artist activism

Content Creators Don’t have to be Perfect People

I don’t expect every single person who makes art or content for people to enjoy need to be upstanding moral people. That’s an unrealistic thing to expect.

However expecting everyone, including content creators and artists, to not be actively bigoted or defend bigotry “as a joke” is not a high expectation of anyone. Any content creator that cries about how they or their peers aren’t “respected” after they say/do something bigoted are being immature and defensive. There are consequences for your actions and it doesn’t matter how popular you are on youtube or any other platform. 

I GOT A BUNCH so I’m gonna answer these at the same time!!

1. what is your favorite color to work with?

warm colors! shades of red mostly, at one point my portfolio was almost exclusively red……

2. who is your favorite character to draw?

LANCE AND KEITH if that wasn’t entirely obvious yet. also from my ocs I love hakaze.

6. tag your favorite artists/inspirations!  

oh man I’m sorry there’s just so many?? but on insta @skylocked @kawanocy @anatofinnstark @maxprentisvisual @loisvb, on twitter @nkim_illustrate @criisalys @rev_akira @yyish @lownine I’m also really inspired by game concept art, especially anything atlus makes. and then my mom lmao.

anyway I should follow more artists on tumblr actively

7. do you prefer sketching, outlining, or coloring?

sketching probably?? it really depends on the picture though, I love coloring characters, but backgrounds can be kinda ehhh especially buildings

12. draw one of your favorite characters in 15 seconds.

guess whoo

14. what was something that you used to draw a lot that you don’t draw as much anymore?

in middle school I used to draw nothing but dogs and wolves. I was that person with a deviantart dog oc with glorious colored bangs

In a year where tyranny, bigotry, and hate seems to be winning. A year where artists, rebels, and outcasts keep being taken from us…The world needs us: the freaks, queers, artists, writers, activists, resisters, revolutionaries, rebels, dreamers, creators, thinkers, poets, philosophers, deviants, outcasts, pacifists, fighters, and lovers more than ever.

Rise up and unite against the Empire, my rebel friends. ✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿

RIP Carrie Fisher. ❤

The dub of episode 12 was wonderful, but one line really stood out to me, as a summary of the unique format of the Yuri on Ice story and how it plays with the usual happy ending cliches. (It was in the sub as well, and it caught my eye there as well but something about hearing it made it a lot more interesting.)

“No tale is more compelling, than one that never ends.”

In context, it’s about JJ and Seung Gil Lee, two skaters who are in the prime of their career and whose subtle interactions with each other will continue long past the Grand Prix Final. After all, the Grand Prix is just the start of the skating season. There is so much left to do, and so many stories to be told on the sidelines of the greater Victor/Yuri arc. 

And the thing about skating is that it never stops. Individual skaters work through their careers, but then they coach or choreograph or inspire other younger skaters, who step into their places and continue refining the art. It’s a neverending story, one that only gets greater over time. There’s so much love for the immortality of the ice- the infinite and eternal possibility of greater things in the future- in the writing. No ends, no neatly tied up resolutions. Everything keeps going, and that perpetual motion is beautiful. 

Look at the story we get told with Yuri on Ice. It starts with two skaters in a standstill, trying to figure out how to move forward with their lives. Their victory is not winning a gold medal or getting married and having babies, it’s continuing with their careers, continuing to contribute to the eternal story. They don’t get to settle down, they get to be immortal.

Even if we get a season two, I don’t think we’ll ever get a cut and dried ending, where everyone waltzes into the sunset. That would be a betrayal of the story they’re trying to tell. It isn’t about finding happiness, it’s about progress, about inspiring each other to be better skaters and attaining happiness in the process. 

Maybe one of the main characters will retire, but certainly not permanently. There will always be the next generation in the wings to be tutored, a surprise comeback to be made. One more competition, one more year, one more medal or routine, all the way into forever. 

Not only is that sort of open ended storytelling uniquely poignant, it’s also perfect for a show that endeavors not just to tell a love story but to tell the story of an entire sport. Nothing ever stops, there is no final goal to reach, only an ever evolving conglomerate of beauty that every athlete contributes to. A happy ending for Yuri on Ice is an anti-ending, one forever that promises a more glorious future just around the corner. 

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Keith Haring painting a mural on Houston Street and Bowery in Manhattan, 1982.  

This was Keith’s first major outdoor mural. It became an instant downtown landmark after Keith painted it in the summer of 1982. The mural was up for only a few months in the summer of 1982 before it was painted out but its image remains imprinted in the memory of many people who were part of the downtown artist community in the early 1980s. 

In 2008 the Keith Haring Foundation, Goldman Properties and Deitch Projects recreated the mural using the extensive photographic documentation of the original work. The work was unveiled on May 4, 2008 the day that would have been Keith Haring’s 50th Birthday .

Keith’s former collaborater, graffiti artist Anel Oritz (LA II) contributed by tagging the wall and filling in the negative space with an intricate black interlocking pattern.

The recreation was on display until 2009.