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Taiwan Night Market Fashion 1

Live fast, live forever! Inexplicable satanic hipster fashion as seen at Tonghua Night Market. This looks like a second generation copy of the black and white original.

In addition to their reputation for novelty foods night markets in Taiwan 台灣 also offer an almost endless variety of cheap goods, particularly clothing and accessories. Much of Taiwanese night market fashion is amusing, quirky, provocative, bizarre, or even incoherent, though some of it is also quite clever. My understanding is that a lot of the weirder stuff originates in China, where massive factories churn out garments emblazoned with English text and pop culture references without regard for semantic meaning. This is almost certainly the result of copying passages from print or online media, using machine translation, or sheer laziness, but it might also be for aesthetic effect. Transcription errors are common, particularly when popular designs are copied by competing factories. Observed on the scale of years there is something almost evolutionary at work in night market fashion—styles mutate and are subject to a kind of natural selection. To celebrate the absurdity of this curious cultural phenomena I have assembled about 40 photos from my many visits to the night markets of Taiwan, almost all of which I have previously been shared on my Instagram account, the perfect vehicle for such inanity. Enjoy!

“BE. YOURSE / never give up hope / do not give up their / THERE IS HOPE”. Bonus: “ONE OF MY FRIEND / If Do you know / we friendship / one of my friends”.
Think of your own my ideas.
Cool, rad, right on man!
The Bible / believe in yourself choose it / that suit for you.
Not individually amusing but I like the combination.
I actually bought the “do not want to work” shirt.
METEOR FIST. I like how this shop is somewhat fancy and nice but then you’ve got something with skulls that says “KILL ALL”.
NO BOYFRIENDS NO PROBLEMS. Maybe your problem was having more than one?
High right new people / BYULA / king classic. Random stuff from the streets of Keelung.
Nosegay: strong rhythm, as seen at Lehua Night Market.
Such exquisite gibberish.
If you woke up this morning… most outstanding insulin!
Blow me (one last kiss).
Why try harder? I am number one.
Rocksteady / drunkard’s dream.
SHIT Monday!
Want to be a unique? Keep Instagram chronological please!
French chic: too French to be polite!
“I’ll be a plastic toy”.
You gave me a love bling… or maybe “bung”? Kerning is hell.
Cocaine and caviar, possibly a copy of a western streetwear design.
This is the classic / not allowed to miss / HEROIN STYLE POPLILARITY / glorious moment every day.
Let us maintain good moral / Kiss of Devil / Lecherous man must punish / We have to save them / universal love.
Hate you / super normal.
A missing image with a caption: today warm breeze comes.
I actually had to check whether this shirt was stolen straight out of Idiocracy.
Hail Satan! (With pink nail polish.)
Alice in hell.
More satanic Disney hipster fashion.
Death Rapunzel.
Illuminati by nature.
Don’t trust anyone.
My mom says I’m special so, fuck you. A classic from Zhongli Night Market.
Our aim is to keep this bathroom clean. Gentlemen, it’s shorter than you think…
Fry day I’m in love. This is a clever reference to the hit song Friday I’m In Love by The Cure, but is it likely that anyone here realizes this?

Most of these photos were captured at the Tonghua 通化, Raohe 饒河, and Lehua 樂華 night markets in the Taipei 台北 area and the Fengjia 逢甲 and Yizhong 一中 night markets in Taichung 台中. If you’re keen to see more amusing stuff from Taiwan check out my posts about Chinglish, road safety dummies, and scooter stickers.


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