*puts on eyeliner over yesterday’s eyeliner smudges* smoky eye
Needle In The Hay - Elliott Smith
if someone tells you you’re beautiful, you tell them they are too. if someone says they love you, decide if they mean it before you say it in return. if a boy tells you he’d date you if you didn’t smoke, light a cigarette and walk away. if your mother screams at you because she’s had a bad day, close your eyes and leave her to her anger. if last nights lover doesn’t call you back, do not cry and blame yourself.
— Anais Nin (via stormnightstories)
"you are what you eat" i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment
Personalized Vietnam Zippo Lighters
A rare, authentic collection of 282 Vietnam era Zippo lighters were showcased in the book Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers’ Engravings and Stories 1965-1973 (University of Chicago Press, 2010). The collection belonged to artist Bradford Edwards who spent years in Vietnam collecting the lighters. Some of you may remember the collection, which received a great deal of media attention by the New York Times, NPR, and others.
Most Americans remember the Zippo, with its cool flip-top lid and unmistakable clicking sound, as the device used in the 1950s and 1960s by gentlemen to light a woman’s cigarette. Don Draper or James Bond would do it best. Two quick moves — flip, click. Smooth as silk. The mechanics of a Zippo lighter has remained basically unchanged since it was first introduced in 1933. In 2012, Zippo celebrated the production of its 500 millionth Zippo lighter with an engraved and numbered edition of 10,000 lighters at $45 a pop.
It’s the stainless steel case that users like to modify and personalize. In World War II, the Zippo was the soldier’s friend, providing dependability for fire whether lighting a cigarette or explosives. During the Vietnam War, the Zippo served the same utilitarian purpose, but was often personalized for soldiers by local street vendors in villages. GI’s could choose from any number of preset graphics and words, or they could design or write their own:
- 35 KILLS IF YOU ARE RECOVERING MY BODY FUCK YOU
- STOLEN FROM A GOOK 5-11-67
A common quote that resonated with soldiers and found on many Zippos spoke to complete disillusionment:
- WE THE UNWILLING LED BY THE UNQUALIFIED DOING THE UNNECESSARY FOR THE UNGRATEFUL
- I LOVE THE FUCKING ARMY AND THE ARMY LOVES FUCKING ME
And then, there was the sentimental, loving message:
- I LOVE YOU MARY
- TO MOM FROM A LONELY PARATROOPER
The engraved samples in Edward’s collection speak to patriotism, to hopelessness, to anger, and often to romantic longing for the girl back home. In a war where most soldiers served not by choice but by draft, these engraved lighters have a patina and voice that echoes still. According to Edwards, this is the reason he collected the lighters in the first place.