This is a quote from Willem de Kooning's artist statement that I thought was particularly relevant to many of our circuitous discussions of style on this site:
"It is impossible to find out how a style began. I think it is the most bourgeois idea to think one can make a style before hand. To desire to make a style is an apology for one's anxiety. Anyhow, I think innovators come at the end of a period...Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. he acts from or upon other artists.
An artist is someone who makes art too. he did not invent it. How it started- 'to hell with it.' It is obvious that it has no progress. The idea of space is given to him to change if he can...He fills it with an attitude. the attitude never comes from himself alone.
You are with a group or movement because you cannot help it."
You don't choose the thug life. The thug life chooses you.
Which means that This:
is the equivalent of
But I don't have a corvette....