i used those pics a lot

Hera Arms CQR Foregrip

Just got this in the mail today and I figured I’d do a quick write up with my initial thoughts on what some consider to be either one of the coolest or ugliest foregrips on the market.

Most people know about the Hera Arms CQR stock and foregrip. I didn’t order the stock yet mostly cause all of the non-California compliant versions are sold out. Anyway here’s the package and what’s inside.

It came with no paperwork or an Allen Wrench for the screws. Luckily I have hundreds of those in my tool box and found one that fit.

It’s smaller than I thought it would be but it’s also light, I don’t have a scale to measure how much it weighs. It has “Made in Germany” markings, a QD mount on either side for your slings, and a textured area where your fingers would wrap around. It seems to be removable because there are 2 screws holding it in place, so maybe different sizes, colors or textures will be available down the line. The texture itself is not very abrasive or harsh, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. 

That just leaves installing it onto a gun. Most images of the CRQ Foregrip are on an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), where I think it looks the best.

I’ve seen some photos on Google and reddit with the CQR on an AUG and an AR-15 with a 16″ barrel. It didn’t look that good from the pics on full size rifles so I didn’t bother putting onto my AR-15 or AR-10 (yet).

Instead I installed the CQR onto my shotgun, the Origin 12. Given the futuristic looks of the Origin 12, the CQR doesn’t seem out of place as it would on a standard AR-15 with a quad rail. I’ve been trying to find a vertical or foregrip for this shotgun for a while, but none of them matched or felt right. With the CQR it feels a lot more balanced than when I used a standard Magpul vertical grip or AFG.

The CQR fits nice and snug on rails, with zero movement or play. It doesn’t interfere with magazine loading, in fact it kind of helps guide them in. So here’s pics of my Origin 12 with the CQR. It would probably look a lot better if I had the short-barrel assembly but I don’t.

Is the Hera Arms CQR worth it? In my case yes because it feels and looks great on my shotgun, however I can’t say you’ll have the same positive reaction or results with your AR-15. This is one of those parts you’ll love or hate, but because it looks so different, you may be underwhelmed or disappointed when it turns more into an aesthetic eyesore.

the meaning of “love myself, love yourself” - when namjoon almost fucked up and told us about the new album

“Many people mention this a lot these days so I feel as if the words have lost their original meanings. Anyways, this is the remark that supports me the most and I really wanted to say this. To myself and to my fans, and those who saw us for the first time. I thought it would be nice to think about what it’s means to love myself and to love others. So I added that to my speech.”


Blythe Harbor Lite is a CC-free save in which I’ve filled all of the Willow Creek lots with my own creations. Most of the lots are ones I have already shared, but I’ve made edits to several of them to improve them or make them CC-free. I’ve also built two brand new lots - a community park and a spa/gym. The links below go to my original posts of the lots, so they’re going to look a little different in the Blythe Harbor Lite save. I’ve listed any edits I made in parentheses.

There are only two Sims of my own in this save - Geneva and Gene Carroll, who are brother and sister and own the Retail and Restaurant lots. Feel free to have them sell the lots if you want your Sims to own them. I left all of the Willow Creek EA-made Sims as unplayed townies, but you can delete them in the Manage Households panel if you don’t want them in your game. I didn’t do anything with Oasis Springs or Windenburg, so all of those lots are intact, and the EA-made Sims still live in their houses. Magnolia Promenade and Newcrest are also untouched.

Feel free to do whatever you want with this save! Delete lots, renovate them, move them around, etc. As I mentioned, no CC is required, but I did use stuff from all EPs/GPs/SPs through Kids Room Stuff (though I didn’t use much from that one). The EPs and GPs are the most important - if you don’t have those you might be missing windows, wallpaper, and landscaping here and there (which you can replace with whatever looks good to you! :)

(See the second-to-last pic for instructions on installing this save.)


Here is the list of lots - the numbers correspond to the numbering in the map pic:

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7.5.16+3:30pm // journal unfiltered + comments behind each spread! // wanted to show you guys what my bujo spreads look like with no filters/editing involved. i feel like this would give you a better perspective of the colors and washi tapes i’m using. just click for a bigger view and for commentary. :D 

anonymous asked:

fanart isn't real art

Hey nonny! 

Firstly, you are mistaken. 

Secondly, you are a bit of an ass. 

but let’s use those debating skills of mine and rebut your unfounded statement: 

evidence piece number 1: Definition via Wikipedia. 

Hm… “Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (…)”

Yes? Make sense? Well, moving on. 

Now: there’s been a lot of art in history. Agreed? Well, then. let’s look at that. 

evidence piece number 2: screenshot of google (ignore the obscene amount of pinned tabs, I’m a hoarder)

Ok great so let’s examine that. You see the tab that’s open? What did I search? ‘Art Renaissance’ Yes? Well, let’s look at those pics. the first pic shows the ‘agony of the garden’ which refers to an event of the life of Jesus in the New Testament. Huh I’ve heard of the New Testament - it’s a book right? Well, let’s keep looking at those pics. See that pic on the far right - top row? Now I can’t be 100% sure, but that kinda seems to show Maria and Jesus? Yeah? Well, guess what, that’s from the New Testament too. Wild, right? That not only one artwork from the Renaissance has a religious theme… but TWO?!?! WIld. 

The last row? Yeah. That’s all Christian art too. Huh. Wow. I can’t believe that many artists created art based on the Bible. Crazy. 

So, moving on to somewhat more modern art: 

evidence piece number 3: 

So this dude is pretty cool right? This is art? We are in agreement, yes? This is art. Well, buckle up, anon, cos I’m about to shake your world. 

That was created towards the end of the 19th century, by Sidney Paget. And guess where that artwork is featured? Guess who the dude is in the pic? Well, that’s our very own Sherlock Holmes! lmao and guess what? Sherlock Holmes is a character in a book! *gasp* Did I shake your world yet?

Well, then, let’s move to an even more modern example: 

I guess you know who this is? 

I mean, I could be mistaken, but I think I remember there being books to this movie? Eh, might be my imagination. Well, then, let’s look at some art that was done inspired by this character…

Oh wow! Beautiful isn’t it? This is by the legendary artist @euclase

Now let’s assume that you didn’t know Harry Potter and that you didn’t know that there were books and movies about him, would you agree that this is art? Let’s be honest: you would. 

Let’s look at the quote again, nonny: Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, movies, television shows, or video games) and derived from a character or other aspect of that work.” 

So theoretically, if we go down that path, all types of drawings, art, pictures, photography etc. are all forms of art, and are all fanart in a way. Have you seen the Hunger Games? Or… do you watch a tv show like Sherlock? Well, y’know, movies are just a series of frames of photography, making that, in essence also art. and considering both of those examples are stories based on books, I’d call them fanart too. 

So, next time you go sending people anonymous messages about how fanart isn’t art, think twice, cos we artists - we’re a tough bunch. 

Also, you’re an asshole - did I already mention that? 

anonymous asked:

Seeing a lot of english going on in about half of your pics, I think, is Japan really just half and half of english and Japanese or are you just finding those rare spots that usually speak other languages?

english is the lingua franca, meaning it’s the most likely language that any two people on the planet will have in common if they dont share a native language.

plus, a lot of japanese people think the english language is cool so they’ll use it in marketing and stuff.

there’s plenty of examples of english in japanese culture. family mart. one punch man. cup o noodles. stuff like that.


John and Paul on set during a break from recording a TV special, ‘The Music of Lennon and McCartney’ at Granada Studios, Manchester, 1st November, 1965. 

“[Paul] provided a lightness, an optimism, while I would always go for the sadness, the discords, the bluesy notes. There was a period when I thought I didn’t write melodies, that Paul wrote those and I just wrote straight, shouting rock ‘n’ roll. But, of course, when I think of some of my own songs –In My Life, or some of the early stuff, This Boy – I was writing melody with the best of them.”

[John, Playboy Interviews, 1980]

“We would normally be rung a couple of weeks before the recording session and they’d say, 'We’re recording in a month’s time and you’ve got a week off before the recordings to write some stuff.’ … So I’d go out to John’s every day for the week, and the rest of the time was just time off. We always wrote a song a day, whatever happened we always wrote a song a day… Mostly it was me getting out of London, to John’s rather nice, comfortable Weybridge house near the golf course… So John and I would sit down, and by then it might be one or two o'clock, and by four or five o'clock we’d be done.”

[Paul, 1994]

I Want to Hold Your Hand, From Me To You, She Loves You – I’d have to have the list, there’s so many, trillions of ‘em. Those are the ones. In a rock band you have to make singles, you have to keep writing them. Plenty more. We both had our fingers in each others pies.”

[John, in response to the question: What songs really stick in your mind as being Lennon-McCartney songs? Rolling Stone Interviews, Dec 8, 1970]

“John and Paul’s standard of writing has bettered over the years, so it’s very hard for me to come straight to the top, on par with them. They gave me an awful lot of encouragement. Their reaction has been very good. If it hadn’t, I think I would have just crawled away.”

[George, 1966]

“I said that [playing down how much he and Paul collaborated], but I was lying… We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball… In those days we absolutely used to write like that — both playing into each other’s noses.”

[John, Playboy Interview]

Pics: by Robert Whitaker / Hulton Archive / Getty Images.

Quotes from BeatlesWiki

I’ll be there

I admit I teared up a little bit while writing this! It’s not too much related to Dunkirk but I hope you’ll still like it! Leave your comments behind, I appreciate it! (Pic is not mine, found it on Google)

It was one of those nights where Alex was woken up by a few hits on his leg because his wife was shifting back and forth constantly. He rubbed his fingers over his eyes and turned on the night lamp next to him. As his eyes met her face, he discovered a layer of sweat covering her forehead and small whimpers of distress left her mouth. He knew she was tormented by nightmares again, something that used to happen a lot recently. Alex also knew which dream it was about, (Y/N) had told him thousand times how she tried to save him but failed over and over again.

In her dream, Alex was back off to war and he was drowning. Their ship had been hit by a torpedo and was sinking fast. (Y/N) was there too, everything took place right in front of her eyes. She perceived desperate cries of horror and help all around her but one specific cry always let the blood in her veins freeze. And that specific cry escaped from her husband’s mouth. He was stuck in the sinking ship, the room where he stood filled with water. He hammered against the heavy door and no matter how much she tried to open the fucking damn door, it wouldn’t budge. It seemed like it was glued to the doorframe. She did everything in her might but something prevented her from saving her man. Something that didn’t want her to help him. The ship was drawn into the depths of the ocean, along with Alex, along with the love of her life in no time.

Seeing her in this state, all vulnerable and helpless, broke his heart in two. He would do anything to keep her away from those dreams but they were something neither he nor she had control of. He sat up and crawled closer to her moving body. He shook on her shoulders plenty of times and caressed her wet cheeks. A few tears already dropped onto the cushion she was resting her head on.

She finally tore her eyes wide open, her body shivering terribly, and a small sob escaped her lips.

“C’mere, love.” Alex said, inviting her into his arms. He rested her back against his bare chest, one hand running soothingly through her soft hair while the other hand was lying on her small bump. He kissed the spot behind her ear and her temple numerous times, knowing exactly this was the way she would calm down.

“I’m sorry.” (Y/N) whispered with a trembling voice, very much affected by her dream. “I’m sorry I woke you up.”  No matter how much she went through the same dream, it always affected her badly. She couldn’t imagine a life without Alex. Losing him would mean the end. She would go out of her mind if she had to live without him.

“It’s okay, darlin’.” Alex responded understandingly. “The same dream, huh?”

(Y/N) nodded quietly, the mention of it caused terrible jolts through her body. What did she do to deserve seeing those horrible images all over again? What did she do to deserve watching her love leaving her?

“Every time I have this dream, I think it’ll be different. I think this time I’m going to save you but-“She hiccupped now, new streams of tears flew down her cheeks. “-but it always ends the same, Alex. I can’t take it, can’t take it anymore.”

“Pshh…love…Everything’s fine… It’s fine, okay?” Alex started to massage her shoulders so she could relax from her nightly experience.

“I can’t lose you, Alex. I already did once and I can’t deal with another one. How would I be able to raise our children? I need you so much. I can’t do anything without you.” Panic started to build up in her body.

When she started to talk like this, Alex knew how much she was affected even though it was a dream, created by her own subconsciousness. How many times had she told him that she was no one without him? That she wouldn’t get anything right if it wasn’t for him? He hated when she talked very low about herself when it was quite the opposite. She was a great mother to their three year old son and she managed being a mom and doing the household at the same time perfectly. Even Alex wondered how it was possible to do two things simultaneously.

“(Y/N), my love, you need to calm down. Can you do that for me, beautiful?” He noticed her ragged breathing. If she wouldn’t calm down, she would have a panic attack which had happened often in the past and he couldn’t allow himself to see her in this state. He ordered her to follow his breathing and together the couple inhaled and exhaled at the same rhythm, filling their lungs with oxygen.

He put another kiss on her temple.

“You’re not going to lose me.” He said, caressing her belly. “You three are not going to lose me. We have a good and long life ahead us and we’re going to take those steps towards our future together. You and me and our children. I’ll be there when you bring our daughter to the world, holding you and supporting you and when she opens her eyes for the first time, I’ll still be there. I’ll be there when we take her home and I’ll be there when she meets her older brother. I’ll be there when Luke visits school, I’ll be there in his first day. I’ll be there when our baby girl takes her first steps and saying her first words. I will protect them, protect you with everything I have.  I’ll be there, watching our children grow to a strong man and a woman and having their own families. I’ll be there when our grandchildren run around our house and we’ll be watching them playing on our backyard together.  I’ll be there, every day and night, in our ups and downs, in our good days and bad days, I’ll be there in every single step that we make. I promised you when we married, right?”

He took her hand with her wedding ring gently into his, kissing her knuckles. “And besides you’re not going to get rid of me that easily, you’re stuck here with me forever, no matter how much you try, I can assure you that.” He laughed softly and (Y/N)’s tensed body slowly began to relax in his arms.

“I’m the luckiest man in this entire world, beautiful, and I’m never going to let go of you. I love you. More than you’ll ever know.”

“I love you too.” (Y/N) whispered, wiping away some tears with her thumps. With her pregnant state, she was over sensual than ever. But she needed to hear those words. He told her so many assuring things and she couldn’t get enough of it.

“We’ve come a long way from where we began and look what we have achieved. We have survived war, we have survived a very long separation and lot more. Do you know how much I had to fight to get your fathers blessing to marry you?”

(Y/N) laughed at this statement. Her father had tortured him for quite a long time and Alex had to prove that he was the right guy for his daughter.

“No matter what happened, we always found our way to each other. You’re the one for me, my love, always and forever. I’m not lettings this go. I’m not letting you go.”

Their lips found each other to a passionate kiss. (Y/N)’s senses were overwhelmed with so much love and affection for her husband. Nobody could ever make her feel like this except for him.

“I’ll be there until our final breath. I promise. I’ll be there.”

Their little moment was interrupted when they heard tiny little footsteps on the hallway, following with little sobs. The door to the bedroom was opened and a little crying boy entered the room, his cheeks stained with uncountable tears.

“Daddy!” Little Luke cried, holding his teddy bear against his body.

“Aye, buddy, what’s the matter?” Alex asked, getting on his feet immediately. Luke opened his tiny arms for him and once Alex pressed him against his chest, Luke nestled his face in the crook of his neck.

“What happened, poppet? Couldn’t sleep, huh?”

“Nightmare.” Luke mumbled sleepily.

“A nightmare? Like your mummy, eh?” He weighed him back and forth in soothing manner. “What do you want me to do? Should daddy fight those monsters again?”

“Want to sleep with mummy and daddy…” The little boy said, holding firmly onto his father.

“You want to sleep with mummy and daddy? Then you’ll sleep with mummy and daddy.” Alex went back to the bed where his wife was waiting for them with a smile on her lips. (Y/N) always loved the way he treated their baby boy. Alex positioned the young child in the middle of their bed so Luke could lie between them. Once Luke made himself comfortable and Alex also lied down, the young boy cuddled against his body.

“He really loves you.” (Y/N) remarked, smiling. She reached out for her husbands hand and intertwined their fingers.

“I love him too.” Alex replied. “I love my family so much.”

And with that, they drifted to a peaceful slumber. Save and secured in each other’s arms.

Mikayuu Week:Day 7: Free day: Proposal

This is for multi occasions( belated Mika’s birthday/early Yuu-chan’s birthday/ Mikayuuweek2017)…it’s finished…also… a gift to all the nice people i’ve met in the fandom. THANK YOU <3 <3 <3 <3. ( and inspirations from them and their works) [Mostly from husband Rin and Vix and my craziness)




Their tattoos!!

Some pics from the background

Actually, these were inspired by many fanfics i have read and imagined.

From maid Aus, historical Aus, fairy tale Aus ,morden Aus like school Aus, Boy loves coffee, idol Au, sport Au to Alien Aus, BDSM Aus and many others 

I often read fanfics from Vix @vixenfur​​ , her fics often have things like make up…(n this is in the dressing room) so i decided to add some makeover stuff and accessories/jewelry …

“My love is more than words” , the note behind those lipsticks ….is from Unwritten by Vix ^_^

.Ok Now the Stairs.

This is from Restraint! from Rin…@rindartist’s doujinshi. I just love the quotes so much.

We will always be together. Even if we are not humans anymore”

“I’ll be with you forever. It’s maybe a twisted love. An Imperfect, sometimes selfish love….(i messed up the words a bit accidentally)

“..But it cross any boundaries…like race and hatred…Even Death…”

“Will Yuu Marry Mi?”

“I Do. Yuu Do. Mi Do”

Notes from the bouquet….

“Let’s live on together, Mika”

“Abadon everything and run away with me, Yuu-chan”

Those pics above were taken outdoors. This is how it looks when putting indoors.

Progress and the tools i used:

(Applying make up lol XD)

(mixed media from drawing tools to makeup stuff, nail polishes and stickers, tattoos…)

Gather the tools and those fail moments…(it took me around 7 months to finish cause i kept making mistakes till the end lol)

There’re still many things i want to share with you but bcs the drawing is a bit too big so it would take lots of time to go through every detail (and Tumblr has already eaten my post due to so many pics….=_=)

Thank you for looking at my drawing. Have a nice day!

The precise location of the shop is unknown, yet those who need to find it stumble upon it regardless of where they live. Hanamaki and Matsukawa can’t remember when or how they came to own it, nor what they did before. They’re used to waking up to a different view every day and to the maps appearing out of thin air. They always follow them, since whatever they find will probably be the very thing a client requests the next day.

my friend: you remember those hufflepuff notebooks we recently got together? i think i’ll write down in mine all kinds of hufflepuff and hogwarts headcanons i find and also my own

me: omg, yes!! also you could add the marauders map and lots of memes and other hogwarts stuff/pics in there

also me: (screaming internally) that would be the ultimate birthday present to me, a notebook full of headcanons of whatever fandom or otp i’m into, h o l y s h i t


First two pics from an AU. I just have too much fun drawing Grimmjow, so I wanted to play around with that concept too. I also really like those WWII bomber-jackets that used to have cartoons or pin ups on the back, so I wanted to draw something like that.

Then some canon ships. I think Ichigo came out sounding a lot more dirty minded than I hoped.

Your insecurities show.

This is cliche, but confidence is key. I get a lot of questions asking- what do guys like/how do I keep him interested? I hate saying this, but you should be confident being the person you are (fake it till you make it). I remember those weekends that I’d go out with my SDBF (developer- I posted pics when I had IG: JXSB_), we would always take his limo. We went to all the lounges/restaurants in Toronto, and EVERY SINGLE TIME when the chauffeur came to pick us up, girls right BESIDE me would be hating. These girls legit said- why is he with her? He should be with me instead/he could do so much better! These were some orange Oompa Loompas. My SDBF said- did you just hear what they said, don’t you feel so lucky that I love you? I replied: no, if you want them, you can have them. Go get em!

He was in fucking shock! I made it obvious that I am not scared to lose him, there are a sea of men who can provide me with what he did. We were together for almost two years, and I finally broke it off December 2016 (day before his birthday). He begged but his attitude isn’t worth the money (he came back every time I dumped him). He was a multimillionaire, sure that’s great, but I had also found someone who is worth a whole lot more than that… he has watches that are worth millions.

Don’t allow these men to take advantage of you. Don’t allow him to have power over you. You are a luxury, you are a Goddess, and you already know that. There are plenty more where he came from. Ps- men also want what they cannot have, especially wealthy men. Why? Because they think their money can buy them anything, it’s nice to give them a reality check.

pphew! sorry for the late reply to these >.< i figured id just reply to all these in one post with some pics. Below are the watercolors i use and the the gold paints (keep in mind those pics i posted were like first attempts @_@ im still getting used to these…)

The water colors are Mjello Mission Gold Watercolors in the 34 tube set and the gold palette are the FineTec Artist Mica Watercolors in the Pearl set. 

Now I’ll state first– both these sets are kinda pricey. The FineTec palette (about $27) is so worth it though because it comes in different golds and one tube of gold gouache is usually like $9 each or more depending on the amount of mica, so def worth the price and variety.

Below: from lightest to darkest on ivory tinted paper [Silver, Moon Gold, Gold Pearl, Arabic Gold, Tibet Gold, & Inca Gold] they look SUPER outstanding on black paper as well!

my fav is the richest one, the Inca Gold.

They are super nice, but if you plan on getting them, they are super HARD palettes! It’ll take a lot of scrubbing to get them activated and to have that nice gouache-like thickness, so if you don’t want to ruin your nice brushes, I def recommend getting some Ox Gall. Adding a drop or two of this will get them activated in no time, and with a nice opaque thickness. (the brand I have below they dont sell anymore, but other brands still make it)

As for the water colors, ehhh i feel weird cuz those vegetas were like my first attempts with this brand. Ive always used the Sakura Koi 24 color set palette because theyre super nice and super cheap (like $20) and Ive had them for years. I only got these because I wanted higher-grade watercolors in tubes. But they are very expensive, but for good reasons: they have a lot of pigment, which makes them so vibrant and bright and theyre designed to be very close to natural colors, not to mention theyre so SMOOTH when painting and they’ll probs last me forEVER because you get so much color with very little water.

(opera is best color IMHO) here’s a color chart I made (that took FOREVER btw) to give you an idea how beautiful they are and how many nice colors they make

so yea! those are the paints I used for those particular pics. Course if you would like a nice, cheap watercolor recommendation that works pretty well, Sakura Koi’s are a fantastic substitute. …..SORRY IF THIS WAS LONG i just akdfhalkfhd i like talking about traditional media..lol. hope this was at least a little informative >.< if anyone has questions or wants some recommendations (while also saving some money) feel free to ask! I’ll help in any way i can with what i know, cuz despite posting mostly digital art, I am a traditional art supply FANATIC. 

anonymous asked:

I'm an artist and I love your line work and coloring. Someone might have already asked this but what brushes do you use and what are your settings? Thanks so much keep drawing dude!!!

agh sorry for answering so late i forgot how i draw

oof the quality is nasty but its readable..

so if u didnt know, i use medibang paint to draw (basically the same as firealpaca but with a black background instead of grey)

Medibang is a bit shit in terms of really customising brushes but hey i’m poor and cant afford shit like SAI and photoshop so i suffer and make do with what’s available. 

aight so most of my brushes i use are ones that i downloaded from the cloud so if you click the little cloud thingy on the sidebar then it’ll take u to more brushes which is where i got mine.

i basically have a couple ways of drawing depending how i feel - for those little pun comics i used a soft brush for lines (either the “thick brush sumi” or the “acrylic”) and for shading i used the “pen” and “fluffy watercolour”. But for other stuff where i want cleaner lines i use the custom pen shown in the pic. 

Acrylic is one i mostly use for lining bigger things if i want crisp lines but still kind of keeping a slightly sketchy style. 

Watercolour is a good brush for painting when u wanna blend the colours together easily (you can adjust how well they blend in the brush setting).

i have Correction set to 2 - for those who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a function designed to control how much fluidity you have when drawing lines. If you have it on a higher setting then it’ll restrict you more so the lines turn out a lot smoother (it’s a useful function but if you try to draw too fast it just makes it seem like it’s lagging loads so i dont use it). When on a lower setting you get more control which is better for sketching. 

thats like all i can think of but if u need any more tips hmu

I know I’ve talked about the Cresswell age gap a lot. I mentioned that it’s not illegal in most parts of the world (seriously, stop imposing American laws and norms to the rest of the world all the time - you don’t have to like the age gap but it just isn’t illegal), that their relationship isn’t sexual and hardly will be for a while and if I can suspend my disbelief when it comes to:

- a 16-year-old mechanic who only remembers 5 years of her life to become a capable queen and getting engaged at 18 while having met the guy a handful of times,

- a 23-year-old guy who has been trained to be a child soldier since age 11 with almost no damage to his mind and who falls in love with the first girl he talks to,

- or a 17-year-old girl who never seemed to have any political training of any kind become an equally capable ambassador just because people like her and who also never considered a guy other than her childhood sweetheart for her one relationship,

then ages in TLC, and YA in general, are hardly comparable to ages in our world. The same goes for Cress, despite the uneccessary infantilisation of her character the fandom seems so fond of. (I only picked Cinder, Wolf and Winter as a comparison because along with Cress, those four have the most “YA”-like experiences that makes it harder to compare their maturity to real-life people of the same age.)

[Btw: Most of the main characters didn’t go to school or had any previous relationships. For me, it seems weird to argue that only Cress should to go to school - not even college but a normal high school that would surely not challenge her genius enough  - and have her date other people when no one demands the same things from Cinder, Wolf, Jacin, Winter or Kai. If they can meet their one true love during the revolution and marry them later on without taking breaks, then so can Cress. If I apply-real-life standards to a sci-fi YA story then it would have to go for all characters. But either all of them are allowed find their one true love and stay with them forever or they all need to “grow” first.]

But I feel one of the biggest issues with the age gap discourse is that almost no one posts age-appropriate fancasts. It’s obviously easier to find cool images of established actors or models but it definitely distorts the images we have of the characters.

Sure if you put an actress who is around 16-years-old:

(Let’s take Elle Fanning at age 16)

And use 30-year-old Sam Claflin or Garrett Hedlund (33) in the same fancast it of course looks like a super inappropriate age gap:

Or if people use Zac Efron, they usually pick pics where he is at his current age, 29:

(I’ve seen Diego Luna at age 37, Chris Wood (29) or Diego Boneta at age 26 too - hardly anyone who is Thorne’s actual age, +/- one year).

As for Cress, I’ve seen people fancast girls as young as 13-year-old (like AnnaSophia Robb from “Bridge to Terabithia):

When for all intents and purposes Cress should look like Elle Fanning or her:

(That’s some instagram girl which I often see used as a Cress fancast from the year 2014 where she was 15/16 - I’ve looked through her instagram and only used pictures from 2014 when she was 16 even though she’s 19 or 20 now. You can look up Jacy Jordan/jacykjordan if you want to verify her birthday and dates she posted those pics. But yes, that’s a 16-year-old girl. A teenager, not a child.)

Compared to this guy:

(Froy Gutierrez, age 19. Oh no, a year younger than Thorne. Still a whole lot closer to what Thorne would look like than Claflin, Hedlund, or other fancast who are usually 25+ at least. Could anyone look more like canonThorne? I don’t think so. He’s the age, he has the looks, hey, he is even half-Mexican. My personal favourite for canonThorne.)

Or coming back to Zac Efron (not my pick but I use casts I’ve seen floating around a lot), you would have to back as far as 2008 to have him at the right age for Thorne (and I used a more flattering picture of him where he doesn’t have that weird Justin-Bieber hairstyle):

(That was from a High School Musical press conference in 2008. The same year he made the movie “17 again”. If you envision Thorne as Zac Efron, in “17 Again” he was 21, one year older than Thorne but still, he would be more appropriate than the way he looks now. Even if one likes current Zac Efron more, it just unnecessarily makes the Cresswell age gap seem wider than it is.)

Or you know what? Let’s include “Bieber Efron” too (after all, it’s not my fault he had that hairstyle):

(21-year-old Zac Efron. See how different he looks from his older counterpart? Or from Claflin and Hedlund for that matter? Thorne wouldn’t look like a grown man at 30. That obviously goes for all the characters but picking and older Kai, Wolf or Jacin never causes the same outcry as it does when it comes to Cresswell)

Now, compare this (16-year-old girl with guys almost twice their age):

To this (16-year-old girls with 20-year-old boys, the way it is in canon):

I feel this puts the whole thing into perspective. We’re not talking about a child or pre-teen with a thirty-year-old dude. If you saw Jacy and Froy or Elle and Zac from the lower pic walking down the street, hardly anyone would consider it inappropriate. If you use fancasts where they are the actual ages they have in canon, Cress and Thorne’s age gap doesn’t seem as wide as people make it out to be.

Basically, I feel there’s a distorted image in the fandom of how child-like Cress and how mature Thorne are when that’s just not the case. One doesn’t have to like the age gap or the ship but the reason why it doesn’t matter to so many people is because we don’t see Thorne as a grown-up man, nor Cress as an immature child. Putting the “legality” on it makes it US-centric and TLC is not US- centric. More importantly, for me and many other fans, mutual respect, trust and equality is a given in their relationship, as we have seen time and time again from canon. 

Just to reiterate - anyone who thinks that just sharing the images of Taylor amongst us doesn’t make a difference is pretty naive and obviously doesn’t quite realise how the papz business works.

They only get asked to do that shit because people will click on it. Yes, a lot of those people are not us - but as I have seen by the great (sadly) number of copies of these pics on my dash, a lot of them also are.

This is particularly a shame for people with a Taylor follow, because that’s not what Taylor will want to see everywhere on her dash when she next logs in, like cmon it’s about respect. Taylor and Abigail, who will be pissed these photographers were there, we know that because we know Taylor.

Sharing the images in any way duplicates their presence on the internet (that’s how image search works) and therefore validates the photographers being there in the eyes of their employers, meaning that they’re even more likely to try to be there next time Taylor might be out in public doing something mundane and private.

Like yeah, by all means get excited about finally getting to see Taylor again and shit but that doesn’t mean you have to share the images and therefore not only duplicate them but also fill Taylor’s dashboard with them?

I don’t mean to lecture y'all, do what you want; I just think we all know what Taylor would prefer so please don’t try to take the high road as though it’s your right to share them because as far I’m concerned it wasn’t even the photographers right to take them in the first place without the bride’s fucking permission. ☕️ I mean like no shade but are y'all forgetting these are the same people who Taylor now dreams of taking pictures of her in her sleep because they stalk her so much????? never okay™


Johndave week - Day 4: Hurt/Comfort

Haha shit I’m late?? I haven’t done comics in literal years soooo. Yeah, this is something I think about in terms of John quite a lot. I can’t help but think it might bug him a lot now and then, even if he fixed a timeline, and when confronted he might lash out. Also, bonus pic;

I almost forgot! Since I changed my icon, I wanted to upload the pic for the old one here. It’s really simplistic but I had a few people say they liked it a lot, and I figured like. Idk. I’m 99.9% sure I’m not gonna go back to it (yet?) so if you’re one of those people and you wanna use it, go crazy with it! As long as you credit me for it of course ^^