Main Street Vancouver

Kevin’s Key to Being an Outsider: Own It!

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Kevin Wolfhard (@kwolfhard) knows what’s up!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“Always…and essentially, I mean it took me quite a lot of time to sort of figure this out, but if you don’t own being a dork, being a weirdo, being a misfit, being an outsider…it’s, you can’t live life like that.

So if you just own it, it’s the best thing in the world. It’s who you are, right? This is why I dance at the Fox. It’s the ultimate expression of who I am as a person.”

I was feeling super crappy today (damn you PMS and a lack of sunlight), so I am so thankful to Kevin for his unbelievably wise words, because they boosted me up and reminded me of what’s important in life.

Owning who you are (which I find challenging to do all the time, but it feels so good when I do own who I am) is the best way to cope with feeling like a freak!

If you want to look at some gorgeous photos, please follow Kevin on Instagram: @kwolfhard. 

Embrace Your Freakishness!

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After it poured outside for most of the day, it finally turned sunny out just after 4, so I got off my butt and headed out onto Main Street with the hopes of finding some sweet soul to interview.

Brittney’s look appealed to me, and when I asked her if I could interview her she obliged. Her answer to my question about whether or not she’s ever felt like a freak or an outsider, and if she has what’s helped her through it, was great. Brittney (brittney@laceembrace.com) suggests “EMBRACING IT”–how apropos considering she works at Lace Embrace. I wholeheartedly agree. As they say, let your freak flag fly!

If you’re ever interested in a corset, sexy lingerie, old-fashioned clothing, or pin-up style outfits go visit Brittney at Lace Embrace Atelier on Main (or check out Scout just off Main which is owned by the same person).

Oh, To Be Young Again

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(l to r: Brie, Austin, and Spec 187)

Ran into these youngsters on Main Street today (one of whom happens to be my neighbour-the tall guy with the hat) and they were gracious enough to let me interview them. Thanks to Spec 187, Brie, and Austin! I love their enthusiasm. It is infectious!

Chattin’ It Up with the Ravishing Rachel

This afternoon, I went out in search of someone to interview and Rachel caught my eye. Due to the cold weather these days, my style is closest to that of a stereotypical soccer Mom (I often choose borderline-frumpy clothes over what’s fashionable), so I admired Rachel’s ability to look incredibly stylish and pulled-together on this chilly November day.

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Anyways, Rachel let me interview her and she was awesome to talk to!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“I’ve totally felt like a freak and an outsider. And I would say the thing that helped me through it the most was my amazing friends, and music, and going to see music with my amazing friends.”

Also, Rachel’s favourite place to shop is Oak and Fort. So, if you want to emulate Rachel’s style, take a gander at Oak and Fort.

Rachel signed off with a simple, “Hi world!” Great attitude. Thanks Rachel!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what’s helped you through it? “I don’t know that I’m through it.”

I asked Josh the usual questions on Main Street in Vancouver today, and I was very entertained by his responses. I love it when people speak the truth, even if it involves them being vulnerable in order to do so. Josh definitely opened-up in a hilarious and honest way.

When I asked, “If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?” His answer was, “Huh…I don’t know that I’m through it.

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I love that answer! I also often still feel like a freak or an outsider, and while that feeling is not permanent,  I don’t know if I’ll ever stop feeling awkward and weird some of the time.

Josh then went on to say, “I think that you can go in and out of stages of comfortability, you know, but I think that what gets me out of anything is just sort of the knowledge that I’m going to be OK. You know I like just sort of look at my past and figure out, have I got through shit before? And it’s like, yeah. Am I gong to get through this next shit? Yeah.

Talkin’ On Main Street

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Alina, who is originally from the Ukraine and who has lived in Vancouver for the last 4 years, patiently let me interrupt her while she was on her phone outside of the Main Street coffee shop “Jean” today. Alina answered the following questions, 1) What do you love about Vancouver? and 2) If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider what helped you through it?

Best Places for Comic Books on Vancouver’s Main Street

Jennifer was kind enough to take the time to let me ask her the same ol’ questions (What do you love about Vancouver? If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outcast, what helped you through it?). Her answers were great and she shared some info about where she scopes out comic book shops on Main Street: RX Comics and Pulp Fiction Books (both stores are just north of E Broadway).