Written by Alan Ng
Edited by Jeff Leung
Photography by Patrick Giang
Within street culture, your attitude within the game acts as an important role on building your identity and persona. The level of aggressiveness that one sets upon himself makes a difference in their career and changes the external views of this particular individual. In this editorial, comparisons will be made between the two groups of people in the scene; one that welcomes friendliness, and the other that brings about hatred.
Being nice and humble are good traits to have for people starting up in the scene. Whether you are learning how to DJ, sing, design, dance, or skate, people will be more than likely to give you a hand and some guidance when you present yourself with that positive attitude. Chances and opportunities of collaborating with artists within your field also increase. It is almost like being a part of a community where there is always room for someone new to step into the scene.
Despite the fact that all the gains mentioned above are from being friendly in the scene, friendliness also leads to many issues that in a sense affect both the individual and the people he surrounds himself with. When people are being friendly to each other, often times the question of honestly comes into play. While you can still be honest about their craft to your peers, it does not have the same effect as a rival attacking you about your weaknesses. These friendly reminders solely act as advices, and do not become fuel to power one’s desire to up their game. For people acting as mentors for new people, the fact that you are putting your time and effort into assisting them is great; however, it is hard to lead everyone and the danger of implying too much of your style or identity into their craft is always a risk. You would not want someone to be simply a shadow of your talents, but an emerging talent that has their own original character and skill sets.
Sparks of hatred fuel individuals and allows them to become stronger under the harsh conditions of constant criticism and truthful insight in regards to the stages of their career. Not only do these cases allow individuals to take in negative comments, but quickly able to polish on their weaknesses. Being unfriendly does not mean that you are hostile to everyone else, but you only choose a select few to work with. This allows you to build a better close-knit community rather than out sourcing and searching for new people to work with all the time. Being aggressive and hostile to your rivals allows the competitive spirit to increase and creates an overall sense of urgency to constantly step up the game. Putting down or mocking others, allow people to see that you have nothing to hide, and are willing to state your truthful opinion about others in the scene. Needless to say, love and hate within the scene is prominent but it seems there’s much more friendliness around the block nowadays. A balance between the two would be nice, and the understanding of how hate or negativity can fuel growth in the long-run is crucial for any talent in the scene to perhaps allow them to become someone better than their friendly neighbours.