TEMP IS #173083.844NUTS ON YOUR NECK, or, Hacker Fashion: A Photo Essay by Paul B.Davis, photos by Cory Arcangel, fashion terminology and editing by Lauren Viera. From July 12-14, 2002, New York City played host to "H2K2 - The Fourth Hackers on Planet Earth [H.O.P.E] Conference." The HOPE conference is a bi-annual event produced by 2600 Magazine, the preeminent American computer hacker journal, which allows hackers from around the world to mingle and share information on a large scale. H2K2 is comprised of three days of panels, speeches, films, performances, a freeform DJ room, a "retrocomputing" area, a large network area, a public terminal cluster, and hundreds upon hundreds of hackers. With informative, well-attended panels ranging in subject from "Caller ID Spoofing" and "Secure Telephony: Where ARE the secure phones?" to "Social Engineering" and "Human Autonomous Zones", the stated conference goals of "...learning from each other and sharing the information that we come across so that we can both dispel false notions and fight against injustice" seemed a much better representation of the hacker psyche than, say, the movie "Hackers." Howewer, BEIGE made the long trip from sweet home Chicago to the HOPE conference for one thing: the fashion. The question we were interested in was "Is this the next 'It' culture?" With the minimal techno/laptop stuff thankfully gone, the ElectroClash/80s stuff on the way out the door, and the current DirtStyle on the up-and-up (but sure to have a similar half-life), we feel a sense of duty to our readers to report on trends which have yet to draw 600 people to a concert in Williamsburg (like the latest Lightning Bolt/Wolf Eyes show), but just might in a year or two. And as we all must know, for something to become a full-on trend it must be driven by an identifiable fashion. When you have one of the hottest social events on the hacker calendar with scores of said breed strutting their collective, pasty-faced tailfeathers, there is no better opportunity for an expose on the element which defines the times for everyone involved: Hence, dear readers, BEIGE is proud to present to you the hottest hacker fashions of the fall 2002 season.
Black heavyweight tee with six color printing and ANSI screen design. Available in large only.
Black denim trench, featuring shoulder-studded static RAM chips, BNC video cable muscle cuff, aqua and red banana clips, and assorted buttons.
I Read Your Email.
"Hacker casual" outfit featuring ultra-wide UV glasses with wraparound lateral protection flaps.
The lockpicking panel with keynote speaker Barry "The Key" Wels, flown in from the Netherlands for the occasion. Barry, who was sporting a black cotton heavyweight tee featuring an undetermined one-color screenprinted website logo and tapered-leg acid washed blue denim jeans, had never before seen an American Master combination lock and picked it in less than 8 seconds.
Black "2600" tee with white button-up short-sleeve shirt, accented by retro-print gradient-pattern clip-on tie and kelly green crochet beanie.
Tattered black hobo-style gloves with leather grip inlays (worn for "heat protection"), with black calf-length canvas trench and matching black felt wide-brim tophat [not shown].
Casio CK-200 portable boombox radio/cassette deck/music keyboard combo - this season's must-have accessory.
Plain white tee with r0x0r sticker applique on right breast, accented by grey IDE hard-drive cable boa and high-tilted Yankees cap [twenty-sack not shown].
Two-inch platform knee-high combat style black boot featuring flame motif applique, silver buckle calf lining and silver medallion inlay at neck, worn with black fatigues tucked in boot.
The women's wear market seemed to be largely untapped in the hacker community, but signs such as this one suggest the phenomena may be changing.
Emmanuel Goldstein, 2600 Magazine publisher, wearing plain mustard tee and his own rhinestone encrusted H2K2 beltbuckle. When informed of Select's upcoming feature on hacker fasion, Mr. Goldstein responded, "What fashion?" [Ed. note: photographed with authors Paul B. Davis and Cory Arcangel who are attempting to throw the BEIGE gang sign].
Green monochrome Apple IIe personal computer monitor programmed in BASIC to calculate an increasing floating point temporary variable which represents how many nuts are on your neck.