For a while now, I've been thinking of ways that Head-Fiers can identify each other out IRL. And with the posting of Paola's video, about the Head-Fi community being as tight as it is, I've been giving this some renewed thought in the past few days. Here are some ways that won't work:
If you've spent any amount of time in the Headphone Sightings threads, you already know that eying someone from afar - and then stalking them for a few minutes - just isn't the best way to go. Quite frankly, it gives people the heebie jeebies, especially if they turn out NOT to be Head-Fiers. So let's just rule that out right away.
First of all, it's not nice to point. But more importantly, pointing back and forth at someone else and your ear makes you look EFFING MENTAL. Don't believe me? Go outside and try it sometime. When small children (and sometimes feral dogs) start backing away from you, take that as a sign of what NOT to do.
We simply can't go around wearing them constantly on the off chance that - one of these days - we might run into another Head-Fier. Wearing one shirt for years on end? No, we're not freaks after all. Plus, just being whacked out on headphones is enough. Perpetually wearing a Head-Fi "uniform" ain't gonna get no play wit da ladies if you know what I mean.
LOL, no. Just no.
So what can we do? What is a polite, silent, and on-demand way indicating that you are a Head-Fier IRL? Well after giving it much thought, I believe that I have come up with a workable solution. My fellow Head-Fiers, I present you with the (Unofficial Head-Fi Gang Sign).
They're headphones, get it? BTW, excuse the rough pic guys and gals. This is still a working concept after all.
Now we can quietly and steathily, flash a simple sign to others. If they flash it back, then we have a positive identification. If they don't, just smile and brush it off... no harm done.
So what do y'all think?
Also, once positive identification is made, we might want to have some way of confirming details. As a supplemental device, I present to you Head-Fi ID cards!
Seriously! It's 2013 guys, and ID cards are NOT rocket science. Why don't we have these things already?!?! Maybe these things can be sent out to people when they hit Supremus?