Inbred Vinyasa Club Kids Are the Next Big Thing
Trends come and go with the times, from the aquatic sensibilities of sea punk to the emotional veganism of health goth to the anti-capitalist mantra of normcore. As influential as all of those were, the latest lifestyle that will sway the tastemakers of the world has already begun its meteoric rise to prominence. What is it? A complex hybrid of many of our cultural mores enwrapped into a singularly potent mixture—the way of life that can be most simply described as Inbred Vinyasa Club Kid.
It’s a trend that started from the humble beginnings of a community living space outside of Huntington, West Virginia in the fall of 2011. One commune in particular, an abode called ‘Flirty South Hideaway,’ is often named as the birthplace of the movement. Run by an enigmatic 28 year old named Dustin Rain Ditmars (who goes simply by Rain), it is a self-described safe space to promote family values, a return to natural living, and a place to put emphasis back on the hedonistic life of the club.
We spoke to Rain about his collective and its seemingly conflicting values, but he clarified that “it is an amalgamation of the purest joys in life.” Inbred sets a tone of fear for many nowadays, and that’s one of the many myths Rain hopes to dispel. “Inbred at it’s core means keeping it all in the family,” he laughs, “but why is that a bad thing? We’re just trying to make things self-sufficient in the family sphere, so it doesn’t matter if you want to be with your cousin. It’s all part of making a bigger, better family.” He explained the ‘vinyasa’ part of their manifesto in a similar way. “Yoga is about making your body move in time with the earth, so that’s of course an essential value for all things.” We asked if he had had any formal training at a yoga school, but he was delighted to share that he was entirely self taught. "I just watched a lot of Richard Simmons tapes" he admits.
The ‘clubkid’ portion of their lifestyle may seem the most at odds, but Rain had an explanation for that one too. “We are all just creatures of the earth seeking satisfaction’ he told us, “we should never deny ourselves the pleasure of the party. It’s a right we’ve been given from the universe itself. If we want to drink tequila with gasoline, we can if want to.” Yet a hard partying lifestyle is just as essential as connecting with nature for these clubkids, who cite influences as rich as Die Antwoord, Cannibal Corpse, Death Grips, and even Enya in their musical preferences.
It only made sense for Rain to combine all three of his passions into his collective, a place where a night can begin with shots of Everclear to a Dirty South traphouse party and end in sun salutations at dawn, quiet meditative yoga sessions designed as the natural detox to a night of libations. One evening we spent at the commune included a night of meth samples and apple pie flavored moonshine, another with live performances from Rain’s self-described ‘thrash metal trap hop’ band, where Rain himself acts as DJ, lead vocalist, and cymbal player.
As idyllic as life can be at Flirty South Hideaway, the commune is not without its detractors. Richard Gimble, a neighboring farmer, commented to us that the collective is a bunch of “felons and meth-heads. Those people are real sick and twisted. I tell my kids if I ever find them there I’ll tan their hide.” Margie Sewell, another nearby resident, was appalled at their lifestyle. “I just don’t know how you can make a good life out of a party with no job to support it. I just don’t understand.”
Despite the disapproval of the locals, Rain’s ideals have become widely and quickly embraced elsewhere, most notably spreading to the underground club scenes of New York infiltrating Bushwick raves and Manhattan gay clubs alike. Similarly, the influence is most pressingly felt in emerging fashions where Hood by Air and Doc Martens are being traded for hunting boots and overalls in signature earthy brown tones. We spoke to Jamal, a 22 year old punter out the front of Ladyfag’s notorious Friday club night 11:11 in Manhattan who seemed to wholeheartedly embrace this new movement. "I get what these guys are trying to do," Jamal says. "They’re really bringing brown back. You know, it’s all about earthing out but partying hard." Evidently the odd party may even now find a yoga position or two hidden amongst the dancing.
But perhaps the ethos of Inbred Vinyasa Club Kid is so influential as it’s all about getting back in touch with the finer side of life, even if that involves aspects that are controversial. “Love was made free,” said Rain, “and that means the things we love should be free too. The people who want to come love who they want and worship the earth of our birth, and the people who just want to get down and dirty to some sick ass beats and bass vibes, they’re all welcome to be free.” Though his lifestyle was a bit of a culture shock, you can be sure to sign us up among their ranks.