GUIDE TO: MAN
Fergal Smith is a man. Photo: Bonnarme
by Chas Smith
Fact: Most surfers, and almost half the population of the world are male men. There are seven types of men. Only seven. And each man is one of these types or a mix of two of these types. Never three.
Type 1 (clown)
He wears baggy clown-like pants and a baggy t-shirt and a backward baseball cap. He drinks beer and after three gets extremely loud. He gets so loud that people move away from him, perceptibly. He wears a thick gold chain and he loves to watch mixed martial arts and his friends are all clowns too. He surfs during summer vacation and exchanges his thick gold chain for a shell necklace.
Type 2 (afraid)
He is timid and too thin or too fat. His voice is quiet and he doesn’t have an opinion on many things or he changes his opinion at the drop of a hat. He doesn’t drive a car because of potential car accidents. He doesn’t fly. He works at the local fussy coffee spot. He once had a girlfriend but that was twenty years ago when he was ten. He is allergic to gluten. He believes in global warming and the powerful stage presence of Ryan Gosling.
TYpe 3 (weird)
He loves horror movies. He listens to Henry Rollins spoken word albums on vinyl. He obsesses about linux and other internet technologies. He has a girlfriend who wears vinyl pants. He has a pet rat. His mother loved him too much and his father not enough. Early in life he believed his superior intellect would take him places in this life. When it only took him to a clerk job at a camera store it made him hate all those in positions of power. It also made him snide. He has never fought a man. He has slapped a woman.
Type 4 (sports)
He is a jock, handsome with good bone structure and muscles that will turn a bit doughy if he doesn’t stay on top of a severe workout regime. He surfs very jocky on his board. Like he expects hurricane-force gales to knock him over. Girls are drawn to his handsome and his muscles and his friendly personality. He tries to dress appropriately and well but his versions of both are skewed because he tends toward homophobia. He is good-natured but not very deep but it doesn’t much matter. He laughs at sitcoms. He is the anchor of modern man.
Type 5 (world)
He is from the world. He likes some sort of string-based/horn-based music that makes no sense. He is just passing time and enjoying the little things like grilled meat.
Type 6 (asshole)
Does many things on purpose to push the buttons of those around him. He dresses like an asshole and talks like one too. If a beautiful girl sitting in his company speaks about how amazing Lance Armstrong is for overcoming cancer and becoming an inspiration he tells her that Lance Armstrong’s skin looks like that of an AIDs victim. If a beautiful girl sitting in his company tells him that he is rude he takes a drag of his cigarette and blows smoke in her face. He was not attractive as a child but became attractive later in life. He goes to bed each night feeling smug about himself.
Type 7 (self-hating handsome)
He was born handsome and grew handsome and is still handsome but he has no other skill. Nothing. He is a model or a waiter or personal assistant. He can’t do anything well but is handsome so hates himself because he knows he can’t do anything well. He was too handsome, as a young person, to be weird so he feels perpetually removed from humanity. He curses his fate and others look at him and wonder, “What the hell is he doing?" He wonders as well but comforts himself in the arms of beautiful women but then hates himself for doing so.
Successful artist (weird-asshole)
Construction worker (sports-world)
Clothing designer (afraid-asshole)
Cell phone salesman (weird-afraid)