Love Notes

Crazy Little Thing Called Love Notes

March 16, 2017     Like This Post!

It’s been some time since my last graffiti post. I’ve spotted a good amount of graffiti and collected a bunch in my phone. I concluded I really like grafitti on trucks. It’s as if people put so much thought into it while the execution looks quick and raw. I love the raw look. That’s the cool thing about graffiti.

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Analyze This

Why I Strike

March 15, 2017     Like This Post!

Every day that passes, I get more and more frustrated with what’s going on out in the world. The women’s strike was last week and as you could imagine, there was backlash and condescending questioning of what the point was and if anything was actually accomplished.

Growing up, it was me and my two brothers. I grew up with parent’s who were old fashioned in the sense where women stay at home and men go out and work. I was raised to be the “girl of the house” helping my mom with chores while my brothers played their video games. Being in a house with brothers, I made it very clear that it’s all or none of us that will do the chores, and I fought against the double standard up until I moved out.

My parents lightened up when I left for college, but their old school mindset and traditional ways got the best of them sometimes. My dad told me recently that he raised me like that so I can grow up to be a “tough cookie”. I can’t tell if he was sincere or if he was making up excuses. Whatever the case, I was surrounded by the double standard, and fought tooth and nail to be acknowledged as an equal.

Since I was five, I’ve been conscious of double standards and sexism, and while my stories and memories are nothing compared to what other women have dealt with, I still fight for equality and against the double standard. Things need to change, and everyone who speaks up can make a difference.

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Tarot To-Go

Tarot To-Go // Full Moon in Virgo!

Guest post written by Victoria

March 12, 2017     Like This Post!

Happy Full Moon in Virgo! This lunar energy is a great time to check in with myself and see what lurks beneath the surface of my consciousness. For this week’s Tarot-To-Go, I used a spread that I found in Ethony’s 2017 Full Moon Tarot Guide which can be found alongside a treasure trove of other tricks and tips on her website, www.ethony.com! Her Instagram account is worth following — I learn something new everyday!

Let’s get started!

Card #1 — What baggage needs to stay behind?

This Full Moon has asked me to give up the need to CHOOSE WISELY all the time. I’ve spent so much of my life overthinking and overweighing my options to the point of anxiety, oftentimes paralyzing myself with doubt; think about any choice for too long and you’ll find problems with the options. To be challenged to surrender my need to make the right choice is to be asked to surrender my need for control. Can’t I roll with the waves of life? Analyzing the imagery, we can see a man sitting on a dock with his palms open in meditation. As a new student of Zen Buddhism, meditation is one of my core spiritual practices. The Universe is reminding me that I’m only one step in the right direction and to feel that freedom — like the pair of birds in the top right corner — I need to stop trying to do it RIGHT. Because those hands in the picture? They sure point in a lot of directions but they all lead to the sea. No matter what I choose on my journey, I will always end up where I needed to be. Time to lift up my fins and float down the river for a spell!

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Surface + Style

White Hair, No Care

March 10, 2017     Like This Post!

I’m 26 and I would say 45% of my hair is now growing in white. How I feel about it? Undecided. For me, it’s all or nothing, so it’s just awkward.

Genes are a funny thing because my mom started going white at a pretty young age too. I’m sure dyeing my hair since age 11 hasn’t helped the situation either, but I’ve accepted the fact that my genes aren’t so great when it comes to hair.

Dyeing my hair black when all my hair wants to do is grow in white is kinda the worst thing. I feel like an old lady trapped behind a baby face, which has such a juxtaposition game happening. I imagine it throws everyone off. It still throws me off when I look in the mirror. And I especially feel odd when I use black spray to cover up my roots every morning. I feel like that’s an old lady move.

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Action Reaction

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017     Like This Post!

(Credit: ITV.com)

In celebration of International Women’s Day, here’s short story about an entire country who made HERstory.

October 24, 1975: The women of Iceland went on strike. It was reported that about 90% of the women participated in this strike! Just as we’re still fighting today, 42 years later, these women wanted to demonstrate the importance of their contribution to society. They left their paid work, left their home duties, and left their families to go on strike to make their statement that women deserve the equality that all human beings deserve. Something that should be a simple concept is what they fought against then and crazily is something we’re still fighting today.

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Tarot To-Go

Tarot To-Go // February 19

Guest post written by Victoria

February 19, 2017     Like This Post!

I’ve been having a hard time connecting with the deck I got this past Christmas. Despite the few successful readings I’ve managed to achieve and the phenomenal artwork of gorgeous mermaids, I can’t seem to make heads or tails of the energy these beautiful cards produce. To combat this problem, I’ve decided to pull only one card for this week’s Tarot To-Go so we can all get a better feel for this incredible deck.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

Whenever I am preparing to make a selection, I shuffle the deck to get myself tapped into the Universe. I start with several grounding breaths and then sort the deck into four piles, naming aspects of life that come in groups of four as I go (the four cardinal directions, elements, etc). Then I gather back up the piles and repeat the process with three piles and then again with only two until finally I remind myself that all of those other numbers are merely an illusion — all that exists is One.

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Illustration

Riso Printing Crash Course Attendee

February 17, 2017     Like This Post!

Last weekend, I took a crash course in riso printing. I like taking the occasional class, be it a crash course, or semester-long class. Besides learning something new, it gives me something to do and something to look forward to after a long day at work. Trying something new was also a goal for this year, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished so far.

There’s this local studio, actually a few blocks away from my job that offers classes and a membership in which you can use their facilities. My plan was to take the risograph class and hopefully after feeling comfortable enough to use it, I’d sign up for a membership.

So the risograph is a Japanese duplicator machine. It’s kinda living in the underground right now because there’s not much information about it out there. It’s intended for just making copies, not making art. But there’s something about it that gives artist a creative freedom to print in bulk. It’s not like your standard copy machine where it prints colors all at once. You have to manually take out the one ink drum and put in another one. It mimics a lot of qualities of screenprinting but it’s strictly for paper. You kinda should make sure you’re educated in the color wheel before taking on riso, especially when colors overlap. It’s pretty darn cool in that sense.

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