I will admit the friendship-bracelet phenomenon, I was unfamiliar with it until this tour, because some fans said that this has been a thing at her tours before but never like this.
And they told me it was because she has a line in one of her songs from her most recent album, "Midnights" -- the song is called "You're on Your Own, Kid," and she references making friendship bracelets in that.
歌迷告诉我，这是因为她的最新专辑《Midnights》中的一首歌里的一句歌词--这首歌名为《You're on Your Own, Kid》，她在那首歌里提到了制作友谊手链
Make the friendship bracelets. Take the moment and taste it.
And so, somehow, out of all of that, it became a very intense tradition to make friendship bracelets and then trade them with other fans at the concerts.
So many people talked about Swifties being a community, and there was this sense that you could, yeah, go up to anyone and trade bracelets with them.
Security guards, their entire arms would just be filled with bracelets.
Like, parking-lot attendants, also, were showing me them, and it just became this really beloved tradition within the fandom.
What do the bracelets say?
They're all over the map. Some of them, again, are just, like, straightforward lyrics or just say "Taylor Swift." A lot of them just have initials.
Since I was reporting on the shows, I knew I wasn't going to dress up in costume or anything, so I think some fans were, like, kind of horrified that I didn't have any friendship bracelets, so they sort of made me take them, which was very sweet of them.
And one person gave me one that just said, "IDSB," and I couldn't figure out what it meant, but they said that stands for her song "I Did Something Bad." So there's a lot of initials or just kind of inside jokes.
有个人给了我一条上面写着“IDSB”的手链，我不知道这是什么意思，他们说这代表她的歌《I Did Something Bad》
That is incredible. So, we did some reporting on how all of these other businesses in the community got a boost from Taylor coming into town.
And I remember a lot of, like, doughnut shops and coffee shops, bakeries, all sorts of establishments saying that they'd gotten a real bump, not just from people who were going to the show but people who had come into town hoping to go to the show.
They couldn't, so they just made, like, a little customized Taylor tour of it and got, you know, Taylor Swift-branded sushi rolls or lattes or whatever the case may be.
And so it really created this entire economic ecosystem beyond just the concert.
Yeah, I think that was also a very popular thing, that even if you didn't have tickets, and you kind of saw a lot of the TikToks and Instagram posts from people who just went to the parking lot, and it was kind of a party out there, too.
So it brought even more people into town.
Anecdotally, like, you know, I heard from family members who live in San Francisco, they'd went to L.A. in the hopes of getting tickets, but if not, they were completely fine with being outside in the parking lot.
And, yeah, so that just really added up for all the businesses there, too.