What does that have to do with anything and what does that even mean? It’s the term I’m stealing from Guy Ritchie’s film, coincidentally named RocknRolla. Why you might ask? Because I like it, would be the simple answer. But we don’t seek simple ways in life. Let’s dwell deeper on the subject.
[People ask the question… what’s a RocknRolla? And I tell ’em – it’s not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There’s more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life – some the money, some the drugs, other the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he’s different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.]
– Archie – RocknRolla
Do you wish to tap into your RocknRolla without having to OD on recreational drugs? Well, visit, Williamsburg then. Even if you’re not the person who ‘wants the fucking lot’ there are plenty of people to look at that seem to be wanting exactly that. The sort of collection of RocknRollas with an unknown source of income. Because I highly doubt any of them have daily duties to report to, and let’s be honest there simply can’t be enough I’m-an-artist jobs to go around.
Choose an event too. Which won’t be hard since events is what brings Williamsburgnyties (I’m coining the new term) out of bed. That, and saving the planet. I went to the Records Flea Market I promised to tell you about. Not that you care much about me keeping promises, but I’ll do it anyway.
Once you get out of subway, don’t check your google maps (which stupid me, I did). Just follow the stream of people all going in the same direction. What’s nice about hipster people, technically against following mainstream, they will all show up to any event should it be considered against the mainstream. Now, this time I won’t encourage you to plan your outfit accordingly, because no matter what you come up with you won’t win. The sheer amount of hipster in one place will put to shame all your attempts to follow that lead.
You might want to stop at some shops on the way that sell specifically designed products of an unknown origin for an unknown purpose. Although, I probably shouldn’t say that as each stand will feature an artist telling you how that bracelet was woven with the first lights of sunrise in the Himalayan Mountains.
There will be plenty of food. Not your typical street fair food. Oh, no. So much so that our desire for a quick bite of hot dog ended up in a pretty intense search among all the gourmet bites. This story has a success. We did find a hot dog stand. With Asian-Thai-fusion inspired hot dogs. Of course.
As far as records go, don’t bother. Politely stroll through the stands and do not engage. You will not have a slightest idea of the artists they’re selling. And even if you make an honest attempt, your confused face will only offend everyone around.
So, watch the movie RocknRolla, visit Williamsburg and go back to your life feeling normal and grateful.