To be or not by Kevin Thom | May 18, 2006 | 6 comments Subject matter may be clichÃ©, but style should never be. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Comments Diny on May 18, 2006 at 3:24 pm And why not? If they’re happy with it… superkev on May 18, 2006 at 3:33 pm i’m talking about what’s ideal, not what is sufficient for people to be “happy with it.” Diny on May 18, 2006 at 3:58 pm And this is where it gets good: I know that you were talking about the idea. Usually so do I, but let me pose this to you: Let’s say that you develop a style that suits you and keep it. Over the course of a year, the style catches up and it becomes cliche. Thus your style became cliche. What do you do? Change it because it’s cliche, or keep it because its what fits you best? This goes back to being different just for the sake of being different. This makes any difference shallow because it doesnt really suit the personality (well, it might fit the shallow trendwhore one). So what I meant by my initial comment was that if people are happy because they feel that their style is the optimal choice for their character, even if it’s cliche, then why change it? If it aint broke, don’t fix it! Endless times have I tried different styles of everything (clothing, music, art), but I always come back to the same, because I know that it represents me. superkev on May 18, 2006 at 4:10 pm hmm i don’t think it got good. i think you just made a case for mediocrity 😛 sure it’s fine to languish in what’s old and the same, but there’s no reason why someone shouldn’t always evolve their personal style in an effort to reach higher plateaus. Diny on May 18, 2006 at 4:49 pm And BAM! It sounds like you think I’m approving of conformity, which I’m not. But what are you saying? That people should change something they’re perfectly happy with just to fit a doctrine that values style over what’s true to their character? I’m saying is that the uttermost priority of style should be to be true to the person, whatever the circumstance. Not everyone is as ambitious as us. Who am I do dictate that? I may not like it, but I dont think they should change it just to fit my tastes. Manyk on May 18, 2006 at 7:53 pm Humans love change … most of them. Artists I think don’t often relate style to subject or medium. But I do notice how many artists DO change their styles over time … with age, wisdom, experiences etc. It does relate very well to age as well as what the artist wants to say or show. Else, we would still be drawing stick figures and coloring skies with colors of purple and orange into our golden years.