Don’t forget these items in your fannypack:
A Copy of Misprint:
Misprint Magazine has been published every so often since 2005, and will be a Southby saving grace from all of the corporate promotional material the festival generates. Misprint loves, in their own words, “giant squid, huge submersible cranes, unruly beards, ‘zines, comics, typography, experimental long-format metal, the movies of Arnold Schwartzenegger (especially Total Recall), breakfast tacos, Lone Star beer, Pimm’s No. 1 Cups, Snake Plissken, centaur gangbangs, recorded music and occasionally, (despite what you may have heard) live music.” Every issue, including their SXSW 2010 coverage (with fake stamps and badges!) can be read online to prepare yourself with satire.
Are you a cute girl? — You are set for Southby. Sexist? Yes. But, the ladies won’t have as much of a problem getting into parties, so either be a cute girl, or get yourself a girl(s) lined up. This shouldn’t be too hard.
Air Mattress (if you’re classy), Tent, Sleeping Bag:
No matter you’re plans, chances are you might be sleeping on a floor somewhere during the festival. Even if you’re from Austin. Sure, you may have a hotel, a friend’s place with an extra bedroom, or a rental house close to downtown with gorgeous views (!!!), but you will still be sleeping on a floor. Prepare your back for this, and remember that while you can party on little sleep, but you simply can’t party at your best on no sleep for a solid week. Additional tip: 5 to 7:30PM is nap time. Nothing exciting happens during these hours, you’re not going to miss out on anything, so get your ass to sleep before ragin’ till 5AM.
Branded sunglasses. Water-bottles. T-shirts. Koozies. Phone cases. People will give you these things with logos splashed all over them. You will throw them all away when you come back to reality, but in the meantime, wear this shit. It’s the only time it’s socially acceptable to have a cigarette brand written across your chest. It’s the only time you’ll break 10 pairs of fake Wayfarers without concern. Additional tip: wear as many, varied branded items at a single time, and everyone will make out with you.
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