As I was driving to Mat and Naddie’s on Monday, I noticed a few dapper men conversing outside of Mr. Chill’s Barber Shop on Carrollton Ave.
The next day, I read about their interesting gathering in the the Times Picayune: A tie-tying event.
Lead by Andre Perry, men from the community created a meaningful bonding and confidence building experience with local high school boys by showing them how to properly tie a necktie.
I was moved by the implications of this seemingly simple gesture. Creating a ceremony to pass down this information was more than cool, maybe even transformative.
In my own screenplay, broken armed Javier attempts to reject a similar kind of action from his father. Because both of his arms are in casts, Javier is forced to allow his dad, with whom he has a strained relationship, to knot his tie.