Few words have rung truer than when Thom Yorke crooned, “I wish I was special/ You’re so fucking special,” on Radiohead’s fame-making song “Creep”. In a world of followers, it’s nice to think that you’re unique, even if it means wearing a lip gloss no one else has.
Which might explain the recent upswing in customization; from shampoo to sneakers, it’s gotten easier to personalize even the most mundane products. But for those who relish remixing songs and mashing up videos, there was only one way to listen to the fruits of your labor—with headphones someone else made.
EarPollution is changing that, with a series of customizable earphones. With three different styles (earbuds and two different on-ear headphones), six different components, and dozens of color and print options, there are more than 200,000 possibilities. Although you could go with an all-black set, the lure of shiny gold sidepieces and plaid speaker pieces make it easy to leave your mark on the otherwise utilitarian tool. And while the word “customization” often signals an upswing in price, EarPollution has kept the headphones well below $40, with the earbud set ringing in at $20.
The only problem? You might have trouble listening to “Creep” without sarcastically singing along.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
$20-$35 at ifrogz.com/earpollution