When we were kids, my brother gave me a stuffed animal owl for my birthday. “Cuz your smart,” he said.
Rather than smart, now they are cool and they are everywhere. They are “in,” or at least here in Brighton, UK they are. The fashion direction has shifted so that Owl is the New Skull (you must have noticed the skulls by now). I started to notice that owls were in vogue after a documentary I watched about the white barn owl this past March (see above). This gorgeous creature makes so little noise – pretty much statistically none – that their prey don’t stand a chance. These owls don’t even have to see their prey. They just know the little rodents are underneath the bush because… they have sonar? I don’t remember what the documentary said. But it was really cool.
After that I started to see them everywhere. I first noticed the owlian influence on clothing.
… then jewelry…..
… including the more casual shopping bag.
Even bags at charity shops.
For hand-free wear there are backpacks!
Once I started seeing them, I couldn’t stop. It was like they were stalking me.
Home store items….like pillows….
…little tea plates (it is England after all).
And outdoor stuff as well…
I took all these photos in the course of a month. Still skeptical? Check this! Tweezers, makeup bag and cosmetic mirror. All in one “swoop” – SO TO SPEAK!
Owls apparently even have advertising pull. Look at this poster for a late night life drawing class. Granted, late night has always been owl-associated but still. (P..S. Late night drawing class is odd, I know. Remember, I am in Brighton, one of the originators of The Naked Bike Ride.]
Advertising for suicide counsellors…
I was passing by a bookstore….
…then browsing inside the bookstore.
Speaking of books, I went to see David Sedaris who’s on a book tour promoting his latest, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls“!
And in an unrelated incident, I created a Facebook event for a party:
Finally, let’s just take a look at a live one – one of my favorite videos. Did you know that they LIKE being PET? Watch this and you might want to take one home…
They are smart and cool AND cute! Better inspiration than a skeleton head, for crying out loud.
I have indeed been stalked by owls. And, perhaps not as quickly, but as quietly as the barn owl, the fashion world has seduced its prey.