THIS is an article that might help people to comprehend the often
misunderstood, discriminated and definitely frowned upon "Yo-generation"
(by the way, my regards to whomever came up with the term "Yo-generation".
It is disrespectful and it shows how little you know about us people).
Actually, this article is nothing of that sort. In fact, the whole
philosophy of the "Yo-generation" is based on not caring
about giving ourselves such tags and definitions. We do not care about
how we dress, how we style our hair, what perfumes we use and what
Quite frankly, when I get up in the morning, my wardrobe depends on
one basic fact- I put on something that is clean. I can guess that
a lot of people are going "Then what's the point in trying to
talk about you and your people's fashion sense?" The point is,
not caring about what your wear is a fashion sense all in itself.
This does not mean that everybody who is indifferent to fashion trends
automatically becomes a part of the "Yo-generation". No,
it is a bit more complicated than that. As our philosophy goes, you
cannot become cool just by picking up a magazine and reading an article
on winter clothes. In fact, we consider that to be a major sin. If
you want to be cool or trendy or hip then you must not try so hard.
I cannot stress that enough. Do not be a try-hard, do not be a wannabe,
and do not wear a complete basketball uniform along with a bandana
just because Nelly is doing the same thing. Your first job is to get
rid of all those preset notions you had about what makes you stylish,
trendy, or hip. As far as I am concerned, one of the hippest brand
names on the face of the earth is "Bongo Inc". (If you do
not know what I am talking about then shame on you. Go visit Gulistan
right now!) Our clothes are about whatever makes you feel good, and
if it feels goods then it has to look good as well. This is not a
theory, this actually works.
I can make things a little clearer by mentioning the "Don'ts"
in terms of the so-called "Yo-generation's" fashion sense.
You will never catch us wearing something extremely gaudy and extremely
tacky. We never put on something so loud that pedestrians must put
on shades to avoid walking into a bus. And we hate, and I mean hate
the new oh-so-chic "Desi" look. All those fusions with Fatuas
and jeans and beads and what not is all too confusing for us. If you
have ever seen somebody wearing such clothes and whom you consider
to be one of us, then let me tell you that we are also pretty busy
laughing at him. Although there are no such definitions of what you
should wear so that we do not laugh at you, our basic point is that
it has to look good , whatever it is. And quite honestly, loud colours,
flashy outfits and fusion looks is just not cool.
course we care a lot about hair as well but I guess you have already
figured that out given the recent rise in hair gel sales. The weird
thing is whether we spike our hair up like punk rockers, or let it
grow long like Mojo Risin himself, it has nothing to do with trends
or the in look for the winter. Most of the time, for us there will
be some reason behind styling our hair in a particular that will seem
insignificantly small to others, but will mean the world to us. Whether
it is to shock our parents or because of a grudge against our school
principal who demanded short hair, you can rest assure that it will
never be because of someone like Jawaid Habib. It is therefore once
again to pointless to try and define what hair style makes you part
of the "Yo-generation". As long as you are okay with it
we really do not care.
the truth…and the truth shall set you free
The "yo-generation" is not at all "yo" like the
rest of you people think. "Yo" is a term which we use sarcastically.
To make fun of those who do not get us but try to be like us. If you
people think that you are giving us a compliment by referring to us
as the "yo-generation", you could not be more wrong. It
is similar to calling someone a "Wigga". Please do not try
and define us. It just goes against our whole philosophy when "in-duh-viduals"
try and do that. We try so hard to live our lives without even caring
what we do or wear or how we style our hair, you can imagine how much
we care about what somebody else wears or follows. It is not an issue
for us just like everything else superficially unimportant. How can
people even be concerned enough to even pick out a name like the "yo-generation"
for us when there are so many more significant issues to worry about.
Have you ever considered that deep down inside the real reason that
we do not care about what the latest fashion trend is or how to style
our hair according to a beauty magazine is because we feel that there
are more things in this beautiful unlucky world to worry about? Take
a second to think about it and maybe you won't be so materialistic
anymore. If us confused young kids with no aim in life can do it,
then I am sure you can as well.
‘YO-MAN! WUZZUP! Like I've bin lookin for yo man, like I am in
shit man like I am totally whack, man."
"Hey bro' like I feel you man…"
the 'Yo man! Wuzzup!' culture invasion time. And times are really
hard for us 'dinosaurs'.
you are at loss, not quite able to understand whether Bugs Bunny or
Dino the dinosaur on the verge of extinction is the topic in discussion.
Well, sorry to disappoint you; we are only trying to talk about today's
young adult males and their style statements.
a second thought, it might very well be about Bugs, only here he would
be a young male 17 to 24 of age and very cartoonistic in his manners
while the dinosaur is anyone unfortunate enough to be 25 and above.
find him at any underground concert, school/college campus, 'hanging
with his homies' outside a coaching centre, or just 'chillaxing' at
one of the numerous fast-food joints with all his 'peeps'. He's a
colourful character, this one, and may come in many guises, styles
that will leave you scratching your head in confusion. Meet the 'Yo-generation'
Yo's come in a variety of shapes, colours, and sizes, sporting looks
that mystify all those who don't belong in their generation. A lot
of what they wear is influenced by their musical tastes, for the Yo
is a very musical creature.
have the R/M/A (Rock/Metal/Alternative) freaks, for whom black shirts/tees
teamed with blue jeans is like a uniform. As they head-bang to the
tunes of Linkin' Park, Creed, Papa Roach, or the local favorites like
Aashor or DnA or Arbovirus, and others, you'll find them sporting
a variety of interesting hair-styles straight spikes, frizzed spikes,
coloured hair, tattoos, and body piercings.
there are the 'hip-hop' crew, with their loudspeakers, Nelly-style
sports gear, bandannas, baggy pants, and their 'pump up da volume'
kind of raw energy. These guys are the ones who speak a language you'll
need a separate dictionary to understand.
have the fusion crowd, with their fotuas and jeans, long hair, and
beads. These are the more 'spiritual' types, believing in musical
harmony between the east and the west, so team up a guitar and tabla,
and you've got an instant audience to appreciate you.
a small, but growing Yo sub-group, whose members watch a lot of Hindi
films and TV soaps. These are mostly recognizable during weddings,
when they turn up in their funky, colourful punjabis and hit the dance
floors, jumping and gyrating to bhangra, dandiya, and anything else
Bollywood has to offer. You can also identify them from the way they
speak, peppering their English or Bengali with a lot of Hindi. The
latest trend amongst these types is for longish, straightened hair
in the style of Sonu Nigam, or 'Aryan' in the soap 'Kahani Ghar Ghar
there's the 'whatever, man' crew, who have a broader taste in music
(or so they like to claim), don't follow any particular style and
still make the people of the dinosaur generation look at them in wonder.
Full of opinions, these guys love to tell everyone what they think,
and that's where the story ends, because they are too busy looking
down their stylish noses at everyone else, including other members
of their generation to actually put all their 'brilliant' ideas and
aspirations into action.
generation has its own look and flavour, the hippies of the 60's,
the rocking 70's, the disco 80's and so on, and even after all the
eyebrows they raised with their outrageous fashion statements, the
youth of each generation left their mark, and in a positive way too.
current 'Yo' generation, for all their colour, variety and idealism,
lack that zest, that spirit of their trail-blazing predecessors. They
lack respect, and this does not refer just to their lack of basic
manners; they lack respect for society, for education, work ethics,
for any established institution whatsoever, and they also lack the
drive, the initiative and dynamism needed to move to the next level.
they have the outfits and the look to make heads turn. But that's
just where it ends. Today's Yo generation is like the icing without
the cake, the trappings without real substance beneath them.
youth of every generation is seen as restless extremist with weird
and wacky ways of thinking, acting, and living. Yet every generation
in the past has produced something worthwhile, set events into motion,
and pushed its respective society into progress, we surely hope that
the current generation, with their 'whatever' attitude, confused state
of mind and total disregard for anything normal, would be able to
bring about a wave of change as well.
Dino and T-rex
Model: Taskin Rahman
Photo: Zahedul I Khan