Saigon, 2017 #CINDYPROJECT
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An epiphany:if you buy bespoke, one of a kind, custom, classic, or old school stuff… you are less prone to falling victim to gas (gear acquisition syndrome), and more likely to actually be content and be appreciative of what you already own.

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1. Buy an old film camera

LEICA MP x FILM NOTES
LEICA MP x FILM NOTES

Example, old school film camera. It will never get outdated, because it is already outdated. It will never change, or need an “upgrade.”

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Hasselblad x FILM NOTES

Camera bliss and zen.

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2. Customize

MCLAREN by ERIC KIM
MCLAREN by ERIC KIM

If you want to be more satisfied with your stuff, customize, hack, and modify it.

For example, I had more fun as a high schooler modding my 1991 Sentra SE-R with the SR20DE engine, than buying a brand new car.

Why?

By customizing something, you make it truly yours.

So if you’re like me, and addicted to cars, my advice:

Buy an old, outdated, or classic car for cheap… then have fun modding the shit out of it.

3. Phones

Inside of a KENESIS keyboard.
Inside of a KENESIS keyboard.

Phones get outdated every 6 months to 1 year. It sucks. We are on an iPhone treadmill… always wanting the new new thing.

I remember the madness for the first iPhone(2g), then the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, and now the plus variation or the rumored iPhone 7s or 8 or whatever.

To feel less phone acquisition syndrome, a simple suggestion:

Buy an android phone, and hack it by “rooting” it (jail break), and install your own custom operating system (rom).

This is fun, because when you’re bored of your phone or wanting to “upgrade” it, you can install a new operating system…. which always make it feel more exciting, fun, or new.

DALI x ERIC KIM
DALI x ERIC KIM

Other simple ideas for your devices:

  1. Install a new launcher, rom, or just put on a new wallpaper.
  2. Put on a new sticker on your device.
  3. For the ambitious, get your device painted (get a custom pink laptop). Do it yourself, or have a professional do it.

By having custom stuff, you feel different, cool, and apart from the crowd.

4. Make your own shit

SAIGON SATCHEL TEASER via HAPTIC
SAIGON SATCHEL TEASER via HAPTIC

I used to have “bag acquisition syndrome”, always wanting a better, more “perfect” camera bag. I was never satisfied.

Then, I got a custom camera bag made from our friends Lan and Uyen, who make the custom products for HAPTIC.

Because the bag is handmade, one of a kind, and has the love of the maker infused into it… I am 100% satisfied with it. Even if there are things I don’t like about it, I see it as a feature, not a bug. Beautiful imperfections.

5. Use leather and brass.

RICOH GR II x ERIC KIM NECK STRAP by HAPTIC
RICOH GR II x ERIC KIM NECK STRAP by HAPTIC

I’ve realized materials matter.

For example, the more you use or wear leather products, the better it gets. It molds to your body. It feels like “yours”. The same feeling that people get with their favorite “raw denim” jeans.

Or the same feeling I get with my black paint Leica MP film camera. The more I use it, the more beautiful “brassing” or “patina” it shows. The “wabi sabi” concept… the more you use it, the more imperfect the wear marks, but the more beautiful it is. I am proud of the “battle scars” of my Leica, when I’ve dropped it, scratched it, or used it to hell. The golden brass that peeks out from the edges make me smile.

Avoid materials that get WORSE with use.

6. Build yourself and your own platform

DALI x ERIC KIM
DALI x ERIC KIM

Make your own clothes. Make your own T-shirt designs in photoshop or illustrator, and print them via SpreadShirt.com

Make your own online social network, aka forum. Use the “Forum Engine” theme for WordPress.org, which Cindy and I used to make ERIC KIM FORUM.

DALI x ERIC KIM
DALI x ERIC KIM

Make your own photo blog. Don’t be a slave to Facebook or Instagram. Make it via bluehost.com or 1and1.com and use WordPress.org.

Make your own gym in your backyard. Or buy a 70 Pound kettlebell.

Design your own products. Paint your own custom white Nike shoes, like my friend Jacob Patterson does.

HAPTIC EYE CAMERA by ANNETTE KIM
HAPTIC EYE CAMERA by ANNETTE KIM

Don’t buy watches, design them and build them yourself (Yes, you can do this… google it).

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My next step as ERIC KIM:build my own digital camera. Fuck buying expensive shit from other companies. I’m gonna figure out how to hack together a full frame, digital rangefinder, that accepts M mount lenses. It will only be black and white, no color. No lcd screen or superfluous buttons.

7. Other custom stuff

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MASTERS PROTOTYPE by HAPTICPRESS

Get your own headphones made. Or buy them from a small artisan. Don’t buy expensive “mainstream” stuff.

Design and build your own home. Or just buy the furniture or artwork you like from IKEA to make your apartment really “yours”.

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ARTBOOKS by HAPTICLABS

Don’t buy a new car, maybe get some new custom rims. Or get a new paint job. And maybe paint your car yourself (I have, it doesn’t look great, but it is fun).

Conclusion

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Be a builder, maker, producer, entrepreneur.

Don’t be a consumer, passive swallower of information, or mindless zombie playing video games.

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Build your own crazy lab, workshop!

Build your own future. Write your own future.

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You got this shit.

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