they say that who you first crush on lays the foundation of the type of partner you'd find attractive later in life. well, my first pre-teen movie star crush was james dean. i fell in celluloid love with his acting, his creative brilliance, his eccentricities, his style and his hair. added bonus thrill for me when i found out that he and i coincidentally shared the same birthdate.
then in highschool, i discovered the smiths. my teen angst self fell for the music, johnny marr's jangly guitar, morrissey's voice and of course, his quiff.
morrissey famously idolized james dean, even writing a song about him, "suedehead". the homage music video was even filmed in dean's hometown of fairmount, indiana.
towards the end of highschool, i became obsessed with david lynch's cult tv show, twin peaks. i watched it religiously, not missing a single episode of season one.
i was so much of a twin peaks fan, that years later, i jumped at the chance to travel to the real "twin peaks." and that was with sean, an even bigger david lynch fan than me.
looking back, i find it amusing that the physical characteristics of these 3 left-of-centre, pompodoured men would eventually point me to who i would be with today.
my very own suedehead. also marching to the beat of a different drum.