it's only cool when i wear it

autistic in a heatwave tips!

we’re having a heatwave !! which is lovely because i love hot weather, but im bad at temperature adjustment and regulation which can be bad. i also know that lots of other autistics find hot weather sensory hell, so here r a few things that i find help:

- you dont Have to be in the sun all day. lots of people will say stuff tht makes u feel guilty about “wasting the good weather”, but they dont know how it affects u personally, so do whats best for u. if u wanna stay inside all day or never leave the shade, do it!! its better to b comfortable than anything else
- this goes doubly if u live in a place where u actually get aircon in non commercial buildings
- wear as few clothes as possible. sounds obvious, but youd be surprised at how much difference not having even one layer makes. if youre self conscious abt ur body, invest in some mesh or sheer clothing - its stylish, v thin and light, and will obscure ur form - if u r wearing clothes, wet them !! this helps So Much its my fav tip. wetting a hat or pouring water down ur shirt cools u down a load, and can help u stay cool until it all evaporates. last year i managed to be the only one to mostly avoid heatstroke when hiking by doing this. having wet trousers/shorts is sensory hell for me, so i stick to just my shirt. if u cant cope w that, keep a damp cloth on u and put it on ur skin whenever u can
- drink A Lot. if ur thirsty, ur probably already dehydrated. dehydration can lead to feeling sick, headachy, and exasperates sensory issues (i usually burn out twice as often if im dehydrated). to avoid this, drink lots of water. do u hate drinking water? yeah, me too. keeping a bottle full on u is good because its just There so u end up drinking it because its smth to do.
alternately, drink lots of juice/iced tea/soda (fizzy drinks dehydrate u a bit, but theyre better than nothing!)
if u wanna rehydrate quickly, sports drinks r the way to go bc they replace electrolytes (cheap alternative: dissolve salt n sugar into water)
- crunch on ice !! it cools u down, it hydrates u, and u can Lov The Cronch
- dont get burnt: it leads to sunburn which is Sensory Hell, can give u heat stroke, and long term skin damage. do u hate sun cream? Me Too, but its better than sunburn. instead of the gross lotiony suncreams, u can get oil based ones (p20 is the brand here, idk if its international) which tend to b more expensive, but last a full 24hrs, feel non gloopy, and dont smell as strong
- sleep w just a bed sheet as covers bc its much cooler, but u still have the feeling of smth covering u
- ur feet r the most important for temp regulation , so keep them cool most importantly
- cold showers r great but also painful so a softer alternative is room temp showers bc theyll still cool u down without freezing ur various body parts off
- mope on the floor like 24/7 it doesnt exactly cool u down but it doesnt use much energy n its perfect for that summery sluggishness. fav activity 10/10 would recommend

anyone else pls add on suggestions!!

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A bit late now but here’s something for the Mystery Twins’ birthday! It also happens to coincide with my country’s Independence Day hahahaha

This is Stan’s newest sweater:

Maybe it’s the first time the Pines family is reunited back at the Shack since that summer (dodgy video calls on an adventure ship can only do so much).

an annoyed older nico looking at his sister being all lovey dovey with thalia in the distance (to be drawn later stay tuned xoxo)

~bianca survives au~

in coups’ jacket

(it looks better when you click on it; idk why it’s so blurry :p)

there’s a clothing store in town
  • it’s a small cute shop with a big front window and two wooden mannequins modeling dusty, floor-sweeping gowns on the other side of the glass
  • the shopkeeper repositions them every night. she must, because they are standing differently each morning you walk past them. their hands out as though adjusting each other’s straps or fixing their hair or smoothing their skirts
    • once you remarked to the shopkeeper as she brushed the snow from her front step that you’d never seen mannequins that could be repositioned so many ways, and she gave you a smile that was not quite a smile at all even as you saw amusement in her eyes
    • maybe you should feel more distrustful, but you only feel a sort of vague friendliness with the models, their wooden hands always entwined
  • the store’s name is written in gold on the door but no one can quite make it out among the swirls of the script it’s written in. you’ve never asked the shopkeeper. you’re not sure why
    • those not-quite-smiles are distracting. it’s hard to drag your eyes away from her until she looks away first
  • it’s a store for fancy clothes, probably. you never come out the door feeling like you managed to look at everything on the hangers, and despite the clear glass of the front window the clothes you can see beyond it are always slightly blurred
    • when you go inside the shopkeeper draws your attention to something in particular, a floating scarf or an elegant blue dress, something that keeps you from paying too close attention to anything else
    • it’s almost embarrassing how well she knows what you’ll like. you wonder or maybe you hope that she notices what you’re wearing when you past in the mornings
  • you haven’t bought too many things there, but you wear the scarf almost everyday. it’s light and settles on your shoulders like a snow drift, cool enough to wear even in the summer, but sometimes when you put it on in the winter its softness warms you like a kiss on your cheek
  • it’s possible the shopkeeper makes everything she sells. there are always bolts of fabric cluttering the counter and she embroiders flowers on the hems of the skirts while you browse the shelves
    • you asked her once how she thinks of designs and she only not-quite-smiled and said it wasn’t all that interesting
    • “i just make the things people want”
    • sometimes you have to think about this memory for a moment. did she say “want” or “need”?
  • she lives in the second story above the shop. sometimes when you are walking home later than usual and the store is closed you’ll see her bedroom window lit up, the fuzzy edge of her silhouette against the glass as she continues her embroidery in the window seat
    • you feel compelled to pause and look for just a moment, head tilted up, breath fogging in the cold air, the softness of your scarf brushing your cheek
    • you’re not looking at the mannequins but you feel like they might be looking at you with knowing not-quite smiles, hands still entwined
    • you’re not sure if you’re thinking “i want” or “i need” but it feels good and full and soft regardless
  • you have to get home before it’s completely dark. you keep walking, winter air swirling around you, flakes of snow catching in your hair and melting on your scarf. the flowers on the hem of your blue dress seem to wink like stars as you leave.

Submitted by seyeba 


ooohoohoo i hope im doing this right ;v;“

i have a ton of stuff typed up for these redesigns!! i hope its not too much text aaaa ;o;

i got the okay to submit these so i hope its alright to go ahead and do so! these are the redesigns that i had asked about through anon (and have put on a texture and my watermarks :’D )

Just managed to finish a buncha Yandere Simulator Redesigns! these are all of the main protagonist, and the ten rivals.

I decided to do a simply designed uniform to display the characters in. I chose this kinda of dress because i had fun drawing it. and i like the colour green. I also kept it only one colour/hue + white, instead of blue and red, which are colours that strongly contrast each other. These outfits still display changes that could probably apply to many other school dress designs, these being in skirt length, sleeve length, whether they wear jerseys or not and also, how they tie their bows/ribbon things.

So below I will share with you my personal ideas/headcannons/suggestions for the Yan Sim rivals, both for their personality and appearance, along with their reasons for being rivals. Please keep in mind these thoughts are all for fun!

(Also before i begin i must apologise for the jumps and many changes in quality and the several mistakes in the artworks, there’s really no excuse for them but i really can’t be bothered to fix em! maybe later :’D these took about a week to complete anyhow! )

First we have Yandere Chan!
Appearance:
I actually found somewhere on the Tummler someone suggesting that Yan-chan, instead of dark grey hair, should have white hair! They said that this would make Ayano have a more unique look, as well as the fact that white is associated with death in japan. Very cool! I figured it’d be neat, and would also match my idea that i have for Ayano’s personality. (i made a version with her default hair/eye colour just for fun tho)

Personality:
Recently Yandere dev posted a video on Ayano’s childhood. as everyone has been pointing out, the video is riddled with plotholes. not only that but i dont see any yandere in Ayano anymore. shes more like… a mix of yandere and kuudere. but without the -dere. she’s a Yankuu. KUUYAN im kidding. but anyway as a lot of people have been saying: the edge is strong with this video. and i feel like the edginess is too cringy. so lets remedy it!
i feel like having a yandere with a polite yet joking/sarcastic attitude would be pretty neat. Relating to her hair color, she would appear to be pure/innocent (referring to how white can be associated with purity), but should you choose to break this image by playing through the game violently, the hair colour would still relate! Back onto her personality and the idea of her being joking/sarcastic, if her insanity is getting low, she could make snarky/sarcastic remarks to her victims, either in the basement for the torture killing method, or possibly when outright killing them. maybe she likes to taunt her victims before killing them! i like the idea of her being headstrong with a kinda “these women have no chance against me” vibe. However the lower her sanity is, the more likely she is to vocalise these taunts, and maybe the lower it is, the more confident she becomes (in terms of killing someone as well, and possibly with killing them in front of others).

Next up is Osana!

Appearance:
This was basically me just fooling around with her design. There are some anime characters with hairstyles that just dont make ANY fucking sense whatsoever. be it that they make no sense in terms of gravity, or in terms of practicality. If the game is going to have several cliches sprinkled in, I want to put one in too! D:< I kid. But anyway- I did want to give her short hair. I felt like she would make a neat typical ‘tom boy’ kinda character. however, giving her short hair would neglect the sweet gradient she has going on, man! not only that but it also dismisses the kill method with the fan vent thing. i thought that method was pretty cool and i’d love to do it in game as well. ANYWAY i decided to give her these weird long bangs/side hair things.
and of course, for a hair accessory, she gets a small hair clip. one of those cheap ass clips that dont keep any hair back and only kids wear. (maybe its a little clip that senpai gave to her when they were younger! :‘3c ) I figured a small hair accessory would be adequate for her considering she is the first rival; it gives her a decently unique appearance, and keeps it simple at the same time. As the first enemy in the game, i don’t think she needs all that much detail.
and in terms of her stockings… yeah im not too sure. I changed the white spots because i personality didnt like the contrast, but her stockings weren’t bad originally.

Personality:
In terms of her personality, she’d be a typical tsundere. of course. she isnt mean though, unlike how she’s being implemented to act; its more like she does nice things for senpai, he smiles and says thank you, and she gets all flustered and shy/embarassed and is denying she did it because she likes him, its just because they’re friends, of course! anyway senpai obviously knows she has a thing for him (i doubt hes that stupid to not notice). depending on how you eliminate Osana, he will react in a few different ways.

The first way, if you murder Osana, is that senpai will OBVIOUSLY become incredibly distraught. he will become depressed. how would you feel if your best friend since childhood was suddenly murdered? for seemingly no reason, too!

The second way, if you befriend Osana and convince her to not confess to senpai and instead let you do so, Senpai will notice that Osana has started acting differently. However, its not an extreme change, Osana just seems to no longer be romantically interested in him. and because they’re best friends, he will be fine with it. I mean, i hope he’s a good guy that would be fine with something like that.

The third way is similar to the second, however the cause is instead that Osana is paired off with another person at school. heck, why not senpai be supportive of the new couple! thats the best :D

Not all too sure of the other elimination methods so im not going to comment on them :‘3

Next up is Amai!

Appearance:
the feet can fuck off. i hated drawing them.
ahem.
Of course, Amai here in her redesign is short and chubby. …kinda chubby. I actually had trouble with her proportions, at first she looked like a very long armed person with midget length legs. which did look kinda weird. anyway! I like the idea of her being kind and gentle etc. and i gave her a single tight curl in her hair, for the same reason as i did for Muja. ill explain why on the part for Muja though!

Personality:
I didnt really feel like changing her personality much. she has a cute personality already! no need to change it :D

Next up, Kizana!
this is actually my favourite redesign ive made out of the whole group c’:

Appearance:
(the negativity i have in this part is mostly, if not completely, just my personal preference.)
In all honesty i figured the richness in color of her original hair/stockings were wayyy too much. in terms of saturation. ive personally never liked that colour of purple. its always been weird and way too saturated for me to use whenever ive had to design a character (be it a humanoid character or a different creature). so i decided to change her hair to a light lavender colour, and her stockings to a similar shade. speaking of her stockings… I felt like they were incredibly tacky xD they just had rose prints tacked onto the material! definitely not regal looking, if that is indeed the sought after look. instead, i changed her stockings to have thorned vines embroidered on them, which refer to not only the thorned stems of roses, but also her personality.
I also felt like it’d be a cute idea for her to have a poofy skirt! again, it could be considered a 'dramatic’ contrast to all the other rivals and possibly all the other students. She also had the obligatory gloves (drama club) and i like to think she wears a long sleeved version of the school uniform.

Personality:
I feel as though she would have a perfect personality if she were to be sassy, often rude, but to also encourage creativity and originality. she could also be quite supportive of those with creative and unique ideas, which could mean she could poooossibly be paired with the art club leader? might be a stretch but i thought it was a cute idea that would make sense in this case :'3
I also changed the roses both on her choker and in her hair to a darker red, also due to the fact that i cant stand saturated colours. they also create a contrast to her lighter overall appearance, which can also be considered to be a dramatic contrast!
her eyes are blue due to the fact that i always thought the colour of royalty was deep blue. i once read a fact book for kids that was about some specific time period (i think it was based on like england or smth), which said if you were royal, you were considered to have blue blood. this was derived from the idea that royalty in the UK often had such pale skin you could see the blue veins under their skin therefore making people think they had blue blood in their veins.

anyway,

The next rival is Oka!
Appearance:
I didn’t feel like changing her design much, other than the fact i feel like with her messy hair, one or some teachers may ask her to tie her hair back. I know they do so in my school, especially if your hair is unneat or unkempt! Of course, she has a longer skirt. I feel like someone who is shy and socially awkward like Oka would HATE having to wear a mini skirt/dress. i feel like she’d be the type of character to cover up as much as possible, which is also why i gave her a jersey! It may seem redundant with her gloves already covering her but maybe she gets cold easily! i also thought it’d be cute, along with the fact that her original design had a turtleneck sweater/jersey. yay, jerseys!

Personality: I think her personality is perfect how it is. shy, weird, socially awkward and head of a fucking occult club. neato.

Asu Rito is next!! ..ehkinda.
not sure what i did here. i just put her hair into a ponytail and made her sports pants longer.

NEXT IS MUJA KINA GAHAJHUDHEU
ahem
i decided that Muja Kina could be an intern for nursing! She had just flown over from another country to do training to become a nurse :3 

Appearance: since she’s from another country, i felt that i could give her a uniform similar to the ones that nurses from South Africa wear, considering i live in SA! i just made it pink to match her overall colour scheme, and made her eyes green to contrast. as said earlier, i gave both her and Amai a little tight curl in their hair. this is because when i was younger and had really long hair, my hair was mostly straight save for a single random curl. i felt like this would add a little personal touch to the redesigns, and also add a bit of youthfulness to their appearance. also because i like drawing these kindsa curls :3

Personality:
Instead of being a ditzy airhead klutz WHATEVER kinda person, she is a very caring and soft person, and tries her best to be strict and reprimanding but she just can’t do it, she’s too sweet by nature! she also tries her best to help anyone and can become too attached to her patients that need a lot of help. so that brings me to the topic of her relationship with senpai!
i feel like with her being a nurse that wants to save everyone, when she sees senpai she immediately calls him in and tries helping him throughout her week. i feel like she’d try to act like a therapist and give him meds like Rescue for stress and stuff like that. at the end of the week i’d say she’d have by then convinced him to maybe leave the school (if there have been murders in the past she could have convinced him that this school is too dangerous for him to attend) or to possibly leave dating or love and w/e for after school when he’s going to college (if the past rivals were all eliminated peacefully and senpai is feeling uuuu sorry for himself that any girl he likes lose interest in him)

Next is Mida Rana!
honestly before i memorised Mida’s and Muja’s names to their faces, i kept getting the two mixed up with each other. their names aren’t really similar, but… they’re too similar for me ):<<
ANYWAY
Appearance: Overall i just changed her appearance to be less obviously a porn actress acting as a teacher who spanks the students or some creepy shit like that. no garter belt showing AND NO OBVIOUS BOOBAGE. the boobage is still there but its more believable or plausible to happen in a school environment /iguess/ since of course some women have such large breasts that sometimes the clothes they have can’t cover up their cleavage completely! and while that argument could have been used for her original design, i feel like that design was just made to be sexual and nothing else.

Personality: i think i read this somewhere else before but the idea for Mida Rana is that she is the new teacher for Senpai’s class. idk maybe the last one was killed or she resigned! or w/e. anyway Mida Rana will become a rival because WELL WHADDYA KNOW she’s the head teacher for the exchange program! she decides that because senpai is such a friendly and respectful person, he would make a perfect candidate for representing Akademi High by becoming an exchange student in another school! maybe this would make senpai decide to move to that country he became an exchange student in :0c either way senpai would be leaving the school for an amount of time so its basically oh noes for Ayano!

so next we have Osoro!
Appearance: for her design i went full derp bc i didnt really know what to do. i googled high school delinquents and its a japanese thing and i didnt… really know… how to redesign her. so i just made her a bit less caring to her uniform appearance and gave her one of those masks that some deliquents in google images were wearing. also darker skin because why not.

personality: i didnt really have much of a problem with her original personality so i didnt really feel like changing it.

NEXT is Hanako!

appearance: keeping her as little miss generic. upon transferring to the school because her parents felt it would be nice for her and senpai to be in the same school before senpai finishes high school, she was wearing the school uniform exactly as how it was described in the rulebook she had gotten before transferring to Akademi. however, after seeing all the other students wearing short skirts, with colourful hair, hair accessories and colourful socks, the second day she comes to school she decides to wear her favourite heart hair clip. ooooh what a rule breaker!!

personality: upon coming to school for the first day, she will realise that something is off. Hanako is not stupid; if she finds out that there have been murders at the school, she will immediately tell her parents who will proceed to transfer both senpai and Hanako out of Akademi to a new school.
if there have not been any murders, and senpai tells her of the girls that used to have crushes on him but have all suddenly become uninterested in him, she will conclude that someone is trying to sabotage all of his potential lovers, and similar to Muja, will convince him to not start dating anyone.

finally, Megami Saikou.
i always felt that the name Saikou sounds a LOT like Psycho. and i legit figured that, after seeing the name on Ayano’s cellphone, it was kinda punny engrish name that referred to Ayano’s yandere nature. BUT NO it seems like its the name of the random corporation thing. that got me thinking…

what if Megami was also a yandere? :3c she could be a serious kinda yandere; professional and very VERY secretive of eliminating those who mean harm to the one she loves. ofc since she’s supposed to be a mary sue, it will be very VERY hard to get by her because she is very good at keeping this a secret.

so yeah!! those are the ideas i had for the redesigns for the rivals and Yan-chan! hope some people like them /)o//v//o(\

I made some Alolan Geodude variations and I think they turned out really cool!

Purebred

Purebred Alolan Geodude’s Rock/Electric typing shows in its natural movepool, consisting only of Rock, Electric and Normal type moves.

Meteor Armour (+Minior)

This variation has a Minior father, who gave it its Shields Down ability and its Ancient Power and Power Gem moves. The one on the right is the core, which comes in seven colours. The one on the left is wearing the shield, which cracks when its HP falls below half.

Sparkling Diamond (+Carbink)

Sparkling Diamond Geodude have a wide variety of move types. They can use Rock, Electric, Normal, Fairy and Psychic moves. Usually their gemstone parts are light blue, but some mutations cause them to have light pink or electric yellow ones.

Ancient Golem (+Golurk)

Ancient Golem Geodude are true masters of physical fight, but have good Ghost and Ground type moves. If their seal is taken off, they become much stronger, but also very hard to control.

death-metal-k1ttens  asked:

hey dude, what are your headcanons for erzsébet?

AHHHHHH oh man.

Tough to put into words, honestly, since I usually write or draw one or two paces away from her. She’s a force of fucking nature in her own right tho, that’s for sure.

when I write or draw characters, if I do it enough, I try to keep a couple of words for them on hand for reference, and I use these + my memory of old drawings rather than references, because this blog is for fun and I don’t need to keep anything on-model. I prefer for the designs to evolve.

For Gilbert, the words are usually among these: Sharp, Narrow, Bone, Weakening, Sword, Point,

For Erzsé, I’ve only got two words: Wild and Wolfsmile, 

this is partially bc i dont draw or write with her as much as I want to, and this is partially bc its just how i think of her.

I think she takes sugar in her coffee and that she plays soccer on the weekends, but often plays goalie because if she’s given full reign of the field she’s just too damn fast.

I think she’s got only a loose personal connection to the concept of gender. I think she probably ties her hair up in a god damn bun sometimes, because buns are cool and easy and that’s a lot of hair!

i think that she loves flowers and would probably wear them on anything, aesthetics be damned. I think that when she thinks about the future, there’s both a hopeful buoyancy in her lungs, and a terribly empty pit. I think she’s a happy-crier.

I think she’s not opposed to a barfight every once and a while, and that she likes to be the big spoon most of the time, but isn’t terribly opposed to other sleeping arrangements. 

anonymous asked:

I respect your opinion about asian people and white people wearing dreads but I always thought it was just hairstyle and didn't matter, it can be traced all the way back to the Greeks who were white people and I didn't see how it was fair that only some people can have this type of hair just because they're black. But it's your opinion and no one can be mad at you for that as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, that's my philosophy at least.

love, this is the thing.

non black people with dreads, cornrows, big curly hair and etc get called cool and fashionable when they wear our hair. people like the kardashians can get butt implants, plump their lips and tan their skin to look like black girls. people like truedy can darken their skin with makeup and braid their hair back and call themselves black but at the end of the day she can wash that off. at the end of the day, non black people get magazine spreads about bringing about a fashion style they never fucking invented and don’t even wear for anything other than to look “cute”. they wear our clothes, bop to our music, and go to the other side of the street when they see us walking by.

we wear our hair the way it is naturally, we wear our skin that we cannot take off, we look the way we look without the help of a needle or chemicals. and we get shot and killed for it. we lose our jobs for it. we get kicked out of classes at school for it. you don’t have to worry about whether someone will take your life away because they don’t like the way your hair looks.

it’s “just a hairstyle” when you can take it off whenever you want to.

chasehate  asked:

Okay so this had definitely been on my mind ALL DAY but like soulmate au where families have a specific family symbol on their body that glows due to bioluminescence (production and emission of light by a living organism) and when they meet their soulmate, that disappears and they get a unique one that they share and their kids will have eventually (sorry if that doesnt make sense im excitedly rambling d: )

Yesssss. I totally know what you’re talking about. That sounds so cool!! Like its kind of like the one where soulmates have each others eye colors and when they meet their soulmate their eyes turn their original color. But in this one it’s more like they meet and become their own pair with a special symbol to only them and their children!! That’s so cute. Just imagine the potential for the ships and plot line!! Person A meeting their soulmate, Person B, but not really knowing. Then as they meet more often and as the seasons change they wear less clothing and both notice their symbols and yes. Just, yes. I ramble too obviously 😂 so don’t worry about rambling to me. Get me started on something I like and I won’t stop.

Dating Leonard Snart Headcanons
  • When, and if, you go on heists with him, he prefers to leave you in the get-away vehicle, which usually is the start of many arguments 
    • Come on, Len! I can protect myself!“ “I know that.” “Then why can’t I go with you?” “Because you’re the best driver I know.” “Bullshit!”  
    • Leonard usually wining the argument, which leads to you pouting as you wait in the passenger seat 
    •  But he always brings back a small gift or two depending on the heist he’s trying to pull off 
  •  Being like another sibling to Mick 
    •  "Hey Mick, can I try out your heat-gun?“ “Sure thing, just don’t burn anything down, that’s my job.“ 
    • Quickly followed by Leonard snatching it away with a knowing look on his face 
    •  "You remember what happened when you tried out my gun.“ 
    •  Which is something only you’re allowed to touch
  • Having many fun party nights with Lisa 
    • And at these little get togethers the two of you always try to get Leonard to join 
    • Which almost fails every time you do 
    •  Much to Leonard’s annoyance, you two singing along loudly to whatever musical is on
  • Other than Lisa, you’re definitely Leonard’s “sweet spot”  
    • Him getting you little gifts while out on a heist  
    • On his “days off” the two of you just relaxing, enjoying each other’s company 
    • He most definitely learned how to braid hair, perks of having a younger sister, so he braids or messes with your hair when you get stressed 
    •  Little kisses peppered along his jaw and temples whenever a heist goes bad 
    •  He isn’t a huge fan of PDA, mostly the occasional kiss on the cheek or on your knuckles  
    • Mostly holding hands while in public, or grasping his arm to not get lost 
    • You, and only you, are allowed to wear his signature parka, which because of its size, basically swallows you whole  
      • Along with the parka, you’ll steal his goggles to match the jacket 
      •  "Do I look cool yet?“ “Y/N, you look like an idiot.” “It made you smile though!”

anonymous asked:

I saw the post you reblogged about cultural appropriation and I just wanted to let you know that when non-white(not of european descent) americans get upset about people not from their culture wearing articles or using words/traditions from their culture its because they or people they know have been made fun of for doing things from their culture. I'm african-american and I've been made fun of for wearing traditional african hairstyles but when white(european americans) do it its cool or trendy

Okay, so I’m going to make yet another long post, and I’m sorry for any of my followers it may disturb (bear with me) and really, this is going to be the only post on this subject I will make, so better say everything I want to say.

There are a few things that bother me about cultural appropriation as a concept championed by Tumblr and I’m going to explain why.

But first I want to say that I do sympatise with you if you don’t feel safe engaging in your own brand of American culture (the one who was brought and created by Black people there) in the USA. This is fucked up and this should not happen and indeed this sort of mockery needs to be called out. No one should feel othered in their own home, so I want you to know that I am NOT invalidating your experience in any way.

That being said, there are a few things that I dislike with the way tumblr is pushing that concept:

- For starter, there is how extreme it is. You have a non-negligeable portion of Tumblr who will insist that ANYTHING is cultural appropriation. From language, to ways of dressing and even going as far as saying that certain body shapes are inherently “black” or “white” and that if a white girl has the misfortune to be born with a hourglass shape, she is culturally appropriating. Now, there is something to be said about how those forms were looked at as oddities when black women were having them, but attacking those girls for the body they were born with and couldn’t help but have seem like going too far for me. Especially for a bunch of people who pretend to promote body positivity but yet have no qualms about body shaming those they don’t like if it means they can push another one of their point at the moment. Not to mention that, what of the black girl who is born with no forms, or with a small nose or with straight hairs? Are they not black enough? You can’t appropriate a body shape because body shapes do not belong to anyone, neither do hairs or face features, it is absurd to pretend that they do, and it can lead nowhere but to more prejudice, more hatred and more racism.

As for the language part… well… I wouldn’t be here talking to you if this was to be applied, I would be speaking en Français et je n'aurais probablement aucun moyen de te répondre parce que ni toi ni moi ne saurions parler une autre langue… see? And we would end up in a world where people are completly closed to anyone who aren’t their own and looking at each other with mistrust. I don’t think people here realise how close this kind of thinking is from far right nationalism; what they are pushing sounds like nothing else but protectionist bullshits straight out of Marine Le Pen’s mouth to me (Marine Le Pen is France’s very own far right politician).

- Second, I just don’t see how the brand of “cultural appropriation” as pushed by this website can lead anywhere but with the death of the cultures they are pretending to protect if it was to be applied like they say it should.

People here are acting like cultures are those untouchable, unchanging things that are to be put in museums and touched by no one but the people who created them. But while artpieces can be part of a culture, a culture itself is not an artpiece or an historical artifact. Culture is alive, it is breathing, it is living, it is engaged in by everyone, every day and it is always changing, moving, new things get added while others are abandoned.

You simply can’t put a culture inside of a shrine and decide this or that part is not to be touched, because culture is to be shared, it is MEANT to and in all times it always has been. We all appropriated greek culture when we decided that “man… that democracy thing is a cool concept, I’ll use that”, do you really think it would have been better if the western world hadn’t for the sake of avoiding “cultural appropriation”? Of course it would not.

In an increasingly globalised world, it is simply naive, misguided if not outright dangerous to push for culture to be enshrined instead of shared, and really this is the heart of where I disagree with that concept: people can’t seem to understand that there is a difference between cultural sharing and cultural appropriation. I mean, I have seen people here calling out a 10 years old for “culturally appropriating” because she came back from whatever African country she visited with braided hairs, or calling out people for eating food that aren’t their own, how is that right? Which leads me to my next point..

- People’s vision of cultural appropriation is horribly American-centered. Americans decide which culture deserve protection from appropriation and which does not according to which american groups are opressed in the USA and they see no problems with imposing those standards to everyone everywhere no matter how little it makes sense in other parts of the world. They have an issue with people eating mexican food, but not with people wearing berets (not that they should mind you!) because mexicans are opressed in the USA while French/Europeans aren’t.

I’ll give a concrete example; a few years back, Avril Lavigne did a video where she included Japanese cultural items, a video which she aimed at her Japanese audience. Americans were outraged by this, called her a racist for culturally appropriating and decided to be offended on the behalf of the  Japanese everywhere, meanwhile the Japanese either loved it or didn’t see the big deal. Because guess what? Japanese culture is alive and well in Japan, it is not in any danger of disapearing, Japanese culture isn’t endangered or insulted by Avril Lavigne showing some appreciation for it and pandering to her Japanese audience, it is lively enough not to be. Just because a group is opressed in the USA doesn’t mean it is everywhere and Americans REALLY need to learn to make that difference, stop pushing their constructs on places where it doesn’t make any sense and stop trying to be everyone’s voice.

And especially NOT when those they are trying to defend actually appreciate when others show interest in their cultures (I rebloged a great post about that here regarding South Korea ), try out their food, read about their history, their customs, read their literature or watch their movies…etc… Americans need to learn to stop wanting to decide what’s offensive and what is not for anyone but themselves. They need to learn to stop wanting to speak for everyone, because they can’t, not everyone has their history and issues and they only end up silencing those they want to defend by speaking over them instead. I sympathise with your struggles and I never mean to imply that they aren’t real, but they can’t be applied to everyone, it’s as simple as that.

Cultural appropriation for me makes sense when it is someone who isn’t a native american wearing a feathered hairdress - which hold deep meaning to them - and doing it in a way that is mocking and disrespectful. However it doesn’t make sense when it’s people claiming dreadlocks belong to african people and no one else despite those hairs having appeared in every part of the world just because in the USA they tend to be worn by blacks and mocked when worn by them.

TL:DR: there is a difference between cultural appropriation and cultural sharing (which has always happened and will continue to happen) and you CAN’T impose US standards everywhere. This is my issue with it.

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ITS ALL ABOUT NAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!! YAYYYYYYYAYYYYYYY

BY LUFFY


FOR gol-d-drake, mikan-neko AND agent-texass

ice cream man answers

(you guys sent in so many asks im posting all my answers to the ones you asked at once, so i dont take up your whole dashboard.)

chocolate marshmallow: favorite brands of candy?
not sure about brands, but i tried pop rocks and they changed everything i knew about reality and what food is

peach: how do you relax?
sometimes i fight nazis. thats a nice way to vent steam. petting dogs or cats or birds or literally any other animal is a winner every time. making food is a good because its constructive and at the end i get food. sometimes steve and i go running. but not early in the morning because mornings are terrible.

coffee: favorite cosmetic brands?
i dont wear much makeup but pepper breaks out some sephora stuff when we have to go on tv? i like OPI nail polish.

birthday cake: favorite books?
i recently read and loved the harry potter books. im a hufflepuff, just so you know. 
(Mod Hell loves the Dresden Files, pretty much everything by David Webber or Robin McKinley or Tamora Pierce)

french vanilla: how old are you?
buddy, i dont fuckin know anymore. a little under 100, by the books, but how the heck am i supposed to count the cryofreze?

(Mod Hell: I regularly forget my own age, but I’m pretty sure I’m 24)

fudge: turn offs?
nazis. really not into nazis. 

chocolate: when was your first kiss?
i was…7, probably. grade school sometime. me and stevie saved this girl mary from a real jerk of a bully and she kissed both of us, one right after the other. sent stevie straight into an asthma attack, poor kid. but she was both of our first kisses.

neapolitan: things that stress you out?
public speaking. steve inside any aircraft. trains. not having any weaponry. bad hair days.

bubblegum: books or movies?
totally depends om my mood. movies, maybe, because they can be more of a group activity, but dont require a ton of social interaction.and the novelty of being able to watch films in your own home hasnt quite worn off.  but i do like to read a lot.

toasted coconut: the beach or the pool?
my beach experiences involve either a lot of 1. storming +fighting nazis or 2. sand in my cool robot arm,  which is not fun. so pools. even though im not buoyant enough to float anymore so i wear swim fins on my left arm.

mint chocolate chip: indoors or outdoors?
outdoors, when the weather is right.

moose tracks: favorites for manga? orange sherbet: favorites for anime?
i read fullmetal alchemist.and then watched the anime. all of it. it was really good, although i feel like clint only showed it to me because of the robot arm thing. its the only manga or anime ive experienced so far, but i really liked it!

blueberry lemon: favorite blogs?
i love @iguanamouth‘s crazy animals, and i follow a couple knitting blogs, as well as @dailybadjokes, just so i have some really terrible puns to use when nat breaks out her dad jokes.

superman: do you like sweaters?
do i like sweaters. friend, i live in sweaters. i haveta knit em special though so they dont have a left sleeve because otherwise the plates in my arm catch on the knit.

blackberry: have you ever laughed so hard you cried?
yes. the first time steve tried out the vibranium shield he missed the rebound and hit himself in the head with the flat side. he flew a good six feet through the air, knocked himself clean out. it was beautiful. i was crying. howard fell over, he was laughing so hard.

cherry: do you drink tea or coffee?
yes. it is how i am alive. 

raspberry truffle: favorite kind of music?
i have a hard time with this one because im still learning so much about modern music. me and thor like listening to heavy metal, and i like tonys classic rock n’ roll, but im also really fond of the music of the 30s and 40s, the stuff i grew up with. 

praline: a popular book you haven’t read yet?
i havent gotten to game of thrones yet. people keep telling me such and such a character is gonna die, but im not sure how they can have that many dead characters and still have enough people for a book.

(Mod Hell has not, and never will, read Fifty Shades of Grey)

toffee: a card game that you’re good at?
so far, all of them. but rummy is my game, friends. i will kick anyones ass at rummy.

(Mod Hell has an inexplicable affinity for Up the River/Down the River. And Irish Poker, if you wanna count that as a card game)

mango: when and why did you start your blog?
my therapist recommended i write about things that were happening in my life, and mentioned that blogging was a good way to do so. i dont think this was quite what she had in mind, but here we all are, so… anyways, this blog was started on october 10th, 2016.

rocky road: favorite songs at the moment?
can i count the entire discography of pink floyd? tony recently introduced me to them and they’re pretty great.

(Mod Hell has been enjoying Down Like Silver’s Wolves, because my taste in music is very very morbid)

butter pecan: favorite songs for life?
this is a hard one. lately i have been enjoying fleurie’s ‘soldier’ because im a cliche sonovabitch 

strawberry: a language you wish you could speak?

dog. do dogs talk? not sure but if they do i want in.

butterscotch: what color are your nails right now?
uhh… silver on the left, none on the right? except for my right pinkie, which is black because thor accidentally set his hammer down on my fingertip. so theres a blood blister there. gross. but they were red last week. me an nat had a nail night. 

(Mod Hell is rocking a matte black and gold french manicure. I’m getting good at those!)

mint: the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?one time me an the howlies were having a night on the town and i drunkenly forgot steve was huge and i tried to pick him up (i mean literally lift him. i wasnt hitting on steve) because i thought he was still tiny.  i failed. steve did not budge at all.  and in the process of trying to regain my balance i overcompensated and fell into the thames. which wouldnt have been so bad if all the howlies and the girls we were with hadnt been right there laughing at me. its probably not the most embarrassing thing ive ever done but its the first that comes to mind.

 (Mod Hell accidentally flashed a lifeguard once, so quickly I was never sure if he actually saw or not. Still super embarrassing.)

green tea: favorite flavors of ice cream?
yes. all of them. now, please.

(Mod Hell:  chocolate chip: what’s your most popular post? 
If you’re counting this blog, the “new years resolution: 1080p” post got picked up by a couple bigger blogs and is the frontrunner at 21,000+ notes. Original posts at hellenhighwater usually fade out at like 20 notes. So there’s a bit of a gap there.

Mod Hell: black raspberry: do you have any pets?
Oh man yeah. I have two cats, Nimitz and Yamamoto. Nim is small and black and puffy and made primarily of homicidal urges. She is the Terror of the Underbrush; the Reaper and Eater of Souls. Yamamoto is 23 pounds of superbly useless cat. Her favorite activity is slowly petting the stair banister post with her paw. I also have a mated pair of domestic Violet Ringneck doves named Vexation and Vendetta who live in my bedroom, though I’ll be building them an outdoor coop to vacation to in the summer. Vex and Ven are the most wonderful idiots. They live life like it’s a spanish soap opera. Everything is very dramatic and seductive and not in a language I understand.)

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oh yeah have this

i made the masked man’s jacket in new leaf

i always found it pretty badass looking in most interpretations of how it looks and since mother is hardly a serious with a dead fanbase i’m kinda surprised that i can’t find that many other versions

although i still get to feel cool about it despite not being the first to make a public one since obviously as it’s only seen in mother 3 sprites which don’t have a great deal of detail

i mainly based it on lucas’s project m alt based on the brown version of the uniform he wears when he’s trying to disguise himself as the masked man (which is part of why i called it the “PM Commander Jacket”, not just since its design is based on simply another version of the pigmask commander uniform, but as a little nod to the main inspiration out of all the portrayals of the outfit), buuuut with the fluffy collar thing added because those are cool and badass and make most things better and it’s a semi-frequent trait of his jacket in fanart

and unlike certain other characters we liked to depict with furry hoods since they’re mostly depicted through fairly small sprites there’s still canonical potential for him to actually HAVE one

plus his belt goes over the jacket here, since with how long shirts are in new leaf i couldn’t make the open jacket like the project m outfit, at least without fucking up the zip

and a fair few of the pigmask army’s uniforms have their belts go over their jackets so yeah it works out

pluuuus i added a little pigmask symbol print on the back of the jacket, both as a cute little detail and because it kinda gives this more of a “replica” vibe by having a logo on it

and of course a screenshot of it actually being worn feat. my homie roald