*dons reading daggers*
— Crumpled Hats and Role Inversion —
This is a post about hats. I didn’t want to post about hats, but there’s apparently enough compressed meaning in hats that I should probably address hats, thanks to some comments and replies by my followers about hats. Specifically, involving role inversion.
(I can’t fuckin’ believe I’m making a post about HATS. ¬_¬”)
So, Dad just had a conversation with a bunch of carapaces about hats that is OBVIOUSLY aggressively pregnant with meaning. OBVIOUSLY.
Well, probably not. I don’t buy it. But it might mean something, so I have to address it.




HATLIKER: I SAT ON MY FAVORITE HAT!NoNeed4PantsThx: @HATLIKER gasp FineryFiend: @HATLIKER ! 
1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, attempt to rectify hat integrity 1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, use same blunt instrument which got you into mess in first placeHATLIKER: @1dapperblackshell THANK YOU FOR ADVICE. DO YOU MEAN MY BOTTOM. 1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, y WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @HATLIKER yes agree w @1dapperblackshell WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @HATLIKER unsit on hatFineryFiend: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS can one unsit on a hat??? WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @FineryFiend maybe, idk. ChuffedAboutDuds: @HATLIKER turn hat upside down, then sit on hat?1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, y, agree w @ChuffedAboutDuds, sit on upside down hat to unrumple pipefan413: @HATLIKER. THESE MEN ARE LEADING YOU ASTRAY. SITTING ON THE HAT AGAIN WILL ONLY CAUSE IT FURTHER DAMAGE. NoNeed4PantsThx: @pipefan413, this will be the case even if the rumpled hat is inverted?pipefan413: @NoNeed4PantsThx. YES. THIS WILL BE THE CASE REGARDLESS OF THE HAT’S ORIENTATION. FineryFiend: greatly respect @pipefan413’s knowledge of finery. i endorse his warning.



So what’s the deal??? Why the fuck do we care about this? I don’t know. Good! We’re done. This post is over, I don’t have to-
pendingmetamorphosis said:



I hadn’t realized this before, but it might be significant to the concept of inversion: remember that hats symbolize identity.



God damnit.

Stitch’s effigies are defined by the hats they wear. Hats are identity… the hat is self. (It’s where you hide your deepest desires, your candy, after all!)
So, what’s a crumpled self?
It’s when obstacles steer you painfully off the path of who you are. It’s when your resolve is trampled, the jaunt of your brim soiled by an unwelcome bottom crushing its frame. It’s the condition Jane Crocker is in now:



And it can get worse. Much worse.



pipefan413: @HATLIKER. THESE MEN ARE LEADING YOU ASTRAY. SITTING ON THE HAT AGAIN WILL ONLY CAUSE IT FURTHER DAMAGE. NoNeed4PantsThx: @pipefan413, this will be the case even if the rumpled hat is inverted?pipefan413: @NoNeed4PantsThx. YES. THIS WILL BE THE CASE REGARDLESS OF THE HAT’S ORIENTATION. 



An inverted hat - in other words, an inverted role - can be incredibly powerful. But it will also be unhealthy, a mockery of what the hero is supposed to be. You can’t uninvert it just by causing more damage, or trying to damage the inverted individual in the opposite direction, shock them back to normal. Once they’ve embraced the dark path opposite their role, they may find themselves somewhat stuck! And parading it about for long will merely lead to disaster…



WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @1dapperblackshell oh what if @HATLIKER struts in public wearing new rumpled head object with prideWANT_MORE_SOCKS: @ALL what if @HATLIKER begins new fashion sensation?FineryFiend: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS what an exciting thing that would be. HATLIKER: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS I WANT TO BE POPULAR AND FAMOUS. BUT I DO NOT THINK I HAVE THE COURAGE. WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @HATLIKER what if you were to have company in wearing a damaged hat NoNeed4PantsThx: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS, yes, maybe i will sit on my favorite hat as well. FineryFiend: @NoNeed4PantsThx yes, me too. 1dapperblackshell: @FineryFiend let us all create rumpled head objects; wear proudly pipefan413: @ALL. I CANNOT CONDONE THIS ACTIVITY, GENTLEMEN. 



…with only one solution. An ultimate solution.



The Dignitary: @HATLIKER: Incinerate the damaged hat immediately. The Dignitary: @HATLIKER: Do not ever wear such a thing in public.FineryFiend: !!!!! ChuffedAboutDuds: BURN THE HAT!NoNeed4PantsThx: BURN THE HAT!!! WANT_MORE_SOCKS: BURN IT! 1dapperblackshell: BURN THE RUMPLED HAT! HATLIKER: I AM BURNING THE HAT! WANT_MORE_SOCKS: SITTING ON THE HAT WAS TERRIBLE!NoNeed4PantsThx: BURN ALL RUMPLED HATS! ChuffedAboutDuds: THEY AREN’T DAPPER AT ALL!!!!!1dapperblackshell: BURN THE MISTAKE WITH FIRE!



What’s happened to all the other people who have harmfully descended into inversion, so far? How were they ‘healed’ of their poisonously upside-down, soul-rumpled conditions?



They BURNED, and had to switch to their BACKUP HAT!!!



TG: dying is a hell of a way to sober up quick TG: got 2 remember that trick 



Regardless, it doesn’t bode well for Jane’s imminent inversion. Let’s hope she has a Life to spare when the smoke clears.
(god that was dumb the hat stuff doesn’t mean shit why did i waste an hour on this)
EDIT: Oh god damnit, someone pointed out that the Prince of Heart (soul, unique inclination) has a hat on his shirt and tons of hats in his room. FUCK, just what we needed. More hat-soul parallels. Next you’re going to tell me that Nepeta’s cat hood and her trading it with Equius’s glasses was Rogue of Heart business, even though if it was (and it kinda was), Andrew was almost certainly not thinking “HATS” at the time. Fucking hats…
EDIT 2: Anon asked:

More HATS: Uu’s chess game had a hat-swap. And the Queens make their subordinates wear hats as part of their costume when a prototyping happens. Not special per se, but note that Dad destroyed the hat that was forced onto Jack. Also, Calliope had a wig. And Jane has a tiara! And WQ gave PM a crown. And here 003453, royalty referred to by their hats. And the distinct hats worn bu the MC! Oh boy!

I am NOT theorizing on how the chess hat swap is an indicator of body switching with Jake fuck you I am done

— Crumpled Hats and Role Inversion —

This is a post about hats. I didn’t want to post about hats, but there’s apparently enough compressed meaning in hats that I should probably address hats, thanks to some comments and replies by my followers about hats. Specifically, involving role inversion.

(I can’t fuckin’ believe I’m making a post about HATS. ¬_¬”)

So, Dad just had a conversation with a bunch of carapaces about hats that is OBVIOUSLY aggressively pregnant with meaning. OBVIOUSLY.

Well, probably not. I don’t buy it. But it might mean something, so I have to address it.

image

HATLIKER: I SAT ON MY FAVORITE HAT!
NoNeed4PantsThx: @HATLIKER gasp
FineryFiend: @HATLIKER !

1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, attempt to rectify hat integrity
1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, use same blunt instrument which got you into mess in first place
HATLIKER: @1dapperblackshell THANK YOU FOR ADVICE. DO YOU MEAN MY BOTTOM.
1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, y
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @HATLIKER yes agree w @1dapperblackshell
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @HATLIKER unsit on hat
FineryFiend: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS can one unsit on a hat???
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @FineryFiend maybe, idk.
ChuffedAboutDuds: @HATLIKER turn hat upside down, then sit on hat?
1dapperblackshell: @HATLIKER, y, agree w @ChuffedAboutDuds, sit on upside down hat to unrumple
pipefan413: @HATLIKER. THESE MEN ARE LEADING YOU ASTRAY. SITTING ON THE HAT AGAIN WILL ONLY CAUSE IT FURTHER DAMAGE.
NoNeed4PantsThx: @pipefan413, this will be the case even if the rumpled hat is inverted?
pipefan413: @NoNeed4PantsThx. YES. THIS WILL BE THE CASE REGARDLESS OF THE HAT’S ORIENTATION.
FineryFiend: greatly respect @pipefan413’s knowledge of finery. i endorse his warning.

So what’s the deal??? Why the fuck do we care about this? I don’t know. Good! We’re done. This post is over, I don’t have to-

pendingmetamorphosis said:

I hadn’t realized this before, but it might be significant to the concept of inversion: remember that hats symbolize identity.

God damnit.

image

Stitch’s effigies are defined by the hats they wear. Hats are identity… the hat is self. (It’s where you hide your deepest desires, your candy, after all!)

So, what’s a crumpled self?

It’s when obstacles steer you painfully off the path of who you are. It’s when your resolve is trampled, the jaunt of your brim soiled by an unwelcome bottom crushing its frame. It’s the condition Jane Crocker is in now:

image

image

image

And it can get worse. Much worse.

pipefan413: @HATLIKER. THESE MEN ARE LEADING YOU ASTRAY. SITTING ON THE HAT AGAIN WILL ONLY CAUSE IT FURTHER DAMAGE.
NoNeed4PantsThx: @pipefan413, this will be the case even if the rumpled hat is inverted?
pipefan413: @NoNeed4PantsThx. YES. THIS WILL BE THE CASE REGARDLESS OF THE HAT’S ORIENTATION.

An inverted hat - in other words, an inverted role - can be incredibly powerful. But it will also be unhealthy, a mockery of what the hero is supposed to be. You can’t uninvert it just by causing more damage, or trying to damage the inverted individual in the opposite direction, shock them back to normal. Once they’ve embraced the dark path opposite their role, they may find themselves somewhat stuck! And parading it about for long will merely lead to disaster…

WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @1dapperblackshell oh what if @HATLIKER struts in public wearing new rumpled head object with pride
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @ALL what if @HATLIKER begins new fashion sensation?
FineryFiend: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS what an exciting thing that would be.
HATLIKER: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS I WANT TO BE POPULAR AND FAMOUS. BUT I DO NOT THINK I HAVE THE COURAGE.
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: @HATLIKER what if you were to have company in wearing a damaged hat
NoNeed4PantsThx: @WANT_MORE_SOCKS, yes, maybe i will sit on my favorite hat as well.
FineryFiend: @NoNeed4PantsThx yes, me too.
1dapperblackshell: @FineryFiend let us all create rumpled head objects; wear proudly
pipefan413: @ALL. I CANNOT CONDONE THIS ACTIVITY, GENTLEMEN.

…with only one solution. An ultimate solution.

The Dignitary: @HATLIKER: Incinerate the damaged hat immediately.
The Dignitary: @HATLIKER: Do not ever wear such a thing in public.
FineryFiend: !!!!!
ChuffedAboutDuds: BURN THE HAT!
NoNeed4PantsThx: BURN THE HAT!!!
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: BURN IT!
1dapperblackshell: BURN THE RUMPLED HAT!
HATLIKER: I AM BURNING THE HAT!
WANT_MORE_SOCKS: SITTING ON THE HAT WAS TERRIBLE!
NoNeed4PantsThx: BURN ALL RUMPLED HATS!
ChuffedAboutDuds: THEY AREN’T DAPPER AT ALL!!!!!
1dapperblackshell: BURN THE MISTAKE WITH FIRE!

What’s happened to all the other people who have harmfully descended into inversion, so far? How were they ‘healed’ of their poisonously upside-down, soul-rumpled conditions?

image

image

They BURNED, and had to switch to their BACKUP HAT!!!

TG: dying is a hell of a way to sober up quick
TG: got 2 remember that trick

Regardless, it doesn’t bode well for Jane’s imminent inversion. Let’s hope she has a Life to spare when the smoke clears.

(god that was dumb the hat stuff doesn’t mean shit why did i waste an hour on this)

EDIT: Oh god damnit, someone pointed out that the Prince of Heart (soul, unique inclination) has a hat on his shirt and tons of hats in his room. FUCK, just what we needed. More hat-soul parallels. Next you’re going to tell me that Nepeta’s cat hood and her trading it with Equius’s glasses was Rogue of Heart business, even though if it was (and it kinda was), Andrew was almost certainly not thinking “HATS” at the time. Fucking hats…

EDIT 2: Anon asked:

More HATS: Uu’s chess game had a hat-swap. And the Queens make their subordinates wear hats as part of their costume when a prototyping happens. Not special per se, but note that Dad destroyed the hat that was forced onto Jack. Also, Calliope had a wig. And Jane has a tiara! And WQ gave PM a crown. And here 003453, royalty referred to by their hats. And the distinct hats worn bu the MC! Oh boy!

I am NOT theorizing on how the chess hat swap is an indicator of body switching with Jake fuck you I am done

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