mailed these to some awesome people

HEY ALL YOU PEOPLE!!

If your getting hate mail, telling you that your blog sucks and to go kill yourself or delete your blog. Don’t do it. You are wonderful and there are people who love you and your content. Don’t let some anon rule your life. I encourage you all to keep doing what you love and to grow as a person and make awesome friends! Negativity isn’t going to get you anywhere, so stay positive!

And for all of you who are trying to get people down. Those hateful anons who send countless messages. Go outside and get some fresh air. Eat some fruit. Drink some water. Listen to some happy music. Try making a new good friend. There is so many other nice things you could be doing right now with your life.

That is all.

The Charade

(gif credit to the creators)

Part Four

Master List

Pairing: Misha x OFC / Jensen x OFC
Word Count: 1,815
Warnings: language, mentions of domestic abuse
A/N: Here’s part four of mine and Nicole’s (@iwantthedean) collab! Hope you guys like it! Anyway, feedback for this is awesome! :)

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

I just saw an article from cosmopolitan and the title was "Sex talk realness: being aromantic" and it made me so happy that aspec people are being recognized in such a big magazine.

That’s awesome! :00

Now, whilst I didn’t find the article you mentioned, I did come across a ‘Sex Talk Realness: Asexuality’, consisting of an interview with two ace women; as well as ‘Three People Get Real About What It Means to be Aromantic’, which talks with three people, age nineteen, twenty-two, and thirty-three, and they both seem pretty neat. Both articles dive somewhat into some nsfw topics, but

eliatropess  asked:

Heya I just saw that suddenly some prick started blowing off at you over Meihem and just wanted to tell you that you are not in the wrong here (although I think you know that). If these people can't differ between fiction and reality that's a problem of their own and the should probably work on it. Also Meihem being homophobic is absolute bullshit, like bruh where did you even pull that from lmao.

Also stay awesome. You’re a cool bean. (⌐■_■)

Thank you, friend, I appreciate it.

Honestly that’s a really common argument against ships like Meihem, Gency, basically any ship where one or both of the people in it are found in a popular gay ship (like Pharmercy, Roadrat, Genyatta, etc). They’re willing to do it with canon stuff too - when Blizzard released those rare voicelines where Genji says he bought Mercy German chocolates, Pharmercy shippers threw a hissy fit because “how dare you do this to this VERY CANON LESBIAN”. People on this website have issues distinguishing between what is their popular ship and what is actually canon.

!!!

Hi, my name is John!

I’m a 17 y/o trans guy (he/him) and I live in Washington DC!

I love 1776, Hamilton, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Glory, TURN: Washington’s Spies (legit my favorite, let’s be spy buddies) and pretty much anything related to early US history but I’m also getting into to European history as well!

My perfect penpal would be of any race, gender, sexuality, etc and maybe around 16-18 y/o? But I guess if you’re a year off that’d be totally fine! I’d love to do snail mail, but only in the US just cause postage can get expensive, but if you’re from somewhere else I’d love to talk to you too! Maybe you could give me some nice facts from your area?

I’d love to send you pressed flowers, Polaroids, and any souvenir I manage to pick up when I visit a historical location (I visit Mount Vernon A LOT, I love it so much.) I’d also love to talk about history and learn from others as well! I don’t have any friends who have such an interest in history as I do and it gets a bit lonely to have all this to talk about. Oooooh and maybe we can come up with a spy code, that would be lit.

Shoot me an email at: 

johnkuragin @ gmail.com

or message me on my new tumblr seltxer!

I’m super excited to hear from some awesome people!!

Hey my name is Carly. Ive submitted a few times and made some awesome friends but hopefully I can meet more people. I’m 14 years old (15 in July), and I’m from New York. Its hard to make friends from different countries because of the time zones, but wherever your from we can definitely try to be friends. I enjoy reading, watching Netflix and YouTube, playing with my dogs, painting, makeup and fashion. I would love to Travel one day and discover new cultures. I love making new friends, I don’t care about sexuality, gender, religion, or race, but I’d prefer my pen pal to be between the ages of 14-18. Please message me if you’d like to become Pen Pals. Have a good day 😁
Message me on tumblr - carlzbus2020
or email- c.arlzb20@gmail.com

It’s been a while! <3

I’m back to trade some amiibo cards! Due to my current financial situation, buying packs is difficult. So any offers I can get to trade with you awesome people would be so appreciated! I’m really interested in finishing Series 1 and the RV series right now.

I’m in the US, looking to trade by mail with others from the US.

Cards I have to trade can be found here:

http://wherethehellistreehut.tumblr.com/post/162047968449/series-1-2-and-5-animal-crossing-amiibo-cards

Cards I need for my collection are here:

http://wherethehellistreehut.tumblr.com/post/161965963274/cards-im-looking-for

I keep thinking about it because it’s definitely something I want to explore perhaps in Two and a Half Steps, but like… asexual James Vega is the type of asexual representation I would KILL to see.

He expresses how he doesn’t “fraternize” and despite his hookup with Ashley, which in a universe where Kaidan survives, doesn’t happen, James doesn’t canonically end up with anyone. And of course, people could read into the flirtiness as “well clearly he’s not asexual because he flirts a lot! so he’s interested in being with people!”

But you see… that’s why it would be so great. The closest ace representation (not even explicit really) out there is shit like Sherlock Holmes, or until he banged his girlfriend, Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. Of course there are examples out there, but they’re very tiny. The ace community gets recluses and people who have very bad social skills. We’re lead to believe that we only exist if we live in our mom’s basement and aren’t really just asexual, just don’t know how to flirt or speak to people. We’re not asexual. We just can’t get laid.

So to think about a universe where James, a flirty, outgoing, multifaceted character who is so far from other implied asexuals in the media… it’s a really, really awesome. It’s the sort of thing I would kill to see. Someone who identifies as asexual, is comfortable in themselves and has good social skills, and can flirt and be outgoing. Asexual James Vega would just mean so much to me.

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COMMISIONS ARE OPEN NOW

Hello there!

After some time thinking about this, I’ve decided to start commisions. I’ll be having three open slots. Depending on how this goes I may have more.

Please, before commisioning me read the Terms & Conditions.
If, after reading them, you have any question, feel free to message me or contact me by e-mail: ayrynillustration@gmail.com

Click on the pics to enlarge them.

Can’t wait to do commisions for you, awesome people! ~<3


Please, even if you don’t want a commision right now, reblog this to help me, thanks!

Hello fellow pen pal searchers!

I’m Victoria, I’m 17 and I live in the US (Texas, to be exact)

Like many I’ve realized that I don’t have as many “close friends” as I’d like to, and seeing as summer is coming up I want to try to talk to more people and hopefully make some good friends! I’m cool with using tumblr, email, and snail mail would be a lot of fun! Around my age (16-19) would be awesome but totally not required. No real preferences on gender, race, anything like that either.

About me: I speak English and Spanish fluently. I love food and doing arts and crafts type things, like sewing, painting and crochet (which is like knitting). I enjoy reading books and poetry, especially classics, watching new and classic movies, Netflix and music documentaries. I love basically anything having to do with music or anything remotely musical. I’m really into classic rock at the moment, but otherwise my music taste includes classical, 2000’s pop, today’s pop, latin, disco, and the 80’s as a whole. I’m always looking for new bands/artists though! I also like science, space, nature, history, art, museums, travelling, photography and learning new things.

Dislikes: Bigots and hateful people. Bugs that I can hear but not see. Littering. Plastic in the ocean.

Random Fact: I’m a sucker for top ten lists and bad puns. And I play guitar :)

You can message me here:   seamstresstotheband.tumblr.com
Or email me here:  
vforvictoria76 @ gmail.com

Trignal’s Weaknesses #95

From Trignal no KiraBR #95 (which originally is the afternoon session of last month’s B-Fes). Some of the scoop corners are also pretty amusing this episodes (like Ryohei’s crossdressing, Wing being super macho and have 366 pajamas which he uses once a year (then Ryohei added that he actually slept with different dolls every night too)) plus survey corner (where another one of Egu’s Ibaraki Jungle House episode is revealed…XD ), but I guess I really love the weaknesses more though…XD

My favorite Trignal’s weaknesses of this week:

Ryohei’s weakness: Garlic, cross, sunlight

Ryohei: …Umm, I’m the vampiric seiyuu representative of Japan, Kimura Ryohei. I’m actually considering trying out for Guinness World Record.
Egu: He just shared too much fate with vampires…
Wing: Yeah, he has been sucking too much blood…

Wing’s weakness: If you call him cool, he’ll become even cuter.

Ryohei: …So, let’s all give it a try then. Everyone, eyes on Wing. Get it, guys and gals? “So - Cool!”, OK? 1, 2…
Audiences: SO COOL!!!
Wing : …/////////// << *silence for nearly 10 seconds before the audiences started screaming and the other two laughed at him*
Ryohei: …He just pulled his hood over his head and shrunk…
Egu: His reaction really wasn’t something you can understand just by listening at all. It’s awesome how he went for silent action on that.
Wing: …Since I’m not used to being called that (>_<”)…but I’m really happy though.
Audiences: SO CUTE!!!
Wing: (Cute voice) But not as much as all of you though. <3

Ryohei’s and Wing’s weakness: Eguchi’s Hedoro Kaijin appears in your dream every night that you couldn’t sleep at all. (Mail: And BTW, I like his drawing)

Ryohei: No, you’re lying.
Egu: No, no, no. There’s no way she’d hate my drawing.
Wing: I think she’s just pretending to be kind to you.
Egu: But some people do like it though?
Ryohei: Never.
Egu: Some people do like my-
Ryohei: Never ever.
Egu: Some pe-
Ryohei: NEVER EVER EVER!
Egu: …I’ll send them to you then.
Ryohei: NE-………….forgive me…
Wing: He gave in…Ryohei-kun just gave in!
Egu: Bunch of stamps a night…
Wing: Well THAT might really make him not being able to sleep…

Just in case: Hedoro Kaijin = Egu’s twitter avatar

Once again…DVD PLZ!!!!!! T_T

OMG, WING IS SO CUTE!!!! EVEN THOUGH I TOTALLY CAN’T SEE WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON!!! >___<”

PS. And this episode of Trignal no KiraBR actually proves that Wing doesn’t really know anything about DGS…It’s not “Kamiya-san has been saying (”Onna no Ko Janai!”) lately too, like in KiraComp”…It’s “HiroC has been saying it probably for hundreds of times for over a year now…in DGS…” (Even though as said before, I myself don’t listen to DGS other than Wing’s episodes anyway…but considered that DGS made a t-shirt using Wing’s “Onna no Ko JANAI!” phrase and the fact that that phrase won him a DGS award (and a “creepy” trophy), I can guess how much fun those two must’ve had with that phrase…>_<”)

“I’ve always liked to do nice things for strangers. I worked in the mail room at my college dorm, and whenever I emailed a package notification, I’d always add a little something extra. Like an awesome shark pic. Or a link to Japanese jazz. Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I buy really weird antique post cards, write poems on them, and mail them to random people I find in the white pages. The first time I sent one, I added a full-page disclaimer because I was worried some old person would think it was from ISIS and call the cops. I basically wrote: ‘Don’t worry. It’s art. Everything’s cool. You won’t be hearing from me again.’”

I deleted this blog.

It’s empty. And I’m parking this here so people understand why.

I got tired of constantly being triggered on here. I got tired of not being able to come on here without making myself cry because you all are so fucking beautiful and you struggle and I can’t help. I can’t do this anymore. I try to and I just can’t. I get so much hate mail and I know I should just ignore it but some of it has been triggering panic attacks and I can’t do this and deal with life at the same time.

This is my last Dear Cis People post. I guess it would be inappropriate to not thank the people who have come here and tried to help me. Cameron, first of all, if you’re reading this, you’re fucking awesome. Secondly, to everyone who came and followed Dear Cis People, thank you. We were 19,000 strong by the end of it.

You’re all awesome. And now a poem I once saw on a bathroom wall that somehow seems appropriate to end on:

Roses are Red

Gender is Performative

Mass Market Romance

Is heteronormative

Wish you were queer.

anonymous asked:

i'm scared to no longer exist. i don't know why i'm coming to you of all people but you're just really likeable and you give good advice

FIRST OF ALL I AM AWESOME AND ALSO THANK YOU

SECOND OF ALL, LET ME LAY SOME SH*T OUT TO YOU IN THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE: ACTION MOVIE EXPLOSIONS!

FIRST OF ALL, HOLY SH*T THAT WAS F*CKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BACK ON TOPIC

THIS BADASS F*CKING EXPLOSION WAS ONLY TWO G*DDAMN MINUTES LONG BUT IT SENT OUT ALL KINDS OF SHOCKWAVES FOR A LONGASS TIME THAT KNOCKED OVER CARS AND PEOPLE AND PETS AND SIGN POSTS AND MAIL BOXES AND HOLY SH*T IT WAS AWESOME LET’S WATCH IT AGAIN

HELL YEAH.
ANYWAY EVERYONE’S GOING TO BE FEELING THAT FOR A LONG-ASS TIME. SO NOW I’M GOING TO BREAK YOUR BRAIN TOAST, BADASS: WHEN THE F*CK DOES THIS EXPLOSION END?!?!?! WHEN IT FIRST KAPLOW?! WHAT ABOUT THE SHOCKWAVES???? DON’T THOSE COUNT?? WHAT ABOUT EVERYTHING KNOCKED OVER AND THE PEOPLE WHO FELL ON THEIR ASSES? DON’T THOSE COUNT!??!?!?!?!?!?!?

THAT F*CKING AWESOME EXPLOSION ISN’T JUST THE AWESOME FIRE AND FORCE. IT’S THE SHOCKWAVE AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HIT BY IT AND EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO AREN’T EVER GOING TO FORGET IT.

AND THEN YOU SAW IT
AND THEN I SAW IT
AND THEN I POSTED IT AGAIN

SO NOW I’M GOING TO BUTTER YOUR BRAIN TOAST AND ASK YOU WHEN DOES IT REALLY END?????? AS LONG AS SOMETHING KEEPS HAVING AN EFFECT, IT KEEPS EXISTING. IT KEEPS DOING SH*T AND IT KEEPS BEING AROUND.

EVEN AFTER I GET KILLED BLOWING UP A PACK OF BEARS, YOU’RE STILL GOING TO REMEMBER ALL THIS SH*T I SAID, SO I STILL PRETTY MUCH EXIST. EXISTENTIAL CONTEMPLATIONS, MOTHERF*CKER

DON’T GET ME WRONG, YOU’RE GOING TO STOP EXPERIENCING SH*T AND THAT SUCKS ASS. AND YOU CAN’T DO SH*T ABOUT IT. IN THE MEANTIME, THOUGH, YOU GOT ALL KINDS OF BADASS STUFF YOU CAN DO, AND YOU’RE GOING TO GET THAT GOING AND IT’S GOING TO BE F*CKING AWESOME. YOU’RE GOING TO KEEP EXPLODING AND SENDING OUT SHOCKWAVES AND ALL THAT SH*T AND THAT’S TOTALLY BADASS LIFE IS YOUR SIX PACK OF SKAG-JUICE ENERGY DRINK AND YOU NEED TO DRINK EVERY LAST DROP SO THAT WHEN THE GRIM REAPER’S PUNK ASS COMES FOR YOU YOU CAN SMASH THE LAST EMPTY CAN ON YOUR FOREHEAD AND BE LIKE “LET’S F*CKING DO THIS, I WAS DONE ANYWAY”

I CAN’T PROMISE YOU THAT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE. MY BAD!! BUT I CAN TOTALLY F*CKING PROMISE YOU THAT YOU’RE ALWAYS GOING TO EXIST.

AND IN THE MEANTIME, MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE DOING WHATEVER YOU LOVE SO THAT WHEN YOU GO OUT SO THAT AT YOUR FUNERAL EVERYONE’S LIKE “HOLY F*CK DID YOU SEE ALL THE SH*T THIS BADASS DID!?!?!?!” AND EVERYONE’S HIGH-FIVING EACH OTHER THAT THEY MET YOU.

I’M TOTALLY GONNA.

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP TALKING, I’M RIGHT F*CKING HERE. I MIGHT BE LATE TO RESPOND, THOUGH, BECAUSE I JUST DECIDED TO WRESTLE AN ALLIGATOR.

HAMMERLOCK IF YOU’RE READING THIS WHERE THE F*CK DO ALLIGATORS LIVE?????????????????

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HEY LET’S MAKE A NEW CROCHET COMMISSION POST!

Look at all this cool stuff I’ve crocheted for people at some point in the last 2 years! Oh man, did you know some of them are for sale on my etsy? YO!

Are you interested in having one of these things/a thing similar to one or any of these things? Did you know you can give me money and in return receive a product tailored to your wishes? WHOA! that’s awesome!! How does that happen??

You can e-mail me at rose.westhusing@gmail.com and we can discuss a commission! Small, 12 in. and under plushies will cost up to $25 depending on the amount of detail you want. Larger plushies will cost more and that can be discussed in private. I can also make hats and scarves for $15 a piece! It’s almost autumn in the vast majority of the world, why not be warm and not die? 

My yarn is either acrylic or dyed wool, depending on the brand. I use non-allergenic poly-fil as my stuffing. That said, my house is riddled with animal dander, and may remain on the yarn. You can wash any of these (unlease stated otherwise) in a lingerie bag on machine wash gentle. 

So, I've organized all the information for the PH International Fanbook.

The total number of submissions/pieces (including my own) is 145.

There are 3 pieces for the Fanmix/Audio section (the megafanmix, my own, personal fanmix, and an audio version of Lacie).

There are 11 pieces for the Fanfiction/Haiku section (I am going to write my own haiku for it).

There are 8 pieces for the Fancraft section and they are all lovely!

There are 29 wonderful photos for the Cosplay section.

There are 57 pieces of gorgeous fanart for the Fanart section.

And there are 37 beautiful messages (postcard and handwritten messages included) for the Message section.

Give or take a couple for the total/each section, since may have missed one or two submissions (if they were sent together). But this is basically the roundabout end amount.

Also, the total amount of countries is 23.

I just need to confirm one country name (it got cut off in the e-mail title), but the list is: Poland, Italy, France, Mexico, Indonesia, Belgium, Spain, Canada, the USA, Czech Republic, Finland, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Hong Kong, Lithuania, the UK, Turkey (?), Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Caledonia, Russia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

*There may be 25 countries, I need to hear back from two participants. One, the name of the country got cut off in the e-mail title and the other forgot to include their country of origin. But, I think the total amount is likely to be 23.

The regions of the world that will be included in this fanbook are: North America, South America, East Asia, South East Asia, Western Asia/the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Asia, the Arctic Region, and Oceania/Australia.

I was really happy to see that while there were a lot of message submissions made in English, many people also wrote messages in their native language, and some wrote messages in Japanese! :)

This fanbook is shaping up to be totally awesome! My plan now is to organize all of the pieces submitted so I can prepare them printing. I am also going to look up flags and such to include in the fanbook, and will be looking up Japanese names for countries and languages and etc.

I want to try and get stuff printed tonight, but if it gets held off until tomorrow, then that is okay. Tomorrow I will definitely get stuff printed after work (if need be) and will go to the stationary store to buy all the scrapbook making stuff that I will need to put it all together! :)

Wednesday and Thursday will be spent putting it all together and decorating it and what not.

I am definitely going to try and take some pictures of it when it is done!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this! I’m really excited to start putting everything together and to eventually hand this over to Mochizuki-sensei herself! <3

Ahem…

I think there are a lot of things going on here…

There’s the fact that there are some people who just don’t like Cress. I get it. I can definitely understand why some people may dislike Cress and downright hate her. That’s cool and I look forward to reading those rational posts and listening to those arguments, but please don’t come on my blog and attack me or anyone else for liking who they like, especially if people have their own reasons. 

It also seems as though some people are really unsatisfied about my headcanons, but that’s the thing. These are my headcanons. If you don’t like them, don’t read them. Read someone else’s. Write your own. I can’t satisfy everyone, just like MM couldn’t satisfy everyone. And I mean, I just don’t know what to say. It is obvious that Cresswell is my OTP and I feel like the people who follow me and send in headcanon requests like Cresswell too and if you don’t like Cresswell, then maybe this isn’t the blog for you. I mean, don’t be a vegetarian and walk into a burger joint and demand them to stop serving meat. 

For the whole racism thing… I’ve never once said that I like Cresswell because they are white. I’ve never once said I dislike any other ship because they are non-whites. I’ve never once brought up race as an argument or reasoning for anything I’ve personally said on here so I don’t know why I’m all of a sudden being attacked for it. I understand that there is a lot of racism in the world and being someone who isn’t white myself and have experienced systemic racism on a first hand basis, I understand how frustrating and passionate people are about it. That being said, the thing I love most about TLC is that race isn’t an issue. Not once has someone been called out because of the color of their skin. No one’s race is their defining factor. The color of their skin is simply that; the color of their skin. Just like the color of the shirt they’re wearing is the color of the shirt they’re wearing. It has nothing to do with how Cinder is brave and stubborn or Scarlet is bold and outspoken. I like that the people of Luna love Winter because she’s kind and caring, not because she is a black princess. 

Yes, people should be proud that TLC characters are POC. Like I said, that’s one of the reasons I love it, but I also love that they are great characters all in their own right and none of those qualities are attributed by race or creed. I love that the fandom is passionate about equality and diversity but it’s just as unhealthy to like someone because of their race as it is to dislike someone because of it. I honestly don’t understand why I’m being accused of being racist because I like Cresswell. I also don’t understand why they’re the ones telling me I like them because they’re white. That is just simply, not the truth.

Last thing. I hate bullying. I try to make my blog fun and positive, but I guess that has gone out the window. Please unfollow me if you don’t like this content. I’m not going to change my mind and you’re not going to change your mind. I made a point to answer/respond to everyone who has ever written in to me, but I’m changing my policy because well, I’m not going to get into a flame war with you. Especially if you make assumptions about me that are unwarranted. If you want to write in to me and talk about how funny it would be if Cresswell adopted a kitten, awesome. Or what would it be like if the Rampion boys started a boy band, count me in! Or even if you want to write me and disagree with me and want to have a calm, rational discussion, sure I’ll make some tea. But please don’t come here looking for a fight. I aint got time for that. 

Instead of going on Tumblr and using up energy to send people hate mail based on unfounded assumptions, maybe put that passion into making a blog about how awesome Wolflet is (I’m definitely a fan and would love to see more Wolflet stuff) or how great Kaider is (do you know how many people would jump on that?). I’d love to read and reblog all of that positive stuff, because now that I think about it, I would love to read a headcanon about the Rampion Boyz - the hot new boy band with their pop and R&B tunes and choreographed dance moves! #rampion boyz 4 life!!

iam1germ  asked:

Hey yo! When you send flyers (via email or postcard) to art directors, what sorts of things do you include? Just your image and name/contact/website info? Do you say anything extra if it's an email?

Hey! Great question. I am planning on sending something in the mail for the first time in January. I’m thinking of sending a little something to all of the art directors that I got to work with this year – just saying thank you and hoping we will work together again. When I was in school Ryan Bubnis was my professor and he dropped some amazing knowledge on us about mailers. You can create a “let’s work together” piece (Meg Hunt has an awesome one – mine is my banner image for this blog of the two people intersecting). What this is is a post card with an image and some type basically saying “let’s collaborate” and on the back is your contact information (email, website, social media). You can also send a cool zine with your contact info on it (maybe a collection of your sketches with a nice full illustration on the cover). One time I made a little illustrated pamphlet of the tools on my desk for a promo-pack that I turned in for Bubnis’ class. Ultimately, with mailers, you want to create something cheap that you can reproduce. You want the printed material to be eye catching. Also, you have to remember that art directors get tons of these things in the mail so you have to make your envelope stand out too! I have always wanted to put a promo pack in action but I am always worried that I’ll do all of the work and no one will ever open it.


SO that is why, when I got out of school, I cold called (emailed) art directors. My email is about 4 sentences long. I introduce myself, talk a little about how I was introduced to their publication, tell them I attached examples of my work, and say that if they are interested in seeing more they can check out my website. I thank them for their time, tell them I hope we can work together in the future, and leave my contact info at the bottom (website, email address, phone number) I pick three of my best illustrations and attach them to the email. All of them should be 72 dpi for web viewing. Make sure your website is up to snuff! Virb and Squarespace work pretty well for when you are making your website. I hope all of this helps!

A few years ago my street artist pal Posterchild had a website where he posted his stencil work.  I hosted it for him and acted in some ways as his public face, since he had to stay anonymous.  

In 2009, he did a series of images of native astronauts, challenging the hurtful and racist assumption you too often see, where the First Nations are considered to a people of the past who don’t have a role in modern society.  That’s obviously bullshit, and he was trying to express that.  After they went up he got this email from Jenwa:

I watched your talk with some art students recently and I really enjoyed it. I go to your site because you show me some things I can’t find in Winnipeg. I like to ‘watch’ graffiti and yours is pretty interesting. I always liked your series of astronauts and especially the Native American ones. I even got the hoody and I think I sent you an e-mail about how pleased I was with it. 

Anyways, while I thought the series was awesome I never really knew there were as much to them as you described in your lecture. I figured you had some meaning behind them but you talked about it exceptionally well in this instance. I guess what you had to say revealed a few insights of my own and now I have a deeper connection with the series. 

As a Métis person who aspires to be a doctor, I feel about as ridiculous as your native astronaut. In fact, I don’t talk about this goal with people I know anymore because they feel the same way and feel I’m wasting my time. 

Maybe thankfully, I’m very fair despite being Chilean and native. In a sense, I’m granted a sort of anonymity so long as people aren’t aware of my heritage. I could be Italian… Some people think I’m Asian. I’m still confused as to if I should stop representing myself as my heritage couldn’t and let people assume or if I should stay firm. 

In any event, I have a new way to approach this. So, there is my personal connection to this. I was hoping to send something to you though. I work in a perfumery where we make a blend of sacred essential oils called Ishi. It’s inspired by the last Indian named Ishi and I would say it is like the rain that takes off my helmet. I was hoping to share it with you and send you a vial as thanks for giving me this realization.

Post wrote back:

I’m very glad you connected to the astronaut images and the talk I gave about them. For what it’s worth, I found your story inspiring. I do get alot of emails, and I rarely answer quickly, but I try to answer them all, and I read them all right away.

As soon as I read your email a few days ago, I began thinking of images! I decided on combining the “native” costumes available with the doctor costumes I could find. Not surprisingly, I only found 3 doctors costumes for women! The rest were nurses.

So I’m going to make all three. I’ve attached a photo of the drawing (on the right, the one on the left is something else) of the only female doctor costume that wasn’t “sexy”.  I haven’t yet had time to draw or cut the others. But with your blessing, I’d like to publish your great email on my site when I do put these up.

I hope you’re willing, and I hope your well!

She was down, they exchanged gifts, and when Post cut that stencil and put it up in Toronto…

…he made a special print just for her.

Though Posterchild’s site is now gone, Jenwa’s stayed in touch with him through me.  In 2015 she posted this on Twitter:

It’s been 7 years since Posterchild made me this painting. Next Spring, I get my MD. Just an update. 

That was last year, and in a little over an hour, Jenwa’s graduating.  She’s becoming a family medicine doctor.  I’m going to watch, and you can too: they’re streaming it online

You guys, I know Posterchild only had the tiniest role in this.  And my role was even tinier.  But to see art touch someone like this, to watch anyone set a goal so hard and realize it so expertly… I’ve got tears in my eyes.

I’m cheering for Jenwa.  

alanashbangme  asked:

weirdest/most unique gift a fan has given you

One time this girl got me a snorkle mask because I kept getting shaving cream in my eyes. She was from Michigan. She was awesome. 

This young lady from Wisconsin got me a lizard and a box of cheezits, that was awesome. 

A talented Holly drew me some nice drawings and tried to give me the originally copies in Plymouth, UK. She is awesome.

Someone got toys for mark once. He loved them. 

One guy got me a mini ace ventura and mailed it to me. I love ace venture.

There are more. People send me lots of things cause my address is on my website. I try to respond but I keep getting overwhelmed. I dont have time to keep up :/ 

Whoa I know cool people.