Dirt: Forklift certified
“Everyone wants to wear Carhartt till it’s time to do Carhartt shit.”
Daisy Alioto on her favorite high skill meme account.
Gaffes are the higher god of New York City politics, and the mayorship is just a rotating cast of oracles through which this god speaks. Which is to say, Eric Adams wasted no time producing his first gaffe:
Nobody who follows @arthandlermag on Instagram could make the same mistake. It’s a place I go to be humbled by skills so prolific, they’re inventing new needs just to fill them.
At @arthandlermag, the height of desirability for any romantic partner is to be forklift certified–even if you’re already Pete Davidson. Last year, they replaced the text on AOC’s infamous 'Tax the Rich’ Met Gala dress with Etsy copypasta: “There’s this forklift operator who stole my heart, I am stealing his last name.”
Skills are contextual, and the best internet humor arises when siloed skill sets intersect. That’s what made Vine so great: colluding with others over their own dumb job. A TikTok that doesn’t use service workers as extras in a skit.
Last year I wrote, “Historically, labor is not the object of aesthetic desire but the thing that props up our desires. Like a trendy tote bag from an art storage facility staffed by freelance art handlers, fashion from the margins of the workforce is both coveted and expendable.”
Carhartt memes aggregated on @arthandlermag, roasting the person that wears workwear without the skill set, cross over to @throwingfits and @publishersbrunch where they find an equally appreciative audience. I guess they know something Adams doesn’t. — by Daisy Alioto
The Dirt: I want a meme account for mayor.
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