Monstress (2015)   //  Image Comics

“Monstress is about an outsider, a young woman who belongs nowhere; it is about young women who fight, who tame, who are consumed—and who become monsters in their own right,” said Liu. “I wanted to tell a story that encompasses all these things, and more. A story about women, young and old, picking up the pieces after surviving the horrors of war—and finding a home for themselves in a world that has otherwise exploited them. 

Set in an alternate history to our own, where immense Cloverfield-like monstrosities have conquered half the planet, and spanning the steppes of a shattered Asia, to the destroyed heart of a fallen Europe, Monstress is an epic adventure of frontiers and empires, and the rise of a young woman warrior, whose power may either doom or redeem the planet.”

Story: Marjorie Liu, art: Sana Takeda

Firstly, happy birthday to my wonderful partner. I hope you know that my love for you is immense and all encompassing; you are the most important thing in my life. We’ve had a tough couple of weeks but it has really reinforced that I can’t imagine a life without you in it, and that we will be able to get through anything as a couple.

Secondly, I am 27 years old. What the hell? I look like a teenager.

The Prolific Hidden Works of NICHOLAS KALMAKOFF

Some truly artistic people don’t know how to communicate with #normcore culture. Their visions are so all-encompassing, their need to put brush or pen to paper so engulfing, that they find it almost unbearable to spend time away from their creations with those who can’t comprehend…

#Art, #Featured, #Painting

Thanks for tagging me middleearthstories!!

1. Why did you choose your url?
—Ok, it is going to sound weird, but here goes. Of all the fandoms I really insert myself into, I always thought, chronologically, of Middle-Earth as occurring first and Marvel stuff occurring last. So my name encompasses all the major ones without having to name them all.

2. What is your middle name?

3. If you could own a fictional/fairy-tale pet, what would it be?
—Definitely a dragon…terribly misunderstood creatures dragons (Yes, that’s a Hagrid quote)

4. Favorite color?

5. Favorite song?
—‘She don’t know she’s beautiful.’ All time favorite

6. What are your top three fandoms?
—Tolkien, Harry potter, Marvel

7. Why do you enjoy Tumblr?
—Share my writing and delve deeper into my fandoms (like I need to do that)

8. Tag 9 of your tumblr crushes (they have to do the questions too!)

mariam-of-mirkwood amalthea9 burnt-kloverfield merlinthemoonkitten mangledcreeper12 notmydate kahlipop fanoflokiam sugarshai


My Desk - Michael Bastian

Michael Bastian knows how to dress a space. He has transformed the entrance of his white wall and concrete floor New York Chelsea studio into a cosy downscaled version of his living room at home. Photographs from friends including Joseph Altuzarra, photographic duo Inez & Vinoodh and the gallerist Richard Phibbs decorate the walls, while bookshelves are stuffed with fabric swatches, Flaunt, Brutus and international Vogue magazines, and photographic tomes on Bob Richardson and Lacoste. Everything, everything, is considered – an outlook that applies as much to his collections as it does to his creative space.

Bastian was awarded the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 2011, but he wasn’t always a celebrated designer. Prior to launching his men’s label in 2006, he worked in marketing at Sotheby’s, in visual merchandising at Tiffany & Co, in Ralph Lauren’s home division and held a five-year tenure at Bergdorf Goodman as the men’s fashion director. The upshot is an all-encompassing approach to American style topped off with a wry subversive nod. Case in point: behind his functional desk hangs a Grace Jones poster acquired from a downtown dive bar. Humour is present in his collections, too: for AW13 he referenced outdoorsy sporty types with a Goth slant, while his SS14 collection featured pineapple-print chinos and leopard-print knits worn with dapper cotton blazers.

When did you realise fashion would influence your life and work?

 Have you ever met little kids who are very obsessive about their room and how their toys are arranged? I was one of those kids. I had a GQ subscription at 13 and was always conscious of what I was wearing.

What hangs above your desk? 

A Grace Jones poster. It came from an East Village gay bar called Eastern Bloc. There were 20 of these posters in the bar for Grace Jones week and they took down the one from behind the DJ booth, because it was the only one that wasn’t ripped and dirty.

What items do you keep within arm’s reach on your desk? 

The pigs. They are our office mascots. The pink one is My Pinky and the black one is Natalie Porkman – because it’s the black swine [its namesake actress Natalie Portman starred in the film Black Swan]. They come from Autogrill on the highway in Italy.

What was your first fashion memory? 

I went to business school and I never thought I would end up doing something like this. Back then it was the 1980s, the Reagan era and all about Wall Street. I grew up in Rochester on Lake Ontario, way, way north of the city in upstate New York.

What style rules should men abide by? 

Men get it wrong when they trust someone else’s opinion more than they trust their own. It starts from your mom telling you what to wear and it ends up with your wife telling you what to wear. I’d rather see a guy who isn’t the best dressed but did it with the right intentions.

What do you wear for a typical evening out?

When I’m getting ready to go out, even for a big event like the CFDAs, I open my closet half an hour before and figure it out on the fly. Have you ever noticed that on the days you are not thinking about what you should wear, you end up with the most amazing outfit?

What bag do you carry? 

I don’t use a bag; I just shove everything in my pockets. If you ever see pictures of me, you can always make out the phone, my wallet, ChapStick and cigarettes when I used to smoke…

Why is being in New York important to you? 

New York is a city of people who came from somewhere else to create their own reality. There’s something really hopeful about that. Most of us come to New York when we are so broke that we have four roommates and split a hamburger and work three jobs, but that’s all part of it.

How do you navigate the city? 

This whole idea of New York being a bike city is completely beyond me. I certainly don’t cycle.

Do you think men and women shop differently? 

I have this theory that men always want to look like themselves, but a little better. Womenswear is a completely different language – women are more open to adopting a different persona every day. There is a consistency and steadiness with most men – although there are some who shop for those key seasonal trends.

Would you say your collection has a ‘preppy’ aesthetic?

I abhor what ‘preppy’ has become. It’s really so diluted now; it has become a reference of a reference of a reference. Did you ever hear that phrase ‘a cat wouldn’t recognise its kittens’? I feel like if you dialled back to 1976-78 when this whole idea was percolating and The Official Preppy Handbook [by Lisa Bernberg] first came out; that was real. That was how my friends and my dad were dressing and there was a lot of humour in it. It was a tribe. People become lazy and they equate American style with preppy style.

What does American style mean to you?
Let’s talk about what American style is not. Think of the classic Italian guy who is intimidating and untouchable in his spotlessness; you see the effort he put into his look. The real trick of American style is that it’s a little more undone and unstyled; when you walk out of the door, it should feel as though you didn’t think about it at all. There’s a lot of forgiveness for wrinkled shirts and holes in elbows. It’s not so perfect.

sorry mental health blogs who think using threatening language and bold points is an effective way to get your point across, you don’t get to decide what a trigger is. just because something/someone doesn’t throw a person back into an all-encompassing flashback or give them a straight up panic attack doesn’t mean it’s not a legit trigger for them, or that somehow their PTSD/trauma isn’t as valid as someone else’s. don’t be so cocky. it’s ridiculous.

welcome to juxtapose records!

You’ve been signed and we sincerely hope that you’ll find our companyto be everything you’re looking for in a label. Our executives choose to remain anonymous, but you’ll hear from them eventually. Our representatives are an outspoken group and they’re most likely tired of your shit. If you’re on their bad side, they’ll let you know. We are intent on making Juxtapose the top record label and we are actively scouting talent from anywhere in the world. We’ve scouted the best producers, writers and engineers in the industry and now we’re looking for the best musicians to add to our catalog. Juxtapose will serve as an all encompassing entity for you, from production to marketing. Your greatest tool for the latter is our monthly Juxtapose Records music festival. Visiting the biggest and best cities in the world for a week long event, all of the best of the best will be there at your disposal. We encourage you to take advantage of it, but keep in mind that The Executives will be closely monitoring your every move.


AU: the trial of Hannibal Lecter is televised, Cover + Leader Article |  [inspired by x] [more trial ‘verse]

Dr Lecter sits in the courtroom with his cheshire smile and his witty asides, and suddenly every gruesome charge, every horrific act of which he is accused, fly out of the mind. Online, in the world of hashtags and bon mots, of instantly iconic images and the unrestrained gut-reaction, he is a sensation.

With her, it was all or nothing. She observed you, carefully, thoroughly, and made her choice. She had high standards and a myriad of character tests; but if you made the cut, her love was warm and all-encompassing like a much-needed bath. She made you vulnerable, but she was trustworthy. You could tell her your darkest secrets and deepest wishes without questioning yourself. She cleaned out your wounds with sharp eyes and intuition, and you healed. But eventually you get out of the tub and head out to get dirty again. She was left with a heart half-loved and dirty water.

Hecate (heh-KAH-tee), The Great Triple Goddess.

“Hecate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods…. The son of Cronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea”.

"Her gifts to humans are all-encompassing".

- Hesiod

Greek goddess of magic and spells. She is most often linked with the dark of the moon and presides over magic, ritual, prophetic vision, childbirth, death, the underworld, and the secrets of regeneration. prossibly originating in Asia Minor. Hesiod held her to be the daughter of the Titan Perses and represented her as the bestower of wealth and the blessings of daily life. She witnessed the abduction of Persephone by Hades and assisted in the search for her. Pillars called Hecataea were erected at doorways and crossroads to ward off evil spirits. She was sometimes depicted as three bodies back to back, so that she could look in all directions at a crossroads.

In Egyptian-inspired Greek esoteric writings connected with Hermes Trismegistus, and in magical papyri of Late Antiquity she is described as having three heads: one dog, one serpent, and one horse.

Mistress of the crossroads, this lunar goddess dwells in caves, walks the highways at night, makes love on the vast seas, she is the force that moves the moon.


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