Filed under: Chapter 17 | Tags: Azerbaijan, basement party, beer pong, Diet Sunkist, dirty nicknames, eHarmony, futon, Genesis 32, Grapico, Hulk Hogan, Jay-Z, Jim Varney, Josh Bates, Kevin Wilder, making out, McPheerson Manor, Neoclassicism, Some New Trend, Spanish moss, T.I. feat. Rihanna, wrestling
AS I REFLECT ON THE BIZARRE chain of events that have led me to this place, I realize the limitations of my still-young memory. I can’t even remember the pre-upgraded, before-summer version of Josh Bates. At what point my social status reached the juncture where I could park my Eagle Medallion in front of Bryanna Summerson’s, then ride in her convertible to a girl like Rose McPheerson’s is beyond me.
Bry steps out of her car and straightens her dress. She licks her hand and presses it to my forehead, fixing my bangs. “Very nice.” When she turns around I mess it back up.
Filed under: Chapter 15 | Tags: Discovery Channel Store, Garth Brooks, Guns 'N Roses, Josh Bates, Kujo's, Lagwagon, Little Debbie snacks, Nail Trix, P90X, Paul Stanley, sharks, Some New Trend, stingrays, the beach, The Beach Boys, The Hunt for Red October, VFW Hall, Will Sharp
WOULDN’T IT BE NICE :: BY KEVIN WILDER
MY BARE FEET DIG INTO the almost-white sand, stinging no less than three blisters that I’ve earned at work over the last few days. Yet another reason why I haven’t made my way to the beach all summer long. We’ve trespassed here today, all three of us, to a semi-residential area two blocks past a brick schoolhouse, one past a like-new car lot, and directly across from a defunct fire station, with the inside weather report from the Waterboyz. They informed us that the CAUTION tape had been taken down, since no more red tide threats were on the horizon.
Filed under: Chapter 13 | Tags: Audubon Autobahn, Aveda, cassette, Cineplex, Fiona Apple, Flowbee, Forever 21, goths, Gymboree, Hammond, Jerry Lee Lewis, Josh Bates, Kevin Wilder, Lifeway, Organ Antics, PacSun, Some New Trend, Star Wars/Trek, The Disney Store, Vincent Price
WHILE JUNE FINISHES FILLING OUT W2s, Bryanna and I sit outside Hot Topic and wait. I observe my hand. The automatic movement: gone. Before my existence was recognized by Bryanna—and long before I could detect any admiration in my senses for June—I’d been tap-tapping my fingers on my Levi’s with the maniacal twitches of a crack addict (only difference being the worst substance abuse of my life was the time I chewed and swallowed an entire pack of gum in a single morning.) Where insecurities were, a tiny amount of courage now grows. It’s small, but feeding and taking up camp. Hopefully forever.
Filed under: Chapter 11 | Tags: Anne Rice, blood, Charles Manson, double Windsor, Fear and Loathing at Twin Pines Mall, Josh Bates, Kevin Wilder, Larry Norman, Motörhead, Some New Trend, Stuntin' & Hustlin, Taj Mahal, Tom Petty
IT’S GOOD TO BE KING :: BY KEVIN WILDER
THE UPPER-FLOOR MEN’S DEPARTMENT is a tough area to pigeonhole. Even the Casual Wear section is spread out, divided into over a dozen territories. Items like guayaberas, cargo shorts, and wool cardigans are sold year-round—making about as much sense as my long-absent Poster Ladies.
Filed under: Chapter 09 | Tags: 31 flavors, car trouble, Custom Mechanixx, detours, dogs, Josh Bates, Kevin Wilder, mudflap girls, rednecks, Some New Trend, The Beatles, velour, watermelons, What the Helicopter!, Will Sharp
MOTHER NATURE’S SON’S FORMER BEST FRIEND :: BY KEVIN WILDER
“SO WHICH IS IT GONNA BE?” Mindy asks.
I lean over her sales counter to eyeball the shadowy-colored bottles with cryptic, mature names like Acqua di Gio and Dior Homme. “Beats me,” I say. The process tires me out, so I press my arms to the glass, leaving a pair of greasy elbow prints behind. “How ‘bout something spicy, and uh … outlandish.”
Filed under: Chapter 05 | Tags: Belk, Bon Jovi, Bryanna Summerson, Chrysler Eagle Medallion, Japan, Josh Bates, Kevin Wilder, Nancy Spungen, rich people, Some New Trend, Stryper, tattoos, telephone misconduct, Wavves
“I’M NOT YOUR DJ,” I tell Stephanie, in response to her third request to change the song.
“Why not?” she says, cracking her window to let in some air. “It’s healthy to know what other people wanna hear.”
“Healthy?” I say. “Healthy’s overrated. Mental illness is totally in, you know.”
My sister continues feeding me ammo: “Yeah right. Everyone knows depression died out with late-nineties grunge. Emo kids haven’t gotten the memo.”
Filed under: News, Reviews, Contests | Tags: art, Bryanna Summerson, collaborations, Josh Bates, meghan ellie smith
We couldn’t be more giddy about this. Meghan Ellie Smith is a lovely friend and artist originally from Auburn South Carolina, now living in New York. She studies Fashion Illustration at the Fashion Institute, and somehow digs up time to design, paint, illustrate, draw, sketch, and practice photography… whew!
We put out a request for collaborating (listen to our podcast for more details) and Meghan went above and beyond, quickly delivering this majestic piece made with micron pens and pastels. From Josh and Bryanna’s Chapter 3 scene:
Are you interested in collaborating, or giving us your take on Some New Trend? We’d love to showcase your work, whether it’s illustration, music, or video. Send an email to email@example.com if you’re interested.