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Medical woodblock prints from 19th-century - Japan

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) maintains a collection of 400 health-themed woodblock prints from 19th-century Japan. The collection – which includes drug advertisements, illustrated instructions for treating and preventing contagious diseases, and visual guides to the human body – offers a unique look at Japanese medical knowledge in the late Edo and early Meiji periods.

Illustration : “Defeating cholera” by Kimura Takejirō 木村武次郎 (? - ?).

Illustration : “Defeating measles (personified as a child)” by

Utagawa Yoshifuji  歌川芳藤  (1828 – 1887).

anonymous asked:

I'm so jealous of you. You're beautiful & you have the art skills I've always wanted to have. Your art style is exactly what I wish I could do but I can't. It almost depresses me because you're younger than me and it makes me wonder if I'll ever even get anywhere with this. I wish I knew how to be better and bright like you. How to just know where & how to place things on paper and have it look magical. You are my biggest inspiration but you also make me doubt myself so much. I wish I was more.

I know this is meant to be kind, and it definitely warms my heart in a sense! But I have responded to similar asks to this before the same way: telling someone that they make you feel inadequate is in no way a compliment. It doesn’t make me feel good. I want you to confident in yourself, and I want my content to make you feel happy. I also want you to know that not everything you said about me was just something I was granted with. I work hard! I work toward the life I want! I did not get to be the person/artist I am today without working my ass off and overcoming a lot of insecurities…I just hope that does not get overlooked. Thank you, regardless and I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.

You’re more perfect than ever, Serena.

I, too, shared in the collective gnashing of teeth and wail of lamentation that went around our office at 2:59pm on Friday, September 11. Serena Williams—our great hope, our national pride—had gone down in the semifinals of the U.S. Open to 48th-ranked Italian player Roberta Vinci. Serena’s irresistible Serena-ness (palpable emotions, from umpire rage to frank joy in victory) has been a constant since her first Open win in 1999, and even non-tennis fans have been rooting for her seemingly inevitable 22nd Grand Slam. 

Welp, 2015 isn’t going to be that year. But I’d argue that Serena is a more perfect athlete because of this match’s outcome. She’s no robot: she’s a fallible human with an almost unimaginably long and stellar track record. When an athlete is as on top of her game as Serena Williams, you take for granted all that winning. An occasional loss reinforces fan loyalty; an occasional loss makes me love Serena even more. And an occasional loss strips away all the bullshit analysis surrounding every forehand and backhand, zeroing in on The Serena Philosophy, in her own words: “I want to play tennis. I hate to lose. I want to win." 

A Serena Williams defeat perfectly illustrates why people love sports: Anything can happen. And as those anythings continue to happen, we’ll keep watching.

Kelsey Keith, Editor in Chief of Curbed