<b><p></b> <b>take this to your grave:</b> open beer cans spilled on couches, crowdsurfing, tattoos on biceps, fighting about Vans vs. Converse, broken drumsticks, jumping off stages, cigarette lighters, ramen noodles.<p/><b>from under the cork tree:</b> camera flashes, dubiously acquired Ritalin, group therapy sessions, jeans unzipped in back closets, cheap alcohol, eyeliner streaks<p/><b>infinity on high:</b> freeway driving, ex-girlfriends, juvenile laughter, messy hair, political awakenings, spiral notebooks, sunglasses at night, eighteen and over clubs.<p/><b>folie a deux:</b> broken synth machines, nightclub bathrooms, cocaine on credit cards, burning American flags, boxes of hair dye, relapse and recovery, bulletproof vests, tour bus engines, goodbyes.<p/><b>save rock and roll:</b> city skylines, fresh faces, controlled explosions, espresso bottles, luxury homes, red carpets, holding on to things that are lost, xanax tablets.<p/><b>american beauty/american psycho:</b> manicured lawns, bloodstained marble floors, sneaking out to concerts, the suburbs, leaving home, sex in cars, divine revenge, coming clean.<p/><b></b> <p/></p><p/></p>
@sammiielli@fan-fiction-galore This is my piece for the Dog Days of Summer Writing Challenge. This is the first piece that I’ve actually posted that’s about a wrestler. I will admit I had a bit of difficulty writing this because I couldn’t decide on who to write for and then I was afraid that it would be too out of character but fuck it, yolo. The following list were my prompts:
Quote 7: Wait no I didn’t-I didn’t mean it like that!
Location 12: The side of the road in the desert
Situation 1: The car has broken down and you two are fighting.
I would love feedback but please, make sure it’s creative criticism and not hate/complaints because honestly I don’t have time for that. Normally I do not get anything like that but I know wrestling fans tend to be a bit crazy( I mean that in the nicest way possible.)
Pairing: Marty Scurll x Reader, Pete Dunne x Reader; Word Count: 3,562 Warnings: mentions of smut, mentions of suicide A/N: Literally just repeating myself, I would LOVE feedback.
Below the cut you shall find probably the greatest fic I have ever written.
The artist Tasha Dougé with hold her work “This Land is OUR Land,” a flag made out of hair. Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Curly. Straight. Processed. Silkener. Dreads. Good hair. Nappy hair.
Wigs. Today we’re exploring the world of hair, a billion-dollar
all its complexities, hair is an integral element in the New York-based
artist Tasha Dougé’s work “This Land is OUR Land.” We spoke with her
about the piece, and the intersection between history, art, hair, and
identity. (The conversation has been lightly edited and condensed.)
What inspired you to create “This Land”?
inspiration came from the phrase “Make America Great Again.” O.K., so
we’re going to make America great…When was it great? Who made it great?
Who was it great for? When you answer these questions, you’ll have a
slew of answers. When I think about this nation as a whole, it wouldn’t
be what it is now without the contributions of enslaved Africans. I
wanted to explore how I could convey the story of slaves in a way that
hasn’t been done before. Without much thought, the image of the American
flag came to mind. And then I thought: “Oh, I’m going to make the
American flag with black hair.” And then I wanted to replace the stars
Describe the creative process.
hair I used was synthetic braiding hair in different shades (black,
dark brown, brown, gray) that I purchased online. There were times that I
was exhausted, because I work 9 to 5. She was definitely a task as she
is 5 feet by 3 feet. I thought to myself that I could have walked away
at any given point because no one knows she is in existence, but “no”
kept resounding in my head, because my ancestors didn’t give up. And
their pain was nowhere near my pain. So if I’m going to pay homage to my
ancestors, I need to do right by them and complete this task. I
reference her, Justice, as my blessed burden to carry. When you’re
speaking truth that people don’t want to hear, that can be burdensome.
used a braiding technique of elongating the braid without creating a
new braid. It was a technique that I had watched for years of getting my
own hair braided in African hair shops. Once I was done with all the
strands, some 15 feet long, I then stitched them to chicken wire.
final touch was sewing on the balls of cotton instead of stars. I
wanted every element of that flag to have some type of representation:
The brown stripes speak to the varying spectrum of color we are
(light-skinned slaves were in the house and darker slaves were in the
field); and we are all interwoven in that trauma of skin tone; the gray
represents the years of oppression and it’s ongoing; the black box
represents the black experience exclusive to this country. There is
something very unique about the experience of black people in America.
Cotton is really what spearheaded slavery in the first place.
What is the takeaway?
want people to recognize and acknowledge the unquestionable
contributions of my – better yet – our ancestors to this country. I want
people to delve into the trauma of being unrepresented, ignored and
invisible. I want people to feel pride, shame, loss, gratitude, remorse,
respect and everything else there is to feel. I want people to see the
resilient nature of the ancestors and their descendants because we are
still slaves, just in a different rite. I want people to see the amount
of labor and the level of commitment that is needed when striving for
justice. And there are so many more layers to explore because she
speaks to many facets of our existence and exploitation.
What does hair mean in the African-American community, and how do you think other communities view our hair?
answer for this one is far too long to condense the layers into a few
sentences. I can say this for now: after people kept asking me why I
chose hair, it made me realize how black people propel the hair
industry. Either we subscribe to the European aesthetic and spend all
our money there, or we try to buy African hair and products from shops
in our communities, but owned by people outside of our race. Either
way, the money never funnels back into the black community. There is
also the issue of cultural misappropriation. One word…Kardashians.
This image is supposed to represent an “American idea” the first thing that your eyes notice is an american flag and blonde hair. An American stereotype. little do you know this image is taken in one of the most diverse areas on the planet and the model is of persian decent, not european. The model for this image is a personal friend, a fellow photographer, and a true American. she just happens to be of Persian decent. To me, ethnicity this is just another amazing part of what makes them who they are. To certain people it is a threat, or a product of bias opinion only to trigger hate. That is not what the american flag means to me. Xenophobia is not what we as a species should even consider or waste our time on.