and simplicity.

Peter Fyfe said...

Can we consider an absolute (total removal) as still being part of the spectrum it asymptotically bounds?

Damon Young said...

Yes, because the spectrum is something like 'what's done with hair to frame the face'. In this case, something quite extreme is done with the hair. But the point remains: it's an intervention in hair growth to encourage some kind of aesthetic quality or group of qualities.

danielsmith said...

Clicking on the link, I was expecting a true Andrew Symonds job, from back in our high school days, where men were men and hair salons were expensive.

Baldness is definitely a haircut: By quantity, it cuts the most hair of any hair cuts. The noun, the verb, the vibe; it's all there. To argue the contrary would be like saying cremation isn't a valid death ritual because you don't end up with a corpse.

(Ok perhaps not, but it's an arresting thought.)

Peter Fyfe said...

So it's important not to explore hair in a fragmented way, but see it as part of a whole, perhaps like Seurat playing with colour separately but not abstracting it from the big picture... or what frames it?

Damon Young said...

DS: Yes, but check out the mushroom cloud of hair on my left. Symonds would weep for this kind of explosiveness.

PF: Baldness is art, like a Matisse cut-out, or a Japanese ink drawing. It fails or succeeds depending on how the artist has intervened in the parts, while keeping the whole in consciousness.

Peter Fyfe said...

bald: the nil all draw
masquerading endeavour
through simplicity?

Gondal-girl said...

all you blokes talking about your hair, is like hanging around a salon! :) ( from my experience men are always more thingy about their hair than the women I know)...

like the shine Damon - lucky for you it is an option not nature enforcing her dominion... at least it makes it easy to keep - I must wash my hair - it has been a week...I am a living dreadlock

Damon Young said...

PF: Excellent. If I ever have a haiku competition (like LiteraryMinded did a while back), you're in with good odds.

GG: As a feminist bloke, I make a point of being just as vain as any conceited woman. And I salute you for keeping your glorious red spirals. They're a challenge...

Gondal-girl said...

minimal washing
no brushing
we are in the same club!

Damon Young said...

That philosophy is what left me with dreadlocks as a teenager.

Well, not quite: you said 'minimal' washing, not 'zero'.

Peter Fyfe said...

Put another way: minimal washing was the liminal to washing the minimal? [sorry!]

Damon Young said...

Just threshold your horses, Peter.

Peter Fyfe said...

Shave and a haircut, two bits?

Damon Young said...

Don't be a neighsayer about my hair.

Peter Fyfe said...

I'm not the one that cropped it.

Damon Young said...

Most comments on a blog post?

About my haircut.

Terry said...

I know ... amazing!

I did like your previous pic though, as much for the smile as for the hair.

love t.

innercitygarden said...

Probably the most comments here ever.

Now you know how Julia Gillard feels.

Damon Young said...

T: I also liked the smiling one, mate. I'll try to get one in Picard mode.

ICG: Very good point. Perhaps I ought to hire a stylist.