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    So, can I have Anthony Bourdain’s life or…?


    “Hi I’m Anthony bourdain and I’m a rich white guy with two tv shows where travel and I use my rich white privilege to make local people show me awesome stuff, and to make you know how awesome I am.”

    Though that episode in Osaka was pretty awesome. (I saw it when my dad was watching on his dvr during dinner)

    He’s really the only travel guy I watch (okay Andrew Zimmern is a guilty pleasure, and tbh that show has made me open to trying lots of different kinds of food), and that’s because he openly acknowledges the double-edged sword that is the brand of journalism/tourism that he does—i.e. the entertainment kind—and that he doesn’t really have any answers for the ethical dilemma that it brings up. I appreciate that he goes to these places and actually has an interest in getting to know the people there, instead of showcasing just how “weird” and “ethnic” they are. Or how much pity white, civilized folk should be giving them.

    I do remember an episode where he went to someplace in Asia, and there was a bit about some of the traditions in this one area about how to treat the monks, and he openly came out and said that he’s always kind of torn about the show because while he wants to show these amazing places and cultures, he doesn’t really want a bunch of rich westerners to wind up crawling all over and ruining the thing that made it great to begin with. He was basically trying to say “it always ends up turning into western imperialism”, but I’m sure the network wouldn’t have appreciated him being so frank.

    Anyways, Bourdain is a smart guy and he knows exactly what he’s doing.

    (Source: kileyrae)

    — 2 years ago with 30 notes
    #travel  #journalism  #culture  #substance  #anthony bourdain 










    Fuck everything you ever knew about painting.

    Holy fuck.

    Mad. Absolutely mad!!!!


    Oh my god

    That right there, is fucking art.


    Very impressive. And a good point to those who think they need a god mode tablet or something to be able to do art. This guy did it with a mucked up brush…and a fucking knife.

    The hardest lesson an amateur artist has to learn is how to separate their art from their supplies.

    $2000 wacom tablets, $4 markers, and $50 brushes do not an artist make. You should be able to do what you do with a stick in the dirt if that’s all you had.

    (Source: rohirrim, via descomic)

    — 2 years ago with 4498 notes
    #art  #substance 
    Yeah… it does seem like that. I guess they’re in their rights to pimp their friends… but a lot of those comics I don’t even find funny or even understand or sometimes just find offensive.

    I mean, yeah it’s all well and good to link to friends, but I think at this point… if they really care about comics as an industry, medium, and artform, (some of them very much do), then it would be in their best interest to help reinvigorate the scene so that it doesn’t go the way that print comics have: stagnate itself into irrelevance. Everyone knows that print comics are struggling, and bad; that they’re practically on life support these days. And everyone knows the only way to fix it is to bring in new ideas, new talent, and new stories… basically create more variety so that the medium has a chance of surviving and catching the interest of people who aren’t comics fans.

    The 99% of the webcomic world (yes, I went there LOL) understand this, and there are fantastic communities that they’ve built up to support each other, talk shop, and get their work seen. But the Elites exist way off in their own aloof worlds. It’s like as soon as a creator is offered a topatoco store, the rest of the community can kiss their ass. And that’s not what should be happening. Comics isn’t a competition. :\

    — 2 years ago with 196 notes
    #substance  #webcomics 
    The “Popular Webcomic” Phenomenon

    I always thought it funny that like, the 20 most popular/money-making webcomics, if they have an area dedicated to linking to other comics, ALWAYS pimp the other most famous 19 comics, regardless of whether or not they’re actually good.

    It’s like, I have a really hard time believing Ryan North actually likes and reads Least I Could Do. I guess if he linked to CAD, then it would be too obvious, though.

    Reminds me of a conversation I had with Shaun over the weekend in reference to this new webcomic:

    him: Fuckin Clevinger* linked to it on Twitter
    me: Hehehe
    me: We need more pros pimping comics that aren’t theirs
    : There’s no fucking money to be had in comics, it shouldn’t be a competition any more :P
    me: Industry needs community that aren’t comic cons (…which exist to sell shit)

    *One of the guys behind Atomic Robo

    The webcomic in question, Power Nap, is really quite mind-bogglingly good, and it made me wonder why pros and comics people of considerable influence don’t do this more often. I realized how sad I was that the Webcomic Elites have such a hold on what readers consider to be great webcomics. They do nothing but link to each other because it’s like, none of them actually read other webcomics themselves. Instead, when throwing together a link farm, they just went to wikipedia, looked up “webcomic”, and just copy and pasted all the comics from there. It’s all inbreeding.

    Granted, some of the Webcomic Elites deserve to be pimped by everyone because they’re just that good; Hark, A Vagrant! comes to mind, and so does Gunshow. But not really anyone else. I don’t even like Dinosaur Comics that much (I was linked to a particular strip by someone on a forum), and in that situation, reading it made sense. The strip is like a punchline to a joke that everyone else was hard at work writing and little more. And Penny Arcade isn’t even a webcomic anymore so much as it is a fucking entire media outlet for the gaming industry now.

    Moreover, who fucking links to Penny Arcade? Or Perry Bible Fellowship? Or anything by those fuckwads Sohmer and deSouza? It’s like linking to Wikipedia, or eBay, or Gmail, when you’ve got a section under your links page for “Sites I Visit Often”. It’s silly and asinine. It makes me seriously question your enthusiasm for the medium vs. your enthusiasm to make money. Because I don’t even

    And is it just me, or are all the Webcomic Elites more or less all the same genre?

    — 2 years ago with 180 notes
    #substance  #webcomics 
    dear people who dont understand the fuss about cultural appropriation and just want to express their creativity and make “art”:


    The way you feel that expressing your “creativity” and making “art” are so incredibly important that you will defend them to the death against any threat, real or imagined, to your ability to do whatever you want for them?

    That’s how a lot of poc feel about you appropriating from their cultures and communities, especially when it comes to sacred things like headdreses and dia de los muertos.

    So if you cant understand what “sacred” means to a lot of poc? Just think of that instead.

    This is a super tricky subject for me, as I’m basically appropriating from the ancient Maya cultures (though there are still plenty of Mayan communities still around in the Yucatan Peninsula and elsewhere), which is why I really, really want to get my hands on some literature or academia detailing some of the old philosophies. I wanna know more about the myth of Kulkulkan, or about the Mayan tree of life, or their ritual practices, so I can do them justice beyond “look at this cool looking shit I’m copying”. Unfortunately, I’m under the impression that a lot of this information is still unknown, so appropriating in a respectful way is really difficult. I guess the big thing I could do would be to pay homage to the idea of the Tzolk’in, their 260-day ritual calendar (which is still very much in use by current Mayan daykeepers), because their culture seems to heavily focus on it.

    That would be an extremely daunting task; it’s so complicated to get to the point where you can intuitively read the calendar it takes years of apprenticeship under a daykeeper or Mother-father. And I would have to try creating something that elaborate and full of context and information from scratch.

    But this would probably be the best route to take—both ethically and practically. I’ve thought over the years the best way for the people in Aquapunk to keep track of the seasons, and long ago reconciled with the fact that I can’t use the western celtic system that I’ve been programmed to think in. (The traditional Wiccan sabbats are based on this calendrical system, which was based on the cycles of the harvest in the northern hemisphere.) Halloween, Christmas, Easter, May Day… all of those holidays have roots in ancient pagan traditions from northern Europe, where the change of seasons is very noticeable. So how do a people near the equator, who don’t really have a discernible spring, summer, fall, or winter measure time? What would their calender revolve around? Likewise, how would a people who live underwater, who can’t feel rain or snow or hot, sunny days, measure time?

    Well for the Maya, they go almost exclusively by the stars, and their holidays don’t necessarily revolve around the harvest. The growing season of corn, maybe, but I don’t think it dominates.

    So I think, for my fish people, the sky is going to be the foundation for the calendar, but I have to throw in other things too for it to make a little more sense. Maybe they can measure winter by the change in the magnetic field when the planet tilts, or they can measure spring by the timely release of spores or fogs of algae blooms (which would be dangerous, I assume).

    Anyways, I guess my point was that it’s hard to be inspired by something and to use it for something completely different, while still being as respectful as possible to the people from where it came. Especially if details are lacking and every time you do a book search it’s nothing but ACTUAL gross appropriation by New Age “thinkers” who believe that all people are one and they can pick and choose whatever the hell they want in the name of “a higher consciousness”. 2012 theorists who have absolutely no idea what the Long Count actually is can fuck right off.

    (via fuckyeahfeminists)

    — 2 years ago with 73 notes
    #culture  #maya  #substance 
    Red Flags →


    So, look: I actually do have a fundamental problem with the expectation that women change their names. Yes, I know we all choose our choice and blah blah, but I think it’s really fucked up that it’s really only a “choice” that’s offered to women and that there’s so much pressure about “tradition” and “family” and unspoken expectations that you’re Really Committed and Really Love Your Husband, and that in 2011 the whole concept of marriage still involves dissolving your own identity into your husband’s. I am not going to pretend that I am a fan of the name-change. I am not even going to pretend that I don’t get a tiny bit internally judgy, or at least frustrated, when I scroll through my facebook feed and see all of these names I don’t recognize. But also — and this is not a new observation — we all make compromises in our lives, and we all do the best we can against the very strong tide of social norms, and a lot of really unfeminist social norms can also make us feel good, as name-changing reportedly does for some reason (something I honestly don’t comprehend, but people are different). Some battles aren’t worth fighting, and some people tie a lot to tradition even if those traditions are totally fucked up, so ok. I mean, my feet are all fucked up from years of wearing high heels and I continue to wear them anyway, so, glass houses and whatnot.

    But you know what is a huge red flag? If your fiance pitches a fit about you hesitating to change your name. Actually, I think it’s a pretty big red flag if your fiance pressures you in any way to change your name. Having a discussion is one thing; having him be like, “You should take my name” and then getting salty if you push back is kind of a dick move. And I know, I know, I just called a whole lot of dudes dicks on the internet, so cue comment blow-up about how maybe all of these dudes are just really nice guys who want a family unit and tradition and and and and. Fine. If a dude pressures you to take his name, suggest he take your name and watch him literally laugh in your face. A dude who wants you to subvert your own identity for his because you are The Lady is probably not the most woman-friendly dude, you know?

    well said.

    I will admit to getting a little sad that he didn’t want to take my name, just as he probably got a little sad that I didn’t want to take his. Honestly? I would have become a Knowler if my clan wasn’t scheduled to dry up with me, and if it just rolled off the tongue better too. As shallow as that may seem. Also of course creator integrity stuff; I’m in the middle of trying to make a name for myself as a Baker, so changing it would be a bit problematic on that front too.

    I don’t get pissed at women who chose to give up their names out of choice, because I get it. I get the feeling, and the symbolism, and what meaning it may have for that couple. The point about the red flag is very true— but just like with BDSM practitioners, but because a woman is submissive to a man in whatever consensual context, doesn’t mean she’s undermining the entire feminist movement or insulting women everywhere. It just doesn’t work that way. You’re allowed to not understand what she’s getting out of it, just like how you’re allowed to not understand what she might get out of taking her husbands name, but you’re not allowed to make judgement calls. Especially without context.

    — 2 years ago with 212 notes
    #marriage  #feministe  #names  #red flags  #relationships  #feminism  #substance 
    SlutWalk: A Stroll Through White Supremacy


    Note: I had long ago decided to stop blogging here for a couple of reasons. For one, I could not devote enough time to posting as regularly as I had in the past, but I also found more and more outlets with wider audiences that would publish my pieces. With so much dialogue surrounding SlutWalk lately, I wanted to insert the voice of a woman of color to add critical pressure from the margins; however, I found it difficult to find an outlet that would publish me. I first queried The Guardian, which had already printed a couple of pieces authored by white women about the event, and never heard anything back (they have, subsequently, posted more pieces about SlutWalk, all authored by white women). I then attempted to add this post on HuffPo, where I have contributed in the past – although they were nice enough to at least respond to me, they rejected my post. Rather than waste another week trying to find an outlet, I’ve taken the advice of people I love and trust and have revived my once-retired blog to post a piece that (oddly enough) explains some of the ways in which white women have constructed a conversation that women of color can’t seem to participate in.

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    Still trying to figure out how I feel about SlutWalk— I guess a little apathy and a little ambivalence. Taking it at face value, I can appreciate it: a march dedicated to raise awareness about victim-blaming and slut-shaming. Does it have its problems? Sure it does. What movement doesn’t?

    What I’m iffy about is the idea that SlutWalk is now officially the end-all-be-all of all pro-sex and sexual assault victim-empowering activism. That it is now the only venue where anyone can go to support those things, and the only measuring stick we have for people use use when they talk about the cultural implications of its goals. Either SlutWalk is great, or it’s horrible and racist and cissexual. There’s no in between, no shades of gray, and perhaps most frustratingly, there’s no alternative, it seems.

    I think SlutWalk was made to do one thing, and it’s doing it. People are trying to make it do all sorts of things, and I’m just not sure it’s built for that. I think it’s a little silly to ask the march, as a whole, to stand up for (what seems to be) every human rights violation that ever happens.

    Maybe someone needs to come up with something else that can be done on behalf of all the groups that they feel are being alienated by SultWalk. Maybe they need to keep avoiding it so that it will have no choice but to be perceived by the public at large as more and more whitewashed or middle-class or fat-phobic whatever unit of privilege you see as being most problematic. (For me, sizism/lookism seems to be most readily apparent.)

    Will the walk ever actually “reclaim” the word slut? As someone in the comments of the original blog post said, it never belonged to women to begin with. However, a sex-positive culture where being a sexual assault victim isn’t a crime in itself is something that I honestly believe is attainable. And call me whatever PC buzzword you want, but to me, that’s what SlutWalk represents most.


    — 2 years ago with 34 notes
    #substance  #feminism  #slutwalk 
    Went to the Art Book Fair today, and picked up a couple minis…

    A tiny little book called “gentle soul” by Lisa Vanin

    …and issue 4 of Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake. It feels like a porn comic somewhere, but if it is, it’s not really sexy at all. Just drop dead gorgeous and wonderful in so many odd ways that I can’t even begin to describe it.

    FUCK I want to make art now.

    — 2 years ago with 308 notes
    #art  #books  #amazing  #omg  #substance 
    daggerbyte asked: Hey, I just reblogged one of your posts with a response that might have come off as annoyed with your stance on it, but just wanted to say nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I'm often fascinated with your feminist posts but regret that Tumblr is perhaps one of the worst media for a dialogue on an interesting topic! I would be very interested to chat feminism with you sometime if you could bear the irony.


    Nah, I got what you were trying to say. At least, I think..! And thanks a bunch, it’s always good to hear from someone that isn’t saying “being a feminist makes you look bad” or something to that extent. Tumblr is pretty awful at having discussions over, as it seems you can only “talk” to one person at a time… I’ve actually found that publicly posting answers to asks is the best for that on here. xB

    PS- Hope you didn’t mind me answering this publicly, by the way. xD If not, lemme know and we can chat in private. :>

    — 2 years ago with 219 notes
    #feminism  #substance 
    Dr. Pepper: Our product is "not for women" →





    Well. That’s about as blatant as it gets, amirite?

     I dunno, to be honest I’m kind of pleased that they’re marketing a diet product to men, especially after all the Special K posters I’ve been walking past recently (FOR GIRLS! Because you’re all too fatty fat fat and exercise isn’t ladylike so you have to have cardboard for breakfast)

    I think at this point the only way you can make a diet product and get men to buy it is to make it a boys’ club thing, because otherwise they’ll look totally gay for buying a diet drink, which are always marketed to women because women are all total fatties and should worry about it all day every day.

    Unlike the products that are “too awesome” for women (see: Yorkie bars), I guess this is sort of a flailing stumble in the right direction? Of course I haven’t actually seen the ad, just read this post, so maybe it is marketed as too awesome for women, in which case fuck you Dr Pepper.

    Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. They realized the problem (that losing weight not through rigorous weight-lifting at the gym is thought of being too girly), but they didn’t… do a very good job of trying to rectify the misconception, and instead just used it as a way to sell the product. Doing both would be hard as hell from a marketing standpoint, I’ll admit, but c’mon. We’ve got some pretty disturbingly brilliant minds in advertising. Too bad they never seem to use their powers for good.

    I’m not sure what to make of disappointment in advertising. To me, it’s much like hearing the phrase “disenchantment with Wall Street,” or something. You should turn your back on advertising. You may be wasting a lot of time (not to mention embittering yourself) on concerning yourself with having it changed. Turn your back on it and do not feed it. It then starves and is reborn as something else per chance to succeed. It’s not about whether a group likes or dislikes an ad. It’s about whether someone talked about it, and in many cases not even that. All you have to do is see it and they’re satisfied. Turn your back.

    EDIT: In other words, women should drink the fuck out of this product to show Pepsico how incredibly stupid they are.

    Advertising shouldn’t be beyond (or below) criticism or discussion. Sure, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but at the same time it’s not a zero-sum game. In fact, it should be dissected the hell out of by the consumer, because only when we turn the subliminal into the conscious can we become aware of our spending habits, and what things prompt us to spend as silly as they might seem when they finally see the light of day. Advertisers want mindless consumerism that doesn’t question what their ads mean beyond “buy me”, and when its rejection, I’m sure they’d rather it be mindless rejection also. Because if we never find out why something didn’t speak to us, then it’s a localized instance, and it remains difficult to apply that thinking to a recognition of a broad pattern of behavior that can then be turned into a social dialogue about what we, as a culture, are really thinking and desiring from the people and world around us.

    Having women buy Dr. Pepper as a reactionary backlash is meaningless— because that’ll tell Coca Cola that being offensive works. They’re not interested in why people are buying their product, only that they are. It would be positive reinforcement of something that I’d rather not condone. ;B

    (Source: fuckyeahfeminists, via daggerbyte)

    — 2 years ago with 87 notes
    #Dr. Pepper  #sexism  #advertising  #fail  #disappoint  #substance