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Reasons To Listen To Enter Shikari

Thanks everyone for getting this blog to 100 followers! Here’s my reasons why you should listen to Enter Shikari if you haven’t already. Hope you enjoy: 

1) #ShikariFamily = The sense of family is important to these guys. Everyone in this fandom considers each other as family and not as fans. It gives a sense that you’ve known people for ages.  

2) Second biggest independent band = The fact that the band have grown while staying independent mind boggles me. They release their music through Ambush Reality which is their own record label they created and are still under to this day. 

3) Music Releases = Also the fact that they release music so regularly throughout the year. Their last release was in November last year which was a live album (which was magnificent may I add) and now they are working on their fifth album. 

4) Future projects = The band are doing so much right now. From writing album five to working on the Take To The Skies 10 year celebration tour to a new book this band are definitely hard workers. 

5 ) Step Up clothing = Rou Reynolds, frontman, has created his own sustainable clothing line. With his clothing line he promotes topics that are important to him; veganism, LGBTQ and the environment among others. 

6) Interactive on social media = Many bands are not as interactive as the guys are on their social medias, mainly Twitter. Their main Facebook page replies to comments as well as the individual band members replies to tweets sent their way. This supports the first point and makes the #ShikariFamily connection even stronger and makes the fans feel as if they have some sort of a connection with the guys. 

7) Growing up with the band = Even though this may not be true to newer fans but some older fans who have been with the band longer will have felt that they have grown up with the band. When Take To The Skies was released the band were around 20 years old and when I got into the band I was 14. Even though there was an age gap it still felt like I’ve grown up with them. 

8) Seeing how they’ve developed as people = This links into the seventh point that because the fans have felt that we’ve grown up with them we’ve also seen how they’ve developed as a band and individually through their personal lives. Such as them getting married and having children. It can be quite emotional for the fans when they make big decisions in their lives; or it has been to me anyway. 

9) Their signings are free = Rou has expressed his views against VIPs and hates the fact that people have to pay to see other bands and has decided to allow fans to meet them for free. he doesn’t believe that the #ShikariFamily should pay to meet the band. 

10) Trying to meet everyone = This links in with the ninth point that when the band do signings they try and meet everyone and spend a lot of time talking with them. Even if they are told that they have a certain time limit they will go over it to make sure they get to see people that have queued to meet them. 

11) The cats = Let’s be real, Freya and Crumpet are the stars of Enter Shikari really.  

12) Rory C’s growing family = It’s so cute being able to see Rory’s family grow not that he has two kids; a boy and a girl. It will be exciting seeing these two grow and develop. 

13) Pre-Enter Shikari era = It’s always interesting hearing what your favourite band did before they formed their current band. This is what Hybryd was. This was pre-Enter Shikari and it’s just interesting to go and listen to their EP on youtube to see how much Rou, Chris and Rob (Rory joined when Enter Shikari were created) have developed as musicians. 

14) Pre-Take To The Skies = Even though I personally wasn’t a part of this era it’s interesting to listen to their EP that was released before the Take To The Skies album was released and such as the thirteenth point it’s interesting to listen to how they’ve developed as a band. 

15) Intimate shows = The fact that they still do intimate shows when they are getting as big as they are is testament to how much they care about their fans. They love to feel the connection between them and the fans when they are playing and playing small venues allows this and creates a positive atmosphere.  

16) Amazing Arena Tour = Even though the band still does intimate shows they just embarked on their arena tour last February and played sold out venues. They wowed audiences around the country and showed that they have what it makes to create excellent live arena shows. 

17) Creating an experience at their shows = With their new arena tour they used a Quadraphonic sound system that meant that they had speakers around the venue, and not just at the front, which meant the audience gets a slightly disorientating but interesting experience at the gig. 

18) Shikari Sound System = This is there DJ set since a lot of the band members love Drum N’ Bass. Even though I’ve never really been a fan of this music I went to their DJ set last year and they did open me up to some new music that I didn’t think I would like. It’s always great to get into new music by your favourite band. 

19) Collaborations = The band always seem to be collaborating with other artists either on new songs or by remixing other bands tracks. 

20) Featuring other artists in remixes = They feature many artists who remix their songs on their albums such as the remixed album of The Mindsweep. It’s always interesting to see other people’s interpretations of Enter Shikari’s songs in remix form. 

21) Inside Jokes = If you don’t understand the jokes of the #ShikariFamily then you just haven’t been in the fandom long enough. That’s just how it goes. 

22) Punk influence = the band are influenced by punk music and term their band as punk. It’s great to see punk bands still thriving with the current affairs happening right now. 

23) Calling out people = The band aren’t afraid to raise their voices about situations or certain individuals that are pissing them off. They do this in either their songs or their shows or on their social medias. 

24) Encouraging people to improve themselves = I know I definitely have improved myself through being an Enter Shikari fan. It can be vast reasons for Shikari improving people’s lives but they helped me to realise that I could get over my travel anxiety when I went to see them at the Manchester show last year. I’m not perfect with it but Shikari did help with encouraging me to realise I could improve on it a lot more than I thought. 

25) Enter Shikari being awesome in general = these guys are just so laid back that it’s impossible not to like their personalities. It’s great to see their personalities show on social media and their videos.  

Thanks again for the 100 followers and here’s to another 100! 

every time a liberal says “even x war-torn nonwestern country has mandated maternal care for mothers/female political representatives/etc” it really speaks to how liberal feminists, regardless of race, perpetuate western hegemony. they’re utterly shocked that these ostensibly primal and savage countries full of brown and black people actually have medical systems in place or excel in arenas of education or reproductive justice or innovation or something else that’s hailed by american exceptionalists as something only americans/westerners can be good at. like for example if a liberal feminist will be making the case for establishing broad access to abortion and contraceptives, or is discussing how paltry the US’s system of maternal care is, they’ll say “see? even those [barbaric] countries are better than us at this”, as if 1) the people in those countries aren’t autonomous, 2) as if feminism, maternal care, reproductive justice, and medical innovation were invented by, are only relevant to, or are exclusive to the west, 3) this kind of rhetoric indirectly upholds american exceptionalism by positing that if we’re “falling behind” these supposedly backward or savage countries that we’re humiliating ourselves, and 4) this reframes the vital necessity of maternal care and reproductive justice in capitalist competition terms, so that we lose sight of the point that all women deserve safe and just access to reproductive services and instead make it a contest about who can achieve this standard first. fuck liberal feminism. 

‘To the Bone’ Review: Marti Noxon and Lily Collins Turn Personal Pain Into An Essential Eating Disorder Drama

It should come as little surprise to long-time fans of Marti Noxon — the writer and producer behind such beloved television series as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “UnREAL” — that her feature directorial debut is snappy and smart and with plenty of loving attention paid to its female lead. Noxon has, after all, always excelled in these arenas, but that her “To the Bone” manages to fit all those nifty Noxon-isms into a dramatic, deeply personal storyline is only further proof of her talent behind the camera.

Loosely based on her own experiences with eating disorders, Noxon’s film follows young anorexic Ellen (Lily Collins) on a bumpy road to wellness that has tremendous stakes: if she doesn’t get “better” (and “better” in this space is very much a relative term), she’s going to die. When we first meet Ellen, she’s skating through yet another turn at a live-in facility, and it’s clear from both her sunken body and bad attitude that it’s not working. Again. “There’s no point in blaming anybody. Live with it,” Ellen says during a group therapy session, before holding up an arts-and-crafts sign that declares, “Suck my skinny balls.” A feel-good Lifetime movie this is not, and the material is all the better for it.

READ MORE: ‘To the Bone’: How Marti Noxon Turned Her Anorexia Battles Into a $8 Million Netflix Buy — Sundance 2017

While Ellen’s home life is thorny — kicked out of her latest facility, she returns home to her anxious and well-meaning stepmother (Carrie Preston) and her charming kid sister (Liana Liberato), her dad nowhere in sight — and the film eventually reveals a complicated family history that at least partially explains why Ellen, sick or not, never quite feels as if she belongs anywhere.

Eventually placed under the care of the supposedly radical Dr. William Beckham (Keanu Reeves), “To the Bone” momentarily seems ready to tip into miracle-cure territory, but Noxon holds tight. Beckham may be off-beat to some — mostly, he’s just interested in listening to Ellen, which may actually be the radical therapy she needs — but the introduction of his methods into Ellen’s delicate life don’t immediately result in some magic healing. (Noxon’s script is equally shrewd and subversive once it introduces Ellen’s romantic foil, again avoiding easy outs or fairy tale conclusions.)

For a while, things even get worse for Ellen, as she’s forced into an intimate residential facility populated by doctors, patients, and experts who make it their business to not let her off the hook. Ellen’s many tricks — she’s aces at calorie counting, adept at hiding her own “barf stash,” and relentless when it comes to covert exercise — are eventually stripped from her, and she’s forced to reckon with the possibility that not only does she have to get better, but that doing so will require a complete overhaul of her entire life, not just her physical being.

“To the Bone” neatly unspools a slew of compelling details about Ellen, from further insight into her family to a subplot that, in other hands, could have seemed needlessly overwrought. It’s well into the film’s second act when we learn that her condition was recently exacerbated by a bizarre tragedy that she still feels guilty about, leading to not just more emotional pain, but the loss of a key creative outlet. With each additional bit of narrative information, Noxon’s film remains grounded, keeping its focus on Ellen while expanding the world around her in realistic and credible ways. And still, “To the Bone” finds the lightness in its material, the absurdity of real life mixed in with very real stakes.

Like Noxon, Collins has been open and honest about her own experiences with disordered eating, and she channels that personal link into her finest performance yet, a rich and nuanced portrayal of a troubled young woman that effortlessly moves between light and dark. At Sundance, the pair were adamant that the film benefitted from intense collaboration, and Noxon has revealed that expanding the scope of the film beyond just her own experiences resulted in a richer narrative, one that was still steeped in truth. Ellen’s struggles are both epic (is she going to die?) and small (will she take a bite out of that tempting Goo Goo Cluster?), and Collins makes every moment feel as sharp and essential as the last one.

READ MORE: ‘To the Bone’ Trailer: Lily Collins Stars In Marti Noxon’s Deeply Personal Eating Disorder Drama — Watch

Collins’ performance is certainly the main attraction here, but Noxon has rounded out the rest of her cast with equally as impressive supporting turns from performers as diverse as Reeves, Retta, Alex Sharp, Preston, and Lili Taylor. As Ellen’s younger half-sister Kelly, Liberato does profoundly moving work in what could be an easily overshadowed role, bringing her own particular pain to the part, often enough to stir the insular Ellen into greater realizations. (During one of the film’s best scenes, a family therapy session that’s ill-fated from the start, Liberato steals the show with her achingly real reactions, finally giving voice to Kelly’s own struggles, so many of which have simply simmered.)

Throughout the film, Noxon refuses to offer up easy answers and feel-good conclusions to Ellen’s journey, even when it ratchets up into a literally overheated final discovery. “I’m going to be okay,” Ellen vows late in the film to no one in particular, to everyone, imploring us to believe her for once. After a journey as good and satisfying as “To the Bone,” we can only hope it’s true, as happy enough ending for a story that recognizes that “enough” is sometimes all it takes.

Grade: A-

“To the Bone” will premiere on Netflix on Friday, July 14.

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jezzoliveira  asked:

Can I just ask you something (with my horrible-terrible-almost-disgusting english)? How much time do you spend practicing per day and which books (or artists) you would recommend to begginers? I want to be an animator one day, but I know I have a lot to learn, so I have my own inspirations (like you) and literature, but is always good to hear (or read) new opinions from great artists :) Thanks already and have a nice day :)

I practice about 8 hours a day 5 days a week. Everyday I go into work is another day I get to hone my skill and understand my voice as an artist. I have dry spells too, sometimes it takes months to get outta a rut. One sure way to get better at design or art in general is to make it a daily thing. I understand that not all people can do this all day. You may be a student or have a temp job to help pay the bills that’s takes all your time. If so, then you should have a sketchbook handy at all times, always with you, then you can act quick on an idea or thought and sketch it out as needed.
Bring it with you everywhere. Have it with you when your watching tv, eating, sleeping (might wake up with a good idea), on vacation, at the DMV, everywhere. Artists I recommend..

Shiyoon kim- An excellent character designer.

Mingjue helen Chen- just an overall smart and efficient designer.

Ryan Lang- such a trained eye in subtlety and master of the details, great painter.

Nick Orsi- a top talent and passionate character designer.

Corey Loftis- a knowledgable confident designer great understanding of appeal.

Mac George- He such a solid designer that I think of him as a master.

Vicky Ying- her work is nice a broad very appealing. She’s hard working and knows everything about the biz.

Mike yamada- Vicky husband, excellent draftsman and designer. Really knowledgeable. Both Vicky and Mike are powerhouses together they form the ultimate art couple like the modern day Provensen couple.

Brittney Lee- she’s so good I don’t thinks she’s actually human.

Lorelay Bove- her attention to pattern and color excellent.

Manu Arenas- his story sense is spell bounding.

Paul Felix- I’m pretty sure he’s a Demi God.

Kevin Nelson-he’s like a mad scientist but for art. I think he actually may be a genius.

Danny Ariaga: Great designer nice characters.
Very honest designer.

James Finch- Layout man strong sense of scale!

Jeremy Spears- story teller and also a wood carver

Leo Matsuta- Also a story artist very funny work.

Bobby Pontillas- strong character posing and rhythm.

I could go on with more and more but I advise you to look at classic artist also.

a thing i think about a lot is like…how did shiro lose his arm? did he lose it in an arena fight? or did haggar and the gang just straight up cut it off to replace it with the galra prosthetic? why did they do it? to make arena fights more interesting? a “prize” for his excellent performance in the arena? did they plan to make him into a soldier? s2 give me the answers

Alexa Chung photographed by Mark Abrahams as the guess editor of Harper by Harper’s Bazaar US March 2015

“In real life, I rarely think about clothes. But because I’m interviewed frequently, it becomes a constant frame for other things. The other day I was doing an interview. There were a lot of people from different territories, some people from Korea, some people from South America, people from everywhere. And they were asking me these questions and I realized I was frustrated because they were all about how to team a bag with an outfit, or how to get my style.

They were all quite shallow, and that’s the nature of the business. I thought, ‘How can I get these women to have a more interesting conversation with me?’ And it occurred to me later that night as I was falling asleep that I can’t expect people to ask me interesting questions if I can’t provide them with anything interesting to talk about.”


On the difference between her brand of fame and Cara Delevingne's…

“I think it’s going to take a number of years to have enough distance to reflect upon it. From how fast the Internet has gone, I can already understand that I’m a different beast than younger girls like Cara Delevingne or Kendall Jenner—the Instagram generation. The way it happened for me was through blogs and Tumblr. But because of that – because people weren’t necessarily watching my TV shows, because they weren’t living in the UK or the US, that’s when the illusion of "It” girl came about.“

On having projects to help relay the fact that "clearly she’s a thinking person even though she’s got really nice overalls on.”

“I wasn’t concerned until recently because I always had an outlet. I always had a voice. It didn’t matter to me if magazines got something wrong. I was like, "Well you don’t know that I get to work at 8AM every morning and read the script.” Since I gave my job up, I had no desire to engage in a television production for a year or so. I didn’t realize how much I valued that. It was something that kept me happy. So now I want to do TV again.“

On fashion editing…

"I love curating things in general. I love writing. It might actually be the solution to my problem, my dilemma that I don’t know what to do. It’s because I like to do everything. I like to appease that nature of wanting to dabble in things.”

On developing an eye from a young age:

“I grew up in a very visual household. My dad is a designer, my sister is a designer, my brother is an amazing architect who does music. But I think in the Chung household, how things looked was an important part of who you are.”

“I remember being in art class as a kid and them teaching us about Futurists and being like 'yeah yeah yeah, are we going to talk about [Gino] Severini, or what?’ But it was because I had the Cubism books. They were the books I would have on my shelf—my mum was really into literature and my dad was really into art.”

On intellectuality in the fashion realm…

“It depends on whom you surround yourself with. I find that the most intelligent humans are in this industry. Like Derek Blasberg’s brain is like he’s firing on all cylinders and the extra backup one, all at the same time. I feel like there are plenty of entertaining, clever people here.”

On focusing her efforts:

“Someone said to me the other day, 'Name someone who excelled in more than arena.’ And they said, 'Alexa, you need to focus on one thing because you can’t succeed if you do it simultaneously.’ I was like… I won’t allow people’s shit limit what I do.”

On keeping a journal:

“I found a little story that I wrote about how one day I might be in England and I might have a kid or something and I might say, "I lived in New York once.” And I won’t have any of the breadth of things that happened there. And it’s so cheesy. I’m always in that space where I’m trying to decide where to live and I think you need those [notes] to exist.“

On traveling solo versus with others:

"No experience exists unless it’s a shared one. I can’t remember the hotel room in Chicago or Brazil or LA if I was on my own. But if I was drinking rose and smoking out a window with a cute boy, I remember the specifics. Great time you had there!”

The last thing she bought:

“Louis Vuitton boots. They’re black with tan straps. For my birthday. I do feel bad about spending that much money on things.”

On dating in New York versus London:

“It doesn’t happen in London. You just don’t really date in London. You just go out and meet someone you like. If you happen to hook up more than three times in a row, you don’t have the conversation. You just wait until someone gets jealous enough to have some pub brawl over you and then you go, 'Well I guess that’s my man.’”

“Then there’s the New Yorker’s dilemma of choice. It’s always compare and contrast. I don’t know because I’m obviously not massively successful at dating. I’m just more old-school in the idea that things happen when they’re supposed to. You can’t force it. Everyone I’ve ever fallen in love with, I just fell in love with! I didn’t date them to try.”

Current girl crush:

“Caroline de Maigret. We met in Paris and through my agent. She just came to dinner because he was taking me out. And she was so cool, she had a record label and that hair. And she was like, "What are you up to tomorrow? Want to go underwear shopping?” And I was like, that’s kind of weird, but yeah. Cool! I was saying, there was a boy coming to Paris to see me and she was like, “Well you need perfect underwear.” I’m not really that kind of girl, like sexy-matching, she was like “Please. You have to.” She was really French about it. “I’ll take you underwear shopping.”

Habit to drop:

“I just broke it. Smoking. I just quit. I was forced to quit. Command+Quit. Force Quit.”

The first thing people notice about her?

“People comment on my voice. They always ask me if I’m ill. Taxi drivers, doorman.”

What would she like people to know about?

“Nothing. I’m done over-sharing. They always want a secret. Like, "What’s your secret talent that you haven’t told anyone?” Well it wouldn’t be secret if I told you.“

"My image has swallowed me up! I’ve given so much out to this projected version of myself, but now I have to live up to this character that I don’t even associate half the time.”

Childhood career ambition?

“To be blonde. It was just my ambition in life. Just to be blonde.”

On her AG collaboration:

“I was there a lot and it wasn’t just the designing. It was like art direction. That collection came down to everything like how the label was going to fit in and which billboard to put it on… and what soundtrack goes with it—I think kind of like psych-synth, '60’s. It was more work than I anticipated, really. And much more like being a proper designer than I had anticipated.”

On designing her own collection in the future:

“I’d need a great business partner. I’m glad we’re talking about it because it’s been a great frustration in my life. I can’t seem to find the right person to help me do that. The matter is, I’d love to do that but I need financial backing and I need a great business partner.”


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