society certainly has some pre-conceived notions of what a dead head is thats for sure. You start telling people you are a dead head an their eyes roll back and you can see their pre-judgement coming to a boil. Dope sucking acid casualty? maybe so....but we are also successful business people, doctors, lawyers, artists, nurses, librarians, carpenters, farmers, etc etc...in my 30+ years on the scene I know I have changed dramatically from slinging tie dye in the lots to a main street business man....the only constant in my life all these years is that the music of the GD is the warp to my life's woof. Its almost impossible these days to be taken seriously as a self admitted dead head by some folks; they just dont get "it". Or they get so wrapped up in the negative impressions that some have brought to the scene that that is all they see.
Dont get me wrong. I am not an IAGKHB type hippie. Personal responsibility has always been a key for me. Eeven when I sold dyes for a living I took the time out to bathe and be clean and keep my shit together. I get extremely disgusted by the "feral wookies" in the lot and unkempt dreadie boys and girls who obviously sponge off the scene. I have no tolerance for their "Its all good brah" horseshit. I watched it all unfold in the late 80's and only get worse as time has gone on.The elders who coaxed me along at shows were old guard. They showed by example how to behave and freak freely without bringing undue attention and heat to bear on us all.