Yesterday, we went to see the Norma Kamali fashion exhibit at the Tampa Museum of art. Loving fashion as I do, I worked forward to seeing the exhibit while recalling happy NK moments as a young fashionista. The Glamazon room was especially fun, Ms. Kamali had eight foot cutouts of models wearing her collection which were displayed like a wonderful forest of fashion one could walk around and through. In the midst of my reverie came two teens eyes glued to their cell phones which could only mean one thing: Pokemon Hunters. The app had only been out five days, but has mesmerized kids near and far.
I only know about Pokemon hunting because the other evening, Brooke joined Roger and me and began chatting about new games she was enjoying. She found a Star Trek game that opens with the voice of the infamous Q, a cooking game with Gordon Ramsey–too bad she won’t learn how to really cook with the app, but she loves making him happy–go figure, but the piece de resistance was the Pokemon Hunting appl. The very next day, she and her friends took off for a day of Pokemon hunting complete with silly stories of the antics they incorporated in their search for Pokemon.
We immediately guessed the potential dangers, kids glued to their phones walking into traffic, being lured to destinations and into trouble through the app and so on, but as Brooke is a seventeen year old, we aren’t too worried about these types of dangers.
So I knew about Pokemon Hunting, and I am certain the parents of the two kids I encountered at the museum were thrilled when their kids agreed to go. They probably didn’t know that museums and parks are ripe with Pokemon and that was the real reason.
They did seem to be having fun, and probably wouldn’t have seen the fashions of Norma Kamali nor the art work of Peter Max–things we grew up with–if it hadn’t been for their Pokemon Hunting. So it’s educational. And they are getting a bit of exercise.
It just shows you how things have changed. We looked at the artwork of Peter Max and his peers, and tried to replicate it–at least I did, and that was our version of Pokemon Hunting. We were all interested in the art and music of our day, taking us to new heights-showing us things about ourselves and the world around us.