doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention
material to be worked upon or to be used in making something
Whilst fleshing out the next BricksCulture article about Star Wars, we touched on the subject of the Stormtroopers and their adoption by the LEGO photography community. These endearing characters have become a favourite amongst us as subject matters. Despite their faces being hidden behind their buckets, a raft of emotions can be portrayed with these much-loved characters.
As is the case with the Stormtroopers, I began thinking of another ambiguous LEGO icon, the minifig head with the standard grin pattern, and its ability to depict a host of emotions.
Keep a grin!
Think! Think Positive!
RKL – Think Positive
Sure, all the new minifig head prints are wonderful. We all look forward to each announcement of the latest collectable minifigs, anticipating new prints, new emotions, and new possibilities. But the endearing standard grin transcends emotions. A printed head with an “Angry Open Mouth with Teeth Pattern”, or a “Black Moustache and Angry Eyebrows”, or “Sad with Tear Pattern”, a “Sneer, Worried, Scared or Frown” pattern” dictates our stories. These emotive newer printed heads, as wonderful as they are, dictate the course our photos take.
However, the ambiguity of the standard grin pattern leaves the story in our hands.
See your name is ambiguity
My name is something hands can’t hold
Aesop Rock – Battery
Not only is the sex of these heads ambiguous, there is something wonderfully emotive however about these seemingly ambiguous prints. To me the “standard grin” is mischievous, it’s cheeky, it’s smug and it’s simple, even dim-witted at times.
These somewhat misleadingly named “standard grins” open up so much stuff to us. These wonderfully unclear, innocent prints are maybe less innocent than we first think when we compare them to the newer, more intricate prints. Maybe, the vagueness of them is what makes them more intriguing than a print that screams the emotion it portrays.
The stuff I got is gonna bust your brains out
Well it’ll make you lose your mind
The White Stripes – Stop Breaking Down
The ambiguity of stuff.