darker image

anonymous asked:

I really liked the line 'the dark side of the king' from your question about enforcers. would you maybe be willing to talk some more about Gavin and Ryan being terrible doing Geoff's dirty work??

The Fake’s might joke that Geoff is a pushover, too adoring of his crew-mates to really lay down the law as boss, but in reality there are few men more feared than Ramsey. Few legends with more ruthless reputations, more stories of heartless brutality; for those outside his limited family Ramsey is nothing less than an unmitigated horror.

Still, there are certain things Geoff can’t be seen to be involved in, things he must stay above, be diplomatic about. Times when an issue needs to be taken care of without the blowback, when there must be violence without inevitable retribution; ferreting out moles, persuading recalcitrant informants, dealing with a problem who belongs to a gang the FAHC are supposed to be allied with.

It’s easy enough to think that in a crew with a reputation as terrible as the FAHC there is little need for a designated ‘bad guy’. They’re all the bad guys, just ask the citizens of Los Santos, just look at the bodies in the morgue, track down the ruins of all who have thought to oppose them. There isn’t a single member with clean hands, isn’t one who didn’t choose this, who isn’t having the time of their life every singe day morality be damned. And yet there are still jobs Geoff wouldn’t push any of them into, deeds too dark to be forced onto even the most loyal. In those cases that call for abhorrent action Geoff can’t take on himself there is one pair he tends to turn to.

Few would truly be surprised to hear that Ryan is one of the two who tick this box, but that his partner in absolute depravity is Gavin would catch some unaware. There are, of course, members of the crew more suited to being paired with Ryan for all out violence, and those more apt to accompany Gavin for subtlety, but together the pair of them are unrivalled in their gruesome innovation, their unflinching dedication.  

There is being willing to do the dirty work, and then there is enjoying it. Excelling at it. Relishing in the snap of bones and panicked pleading, in the creativity of cruelty, the intricate art of fear. They are violent and terrible, all wrath and retribution like the stories of old, they are a reckoning. Unlike most others there isn’t even a moment when either of them regret. Not a single hesitation before doing whatever must be done, no matter how terrible, how brutally unforgivable. No threat is too dark, no act is too far, no reaction too extreme. In this there are no lines to cross, no moral code to offend or gods to obey. And worst of all, they enjoy it. They have fun, entertain each other, safe in the knowledge that out of sight of the rest of the crew, with none but Geoff really knowing what exactly they are up to, there is no judgement. No one who matters will think differently of them for unapologetic iniquity when they are each other’s only witness and their ruin matches up oh so well.

Gavin is delightfully petty, can whip out flippant comments and passing jokes from months or even years ago in his monologue, twist them into some pithy one liner on the fly, like a hollywood villain without any cheesy dialogue to detract from the menace. He knows just how to frame their attack, laying out exactly what infraction has brought on Ramsey’s ire and building an awful sense of suspense as he delightedly meanders around what they are going to do about it.

It’s not something that should be appealing, it’s awful really, bitterly cruel, but it makes Ryan’s sense of melodrama sing. Ryan who could have chosen any mask in the world but went directly for a blackened skull. Who drops his already deep voice two octaves when he purrs out threats and has a terrible habit of laying wait in dark corners until he spots the perfect moment to loom in sight. Ryan who’s never crumbled in the face of desperate begging, never seen grovelling as anything but undignified, who can’t help but appreciate the way it merely makes Gavin turn up his nose, roll his eyes, toss Ryan increasingly incredulous looks; Christ isn’t this one pathetic?

They share enough languages to communicate in privacy no matter the situation but even without planning they are synchronised enough to work in tandem, playing into each others proclivities, teasing chatter as much for their own genuine amusement as it is for taunting their prey. There are no hard and fast rules to their partnership- sometimes Ryan’s feeling particularly chatty and sometimes Gavin’s itching to pull out his lovely gold knives- but more often than not Gavin wheedles his way into the mind of their victim before Ryan quite literally pulls them apart. Just as Gavin strokes Ryan’s ego when he leans in and pleasantly explains all the horrific things the Vagabond has done, Ryan pander’s to Gavin’s ever vicious whim; drags things out, slows them down, get’s disgustingly creative.

There’s always been something distinctly animalistic in Gavin, the way he slinks like a predator, grins wide enough to bare his teeth, the way he can’t help toying with his food, but in this he isn’t Gavin Free, the Fake’s happy-go-lucky wrecking ball of chaos, isn’t the Golden Boy, Ramsey’s unbelievably persuasive frontman; this is another creature all together. On these jobs Gavin is no less the showman, still all insidious cunning and attention-grabbing flash, but for once he does nothing to disguise his own decay. Doesn’t inject false emotion where none exists, doesn’t manufacture empathy, won’t even pretend to give a solitary shit about anything outside his own world, his life, his people. Amusement as chilling as it is cold-blooded, crushing any hope that he might be the tempering force, that the presence of the glittering Golden Boy will reign in the Vagabond.

And Ryan, good grief Ryan. The Vagabond already has so very many tortured tales attached to his name, already inspires so much fear, but people do like to hope his reputation is inflated. Like to think the man behind the mask can’t truly be as terrible as they say, must suffer the same bouts of  guilt and mercy as anyone else. Think the Vagabond’s greatest secret is the fact that at the end of the day he is just a man. The look in their eyes when they realise they are wrong, realise that while the skull may be a mask Ryan has always been the monster, is the stuff nightmares are made of. The Vagabond isn’t soft on a good day, but in this role he is ruthless. It would, perhaps, be a relief if he were cold, detached. Would be an easier pill to swallow if he acted with his usual air of professionalism, but this? This is Ryan in his element. This is the Vagabond having fun.

It’s a tossup who’s better off; the victims who die slow and painful or the ones who get to live. The ones who spill their secrets, who suffer their punishments, and in the end are left to crawl free. Those who never really stop thinking about bloodstained teeth and razor-blade smirks, distressingly fond banter and cold flat eyes. None of them come back right, none of them return the same way they left, have suffered terror beyond words, experienced horrors they will never be capable of explaining. Most wind up leaving the city, even a passing mention of the Fake AH Crew enough to send them shaking, the possibility of another run in utterly intolerable, but those who stay only serve to further boost the duos reputation.

It’s one thing for anyone with half a brain to fear the Vagabond, it’s quite another for well-known crooks to literally flee when he appears, spike classic fear-mongering rumours with far more truthful tales of vicious depravity, go to absurd lengths to steer clear of the FAHC at any cost. In the same vein the denizens of Los Santos can only say Gavin’s name with increased reverence after  a mere wink tossed at some thug playing muscle in the background of a meeting has the man throwing up all over himself. Can only be more impressed when a slow smile and whispered comment has another back-peddling so fast the Fake’s make off with way more than they were owed.

Which, of course, suits Geoff just fine, reaping the boons of the pet horrors he keeps in his pocket for a rainy day; rare, but undeniably memorable. To see the three of them at work is a sight to behold, Ramsey strolling along flanked by his most wicked miscreants, one the darkened menace of death incarnate, the other almost alight with his own glittering hubris, not a scrap of restraint or morality between them. They are apocalypse, are inevitable disaster, the end of all things good and holy and with an unseen signal they peel off, leave their grinning king to walk alone as they melt back into the night, set free once more to hunt.

He doesn’t look like a CEO—he looks like a bad boy from the wrong side of town.

This is on me, guys, but all I can picture is:

I think I may have to take a break to sporfle indelicately into my tea.


30 Day Coloring Challenge- Create a coloring for gifs. Specifically file size reduction. {13/30}

Dear Black Girls

You are beautiful, your stretch marks are beautiful, you legs are beautiful, your thighs are beautiful, your smile is beautiful, that extra jelly on your tummy is beautiful, you are beautiful. Your face is beautiful. Your nose is beautiful. Your arms are beautiful. Your eyes are beautiful.

Dear black girls, be confident, wear that two piece, wear that wild hair color, don’t be embarrassed. Be confident you got this girl. .

Dear black girls, a beautiful woman is a confident woman.

rosequart’s icon tutorial!

some people have been asking for a step-by-step tutorial on how i make my icons, so here it is―hopefully this is easy to follow, but if not, feel free to ask any questions. i use photoshop elements, but any photoshop-like program would work for this.

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In the small town of Sunderland, Mass., is a 300-year-old, family-run plot of land that fuses fine art and farming.

Mike Wissemann’s 8-acre cornfield maze is a feat of ingenuity, with carefully planned and executed stalk-formed replicas of notables such as the Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein and Salvador Dalí.

But how do those pictures come to life? Maybe you remember Skill-o-Gram puzzles, in which the clues are squares that have labels like A-4 or F-5, each one holding part of the design. When those parts are copied into a blank grid, they create a whole picture.

Corn is also planted on a grid. By breaking the field into squares on paper or computer, each one holding a piece of the picture, and scaling up, you’ve got a blueprint. But in a cornfield, the picture is pixelated, so it’s kind of like creating a giant halftone photo, using the density of the corn to make the image darker or lighter.

At Treinen farm in Lodi, Wis., the maze’s theme and method are much different. Designer Angie Treinen was inspired this year by all of the cute things she found on the Internet: ninja kittens, cupcakes with faces, unicorns, narwhals and rainbows. Her style is based on the Japanese art style known as “Kawaii,” which means “cute.”

Treinen’s is a century-old, family-run farm. About 15 of the farm’s 200 acres are devoted to the corn maze. Here, maze cutting is still designed and executed the old-fashioned way, by using a lot of graph paper and elbow grease.

With GPS And Graph Paper, Farmers Find A-maze-ing Ways To Bring In Cash

Photos: Courtesy of Warner Farm and Courtesy of Treinen Farm

okay i just noticed that chase redford has the beginnings of what looks like aegyo sal (or rather the puffy part under your eyes but above the eyebags - the one directly under the lower lashline)

am i alone in this


my business card :D for some reason the image becomes darker unless I save it as a TIFF but tumblr doesnt support that format so here’s a darker version of my business card.


I was thinking of opening a Palutena askblog buuuttt I’m not so sure anymore- like 90% of other blogs I’ve planned on starting OPPS 
so instead have the doodles I did for it earlier this week-!!

The scanner has this weird habit of making the top half of an image darker than the bottom half…makes it harder to edit pfff- I edited the top one a bit funny, sorry about that!

huffs huffs, I can do this for digital. 

Alright so basically we start with the flat colours. basically, get your lineart ready and slap on some flats under the lineart layer(This is SAI paint tool btw )

So what I do is, I merge all the colour layers and I add another layer directly above the “lineart” layer and click the “clipping group” options and color on the clipped layer to directly colour the lineart layer.

so the result would be:

after that, I just blend in all the layers and paint everything in one layer, no fancy schmancy trick :^( I use a lot of colours at random.

for the lighting, duplicate the layer and select “filter” and darken the image/play with the lightness. Make sure it’s hella darker than the original image.

And then, erase bits and pieces of the darkened layer. Make sure it’s above the original layer so that when you erase the dark bits, the lighter version will appear underneath. Erase until satisfied with the lighting

to create an “atmosphere” with colours, slap on another later,add some random colours and blend it all with the water/marker tool

set it to multiply

aaaand there’s my process! Hope it helps!



my favorite part of this is probably ichimatsu, happily holding up his murder weapons. i also made sure to make karamatsu look extra dead.

these’ll be about 10cm, or 4″ tall. i’ll have them at ALA!

        Jeffree Star has been called out numerous times for his racist remarks and opinions. This has come with a lot of criticism of both his character and his makeup line. Since, I am a huge makeup lover, I came across this picture on the left on my instagram feed. Again sparking controversy for Jeffree Starr and the woman in the picture, instagram makeup artist Nikita Dragun. Interestingly, Nikita is trans and now identifies as a woman. However, this did not deter people from making the critique that her skin colour is clearly altered and some are calling this blackface. Nikita came to her defense stating she is half Mexican and Asian, so her skin tone is naturally darker, and in the image on the left she just had a spray tan. Many of the comments were unhappy as in the image posted before the one of the left, Nikita’s skin appeared very light, with no sign of a tan. Since she is Asian and Mexican she used this almost as a defense, but this does not excuse the clear difference in skin colouration.

            For my last post I really wanted to find a current media example that centered on race. I felt this was very important to show these issues are still happening and cause a lot of controversy. Some women claim she is just embracing and showing love for dark skin, but with the comments Jeffree Star has made, this cannot be the case. It is impossible to make racist remarks towards black men and women, and then claim to show appreciation by altering a fairly light skinned person to making them “tan”. This ad has notions of Bell Hook’s concept of the oppositional gaze. Where white (or fair skinned women) are the center of males attention, and are the ones in control of the power of looking. This is interesting because although Nikita is a woman of colour, she is not black, and is using this skin for ascetic and beauty. This limits black women’s true experiences regarding gaze, they are used to re-centre white women, which is being done in this ad. Racialization too is clearly seen, with the social process of constructing race and the differences between races. Like when some women argued she was just showing appreciation, which I think could be true, but not along with Jeffree Stars racist history. It also brings into the conversation how women of colour are able to convey racist ideologies. Since Nikita is Mexican and Asian she can understand oppression due to race and ethnicity, but is this equivalent to the same experiences as a black women? Finally, tropes and controlling images can be seen, since certain individuals are the ones in control of the story and how it’s being told. Various stereotypes regarding race and what is considered beautiful are being questioned. Why did this ad not just use a black woman in this image, what are the socially constructed reasons for this woman being portrayed in this ad.             

- Karissa Vermeersch