Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lifestyle Artist

I was reading a Christian Science Monitor cover story on "Obama and Race" yesterday, and in one of the sidebar articles, Little Rock, Arkansas resident Chane Morrow was described as a "lifestyle artist."

I've heard of "lifestyle coaches," the people such as the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy crew who come into your home and throw out all your clip-on ties. But what the hell is a "lifestyle artist"?

The top result when I googled the term was the LinkedIn page of a guy in Singapore who defines it as "someone who take responsibility of their own lives and then proceeds to create their ideal lifestyles. Very much like how an artist works."

English is not the guy's first language, so I'll cut him some slack on the grammar. Let's just say that I find intriguing the notion that creating one's ideal lifestyle is art. As Picasso had his blue period at one time and his cubist period at another, Mr. Lifestyle Artist may have his beach bum period at one time and his investment banker period later on.

My ideal lifestyle, as it turns out, is to become a Lifestyle Art Critic.

So here, in no particular order and with no moral judgment, are my top ten Lifestyle Artists of all time -- realizing, of course, that actual artists do not qualify:

  1. RuPaul
  2. Kato Kaelin
  3. The Unibomber
  4. Octomom
  5. Naked Cowboy
  6. Anna Nicole Smith
  7. Joseph Smith
  8. Bob Jones
  9. Theodora (c. 870-916)
  10. Timothy Leary

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