This weekend I'll be in central Michigan as a groomsman for my cousin's pagan wedding. Yes pagan, as in the co-coordinator for the pagan club at a Michigan University (apparently, a great excuse to get a bunch of coeds together to talk about sex). Anyway, last weekend I was in Detroit for the bachelor party (partied on 8 mile), when the groom unveiled everyone's personalized tie and the specific tie-knot he wants us to be wearing during the wedding. He chose the Merovingian. Before this past weekend the word Merovingian was associated with two things: the cool aspect of a disappointing sequel, and a tidbit from history I know nothing about. Problem is the name Merovingian isn't entirely accurate, the video I was given instructing me on how to sport the Merovingian was actually dubbed the Hentai by Henry Wu, yet this name again is not entirely accurate as some call it the Edeity. More investigative work on the origins of the tie and its name were done here. Personally, I don't care about the origins, only the look.
I must admit it does look kind of cool, but massively conflicts with my overall preference for minimalist designs. Specifically, I like how the knot appears to frame itself, problem is it provides no functional reason to exist. Of course, neither does the tie. Therefore, if you are wearing a tie, can the Merovingian knot be excessively elaborate, since the tie itself is excessively elaborate. Does the knot used for the tie make it more excessive? I would claim no, as a decorative piece is decorative and useless regardless of how ornate it is. Thus, when wearing a tie, the tie knot's sole reason to exist is to look good. Therefore, the Merovingian/Hentai/Edeity knot is an excellent tie knot choice, and I will proudly wear this to a pagan ceremony (spoiler alert: future dbd if the sacrificing of a virgin is involved).