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More specifically, it’s a utilikilt. It’s comfortable, rugged, and lets me carry lots of things in the pockets. Calling it a “skirt” just makes you look uneducated, and when you do it in a way that’s supposed to sound insulting, it just makes me laugh. This is directed at all the dudes in big trucks out there, who like to call out “Nice skirt!” at me while you roll by in your too-big, gas-guzzling monster vehicle. If you think calling it a skirt is going to insult me or belittle me in any way, try again. All the compliments I get every time I’m out and about far outweigh the occasional jerk like you who has to prove how manly he is by insulting somebody else.
Here’s an idea: why not try to expand your horizons and try a kilt on for yourself? Utilikilts makes several different models, and they’re all awesome. I wear a Workman’s, which is great because like I said before, it’s rugged and has tons of pocket space.

I love my Utilikilt. I plan to get more at some point. They’re that comfortable, and truly worth the price. Check out the Utilikilts store here.

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I’m a little behind on posting these here, I think.  I’m on 12/365 in my daily 365 Sketch Project.  No failures so far.

 

You can follow my Tumblr for daily updates – it’s a little easier for me to post the sketches there instead of here.  thekiltedgerman.tumblr.com is the address.  Thanks for reading!

 

I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend Dragon*Con this year – I’ve been wanting to go for a really long time, but have never been able to make it to Atlanta to attend.  This year, when I’m actually living in Atlanta, I can’t afford to go.  Oh, life.

I’m glad that the convention happens here, because from everything I hear it is one of the biggest, best, most incredible conventions for gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, etc that you could imagine.  Thousands of people flock to Atlanta every year just for a chance to attend Dragon*con, and who can blame them?  I have heard from some friends of my wife’s that they attend every year and just walk around in costume to see everything and everyone.  I’m not sure they even buy tickets or passes.  If that’s the case, I may try something similar, and attend without attending anything.

I feel that a lot of the products I make for my Etsy store would work really well for convention attendees – particularly the dice bags.  I make each one with a belt loop, so that you can carry them around without having to hold them or store them in other bags/pouches.  The double drawstring lends itself to a tight closure, which I feel is important – it not only keeps your dice safe, but also your other small change and loose items.  I have a variety of colors, but would be very open to custom choices – just talk to me!  If anyone is interested, email me at greylikestorms(at)gmail.com or convo me on Etsy to discuss other fabrics.  It’s not too late to get your stuff in time for Dragon*con, and I’m always happy to use a faster service than USPS.

I’ve also got a costume shirt listed that I feel is timeless enough to work for a variety of costumes, ranging from the late Renaissance to the early 20th century.  Steampunk, anyone?

For the curious, my Etsy store can be found at:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/greyedout

I touched on this a little bit in my first post, but I thought I would revisit the topic again briefly in today’s entry.  I’ve been wearing my kilt regularly for several months now, and it’s become another garment to wear, instead of something unusual to put on for special occasions.  I don’t feel odd about wearing it outside anymore.  I do still have days like today where it’s easier to put on a pair of pants.  But for the most part the kilt has become a part of my wardrobe.

I still get comments and questions about the kilt, which I don’t mind at all – I’ve found that I really like answering people’s questions.  I had a woman in Whole Foods ask me about irish stew and colcannon a few weeks ago.  I think she assumed that because I was wearing a kilt, I must be Irish/Scottish, and therefore know the particulars about that cuisine.  I answered as best I could, and I hope her irish stew turned out well.  A gentleman on the bus asked if I wear the kilt due to my religion.  And today someone suggested that I should be at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

Every reaction I’ve had so far has been positive, except for the teenager months ago who yelled that I should go back to Scotland.  I like to think that by wearing the kilt and letting people ask questions I can improve their knowledge about the garment a little bit, and bring a better understanding of other cultures.

Utilikilt actually has a referral program that I’ve thought about joining, but the way their description is worded on the website makes it a little hard to understand exactly how it works.  From what I understand, if I refer someone to the website using a specific URL associated with me, and that person ends up buying a kilt, I get a certain commission off the sale.  Which might be worth it just to eventually acquire another utilikilt.  They’re incredibly comfortable, and even the Workman’s model that I have is wearable in summer heat.  I believe that the standard model is a slightly lighter fabric, with fewer pockets.  If I were to get another utilikilt, I’d be looking at both the Workman’s model and the standard model, which are both offered in a decent number of colors.

When I first saw the utilikilt online I thought it was interesting, and I did want to get one to try on, but I never imagined that I’d be practically living in it.  I can see why people like wearing non-pants garments – the extra air circulation definitely helps on warm days!  It’s much like wearing shorts, except that it’s a skirt.  For men.  A very manly skirt.  With rugged pleats and pockets.

On Tuesday I took a trip via MARTA and headed downtown to a place called Piedmont Park.  It was cold, and windy, and wearing my kilt probably wasn’t the best idea in the world.  The trip to get there isn’t fast, but it’s relatively easy once you know your way around downtown Atlanta.  The MARTA station is very close to the theatre district, and the Woodruff Arts Center and the High Museum of Art are also close.

All in all I had perhaps an hour at the park, and I didn’t get to explore all of it.  We had a cold front the past few days, and the day I chose to adventure in the park it was probably around 60* F, windy, and chilly.  It looks like a great place to walk and run, and they also have some baseball and soccer fields, from what I saw.  I strolled for about twenty minutes, and then found a park bench so I could sit and write for a bit longer, before I had to find my way back to the train station to make my way home.

The park looks large on the map, but that could be deceiving – one runner passed me several times as I sat and wrote.  It was a fun trip, and I’ll probably go back a few times when the weather is warmer again.

I’ve also decided to start drawing again, because I need to in order to improve.  I’m calling it a Drawn365, a drawing(or more) per day, and I’m going to try to upload them here.  They will probably also show up on my Tumblr, thekiltedgerman.tumblr.com  – so keep an eye out.  I’m interested in seeing the improvement over time.  Here is the first sketch, based off an old man’s picture.

Last December, just before Christmas, I moved halfway across the country to live with my fiancée in Atlanta, Georgia.  It’s a city of some four million people, roughly eight times larger than the town in Texas I came from.  I don’t drive, so public transportation thanks to the MARTA system is how I get around.  I haven’t explored much on my own yet, but my fiancée and I do pretty much everything together, so I’ve seen at least a little bit of the city.  If you get a chance, the Vortex in Little 5 Points is incredible, and a wonderful restaurant/bar to get a great burger and have a fun night with friends.

The title of this blog is The Kilted German, and part of that comes from the Workman’s utilikilt that I received as a Christmas gift this year.  It’s warmed up a lot in the past month or so, and the last few weeks I’ve been practically living in my kilt.  It has tons of pocket space, it’s rugged and durable, and it’s comfortable.  I highly recommend it, if you have the means.  I’m lounging on the bed as I type, the kilt spreading out around me, bare feet pointed toward the fan in the corner.  It’s unseasonably hot today, and all I want is cooler weather and some of the cold-brewed tea that’s waiting in the fridge.

Part of what I want to discuss with this blog are the experiences I have while out and about wearing my kilt.  I’d like to show, if I can, that it’s OK to take a risk sometimes and wear something a little out of the ordinary.  I’m not Irish, or Scottish.  I like the movie Braveheart even though I know how inaccurate it is.  I like the culture.  But what I think really brought me to this kilted walk through life was steampunk.

If you’ve never heard of steampunk, think Jules Verne.  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  Or perhaps League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Steampunk encompasses a world where industrial revolutions happened earlier, faster, with more change and progress.  Think computing engines in the early 19th century powered by steam, created in brass and iron and churning out paper chits of information for mass consumption.  Picture airship pirates, goggles, and mechanical arms.  And you’re starting to see the tip of the iceberg.

I can’t remember where I first heard the word “steampunk”, but I knew it when I thought about it.  All those little bits and pieces finally added up my in my head, and I had a realization that did a little to explain all those various things that I liked but had previously had no name for.  I went to school for theatre, with a costume design emphasis, so anything that deals in clothes and history quickly catches my interest.  And if nothing else, steampunk culture comes up with some very interesting costumes and clothing ideas.  At some point my fiancée and I had a conversation about kilts, and how they can be very steampunk.  I’d looked at the utilikilts website before, and mentioned that it would be awesome to have one.  I never expected to receive one for Christmas.  But I did, and I couldn’t be more thankful or happier.

Wearing the kilt outside for the first time was definitely an experience.  So far I’ve received nothing but curious questions and comments, and if anyone has anything negative to say about it, it hasn’t been to my face.  Well, except for the teenager outside the mall.  As he drove by in his SUV he halfheartedly yelled “Go back to Scotland!”.  I often get asked if I’m Irish or Scottish. One lady in Whole Foods looked vaguely offended when I said that I wasn’t – but the cashier recognizing me a week later made up for that.  I generally explain that the kilt is a utilikilt – made by an American company, it stands for “utility kilt” – and that it’s quite comfortable with lots of storage space.  The logo is stitched onto the right rear pocket as well, so it’s hard to miss.  It’s a little more urban than a traditional kilt, and I mean that in a good way.  It’s made of 100% cotton canvas, so it’s somewhat heavy, but again, it’s very comfortable to wear.  I will say, though, that hanging it to dry can be an adventure.  It took two clothes hangers to get it hanging properly.

I wear mine with a pair of Doc Marten’s and kilt socks gotten from Sock Dreams, an amazing company in Oregon that has a huge variety of socks to choose from.  The kilt was a little loose on me, so I stitched myself a belt from some fabric webbing, a few d-rings, and a couple of snaps.  It’s nice to have sewing skills.  Next up?  Probably a waistcoat or vest of some sort.  I have some plaid fabric that I’ve been dying to use for exactly that purpose, and it occurred to me the other day that snaps work just as well on waistcoats as they do on utilikilts… and that will finally give me a chance to wear my pocketwatch as well.

I should mention here that utilikilts are a bit different from the normal kilt. Utilikilts generally fasten through the use of a system of frontal snaps.  A number of heavy-duty snaps are arranged in a sort of V-shape at the front of the kilt, and these are your closures.  There are several different models available, starting with the Original and the Workman’s.  The Workman’s is heavier, with two large cargo pockets on the side and two pockets on the back.  The Survival has even more cargo space, though it’s lighter than the Workman’s from what I understand.  And last but certainly not least are the Mocker and the Tuxedo.  The Mocker is almost an office version of the utilikilt, and the tuxedo is just that – a formal occasion kilt.

I’m going to wrap up for now – it’s already a wordy first post – but stay tuned for further adventures.  Blog name aside, I plan to discuss a few other topics here as well, including some of my hobbies, what I’m reading and watching, and so on.  Thanks for sticking with me.