Tuesday, February 8, 2011

billy the kid/costa rica/506

A big part of who I am today was cultivated by a punk subculture called Straight Edge. The concept of Straight Edge varies from every individual who chooses to sails under her flag. The Idea is fairly simple which contributes to its long lived success; live a sober lifestyle so you can use your brain. Its evolving doctrine is preached through fast, hard music aka hardcore. It is a youthful idea that I have carried into my 30's. Kids are no longer kids but now men and women with families, degrees and careers. It is not my defining characteristic but still resonates my core ideology.
I have traveled the world and connected with many national and international Straight Edge communities. Eddy, the voice of Billy the Kid was one of the first friends I made in Central America. I consider him very close to me, mi Tico hermano. When imagining Costa Rica we think of beaches, cloud forests and volcanoes. This new video from BTK shows you something different, a thriving underground punk/hardcore community. BTK have toured Europe a couple of times, Central America and have plans in motion for South America. We would love to have them in North America but has proved difficult due to our Governments fear of the Latino people. Pick up their newest album Jonestown. Love and Respect to my 506 familia. Many thanks to Fernando, Danilu and Inti and everyone else who has met me with open arms.





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