The biggest part of the modding community that we see in case modding is the reaction factor that people give us to our projects. While I did say case modding shouldn't be done in order to impress other people, there is the undeniable fact that whenever a case modders work is shown in general view, the reactions are obvious and frequent. They aren't used to what they're seeing and they have all kinds of questions and comments about it. When people react positively, it really makes the modder happy. Obviously on this aspect, as it is very dependant on the individual, opinions vary greatly. Here's a bit of the feedback I got:
"9 times outta 10 others judge it and say good things. And I am always confident and happy with my work. I did it to the way I like it, so to me it will always be great, not matter what anyone else says."
"It makes me feel good that others share appreciation for work that goes against the status quo. Some of my earliest work inspired others to do things to their computers too. I haven't shown any of my latest work to anyone other than close friends and family. My sister used to pishaw my work; she was happy with average. Now she wants to mod her own computer."
And as always, with the positive, comes some negative criticism. How this is handled is always more important than the way positive feedback is handled. With the group I spoke to, they've had much experience on both sides, so they know how to deal with it:
"Negative responses, I usually wait to hear it from 2 or 3 sources before I think they might be on to something............"
- Cold Dog
"When people comment on how things should look, or how this and that should have been done this or that way... beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and art shall always remain subjective."
The last really notable area to cover here is one that is completely subjective to my modding friends, and is completely subjective by them. I was curious to hear how other people viewed the mods they did and what they came of from them. This is a major aspect here, because without influencing those around us, the case modding passion would most likely die out quickly and quietly. Well, here's what the brave warriors fighting against the darkness of the night are saying:
"At first, people were in awe of the transformations (the Unreal case was among the first few to be displayed on the internet), then it became sort of a stepping stone for their own mods as ideas were shared."
"Their reactions have varied from high excitement, to comments that they didn't like my choices of colors, to even fright. "You spent a WEEK painting your case??? Why?" If you have to ask why, you just wouldn't understand. But I have to say that most people react positively. My work is my art. Art is subjective. Either you get it or you don't; either you like it or you don't. I don't care if someone doesn't like my work. It's *my* work and if they don't like it, it's their problem."
"The other case modders look at it in reverence. Or not. They look at it as an application of the communal ideas with some new things to it. As far as I know I'm the only one with wood contact paper on my case ;) as far as "outside" people, most of them think it looks really cool and more than 1 have gotten dragged into case modding after seeing it."
Well, there you have it. This is my look into the subculture of dedicated case modders. Attached after this will be an unabridged copy of the interviews with my friends. I know this paper went a bit beyond the legal limits for the paper, but I hope you enjoyed what you read about here and I also hope you learned something about us and why exactly we do what we do.
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