Western

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The Western aesthetic (also known as the Wild West) is an aesthetic and meme movement inspired by life in the American Wild West and carries the theme of Western exploration and expansion of America as a nation.

In modern times, a lot of popular artists are co-opting the Western aesthetic to create interesting soundscapes, most notably Lil Nas X, whose hip-hop-Western crossover Old Town Road achieved huge commercial success in 2019. The trend of black artists identifying themselves with a cowboy role is said to harken back to the forgotten black cowboys of the real Wild West.

Azealia Banks notably appeared as a goth-style cowgirl in her music video for Liquorice, which was released in 2012, and could be considered a proponent of this aesthetic in retrospect.

Visuals

Yeehaw aesthetics often feature material reminiscent of country music's cowboy imagery, sometimes with a twist or parodied with varying degrees of irony. For instance, Lil Nas X's sometimes sci-fi adjacent aesthetics, chaps and other cowboy clothing made of different materials and different colors than the classic cowboy, or very extravagant boots and hats.

Fashion

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Hobbies/What this Aesthetic Entails

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Media

Much like its namesake, the well-worn trends, traditions, and aesthetics of Western have been explored in great detail in a variety of mediums, ranging from books and films to video games and series.

Books

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Films

  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • My Darling Clementine (1946)
  • Fort Apache (1948)
  • Red River (1948)
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • Shane (1953)
  • The Searchers (1956)
  • Rio Bravo (1959)
  • How the West was Won (1962)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Fistful of Dollars (1964)
  • For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  • El Dorado (1966)
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
  • Once Upon a Time in The West (1968)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • McCabe and Ms. Miller (1971)
  • High Plains Drifter (1973)
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Heaven’s Gate (1980)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • Tombstone (1993)
  • Holes (2003)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  • The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • The Revenant (2015)
  • Hell or High Water (2016)
  • The Rider (2017)
  • Nomadland (2020)

Games

  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Sunset Riders

TV Shows

  • Bonanza

Music

Artists

  • Lil Nas X
  • Johnny Cash
  • Marty Robbins
  • Azealia Banks
  • Orville Peck

Playlists

western music by rickbaljé

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