I have a confession to make. Every once in awhile when I am feeling particularly blah, unmotivated or uninspired, I start doing some online shopping. I have to admit that a lot of times I will reach for the standards to give myself a little pick me up, a little something to look forward to. Very often, that standard is Duran Duran. Lately, though, there has not been as much to find. (This, of course, is probably a sign that I have dried up the well and bought most of what is out there.) When that happens, I find myself flipping over to sites like eBay. Maybe there isn’t anything new but…maybe I can find something I missed out on when I was younger.
So, what have I found on eBay searches lately? Of course, there are always vinyl records and CDs to buy, which I scroll past pretty quickly. I did notice a heck of a lot of posters from the 1980s, including the one below.
Each and every time, I see a poster from the 1980s, I’m immediately brought right back to my childhood and a silly grin stretches across my face. It happens without me even thinking about it. Like so many Duranies of the 1980s, I had my walls plastered with images of the Fab Five. So do I buy these posters? I have to admit that I have bought many but haven’t lately. It isn’t because I won’t be up posters in my house as my office is all things Duran. The old ones that I do have are in pretty brittle shape due to the age and lack of care.
Plus, I don’t look at my fandom or the members of Duran Duran in the same way as I did as a kid. Then, it was about their pretty boy, good looks, incredible fashion sense and this aura of cool that blew me away. They did not seem real but untouchable idols. Those old posters capture that. Now, I am way more focused on the music, which is why I have album covers up. Likewise, I don’t see them as just celebrities but I see them as human with their flaws as well as their positives. It is much less about the worship of idols and now more about appreciation, not only of Duran Duran but of my involvement in the fan community. Much of what I display has memories connected to the various places, people, events and experiences. Now, it is much more about me and my life and less about a fantasy I have.
What about the rest of you? Do you have posters or other Duran memorabilia displayed? Is it like posters as a kid or different?