“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”—Buddha (via quote-book) (via rockpaperzombies)
Okay I can get a bit self-absorbed when I start writing or talking about image/fashion/culture/style. It’s definitely a character flaw, but for some reason, I have always been very conscious of what I have always worn and how I was perceived as a result.
But I think everyone is overly self-concious about their image and personal fashion, I think our society has taken great strides in eliminatiing cliques and making progress in the cause of taking our civilization to a post-image society. That being said, we still have a long way to go.
We need to all just wear clothes, listen to music, make art, that appeals to us and only us. That may be impossible, but why can’t you buy a hat or shirt because you like the way it looks? Why does any art/music you take in or make have to box you within a specific style or culture? I suppose to a certain extent we will and it may be even a good thing to be influenced to wear and create things… but don’t let those influences define you, just guide you.
I am sure you always get questions(or at least I do) about what I wear and where that puts me: Am I a hipster? Baller? Punk? Gansta? Bro? Surfer? etc etc
I wear bright colors that have strong design elements to me, doesn’t make me anything
I have been really interested in graffiti and street art because I simply like the aesthetic
Lately I have been listening to music that is merging styles and cultures.. because as always, I feel music can lead the way.
Sure I am influenced, but I do what I do because I just simply like it, not to belong anywhere or to any label. Join the cause by doing the same
The way I see it is, at this point, if we’re going to move forward as a nation - wait, let’s boil that down: If we’re going to move forward as human beings, we’re going to need to stop competing so much.
What? Oh yes, of course. America is based on capitalism and capitalism thrives and…
This isn’t breaking news, nothing press conference worthy. But I got to get this out there:
I am a pretty lonely guy.
A “no duh” statement for many reading(if any of course) I’m sure.
Yes I have super awesome parents, a pretty cool brother, tons of spectacular friends and family. I still feel so dis attached from all of them. I just feel that my psyche and soul is soul is so torn, too divided to the point that I cannot completely relate with anyone. I have been pretty much been treated like a stranger in a strange land since about 12 years old. There is always a part of me that is always scorned.
And of course isolation and loneliness is an understatement when it comes to the affairs of love and romance. I have been virtually single for 4 years…. going that long without sharing your soul with someone is, as you may imagine, a burden. I can see on the surface that I am not the ultimate sell, choosing to live with parents, stay in community college, etc etc. And my views on love are a little more “traditional” than most(In other words I am unwilling to participate in one night stands and instant gratification).
But is there really no one that shares my values and principles? Is there no one that can look past my flaws? Are my standards to high? Am I actually choosing this romantic isolation? Am I to be alone? Or am I too afraid to not be alone?
Maybe(again to no one’s surprise) I am not over my Ex( to perhaps a surprise to many an ex of an 8 year relationship.) She is married(happily I hope), absolutely thrilled for her, she got her happy ending. When do I get mine?
Perhaps I am to have just the happy beginning with no conclusion… to always use art, music, basketball, and politics as a means to run away from my loneliness. To always use cynicism, nihilism, and bitterness as a way to combat loneliness, or to justify it. To always share these feelings in both my art and my cynicism as a cry for help.
I can’t even tell if isolation bothers me anymore, it has been this way for so long now, that I am just totally numb to any pain that it once caused. Obviously pain is there, but I am sure it will be forgotten as soon as I finish this entry. All I can do is to continue to live my life the way I want to, to live my life in service of others, to live my life without regret or remorse.
““Business Narcissism” is rampant. It is the leader’s default thinking that they are the exception to the rule. “Business Narcissism” is the tendency of all leaders and teams, across industries, to think that they are always encountering a special case. The real unique opportunity is for leaders to internalize a grounding realization: not much is new and yes, you can adequately learn from the past.”—Scott Belsky on Business Narcissism (via nthnryn)
I have posting a lot of sketches exploring two things:
1. The fusion/combination of graffiti and more “traditional” abstract expressionsism
2. The pros and cons of 21st century youth culture
These sketches are definitely not final products, but I like to show my process to what paintings might look like in the future and Arshile Gorky has kind of taught me to take sketches somewhat seriously, they are still sketches, not perfect at all, but I still take my time working on them.
I plan to start painting some of these ideas out tomorrow, paintings may not look exactly like sketches but will definitely have elements of the sketches in the work.
If you have any comments, criticisms, suggestions etc. Feel free to share, it is one reason why I share my sketches with you.