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Art School | Nathan Bell (Los Angeles, CA)

As one of the shows featured in our April First Thursdays, Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Bell’s upcoming solo show ‘Mixed Feelings’ will featured 400 works using materials such as french paper, coroplast, and mixed media.  Self described “introverted over thinker with a design background,” Bell expresses himself through the painted word, or rather words –a whole lot of them. Through experimenting with “language, typography and aesthetic,” Bell’s work focuses on thoughts, ideas, wordplays, inside jokes, reflections, all of which he has been creating for the last two years!  

We’re excited to feature him on Art School where we find out more about his works and words! From working with new materials to his process to what we should expect in his solo show ‘Mixed Feelings,’ which opens Saturday, April 22nd at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles. 

Photographs by Katherine Sheehan

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ID #29252

Name: Neda
Age: 16
Country: USA

Hello! My name is Neda, I’m 16 years old, and I’m from the midwestern United States. I love chatting about cultural traditions and differences, especially between different countries. To add to that, I don’t discriminate, so please feel welcome to talk openly.

I’m an INTJ and a Slytherin. My biggest interest is traveling, and I also play tennis competitively. I’m fairly good at Spanish and I can understand a bit of Farsi too. When it comes to interests, I like Harry Potter, Hetalia, and a few other animes/mangas. Also, if you’re really passionate about a certain TV show, I’d definitely be willing to check it out.

Preferences: 15-18 year olds only, please.
I’d prefer people from outside the U.S., but if you’re from here, that’s totally fine too!

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Pleas no… I’m reality I am a simple farmer from the Midwest… i grow wheat to support my 9 family members… posing as a 16 year old in Tumblr.com is my second income source… please…domt

Woke up at 2:20AM. Laying there in bed realizing, my nemesis, the brain, wasn’t go to let me sleep anymore. Mind kind of drifted off to Tumblr and the friends I have made there. Like the one from the SW who just flies in like a hummingbird and then is gone as fast as she came. She seems to be a free spirit that will not let you catch her. As long as she continues to fly in once in awhile I am content. The Mom from the midwest who continues to needle an old man in fun with everything from baseball to sexual innuendos. She is a lot of fun and her husband is lucky to have her. The southern wife from NC who writings never would have revealed her as a sports person. We watched a Little League game virtually together and shared in the loss to Texas. Unfortunately, the ogre came out of his cave and revealed his picture for the first time on here to a woman from the Mid-west. I believe that cost me a friendship. Back to the cave, lesson learned. Another woman, very mysteriuos. Doesn’t talk much just swings by says hi and gone. Then there is the first woman I talked with on here. She and I are very close friends. She has shared a lot with me that only people in real life would do. This woman has made me proud of her, sorry for her, happy for her, and sad for her. Thousands of miles separate us but i can feel her emotions as if she were standing next to me. We are best friends. Long winded, but you are all my friends. Maine.

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Illustrator, @biancaxunise

“It is better to keep your head down and keep mastering your craft than to compare yourself to other’s success.”

Impactful words spoken by the strong and talented Chicago-based illustrator, Bianca Xunise. In a world fueled by “likes” and “followers,” it’s hard not to compare yourself to others. But when you’ve got a humble head on your shoulders, and a heart hungry for growth like Bianca, there’s no reason to dig yourself into a hole of self-doubt. Our admiration for the young aritst first sprung after becoming entirely consumed with her comics on Hello Giggles. Over the years, that admiration has greatly surpassed into obsession as we watched her grow, and her illustrations mature with relatable female-centered themes. Recently, we caught up with Bianca to chat more about her struggles of growing in an “instant gratification” industry, and honing her craft in the form of secret comics. 

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BIG BANG West Coast Experience!!!!!

I submitted the teaser story about my UNBELIEVABLE experience seeing Big Bang on the west coast last week. So here I am following up! This is kind of long, forgive me. I’ll break it up with some pics!

First of all this is my first ever k-pop experience! I saw Big Bang live in both Vegas and Anaheim! I am a black woman in my mid 20s from the midwest and so is my friend. We bought general admission tickets to the show in Anaheim, CA and our plan was to vacation there and see the show. BUT a few days before we were leaving we found some reasonable tickets for the Vegas show online for great seats! So we thought since we don’t know the next time they’ll be in the US we would make this weekend the most unforgettable ever!

Vegas was amazing and surreal! Just seeing this band I view all the time online in real life! We were in the very front row in a section off to the side next of the stage. All 5 of them came to the side of the stage at one point! GD stopped, winked, and blew kisses at the girl right next to me. She almost passed out lol Here’s a great pic of him lookin like a badass!


Daesung is super amazing about waving to everyone and interacting with the crowd. He seems like the sweetest person ever!

But the memorable moment was that I was among 3 girls (me, my friend, and another girl) that caught Taeyang’s tie! He took it off & threw it right to us in the front! We ended up giving it to the her because she looked like she wanted to kill us. I value my life a little more than that haha

Fast forward to Anaheim. If you had VIP or GA, you got invited to soundcheck before the show. Since we got there early (don’t ask what time lol) we were guaranteed a spot in front. For sound check, we were in the center. It was like a mini-concert! I was dancing a lot since we weren’t supposed to film it. Taeyang definitely noticed! Maybe since he’s a dancer himself. Then T.O.P came right to the center. Right in front of us! He looked out waving to the crowd and then looked down at us and gave the sweetest smile imaginable! I felt so weak y'all!  

When we re-entered the stadium for the main show I didn’t snag a spot in the center. We were off to the side and only a couple people back.

Seungri is super awesome and hilarious and my friend got a great picture of him. He is so underrated! He is a natural entertainer and I love him even more than I did already.


Daesung has a voice of an angel I swear it. And he gets the crown for fan service king. Every fan account I read online always talks about how amazing he is. He waves, smiles, and just seems to have a general positive energy. He waves and looks right at us with the biggest smile quite a few times. He just warms my heart.

Taeyang noticed us again! I think as a dancer himself he definitely gets energy from seeing others dance. And that “Good Boy” beat does something to me every time. Me and my friend were getting down! And he definitely noticed more than once. His dancers did too and one of them gave us wink! *fans self*


G-Dragon is such a performer. He’s so beautiful and charismatic. He even called this show the best show ever. Not sure if he says that every show but the Anaheim audience collectively was amazing and I hope all of them felt the same way <3

Now there’s a reason why T.O.P was saved for last. Here’s the close picture I got but he moved pretty fast so it’s blurry lol

First of all, there was a couple of very brief staring instances with him throughout the show! But THEN toward the end of the show T.O.P grabs a bottle of Fiji water and walks RIGHT in front of us. Directly. Not even kidding! Looks down and smiles. Just like at soundcheck. I couldn’t even reach for my phone because I think my brain stopped working. He’s got that cowboy hat on looking TOO fine! But he opens the bottle and I think he’s just gonna drink from it. Nope, he starts flinging water at us! At the crowd. This was kinda a big ass bottle so when I look back up I lock eyes with him and just get more water poured on me. I look up again and STILL looking and flinging more water. And I am now soaked at this point! He tosses the empty bottle and again I almost catch it but the girl RIGHT in front of us catches it. My friend starts laughing when the song goes off and yells really loud “I don’t even care that my weave is wet” and people around us start laughing. What the hell, T.O.P?! OMG! <333


Too many amazing moments. I could get extra specific and submit more pics and some videos too, but this post would be pages long! The show was seriously one of the best overall concerts I’ve ever been to. And I go to a lot of shows! They did so many encores for us that night. They seemed to really have a blast in Anaheim. My hearing was damaged, my voice was gone, and my feet were damn near swollen into my shows. But it was worth it. We were walking out of the auditorium and my friend was like “T.O.P threw water on us. He looked right at us! I’m gonna have very nice dreams tonight!” But I can’t even believe the weekend we had. Just being acknowledged by my k-pop faves for those little moments was more than enough! P.S. we met such amazing people in line. It was like a fun-loving, diverse community sharing love for these 5 ridiculously talented and gorgeous musicians. I’ve never experienced that with concert-goers like that. Just made the weekend extra special! :)

Hello, I am Julia. I am an amateur photographer from the midwest who is currently trying to graduate from high school. Though I do photograph indoors, I would like to say my work is plein air photography. A lot of my ideas are pulled from paintings completed in or before the 19th century. My friends are my models, and I model for them as well; they influence the development of my ideas as well. I like to think that each person can bring their own unique beauty to a photoshoot, and that they should not be bossed around too much or else that beauty may disappear. I use a canon rebel t1i or sometimes the t31, and I edit my photos with ribbet.com. Thank you for reading and viewing! 

http://beinschwarz.tumblr.com/

Which Bat Family Member Are You? Quiz

This is influenced a lot by fandom and is just designed to be in good fun. Some answers I made up on the fly, so let me know if you have a better suggestion for an answer choice. Inspired by this cartoon and too many Buzzfeed quizzes.

1) Someone tells you the following joke: “two men walked into a bar. The third one ducked.” How do you react?

a) Silence.

b) “Diggity dank! I can’t wait to tell my friends and family!”

c) “That’s very droll, sir.”

d) Curses.

e) Polite laughter. The joke is terrible, but you really like the person who said it and you don’t want to hurt his/her/their feelings.

f) Threats of bodily harm because the teller has wasted your time and lowered your intelligence.

g) Eye roll.

h) English makes no sense at times.

i) Delighted laughter.

j) Punch the teller of the joke in the face.

2) How do you feel about hugs?

a) They are best reserved for special occasions such as coming back from “the dead” or losing custody of your ward.

b) They’re awesome!

c) Not too many hugs - I’m British.

d) I wish my jerkface mom had hugged me more.

e) They’re okay.

f) Do not defile me with your expressions of sentimentality!

g) Dads give the best hugs.

h) They are an excellent form of body-language-based communication (and they feel good!).

i) I’m a fan.

j) No hugs; only justice.

3) Who was/is the best male Robin?

a) No comment.

b) Tim.

c) All the young masters had their own special strengths. It’s impossible to compare them.

d) Bruce probably thinks it’s Dick (stupid golden boy!) but the Replacement is a close second in his mind.

e) Dick.

f) Damian.

g) Well, Dick was the cutest …

h) I haven’t seen them all in action so I cannot decide.

i) Why is Steph not even a choice?!

j) None of them. They all possess glaring weaknesses and should be fired.

4) What is your food or drink of choice?

a) Something expensive.

b) Cereal.

c) Tea.

d) Chili dogs (and bread).

e) Whatever’s being served.

f) Something nutritious that will help me to become Batman when I’m older.

g) Pasta or soup.

h) Ice cream.

i) Waffles.

j) Rats.

5) When fighting crime, pants/trousers are __________.

a) Better with the underwear on the outside.

b) Unnecessary.

c) Clean and pressed.

d) Nice but if the hand-me-downs don’t include pants, I won’t complain.

e) Necessary and a much-needed upgrade!

f) Practical and match my sweet hoodie.

g) Better than a skirt. What was Bette thinking?

h) There. I don’t overthink it because I can kick butt in anything.

i) A part of all my outfits.

j) Fully armored to enhance my unnaturally ripped thigh muscles.

6) My parents are ________.

a) Mind-bogglingly rich, civic-minded pillars of the community.

b) Loving, working-class people who do more with less.

c) British.

d) Pieces of shit.

e) Wealthy, well-meaning, but a tad distant.

f) Complicated.

g) Police officers.

h) Assassins and martial artists.

i) A doctor and a low-level criminal.

j) DEAD!!!!!!

7) What is your ideal pet?

a) I guess I could handle a crime-solving dog.

b) An elephant!

c) None. Pets ruin the gardens.

d) A dog that attacks drug dealers and other lowlifes.

e) A robin.

f) A cat.

g) A black canary.

h) A puppy that was given to me by Superboy.

i) Whatever I could smuggle back from Africa.

j) Orphans.

8) Who are your friends?

a) Aliens, princesses, the usual.

b) Everyone.

c) A kind-hearted physician.

d) Whoever I can lure away from my older brother’s posse.

e) My big bro, my teammates, some kids at school.

f) My older “brother” and an orphan.

g) Ass-kicking ladies.

h) Steph.

i) Cass.

j) I spit in the face of friendship.

9) What is your level of education?

a) Undergraduate at an Ivy League.

b) One semester of college that taught me nothing.

c) Acting school, butler school, secret-agent school, medic school, etc.

d) School of hard knocks.

e) I think I stopped going to high school because I had better things to do.

f) Private tutoring.

g) PhD in library studies and a law degree.

h) Whatever I can pick up.

i) Still in college.

j) Seven years of punishing my brain and body.

10) What’s your favorite color?

a) Charcoal.

b) Blue.

c) Clean, crisp white linen.

d) Red! And I called it first!

e) Red and black.

f) Grey.

g) Green.

h) Black.

i) Purple.

j) Yellow (*evil laugh*)

11) What’s your weapon of choice?

a) Gadgets.

b) Escrima sticks and acrobatic moves.

c) Rapier wit.

d) Guns.

e) A staff.

f) Swords and knives.

g) Computers and intellect.

h) Every fiber of my being is a finely-honed weapon that I use to support the forces of good.

i) Martial arts and a can-do attitude.

j) Fists and general assholery.

12) What’s your romantic type?

a) Morally-ambiguous ass-kickers.

b) Strong, principled people (red hair a plus)

c) I’ve been largely asexual and aromantic since the 1980s.

d) My dad’s ex.

e) Not sure.

f) Tt. I am above such carnal matters.

g) Ridiculously-attractive people.

h) Sweeties from the MidWest.

i) Earnest, intelligent, hard-working sidekicks.

j) Whoever I can get my hands on.

13) My greatest quality is _______________.

a) My money.

b) My ass.

c) My wisdom and house-keeping skills.

d) My ability to cheat death.

e) My intelligence.

f) My everything - I am genetic perfection.

g) My inner strength.

h) My strong personal code of conduct.

i) My perseverance.

j) I have no redeeming qualities.

14) What is your preferred mode of transportation?

a) A luxury car from my fleet.

b) A motorcycle or a VW Bus.

c) Alf-cycle.

d) A Harley Davidson.

e) Redbird.

f) Flying car.

g) Customized van.

h) Plane.

i) Public transportation.

j) A goddamned Batmobile - and don’t you dare mock the name.

15) What do you like to wear?

a) Designer duds.

b) Garish shirts that represent the worst of 20th-century fashion.

c) A tux.

d) Combat boots.

e) Suits, workout clothes, jeans - I rock them all.

f) Converse and an iPod.

g) Glasses.

h) Comfy yet chic clothes.

i) Typical college-student wear.

j) Warm clothing while my ward shivers in a cold, dank cave/basement.

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I’m sick of people asking me what I’m mixed with or where I am from. I’m not mixed and I reside in the Midwest where I was born and raised. I have a black father and black mother. There is nothing unique that sets us apart from other black people. It makes me so depressed whenever a black man inquires about my background and when I tell them I am just black they say black people don’t have good hair like yours. WHY? It makes me so angry and I’m sick of having to give them the whole spill of how different we can be as a people. I no longer date back men who like me for “looking biracial.” I am a black woman and your comments you make about black women not looking the way I do insult me. I can’t help what I look like. I was not raised thinking my features or my hair looked better then my mother’s or my sisters. I am black, I am black please stop assuming that those of us with a loser curl pattern or lighter skin or not just black.

why is taylor………….why is she so…………………my mother……………….i am……she…why….me? i am unworhtyhy …………im Crying……why…Why me a simple Clam from the midwest………………

Photographer on Tumblr

My Name is Nathan Pearce and I am a photographer from southern Illinois (usa).

I have a project called Midwest Dirt which is about to be released as a photobook.

I also work at an auto-body repair shop

http://Nathanpearce.tumblr.com/

Thank you for your introduction and for telling us about your fascinating project, Nathan!

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Hey there! My name is Abby. I am 17, from the Midwest, USA. Currently I’m a redhead, but I like to change my hair color very often (as shown by the pictures here) I am a major music nerd, I play trombone, ukulele, and piano. I am a huge LGBTQ+ activist. I forgot to mention, I’m gay all the way!

I’m looking for friends or even something more (ooh la la)

Tumblr @dearlyabby
Or Kik me @dearlyabby (as well)