(adjective) inferior quality; held in low social regard; old and delapidated; refers almost exclusively to inanimate material objects, not to
We tried to pick up on these girls waiting for the bus, but I was driving my sister's janky 1989 geo metro so we just got clowned instead.
adjective used to describe a person, place or thing which is questionable, #ed up, wrong, strange, broken down, undesirable, and/or just some thing
you can't think of another word for. The origin of this work is explained somewhat in the conversation example. Friends and I were sitting around
drinking coffee one morning, and I was bitching about my empty cup when my friend blamed the lack of coffee on the "janky ass coffee maker." I have
since heard the word in the movie Friday.
Other forms: janked, janked up, janked out,
I was dancing with my friends and some janky old muther#er came up to me and started grabbin' my ass!
Michelle: yo, when's that coffee going to be ready?
Crystal: I don't know. This janky ass coffee maker takes forever.
He was a weirdo and made me feel all janked out, so I left.
I didn't get into Harvard. I don't know what I'm going to do now - it's totally janked up.
I play a lot of Magic: The Gathering and lately the tournament play has become extremely dry as people are spending money on powerful cards without
putting much thought into any kind of creative decks, or deck building of their own at all, for that matter.
In fact, there are something called net decks. A net deck is a deck that is made online and passed around through the Magic community and copied, most
of the time card for card exactly, by players who like to think they are the good at the game. A lot of the tournaments are dominated by these
players, and people who try building their own decks are ridiculed or whatever.
Anyway, my friend and I have been playing Magic together for 10-15 years, a lot of times on a daily basis, and we make our own decks exclusively. Due
to this, we have developed our own play-style over a long period of time. My friend and I are both able to annihilate people who have $200.00 + decks
with decks worth under $20, at least on occasion enough to raise some eyebrows. And there's an Eldrazi reference for you die-hards out there!
(He's better than me at Standard, but my draft strategy is so janky that people often refer to it as "lucky")
So lately, whenever my friend or I come out with some kind of combo that dominates in a limited format (where you build your deck on the spot) or
Standard format, it's called Janky. But really, what's wrong with doing something that no one else does?
In fact, what is right about doing something just because everyone else is doing it? In fact, how is that even worth anyone's time to copy others, and
in fact, if someone is hostile towards someone else who can crush them with a $20 deck, they are missing out because that person is a genius and they
are losing a chance to interact with someone who's going to make a difference in the world. So I guess the cool thing to do would be to relax - it's
Janky doesn't even have to be good, it just has to be worth the experience. My point is, if something's worth the experience, it will probably end up
good, or at least worthwhile.
That's all metaphorical for the big picture, but it applies to my music career as well. I was recently told by some semi-famous and definitely
talented band that it was a "mistake" not to use Pro Tools (a high-end recording software) for recording. The guy knew a lot about recording
equipment, which I thought was awesome - any kind of passion is awesome -
But, I record all of my tracks using Audacity (a free program) and they end up sounding similar in quality as famous bands' tracks. In fact, they
sound better than the ones I recorded on Pro Tools, because Pro Tools was too much of a crutch. It's called talent. And a lot of it is lacking because
people aren't using their brains, instead, they are buying fancy stuff.
I don't think any of the musicians we played with were bad, by any means -
But, if my band was good enough to go on stage with a few good bands from Seattle due to our net presence (not good on stage, by any means, because we
haven't practiced thoroughly enough), which we made for free, our logos, which my band-mate and I were the lead creative designers on and spent about
$200 on, our music tracks, which we spent $100 mastering along with some special favors thrown in... but no money recording itself, because I do the
studio tech myself.
The music videos are entirely produced for free as well, and quality enough, apparently. But of course, not using Pro Tools is a mistake. Not using
that damned Autotune is a mistake.
Really? Is it? Is it a mistake to have talent? Is it a mistake to be inventive and dare to be different? I tell you, it's not. If I see someone
genuinely exploring life out there and having fun, there's going to be hardly any occasion where I'm going to judge em badly for it.
So I ask you, members of ATS, explore the jank. Find the treasures that are actually worth having in this life, for God's sake. Stop wasting time
buying expensive crap, in fact, buy the least expensive crap you can and see if you can compete with it. It's called character, and it's actually a
lot more fun.
It's also cheaper -. And going against the grain builds talent. And that's where you are going to find your soul, because you are going to be forced
to use it! Who knows? Maybe you will even find someone worth being with along the way.
One thing's for sure, I'll be there.
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