#20: Seth Kaplan
Gators Daily's Seth Kaplan on Americana clothing, LA Post-Hardcore, leftist streamers, and more
Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked cool person Seth Kaplan to come on Perfectly Imperfect & spread the hot rec wealth.
Seth is the #1 crocodilian influencer & Rick Owens wearing brain behind the wildly popular Gators Daily Twitter account (214.5K followers at the time of posting). Gators Daily has become a hub for anti-fascist gator memes & Seth has used this following for good by raising over $7,500 for Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block. You may not expect much from gator-themed meme page merch, but he’s actually put out some surprisingly good stuff such as this Thrash Inspired Long Sleeve, Flat Fuck Friday Tee, or Fuck Around And Find Out Flag.
Without further ado
Seth Kaplan (Twitter)
Ladies, gents, enbys, it’s me, Seth Kaplan. Welcome to my life.
I love alligators. There, I said it. These flat fucks have been around for 80 million years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. What more could you want in an animal? They’re cute. They’re violent. They have soft bellies. They make the South a little bit better. All around an S tier animal that deserves more recognition.
Reese Cooper has been one of my favorite designers over the past few years. Cooper makes incredible modern Americana / workwear pieces. I recently picked up some brown cargo pants from his FW20 men’s collection and I love them. He combines a lot of tradesman/outdoorsy silhouettes with amazing fabrics and detailing. As someone who loves earth-tones, Cooper has been an amazing find.
Touche Amore, a LA post-hardcore band, released an amazing new record this past month. This record is already high up on my list for AOTY 2020. I thought it would be nearly impossible to top 2016’s Stage Four, but Touche may have done it. This album has pop-punk bangers, emotional heartache, and makes me feel alive.
This past month, I invested in a standing desk for my home office. And I’ve gotta tell you, it’s pretty sweet. Want to play videogames standing up? Now you can. Want to package orders standing up? Now you can. Want to shitpost on Twitter standing up? Now you can. With the UPLIFT Standing desk, anything is possible. They have loads of different wood types/finishes for you to choose from along with many other customizations. I went with the walnut option and it looks amazing.
If you use the default iPhone weather app you’re dead to me. One emoji for the whole day? Really? Grow up. What if it’s going to rain and then be sunny? Don’t you want to know? I recently picked up The Weather Channel Premium and, my god, my life has changed forever. When I go to check the ‘DAR (my cool word for radar), I can now see when rain and snow will stop and start in my EXACT location. It’s incredible. It also comes with a new enhanced lightning map with a 30-mile radius. And to top it off, you can go full-screen. Only $30/yr.
Since quarantine started in early March, I’ve had more time on my hands than usual. To fill this time usually spent with friends and outdoors, I’ve been watching Twitch streamer Hasan Piker. Piker, a political commentator, streams every day to thousands of viewers and has been a great resource to help me learn more about leftist politics. For years, I found myself encapsulated in the “Instagram-activism” bubble while not really understanding the context and gravity of the things I was advocating for. I had good intentions, but if someone really dug into my positions I wouldn’t have been able to back them up confidently. Thanks to Piker, I believe I can articulate leftist talking points in a better manner while understanding the historical context and nuance that comes with them. It’s really important to understand how we’ve gotten here as a country in order to advocate for the future, and I encourage people to reflect on their own beliefs and their ability to defend them. There’s always more to learn.
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