Sites I like: Everyday Carry

Everything is always so organized Aaron including your friends

My good friend Aaron at Everyday Joe’s (Man, he is a good friend with really cool stuff and is just really cool) has recently let his ADD and type A personality go crazy and created a series on Instagram he has titled #thingsorganizedneatly. In this picture series he has been taking pictures of pieces of equipment or daily tools in his life and organizing them in a neatly fashion. Hence the abhorrently obvious Hashtag. Everything is clean, orderly and in its place.

Well the picture series got me thinking and reminded me of another site that looks at mundane objects and turns them into intimate works of art.  The site is called EDC or Everyday Carry. The premise of the blog is extremely simple. Men, and the occasional woman, but mostly burly real men, take whatever is in their pockets on a daily basis and displays them so people can see what you carry on any given day. Somedays you see some the same old things that you carry. A set of keys, a pocket knife, even the occasional bottle opener or keychain flashlight. But other times, you see really obscure things like brass knuckles, a full machete, or dare I say the huge NO NO in any male clothing…the fanny pack!

As the site states:

Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.

I grew a fondness for this sight because it represents a very intimate moment for men. You see I don’t know if you know this or not, but men have a very difficult time opening up about themselves. This site, although it seems to be looking at mundane items, is really an opening into a man’s personal bubble. These items that he carries all carry themselves a meaning or a purpose to a man. Maybe that pocket knife he carries is a memento from his father, or maybe that set of keys has a key to his first car he ever owned etc. etc. It is so fun to look and compare with other men what you carry on a day to day basis. Not only that it really helps you think about why you carry what you do and what purpose it serves in your life.

My everyday carry submission, it includes a kershaw knife, money clip, moleskin notebook and pilot pen, a vintage timex watch. And of course my traveling lawn gnome. Always need one when on an adventure!

I’m not saying that you should go to this site if you are looking for sartorial help. But you should go to this site if you want to try and figure out a person by his everyday objects. Not only that, it is a great opportunity to really think for yourself, why do you carry these objects? Why are they important to me? Also, it gives me a real good insight on looking at everything from a different perspective. Next time you are on the site, check it out and see if you can figure out what everyone does based on their everyday carry.

*Aaron Patterson’s Instagram series #thingsorganizedneatly can be followed on his Instagram account  at patterson_wolf. You can also follow my instagram account at  thelopezident.

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