Thankfully (from a parent’s point of view), Brandon didn’t wear his pants halfway down his backside, spike his hair, or dress as punk as some of his friends. I think because he packed groceries at the local supermarket he chose to reign it in a bit. You wouldn’t normally find him doing the lavish party bus Dayton Ohio thing or overstepping his boundaries. He didn’t need to care, but for whatever his reasons, he did.
Off duty, he often ran into people he knew from being at the market, and occasionally his employer or members of his employer’s family. Brandon was a smart guy, and because we are a small community within a larger metropolitan area, he knew his inner punk needed to be expressed differently – especially since his part-time job helped to make his car payment. “I don’t need to advertise my punkness. A real punk doesn’t need to show off…Its like a Karate man… the Karate man bleed on the inside. A real punk is punk on the inside.” –Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) Continue reading
Having the heart of a punk isn’t always easy. Brandon liked the idea that he could be his own man, even if it went against the norm – especially if it went against the norm. He experimented, like all teenagers with different personas, and I’m not sure he would have settled on the punk mentality if he had had a chance to grow into a man. Who’s to say? As a parent, I simply wanted him to know he had the space to be whatever expression he needed to be. Music is the great uniter, right? Here are a few of Brandon’s favorite artists and their latest releases:
3D Printed is not your average 3d product design company. This heavy metal group started getting attention back in 2011. Combining the fear of a collapsing economy fueled by the unrest of the many doomsday prophesies for the upcoming 2012, this group hit a chord. With a name that implies the duplication of more of the same in our future, their recordings hold true to the times. 3D Printed’s first album, To Hell With Hell, took it’s listeners into the depths of a dark reality.