From a galaxy far, far away
Plain black or white helmets can be so boring. But shredding sportbike graphics and Ed Hardy-influenced scallops are so outré. How does a hip scooterista stand out from the crowd?
Think Star Wars.
Jenn is a Clever Girl who lives in Philadelphia and rides a scooter. I can’t say if the phrase “bring me the head of R2D2” popped into her head, but a half helmet could sure bring that original droid to mind.
I saw Star Wars twice. After seeing it the first time, I thought it was a nice riff on the Errol Flynn pirate movies that played every Saturday afternoon at the local movie theater in my childhood home of San Mateo, Calif.
But when stories of people who’d seen George Lucas’ epic dozens, if not hundreds, of times began to dominate the media, I wondered if I’d missed something. So I spent three bucks (hey, it was the late 1970s) to see it again.
No revelations there. My thoughts about Carrie Fisher being really hot and the film’s production design (it was the first science-fiction movie in which stuff looked used) were unchanged, but otherwise I didn’t get what the fuss was about. I still don’t.
Various R2D2-inspired nicknacks filled store shelves at the time, and unlike other character-themed items they were usually somewhat useful—a wastebasket comes to mind. So does a pencil sharpener. No helmets, however.
Please remember, a helmet cannot protect any part of your head it does not cover. May the Force be with you.