What Makes a Weirdo?

picassoby Editor Christopher Mast

I got the idea of the whole “Legion of Weirdos” thing after reading “We Are All Weird” by Seth Grodin. It’s a marketing book, but I read it at the same time as a bunch of inspirational books and self-starter crap so that’s how it played out in my head: That so many people are their own unique special flower that we can’t put into the same box of crayons because then the world becomes an unsatisfactorily forced-together container of mixed metaphors. In the book, the weirdos are the people one markets to. At least that’s how I remember it, it has been a couple years since I read it. I flipped that over and made the weirdos the ones presenting their product. Then I made them a legion, whether they knew it or not; a Legion of Weirdos.

I know a lot of Weirdos. I know one that cooks gourmet food in the Castro District of San Francisco. I know a few that write and record music. I know one that makes Korean travel videos. I know one that loves to tinker in his garage and built a steampunk motorcycle. I know one that takes pictures of food for a living. I know one that makes videos of his car spotting trips in Japan. I know one that makes a living teaching people how to ride their bicycles better. I know one that lived in Theodosia, Missouri, which is somewhere near BooFooNowhereville, making leather goods (he lives in Hollywood now and I don’t know what he does, but that’s probably for the best).

These people found their thing and did it… and they keep doing it. Some of them make a great living doing their thing, some not such a great living, and for a few it’s just a hobby, but they’re doing what they enjoy doing. Pablo Picasso, Dave Grohl, Elon Musk, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Alfred Hitchcock are all great famous Weirdos. Hunter S Thompson, Frank Zappa, Prince, and Andy Kaufman, to name a few more… also great Weirdos.

How about you?  Are you a weirdo?
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