“We also have to understand how the foundations of movements
work in opposition to media ordained leaders of movements. We can never
expect for Tess Holliday to lead us into a new age of body positivity
not just because she is white, cisgender, able bodied, and has access to
economic stability, but because certain levels of white supremacist
capitalism participation limits how much she can really change without
risking her career and image. Is Tess willing to give up a paying
modeling gig to offer it up to a brown skin Black fat femme? Would Tess
be willing to give up working with certain high end brands by openly
critiquing their fatphobic classist ways of excluding certain bodies
from representation and overcharging for their clothes? Would Tess
provide economic support to fat femmes of color who are educating her
and the rest of the movement about our marginalization? Ultimately,
if Tess is unwilling to risk her status for the sake of all of us who
are going underrepresented, violated, erased, and excluded from
mainstream body positivity and fat acceptance, then she will remain a
willing participant within the current system that violates us. And we
can expect that she will remain unaccountable while in that position of
power.” - Ashleigh Shackelford, The Body Positivity Movement Looks A Lot Like White Feminism: On Tess Holliday & Accountability
okay but AU where the bubble leaves Mabel not quite herself
and slightly overcharged with imagination-powered powers
AU where Dipper enters the bubble with the gang to get Mabel, and instead finds a floating girl who introduces herself as Mabel but doesn’t recognize him
but who recognizes his symbol and calls him pine tree
AU where Mabel’s hair floats and her sweater changes patterns and fabrics and reknits itself with a thought, where her eyes shine so bright all you can see is white and floating comes to her like a second nature.
AU where the bubble leaves Mabel not quite herself
- Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be president (duh)
- The Brexit
- Clown sightings
- That zombie incident that happened in 2012 reoccurred except this time it wasn’t in Miami and it involved drugs
- The Zika Virus
- Hurricane Matthew just destroyed Haiti and is coming for Florida’s ass next
- Florida literally just got over Hurricane Hermine/Hermione/Herbert
- So many shootings/terrorist attacks that people have lost count
- That includes the Orlando Shooting (again, Florida)
- They’re overcharging the price of the Epipen
- A gorilla got shot then turned into an internet sensation
Whole Foods has admitted to overcharging customers after an investigation by New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs found that products routinely had mislabeled weights.
“Our inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers, which DCA and New Yorkers will not tolerate,” said DCA Commissioner Julie Menin in a statement. “As a large chain grocery store, Whole Foods has the money and resources to ensure greater accuracy and to correct what appears to be a widespread problem — the city’s shoppers deserve to be correctly charged.” In a two-minute video, the grocery store’s co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb apologize for the issue.
The largest cable and broadband provider
in America just got slammed with a $2.3-million fine, the largest civil
fine ever levied against a cable company, for over billing its customers. Honestly, this whole thing sounds like the cable company version of Wells Fargo.
Here’s the idle animations for the Rainsong Jungle venue in the Coliseum! All animations were done in Aftereffects and Photoshop. The Sliverbeast and Zalis are my art, all other creatures were were illustrated by the always incredible Osiem!
Whole Foods stores penalized for overcharging customers
NBC San Diego: Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after a judge found that stores were overcharging customers in Southern California.
The case concerns stores in San Diego, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. The lawsuit accused the chain of charging more at the time of checkout, compared to what was advertised in the store, for several items.
If you’re reading this, most likely you have found yourself staring down the gun barrel of a commission/project estimate. You are probably nervous and afraid that you are going to overcharge and scare away a client.
I’m going to do my best to explain how I determine estimates, and hopefully you will find this information useful!
Before I get into estimating, I want to address what a lot of people have dubbed “artist’s guilt”. This feeling is very common among creatives and it is basically the side effect of doing something you love to do as a profession. Not only do you feel awkward/guilty for charging for something that you’ve probably done since you were a toddler, you also have to explain the value of your work to someone that may view your profession as childish or easy.
When you start feeling the twinges of guilt, remember that you are a professional. You have the right to enjoy your work and to be paid (properly) for it. You create and design what in most cases is the identity of a product. If you are a character artist in the game industry, your character designs will be what initially catches someone’s eye and those players will recognize the product based solely on you or your team’s designs. That has very real and tangible value!
If you design logos for companies/products, you are literally creating their brand. That’s insanely valuable and extremely important!
Artists are important, you are important.
Remember, if you don’t properly value your work then you cannot expect a client to value it either.
Whether you are doing commissions on the side or you are a full-time freelancer, estimating your commissions/rates should be treated in the same manner. Expenses like electricity, equipment, health insurance MUST be considered. Your clients won’t be covering any of this stuff, so it is all on you.
Keep in mind that these expenses aren’t luxuries, they are necessary for you to accomplish your task(s). It is your right to have access to all of that and you should never feel bad about considering them when doing your estimates.
To determine your rates, a solid starting point would be to use sites like indeed.com or glassdoor.com to see what people in your area and in your given field are making on average, and then adjust based on your own experience, keeping in mind that these salaries are taken from people that are working at companies that provide health insurance, electricity, equipment etc. Your hourly rates/estimates will be a bit higher for that reason.
If you live in a rural area, estimate based on the nearest and biggest city and then meet somewhere in middle, since the cost to live is most likely a bit lower in rural towns.
Just like most things in life, educating yourself is key. Not only will you be able to confidently make estimates, you will be able to explain your cost with confidence to clients that may not readily understand the value of what you do. Remember we live in a world where most people think that “the starving artist” is reality, and anyone that lives outside of that bubble has less passion for what they do.
No pay/low pay ≠ passion. That way of thinking is just dumb and irresponsible, it also devalues the actual work required to create things.
Anyway, I hope this helps someone out there!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via twitter: @coltavara
OKAY, I’M GOING TO GO BACK TO DRAWING THINGS NOW! *blows up soapbox*
Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics. Virginia Woolf
Happy International Women's Day, from our bookshelf to yours.