(Sorry if this posted multiple times) That is a good question. It's hard to say: In areas like Brooklyn, the 'craft' scene as I have observed it seems to share some properties with the archetypical 'artist community'. I think it's possible that the blue collar mystique as you describe it is both a conscious aesthetic decision and a sub- or unconscious response to the banking/credit crisis, in that the Wall Street blowup shone a light on the inherent folly of speculation as a commodity. But I think it's important to note that the 'concrete labor' we are talking about (craft food/products)that has become more attractive is dependent on a fluid and moneyed consumer audience. So I think it's possible to have a 'blue collar' working aesthetic and participate in a 'white collar' lifestyle at the same time. Let's discuss!
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