Could very well be Clint Eastwood. At least for sure it aint Elton John, well probably for some. A lot of other cool people come close and im sure most of yall will have your own definition of who made cool but to many, the crude silence and effortless poise of the Man With No Name is Good Bad and Ugly all at the same time.
OK irrelevant/lame spaghetti western cliches will stop here. But seriously, what is with the zeitgeist and its constant obsession with the emulation of iconic individuals? I know some gay guys like to emulate Boy George and some others do Freddy Mercury (well not in the literal sense obviously). I know a lot of old school rockers go after the Slash look; Derek from Wildfire for instance. Some people dont necessarily emulate other people per se but they sort of encompass a general ‘feel’of how to act and sort of combine things from all over the place and come up with their own style. I’m guessing Saint Fallen is a combination of grunge/goth rocker, emo/death fascinated poet or something. Maybe its Marylin Manson.
But icons don’t necessarily invent cool do they? they just define it. They show you how its done. What’s cool probably stems from something deeper in the collective human conscience. Something that is as part of us as the desire to make money, or the drive to mate. This ‘thing’ probably has a lot to do with culture, and how it is defined from time to time; i.e the zeitgiest. So we appear to have come full circle.
So if the zeitgeist is defined by the aspiration of the collective human conscience of what the ideal human should be like then does that mean that these iconic individuals actually emulate the zeitgeist? Or do they create it? Defining it through their actions and words as they inspire millions by what they do?
OK that was a bit of a wtf question. But yeah, who made cool for you? and why?