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October 24, 2012 3:32 PM   Subscribe

Style Blaster is a motion-activated camera situated a block from the Bedford L in Williamsburg. It takes photos of people passing by and asks you to rate their style. Do your civic duty, and troll it.
posted by outlandishmarxist (92 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Plenty of hipster; needs moar fucking
posted by chavenet at 3:34 PM on October 24, 2012


How about self-fucking?
posted by supercres at 3:36 PM on October 24, 2012 [5 favorites]


From "About Styleblaster"

Now in 2012, the neighborhood is poised on the cusp of a new change

That's funny, people were saying that over a decade ago, too.
posted by entropone at 3:36 PM on October 24, 2012


I want to like this, but a lot of people are clearly just going about their day oblivious to the camera which makes it pretty creepy.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:37 PM on October 24, 2012 [13 favorites]


"poised on the cusp of a new change": do you think it's poised on the cusp of the verge of the edge of almost a new change?
posted by outlandishmarxist at 3:37 PM on October 24, 2012 [13 favorites]


OK, new top thing to do with my gazzilions of dollars if I ever win a huge lottery jackpot - get a whole parade of experimental archeologists, historical re-enactors, cosplayers, whatever and have them present the history of mankind from the paleolithic up through HALO space marines over the course of the day.

Unlikely as I understand that the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math, but a man can dream!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 3:40 PM on October 24, 2012 [8 favorites]


This one's pretty good too.
posted by mannequito at 3:41 PM on October 24, 2012


It's within sight of that precipice, yes, outlandishmarxist.
posted by ceribus peribus at 3:43 PM on October 24, 2012


Oh, thank goodness! Finally, a place on the Internet where people can judge the appearance of others!
posted by gurple at 3:46 PM on October 24, 2012 [28 favorites]


Yep, candid photos, posted to the web. Not cool.
posted by HuronBob at 3:47 PM on October 24, 2012 [8 favorites]


Welp, if you see someone walking by wearing a huge stack of fedoras, all piled up into a pillar, you will know it is me.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:48 PM on October 24, 2012 [17 favorites]


Whoa, if you go way back in the numbers (starting at about 5000 and on) it seems that they are doing some sort of motion-tracking thing to make sure they get well-framed images.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 3:48 PM on October 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


That is so obnoxious.

Then again, that is Williamsburg.
posted by lampshade at 3:50 PM on October 24, 2012


Whoa, if you go way back in the numbers (starting at about 5000 and on) it seems that they are doing some sort of motion-tracking thing to make sure they get well-framed images.

Good call - looks like it's some vector field to calculate overall movement.
posted by suedehead at 3:53 PM on October 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


This seems like the proper response
posted by destro at 3:55 PM on October 24, 2012 [18 favorites]


This is about style in the same way the military is about walking in straight lines.
posted by perhapses at 3:57 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Almost no old people in Williamsburg, huh? Especially older women. You're just not cool enough -- or don't get paid enough to afford to live there.
posted by Fnarf at 3:58 PM on October 24, 2012


This reminds me how surprised I was when I moved to NYC and found that most people just dressed pretty shlubby and normal. The movies and media had raised my expectations.
posted by bswinburn at 4:00 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Welp, if you see someone walking by wearing a huge stack of fedoras, all piled up into a pillar, you will know it is me.

I believe I've read your photoillustrated biography.
posted by hippybear at 4:01 PM on October 24, 2012 [13 favorites]


And yeah, there's nothing creepy creepster about taking photos of people on the street and posting them for others to comment on. Shades of TubeCrush and similar.
posted by hippybear at 4:03 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


This seems like the proper response
posted by destro at 3:55 PM on October 24 [+] [!]


But we know she's not reading!

posted by chavenet at 4:04 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


What was that project I read about some time ago where people paint yellow lines on the ground and stencil the message "the space between these lines is watched by a camera"?

That seems like something which would be apropos in this case.
posted by hippybear at 4:06 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


I hate the world.
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:08 PM on October 24, 2012


Ha ha look at those stupid hipsters all dressed in black with their stupid hats and big beards and

Oh sorry rabbi
posted by griphus at 4:09 PM on October 24, 2012 [18 favorites]


I'm with her.
posted by cromagnon at 4:10 PM on October 24, 2012 [4 favorites]


Needs more middle fingers.

It's actually really neat if you just keep hitting the random button over and over again.

Not "outweighs your privacy concerns if you've got them" neat, but it's something.

Actually, the whole camera/post is pretty much a 'win' for me for reminding me of "Caps for Sale."
posted by MCMikeNamara at 4:18 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


I guess I'm not sure if this is creepy.

Is there a massive red and orange sign with flashing lights notifying people that they'll be photographed the moment they walk by that spot?

Yeah, I thought not. Creepy.
posted by koeselitz at 4:22 PM on October 24, 2012


Actually, the whole camera/post is pretty much a 'win' for me for reminding me of "Caps for Sale."

Just looking at the cover has me hearing my mother's voice reading it to me. Her singsong "Caps for sale! Blue caps. Yellow caps. Green caps. Caps for sale!" echoes in my brain.
posted by hippybear at 4:24 PM on October 24, 2012 [4 favorites]


Confirms what we already knew : most people have no style.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:24 PM on October 24, 2012


This seems really "funny" in light of other recent non-consensual controversies.
posted by melt away at 4:33 PM on October 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


needs more gangnam

gangnamstyleblaster
posted by raihan_ at 4:37 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Two unrelated points:

1.) the comments over on the Gawker story about this thing are chok-a-blok with chuckleheads saying "how is this different from creepshots hypocrites lololololol"

2.) Re: Williamsburg - I saw girl putting up these flyers this morning in Williamsburg.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 4:41 PM on October 24, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm waiting for someone to wheel in a card stand and knock it over, then run away.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:41 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]



Almost no old people in Williamsburg, huh? Especially older women. You're just not cool enough -- or don't get paid enough to afford to live there.


Williamsburg is not an expensive place to live, as far as NYC is concerned.
posted by murfed13 at 4:43 PM on October 24, 2012


Who run Hipstertown? Who? Run? Hipstertown?

You know who.

Say.

Style Bla...

Say LOUD.

Style Blaster runs Hipstertown.

LOUDER.

STYLE BLASTER RUNS HIPSTERTOWN.
posted by fidgets at 4:45 PM on October 24, 2012 [15 favorites]


Of course there are old people in Williamsburg. They're just all old enough to know better than to walk past that stretch of sidewalk.
posted by hippybear at 4:49 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Welp, if you see someone walking by wearing a huge stack of fedoras, all piled up into a pillar, you will know it is me.

Greg Nog, if you somehow manage to reenact The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins in front of this thing, I will actually commission a small idol of you and add you to my family shrine.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:52 PM on October 24, 2012 [7 favorites]


This reminds me how surprised I was when I moved to NYC and found that most people just dressed pretty shlubby and normal.

Indeed, most of the folks walking by are just really very *normally* dressed. Quite unremarkable, really. Now, you put this camera in Tokyo's Shibuya area, or along Omote-Sando, and you're gonna get a lot more uniquely and interestingly and often outlandishly dressed and coiffed people. It'd be lots more fun to browse the photos. They could call it Sutairu Burasutah.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:07 PM on October 24, 2012 [4 favorites]


oh look, it's another reason for me to never ever set foot in williamsburg.
posted by elizardbits at 5:15 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


oh look, it's another reason for me to never ever set foot in williamsburg.

Oh, come on, now. They'll get that roadwork finished up in at least another five to seven years, and those roadwork guys sitting around on trucks yacking into their mobile phones will be a thing of the past!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:32 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hipster Creepshots. Anybody going to dox the folks behind this?
posted by MikeMc at 5:51 PM on October 24, 2012


From the about:

We believe this service fills a need for live fashion information, with a unique and unmatched vantage point on the hippest block in New York City. It will quickly become a destination for New York City peacocks to traipse by and show off what makes the neighborhood hop. For the savvy, a place to be seen. For the flaneur, a bounty of style

Eeeeeesh. Even if they're taking the piss, presenting random passers-by for internet judgement is, well... It's technically different from fusking photobuckets, but I feel like it's at least a second cousin in spirit.
posted by postcommunism at 6:06 PM on October 24, 2012


Williamsburg is not an expensive place to live, as far as NYC is concerned.

In other words, too expensive for ordinary old people to live in. Affordable to hipsters who work in new media, marketing, etc. though. Or people being supported by their parents while they blog their trips on the L or cupcakes or whatever.
posted by Fnarf at 6:07 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


On the one hand, I'm thinking: do these people have any idea how little time I spend thinking about whether or not my clothes are stylish? (0.0 seconds so far this year...until now I guess...now it's been like...10 seconds...)

Do people really care about this stuff? I mean I guess somebody must I guess...but jeez...in my book it's kind of like spending time worrying about whether or not your shoes have just the right tread pattern, or something...
posted by Fists O'Fury at 6:13 PM on October 24, 2012


What confuses me: Why is everyone going left?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:16 PM on October 24, 2012


It's a one-way street.
posted by hippybear at 6:17 PM on October 24, 2012 [5 favorites]


the hippest block in New York City.

OK, that truly deserves a massive eye roll. I think they're about to roll right out of my head.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:18 PM on October 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Also, I just realized working around the Flatiron has given me a false sense of how fashion conscious new yorkers are truly. Most folks do just dress like folks, not a runway.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:19 PM on October 24, 2012


It's a one-way street.

Oh shit have I been walking the wrong way for MONTHS?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:19 PM on October 24, 2012


it's kind of like spending time worrying about whether or not your shoes have just the right tread pattern, or something

or possibly no tread at all unless we are a lumberjack?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:20 PM on October 24, 2012


Well, if you could walk the other way, you wouldn't need the talcum powder.
posted by hippybear at 6:20 PM on October 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


new york is a land of many secrets
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:22 PM on October 24, 2012


I'm waiting for someone to wheel in a card stand and knock it over, then run away.

Ah, so somebody else here has a memory for stuff that went down on /b/ a few years ago. Whatever became of that card stand, anyway?
posted by fifthrider at 6:24 PM on October 24, 2012


Williamsburg is not an expensive place to live, as far as NYC is concerned.

Every neighborhood that is majority white in NYC is expensive.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 6:32 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Since there's apparently no way to link directly to the About page, I'm going to paste the text in full here for easy reference. I'm having trouble placing each section of it on the irony/sincerity spectrum, and I suspect that's because they're trying to have their cake and eat it too. I think my take on it may be that it's pretty much wholly obnoxious whether read as hopelessly naive or knowingly trolling:
Since the early 2000s, Williamsburg has been a neighborhood popular with a new cultural elite, the heirs of the artists and hipsters who in years past were attracted by its location, one subway stop from Manhattan.

Now in 2012, the neighborhood is poised on the cusp of a new change as the repercussions of recent zoning changes, combined with inland condo construction, have literally paved the way for a new breed of stylish and sassy individuals. A place for the fashionable to be seen, Williamsburg's stretch of Bedford Avenue is often described as a modern Haight-Ashbury, a cultural mecca for the Millenial generation.

To answer the changing times, we introduce Styleblaster, a realtime account of what people in Williamsburg are wearing. Unlike a typical streetstyle blog, Styleblaster documents all -- the visiting fashion plates, the hipsters and have-nots, the native Polish and Italian proud who have for years called this neighborhood home. And above all -- the dapper salarymen and businesswomen who stand to inherit the area.

Situated a block from the hellmouth of the Bedford "L" subway train, our camera aims down the street, capturing Williamsburg on the hoof. Moments after a person enters into the frame, the camera snaps, sending its image onto our blog. For the online fashion browser, a boon: the blog updates in realtime, showcasing each new image as quick as it can be appraised. Online viewers can watch a live feed, peruse a recent history of images, or compare shots over the days and weeks as FW-2012 blossoms into SS-2013.

We believe this service fills a need for live fashion information, with a unique and unmatched vantage point on the hippest block in New York City. It will quickly become a destination for New York City peacocks to traipse by and show off what makes the neighborhood hop. For the savvy, a place to be seen. For the flaneur, a bounty of style. At home or online, fashion has a new destination.
(Well, if the "or compare shots over the days and weeks as FW-2012 blossoms into SS-2013" part is indeed parody, then I might see some charm there. I wonder if it was contributed by a different collaborator than the rest.)

In any case, I suggest they get back to us once they've refocused the surrounding text and transformed the project into a critique of the surveillance state. Or is that so 2007?

If it's not parody, it's simply obnoxious; and if it is parody, then its vapid target doesn't justify the invasion of privacy.
posted by nobody at 6:37 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Greg Nog: "Welp, if you see someone walking by wearing a huge stack of fedoras, all piled up into a pillar, you will know it is me."

Caps for sale! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!
posted by mkb at 7:10 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


*sigh* Serves me right for not wearing my glasses.
posted by mkb at 7:12 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


See also
posted by limeonaire at 7:16 PM on October 24, 2012


Now in 2012, the neighborhood is poised on the cusp of a new change as the repercussions of recent zoning changes, combined with inland condo construction, have literally paved the way for a new breed of stylish and sassy individuals.

Everything is so abstract these days. Used to be that steamrollers and work crews literally paved the way for new breeds of stylish and sassy individuals. Now, repercussions of zoning changes do it. I'm assuming they're subcontracted to cut down on overhead.
posted by shushufindi at 7:18 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


From limeonaire's link to someone explaining this:

Because you know what they say about Williamsburg and the h-words and the blah blah blah… Enough clicking through these shots will show you the real demographics. So far we’re seeing lots of school kids. Ooh, nice coat, man. Hmm. What do you know. Relative diversity! Deep thoughts, deep thoughts.

Even the most 'exclusive' parts of the city have tons of 'diverse' people walking through them to go to work, or Dr.'s appointments, or to switch train lines or whatever.

If this is meant to unmask the 'hidden side' of Williamsburg, I have to wonder who wasn't aware of this side in the first place and how showing this side merits violating so many of these 'diverse' peoples' privacy?

Next up, someone will put hidden cameras in Harlem to show how white it is to advertise it to people from outside of the city. If they haven't already done this, they'll do it soon.

Shit, is this a million dollar idea? Any investors out there? I'll make it happen. I'm on the market for selling out big time and getting paid to be a total dingleberry.
posted by shushufindi at 7:27 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Get in line.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:30 PM on October 24, 2012


Do people really care about this stuff?

Now, now. I'll talk trash about hipsters as much as anyone, but dressing with style is important. It's how you present yourself to the world and other people, and how put-together you are. Part of my problem with the Williamsburg Style is how lame and cliched it is -- cliched in a way that standardized dress menswear isn't, if done properly. With flair. Flair is everything when you're out on the street.
posted by Fnarf at 7:37 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


All of the words in that comment mean the opposite of what you think they mean, including "the" and "and".
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:43 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Getting from where you are to where you want to be is everything when you're out on the street.
posted by helicomatic at 7:45 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


OK, great, you go walking around in your greasy sweatpants and bagged out t-shirts and big white sneakers and I'll keep a wide berth.
posted by Fnarf at 8:19 PM on October 24, 2012


I'm wondering exactly where this is. I live three blocks from that same subway stop. The construction is probably a clue but offhand I'm not sure where there is construction 1 block from the Bedford stop.

If there's interest, I'll go down there and hold up a Metafilter sign or something - tomorrow...
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 8:25 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Try and wear a nice jacket or something!
posted by Fnarf at 8:33 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


well, now i know to never walk down N. 6th street between Bedford and Berry. i only saw person that i kind of know. and none of these people are particularly hip or egregious.

this would be much more effective if the camera was posted at the front door of Opening Ceremony.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 8:48 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


What confuses me: Why is everyone going left?

The camera only takes a photo when the subject is walking right to left. The people behind this are only interested in photos where you can see faces.

The tophat and website design indicate that all tongues are placed firmly in cheeks. Also, the about page links to the website digital agency OKFocus, who look like they have a juvenile/irreverent bent.
posted by quosimosaur at 8:51 PM on October 24, 2012


I feel like this one should be the start of a story. Or a dance party.
posted by EvaDestruction at 9:18 PM on October 24, 2012


It's like high school, for internet-savvy grown ups!
posted by mecran01 at 9:26 PM on October 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


How rude.
posted by Danila at 11:32 PM on October 24, 2012


"Oh shit have I been walking the wrong way for MONTHS?
posted by Potomac Avenue

An avenue walked up a street? Wow, you really do do things differently over there.

Reminds me of an old joke - 2 roads go into a bar and there is a noisy loud thing in the corner. eventually, one of the roads says "i've had enough of that gobby idiot, i'm gonna go over there and shut him up. The other road says "I wouldn't mate". "Why not?" asks road no.1. "Because he's a cylepath..."
posted by marienbad at 2:25 AM on October 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


*sigh* Serves me right for not wearing my glasses.

Or wearing hipster glasses without the lenses in.
posted by Mezentian at 4:09 AM on October 25, 2012


Danila: "How rude."

Actually, this is the Full House thread.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:29 AM on October 25, 2012


The guy on the left here is the same one who was standing by in my troll link. These guys are definitely doing a daily troll on this camera.
posted by outlandishmarxist at 6:29 AM on October 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


The quality of the auto-framing is quite amazingly good. I wonder what software is being used?
posted by Bovine Love at 6:31 AM on October 25, 2012


Huh, it turns out I know one of the people responsible for it.

Here's how the tech works.
posted by griphus at 6:38 AM on October 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


What confuses me: Why is everyone going left?

Yo, it's New Fucking YORK. You think they're voting for fucking ROMNEY up there?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:48 AM on October 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Seems like about half my neighborhood is. Good thing it doesn't matter!
posted by griphus at 6:53 AM on October 25, 2012


Look at this fucking person just trying to go to work in the morning with minimal hassle
posted by naju at 7:36 AM on October 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hipster Creepshots. Anybody going to dox the folks behind this?

BetaBeat made exactly that connection.
posted by gladly at 7:41 AM on October 25, 2012


In other words, too expensive for ordinary old people to live in. Affordable to hipsters who work in new media, marketing, etc. though. Or people being supported by their parents while they blog their trips on the L or cupcakes or whatever

Huh, I lived there when I was making 33k a year. That seems like ordinary money to me.
posted by josher71 at 7:51 AM on October 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


That seems like ordinary money to me.

That's the lyric hook to one of the next songs I'm gonna write. Thank you.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:13 AM on October 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I also lived there making considerably less than that, and so did quite a number of my neighbors, many of whom are on public assistance. Williamsburg isn't some magic enclave; it's a regular Brooklyn neighborhood that has a higher-than-average amount of moneyed white people in it.
posted by griphus at 8:13 AM on October 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


BetaBeat made exactly that connection.

From that link:

Fashion gets stale after a couple of days

A couple of days? Damn! So, forget your Spring collections, your Fall collections, designers gotta start getting with, say, "April 17 through 19 Collection" and "November 21 through 23 Collection".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:20 AM on October 25, 2012


April 17-19? That's so played out. You gotta get with the April 14-16 retro look or don't even bother.
posted by griphus at 8:22 AM on October 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think I might have taken a greater interest in 'fashion' if it wasn't always presented to me as "Superficial people who will make fun of you for the clothes that you wear *might* stop being mean to you if you do what they say."
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:33 AM on October 25, 2012


I'm going to be back in Williamsburg in a couple of weeks. I can see I'm going to have to do some thinking.
posted by Decani at 9:20 AM on October 25, 2012


the hippest block in New York City.

There was, just possibly, a time when it was. That time was around 1997 - 1998. Now it's pretty hip for annoying yuppie parents with annoying bloody strollers.
posted by Decani at 9:23 AM on October 25, 2012


I want to stand in front of the camera and hold an anus cupcake right up to the lens. Forever.
posted by elizardbits at 11:02 AM on October 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I guess I'm not sure if this is creepy.

It's worse than creepy. It's BORING. It's like watching the closed-circuit security camera at work, that is, about as exciting as watching paint dry.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:34 PM on October 25, 2012


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