I saw that the reaper76 tag was lacking a BikerAU (or maybe I didn’t search well enough I dunno) and I was like: “WTF where is the BikerAU at?!?!” So having not seen any fanart of that I decided to make some practice drawings. Heavily used google images as reference xD
There’s more sketches and even tiny pieces of fics I’m working on. I’m
seriously in love with this AU. Also, go listen to Hands by Barns
I agree that Fury Road is rad, but respectful and already established equality between the male and female leads isn't the same as "smashing the patriarchy" and all that bull. They're just 2 characters who happen to be the opposite genders and have a inherent mutual respect for each other's equality. As it should be really.
…furiosa murders the literal embodiment of the white male patriarchy - rips his face off, and then she and six other women + the milking mothers seize control of the citadel and are welcomed as the new rulers by the general population, who cheer them for overthrowing the dictator who’d enslaved them, brainwashed their sons and withheld resources to keep them under his control. I’d consider that smashing the patriarchy.
I'm so glad that you also ship BakuDeku! Can you give us an insight as to why you love/ship them? I love reading why people love them! 💖
Oh, my God.
First off, ah. I just. *Incoherent stuttering.* I’m very, very particular and choosy with ships. I either ship one specific couple per fandom or no one at all. So far I have only two OTPs and I adore both for entirely different reasons: KilluGon from Hunter X Hunter and BakuDeku from Boku No Hero Academia.
I’m. So. Excited. To. Talk. About. This.
This is gonna be long, Anon. I hope you’re ready for it.
Why do I love BakuDeku?
Or, why do I love the Katsuki/Izuku dynamic in general?
Such a loaded question for quite a lot of reasons…
I’ll do my best to articulate my scrambled thoughts and put them all down here and make sense with them. To start off with, when it comes to ships, I usually have to be drawn to both characters individually. I don’t really like the concept of one character feeling “incomplete” without the other, necessarily.
In this case, I related to Izuku Midoriya almost instantly, and then, surprisingly, found very similar traits in Katsuki Bakugou that I couldn’t ignore or even want to ignore. I respect both characters individually and absolutely adore their dynamic; the creative potential in portraying them both together and apart is so vast and endless that it just spurs the creative mind with no limits.
To explain this better, I tend to theorize and analyze potential relationships in anime/movies/books/television shows based on their clear connection through flaws, personality compatibility, ambitions, strengths and weaknesses.
I understand that this factor is applicable to every ship in existence, pretty much, but I firmly believe that, since each mind is unique with its own preference, that the actual conclusion one can come to when applying these principles to their chosen ships can yield multiple different results.
So, back to BakuDeku with this.
Katsuki Bakugou and Izuku Midoriya are foils of each other.
To clear some questions regarding the usage of the word “foil” here, I’m speaking of the traditional literary term.
A foil in literature is a character that exhibits qualities that highlight and contrast with another character as means of highlighting the traits of that particular character through their personality, actions, etc.
Usually this is the case with the rival of the protagonist, and so forth.
Think Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter, for example. They are a very typical example of character foils.
Alright, so. With this in mind…
I value the complexities in character dynamics and the more introspective basis of relationships above everything else when deciding whether or not I ship two characters. So, the contrast between Izuku and Katsuki’s personalities and ambitions are fascinating to me, and as a result, I fell in love with their dynamic as characters outside of the realm of romantic potential.
I’ll get more into the “romantic potential” part later. But, honestly, that part of the context is only the footnote to what I love about these two.
Katsuki and Izuku, despite their differences, are essentially quite similar in what they wish to achieve as characters in their universe.
I’ll go through both characters individually with their bullet point contrasts that I can think of at the moment.
Katsuki Bakugou is…
He is egotistical, yet insecure.
He is reckless, yet he is methodical.
He’s aggressive, yet he’s meticulous.
He appears like a typical delinquent, but he’s undoubtedly very intelligent.
He’s straightforward and brash, yet standoffish and focused.
He is entitled, yet an extremely hard worker.
He’s presumptuous and self-indulgent, and believes his skills and himself are all he needs.
He is, essentially, the most insecure when it comes to Izuku due to their connection and history. His pride is, ultimately, his downfall.
Now, by contrast, we have Izuku.
Izuku Midoriya is…
He is selfless, yet insecure.
He is analytical, yet he, too, can be reckless.
He lacks self-preservation, but sees it as a necessary strength, rather than a roadblock.
He is emotional, yet also quite meticulous.
He is an extremely hard worker, yet doesn’t believe he deserves anything worthy of praise.
He believes his achievements are based on luck rather than skill, and that he can only achieve his dreams based on what others have done for him.
He is too damaging to his own self-confidence for his own good and far too willing to appraise the ego of characters like Katsuki to allow himself room to appreciate his own accomplishments.
Ah. There are many, many more to choose from than just these. I could go on about that particular listing for hours. But, I won’t.
With this all being said, Izuku is constantly chasing after Katsuki in the beginning. He yearns for his approval, for his attention, because of his intense admiration and fondness of his friend. Katsuki, however, could not care less and bullies Izuku on top of saying honestly the most horrible things.
There is one thing I want to make clear about this particular ship. I understand the concerns with the abusive context and I’m never going to defend Katsuki’s actions towards Izuku because they are, most definitely, extreme.
It’s tragic, actually, how Izuku is willing to be patient with Katsuki and still consider him to be a valuable person in his life and even a close friend. Which, at this moment, they are not.
That being said… I find it tragic, but all the more admirable of a character like Izuku to ultimately admit that what Katsuki has said and done is truly horrible (taken in context from both the manga and anime) and that he is willing to acknowledge Katsuki as a “jerk,” but also as someone who is, despite all of that, very talented and driven.
Izuku is, himself, driven and ambitious. His reasonings for becoming a hero and Katsuki wishing to become a hero are on polar opposite ends, yet their drives, their passion, their vigor are so incredibly similar in length that I can hardly see that matched in any way by other character dynamics in this series.
And that’s what I love the most about them in general, romantic context aside.
Now, still, the extremely damaged history is also what makes this ship so incredibly complicated. And I love that about it.
What I want in this ship is to see growth, forgiveness, change, reluctant acceptance, and understanding between two characters who have always been on the same spectrum, but have never acquired the true level of insight to reach that same wavelength.
Katsuki and Izuku could never have a successful relationship at their current age, under their current circumstances, and without any forgiveness or acceptance taking place.
The road to trusting and respecting one another is long, torturous, and riddled with pain and learning. It takes time, it takes energy, and by applying the romantic context to these two characters outside of their already marvelous and fascinating (albeit saddening) dynamic, it allows a new perspective to take place.
This, my friend, is a perspective that requires no easy path.
I love that Izuku has such incredible faith in Katsuki and will always want to protect him or defend him at the drop of a hat. I love that we’re slowly seeing Katsuki’s growing respect and acceptance of Izuku as a person in the series, and the incredibly slow and (dare I say, explosive) build to their potential friendship. I love that we’re able to see the unfolding complexities and hurt and anger and passion that have driven them apart with blinded perspectives on both sides.
I could go on for hours about this, Anon, but I think I kind of summed up most of what I can in one sitting without this going on for too long.
I hope this satisfies you for now, Anon! Thank you so much for the ask. :)
(Crack mixes are going on this blog where they belong)
Okay, so an asker over on @thebrightsessions official tumblr knows that I will make basically any mix if prompted, so I made a Damien-and-Mark-Bro-Out-On-A-Road-Trip Mix. I have no so many regrets.
Track listing, with commentary by yours truly:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi (the natural choice to start out any respectable road trip mix)
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Back to Black - ACDC (obviously)
Island - The Starting Line (pop punk is the next step after 80s classics IMO)
The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls (do you guys remember this band??? whatever happened to them? this album is great)
Waking Up in Vegas - Katy Perry
Run Away With Me - Carly Rae Jepsen (okay, someone on tumblr posted about how Damien would love Emotion and I can’t find the post anywhere but it has been HAUNTING ME because Emotion is absolutely an album that Damien would secretly love and I can’t believe I was called out like that. Also, Emotion is the best pop album in years, maybe ever.)
Shut Up and Let Me Go - The Ting Tings (the ultimate dancing while driving song)
Never Forget You - Noisettes
Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain (this is canon, don’t @ me)
Ready to Run - The Dixie Chicks (duh!)
Ride - Far Places (this whole playlist is a mix of silly things and great songs but they are all from actual road trip mixes I’ve made. This one is the newest addition - it is by Evan Cunningham’s band Far Places. Evan composes all the music for @thebrightsessions and is really awesome and you guys should buy his music)
Honorable mention: “Hold On” by Wilson Philips, which is the only song you ever need on the road but is too near and dear to my heart to put on this ridiculous thing.
petition to give carl grimes actual decent thought out storylines and character arcs and for people to realize he is an important part of the group and is one of the only characters alive that has been here since the original atlanta group
aberration (n.) - something that differs from the norm (In 1974, Poland won the World Cup, but the success turned out to be an aberration, and Poland have not won a World Cup since).
abhor (v.) - to hate, detest (Because he always wound up getting hit in the head when he tried to play cricket, Marcin began to abhor the sport).
acquiesce (v.) - to agree without protesting (Though Mr. Pospieszny wanted to stay outside and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner, heacquiesced to her demands.)
alacrity (n.) - eagerness, speed (For some reason, Simon loved to help his girlfriend whenever he could, so when his girlfriend asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.)
amiable (adj.) - friendly (An amiable fellow, Neil got along with just about everyone.)
appease (v.) - to calm, satisfy (When Jerry cries, his mother gives him chocolate to appeasehim.)
arcane (adj.) - obscure, secret, known only by a few (The professor is an expert in arcaneKashubian literature.)
avarice (n.) - excessive greed (The banker’s avarice led him to amass an enormous personal fortune.)
brazen (adj.) - excessively bold, brash, clear and obvious (Critics condemned the writer’s brazen attempt to plagiarise Frankow-Czerwonko’s work.)
brusque (adj.) - short, abrupt, dismissive (Simon’s brusque manner sometimes offends his colleagues.)
cajole (v.) - to urge, coax (Magda’s friends cajoled her into drinking too much.)
callous (adj.) - harsh, cold, unfeeling (The murderer’s callous lack of remorse shocked the jury.)
candor (n.) - honesty, frankness (We were surprised by the candor of the politician’s speech because she is usually rather evasive.)
chide (v.) - to voice disapproval (Hania chided Gregory for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance.)
circumspect (adj.) - cautious (Though I promised Marta’s father I would bring her home promptly by midnight, it would have been more circumspect not to have specified a time.)
clandestine (adj.) - secret (Announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the library, Maria actually went to meet George for a clandestine liaison.)
coerce (v.) - to make somebody do something by force or threat (The court decided that David Beckham did not have to honor the contract because he had been coerced into signing it.)
coherent (adj.) - logically consistent, intelligible (William could not figure out what Harold had seen because he was too distraught to deliver a coherent statement.)
complacency (n.) - self-satisfied ignorance of danger (Simon tried to shock his friends out of their complacency by painting a frightening picture of what might happen to them.)
confidant (n.) - a person entrusted with secrets (Shortly after we met, he became my chief confidant.)
connive (v.) - to plot, scheme (She connived to get me to give up my plans to start up a new business.)
cumulative (adj.) - increasing, building upon itself (The cumulative effect of hours spent using the World English website was a vast improvement in his vocabulary and general level of English.)
debase (v.) - to lower the quality or esteem of something (The large raise that he gave himself debased his motives for running the charity.)
decry (v.) - to criticize openly (Andrzej Lepper, the leader of the Polish Self Defence party decried the appaling state of Polish roads.)
deferential (adj.) - showing respect for another’s authority (Donata is always excessivelydeferential to any kind of authority figure.)
demure (adj.) - quiet, modest, reserved (Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.)
deride (v.) - to laugh at mockingly, scorn (The native speaker often derided the other teacher’s accent.)
despot (n.) - one who has total power and rules brutally (The despot issued a death sentence for anyone who disobeyed his laws.)
diligent (adj.) - showing care in doing one’s work (The diligent researcher made sure to double check her measurements.)
elated (adj.) - overjoyed, thrilled (When he found out he had won the lottery, the postman was elated.)
eloquent (adj.) - expressive, articulate, moving (The best man gave such an eloquent speech that most guests were crying.)
embezzle (v.) - to steal money by falsifying records (The accountant was fired for embezzling €10,000 of the company’s funds.)
empathy (n.) - sensitivity to another’s feelings as if they were one’s own (I feel such empathy for my dog when she’s upset so am I!)
enmity (n.) - ill will, hatred, hostility (John and Scott have clearly not forgiven each other, because the enmity between them is obvious to anyone in their presence.)
erudite (adj.) - learned (My English teacher is such an erudite scholar that he has translated some of the most difficult and abstruse Old English poetry.)
extol (v.) - to praise, revere (Kamila extolled the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat-loving boyfriend.)
fabricate (v.) - to make up, invent (When I arrived an hour late to class, I fabricated some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to work.)
feral (adj.) - wild, savage (That beast looks so feral that I would fear being alone with it.)
flabbergasted (adj.) - astounded (Whenever I read an Agatha Christie mystery novel, I am always flabbergasted when I learn the identity of the murderer.)
forsake (v.) - to give up, renounce (I won’t forsake my conservative principles.)
fractious (adj.) - troublesome or irritable (Although the child insisted he wasn’t tired, his fractious behaviour - especially his decision to crush his jam sandwiches all over the floor - convinced everyone present that it was time to put him to bed.)
furtive (adj.) - secretive, sly (Claudia’s placement of her drugs in her sock drawer was not asfurtive as she thought, as the sock drawer is the first place most parents look.)
gluttony (n.) - overindulgence in food or drink (Helen’s fried chicken tastes so divine, I don’t know how anyone can call gluttony a sin.)
gratuitous (adj.) - uncalled for, unwarranted (Every evening the guy at the fish and chip shop gives me a gratuitous helping of vinegar.)
haughty (adj.) - disdainfully proud (The superstar’s haughty dismissal of her co-stars will backfire on her someday.)
hypocrisy (n.) - pretending to believe what one does not (Once the politician began passing legislation that contradicted his campaign promises, his hypocrisy became apparent.)
impeccable (adj.) - exemplary, flawless (If your grades were as impeccable as your brother’s, then you too would receive a car for a graduation present.)
impertinent (adj.) - rude, insolent (Most of your comments are so impertinent that I don’t wish to dignify them with an answer.)
implacable (adj.) - incapable of being appeased or mitigated (Watch out: once you shun Grandmother’s cooking, she is totally implacable.)
impudent (adj.) - casually rude, insolent, impertinent (The impudent young woman looked her teacher up and down and told him he was hot.)
incisive (adj.) - clear, sharp, direct (The discussion wasn’t going anywhere until her incisive comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were.)
indolent (adj.) - lazy (Why should my indolent children, who can’t even pick themselves up off the sofa to pour their own juice, be rewarded with a trip to Burger King?)
inept (adj.) - not suitable or capable, unqualified (She proved how inept she was when she forgot two orders and spilled a pint of cider in a customer’s lap.)
infamy (n.) - notoriety, extreme ill repute (The infamy of his crime will not lessen as time passes.)
inhibit (v.) - to prevent, restrain, stop (When I told you I needed the car last night, I certainly never meant to inhibit you from going out.)
innate (adj.) - inborn, native, inherent (His incredible athletic talent is innate, he never trains, lifts weights, or practices.)
insatiable (adj.) - incapable of being satisfied (My insatiable appetite for blondes was a real problem on my recent holiday in Japan!)
insular (adj.) - separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off (Because of the sensitive nature of their jobs, those who work for MI5 must remain insular and generally only spend time with each other.)
intrepid (adj.) - brave in the face of danger (After scaling a live volcano prior to its eruption, the explorer was praised for his intrepid attitude.)
inveterate (adj.) - stubbornly established by habit (I’m the first to admit that I’m an inveterate cider drinker—I drink four pints a day.)
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are such friendship goals.
Like they’re about to play each other here and LeBron just STRAIGHT UP GLOMPS HIM.
“MY FRIEND. MINE.”
Like LeBron got in trouble with his coach for bro-ing out too much with Wade on the sidelines during a Miami vs Cleveland game.
ALSO NERD BFFS.
And then there’s shit like this:
“If we played ‘The Newlywed Game,’” Union [Wade’s wife] admits, “I don’t know if I’d have more information on my husband than Bron would.”
Wade laughs. Like the fact that whenever he is running late to meet James at a group dinner, there is only one person the finicky Heat guard can entrust with the culinary decision-making. Even when Union is also waiting at the table. “My wife wouldn’t know what to order,” Wade says, “but Bron’s like, I got it.” Two years ago, at just such a dinner in New Orleans, Union could only watch, deeply confused, as James unilaterally picked sea bass for a man who’d expressed a lifelong distaste for fish. “It’s what I wanted,” her husband would later explain, shrugging. “Bron got me on sea bass.”
There are, by Union’s eye-rolling estimates, “a thousand and one instances like this” – each of them underscoring a rapport as heartfelt as it is quotidian. Like how often Wade and James trade not only text messages but voice notes, shamelessly played on speakerphone. (“Texts take away from the tone of what you’re trying to say,” Wade points out.) Or how the two used to stay at each other’s homes during road trips to their respective NBA cities instead of at hotels. Or how relentlessly they crack each other up, in person, without uttering any actual words. (“They’re like twins,” more than one mutual friend suggests.)
Have a problem with English majors??? (Edit : I’m going to be majoring in English in the fall) Like..I’m sitting here at this party and yeah it’s cool that everyone is going into astrophysics or is a doctor or is studying biological engineering, I think that’s great, but why does that make them feel entitled to insult those who aren’t? I love science but I wanted to go into English and possibly pursue a career in education or such, and as soon as the words, “ I’m majoring in English,” come out THEY ALL STARE AT ME LIKE I HAVE TWO HEADS!!! IM MAJORING IN ENGLISH BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY AND NO DEBORA OR WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS I WILL NOT END UP WITHOUT A CAREER AND BE LIVING ON THE SODE OF A DAMN ROAD. Like just show some RESPECT you don’t have to be all rude and in my face because I want to study English like holy shit. IT SHOULDNT MATTER WHAT ANYONE STUDIES AS LONG AS THEY ARE HAPPY THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL
“The slippery slope is not a fallacy when long human experience suggests predictable stages on the road from respectable hypocrisy or moral weakness to complete collapse. People and cultures really do rot by degrees.” - Anthony Esolen, Defending Marriage
Double K persuades his childhood friend, y/n, to go on a road trip with him as he’s been stressed lately. On the trip, he ends up realizing how much he actually likes her and ends up confessing
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Double K x Reader - A/F
You were currently on a road trip to who knows where with your childhood friend Double K, it took him a lot of convincing before you agreed to go on the trip with him. It seemed like a good idea to relieve stress and just spend quality time with each other like you both used to.
The roads went on forever taking you nowhere, in particular. Chang il had his sunglasses on along with his cap, while the wind coming in from the open window blew your hair away from your face making you smile as it cooled you down from the hot sun.
“So, where are we going?” You asked breaking the silence, “for now, let’s improvise” he answered with a laugh
Almost unusual sound for a love song, but thinking of a man singing this to the love of his life…mm…grabbed my heart, I love it.
I love the guitar, and especially the instrumentation in the chorus. Definite country vibe while not country, but also a bit of bluegrassy feel, which I grew up with where I’m from around the Ozark Mountains. Many a bluegrass song I’ve performed, minus the twang…I don’t do twang.
Very romantic song, touch of sadness I think, too, and the quick pace does not pull it away from either. Kind of reminds me of a man approaching the end of his life, or contemplating his future death, and all he can think about is the woman he loves and not wanting to leave her for death, wanting to express his feelings precisely so she knows without doubt how he feels about her. Poetic. Very passionate.
If you would like to listen to this song, you can find it HERE via my Spotify playlist called ‘I Love You Long Time’. This is “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay.
… hiding in the comments section of blog posts instead of reblogging like a person who’s adult enough to engage in real discourse.
But I’m glad the anti-Roman smarks and haters are trolling. I drink your tears and use your bigotry to keep me warm at night. Also, you’re each confirming my theory that you only have one endgame when it comes to Roman Reigns in the WWE: You’ll never be satisfied until Roman Reigns is fired from the company or squashed to the point where he is forever the brown lackey supporting every white wrestler’s title reign.
No matter how good he is. No matter how much merch he sells. No matter how many men, women and children love him, wear his T-shirts or brandish signs with his name on it, you will only be happy if Roman “knows his place” and stays in it.
Why else is there a smark troll running around commenting on Roman Empire posts claiming that Vince is trying to save Roman’s career? The career that’s held the World Championship Title 3 times, Tag Team Titles once, and now the US Championship. A career where he’s been requested on numerous podcasts, comic con panels, and photos with fans any time he’s traveling on the road. A career where he’s respected in the locker room and out. A career where he’s main evented multiple PPVs and always gets a reaction from the crowd.
Yep. Sounds like a solo career that has definitely gone over like a “lead balloon.”
You guys try so hard to assert your power, but continually fail to recognize that you have little over the millions of Reigns fans because we all know what fuels your desperate need to see Roman as a thug who backs up his white friends in the ring. (Here’s a hint: It ain’t your passion for wrestling.)
I used to think seeing Roman busted down to mid-card or low-card was enough for you smarks. But no. Like all bigots, you want to use your “power” to actually end livelihoods. You think it’s your right to demand that. How’s that for privilege?
You claim Vince doesn’t give you what you want. And yet …
1. Vince gave you a brand split.
2. Vince gave you a title around Sasha Banks’s waist, multiple times.
3. Vince made Kevin Owens the second Universal Champion after giving you a win by your fav Finn Balor.
4. Vince gave you a Women’s Championship instead a Diva’s Championship, and reworked the division so that the female wrestlers weren’t just treated like models, exotic dancers and valets.
5. Vince gave you Brock Lesnar in PPV after PPV winning left and right despite being grossly overrated, unable to tell a story in the ring, and shitastic on the mic.
6. Vince gave you Daniel Bryan as a World Champion, an Intercontinental Champion and now, a GM.
7. He gave you a World Champion in Dean Ambrose and pushed him into the spotlight to the point where he’s the go-to guy to main event Smackdown on an almost weekly basis.
8. He gave you Becky Lynch as a Women’s Champion.
9. He brought in Nia Jax in all her awesomeness.
10. He split up the Lucha Dragons and gave Kalisto a singles career.
11. He re-created a Cruiserweight Division to diversify the roster.
12. He invested in a Tag Team Division that’s leagues ahead of where it was a decade ago.
13. He gave you a longer Monday Night Raw, a live Smackdown and no Jerry the King Lawler on commentary.
These are all things you’ve clamored for in the last 5 years and yet, you still sit there and say “Vince doesn’t listen to us or give us what we want! ::kicks rocks::”
Does he give you everything? Hell no. Nor should he. You’re not children. You don’t get everything you want. But don’t you dare say he doesn’t listen to you or give you anything and that’s why you boo Roman.
You don’t boo Roman because he’s handpicked by Vince. You don’t boo Roman because he hasn’t earned it. At this point, he’s earned every title shot 10 times over. Why didn’t Roman put his US Title on the line at Roadblock? Because Kevin Owens wasn’t smart enough to demand it beforehand. Rollins demanded the US Title be put on the table when Cena challenged him for the World Championship Title. KO didn’t. That’s on him. Not on Roman. And the fact that KO didn’t demand it should have told you that Roman was going to lose (hint: sometimes there are clues if you pay attention).
But please, continue your trolling. Continue your facile excuses. Continue trying desperately to hide your bigotry in a weak attempt to fool everyone into believing your anti-Roman rhetoric has merit.
Go ahead. Roman’s fans will still be here. And so will he.
The announcement listing the successful submissions to “FTL Y'all” will be delayed one week.
Book editors @littlefroggies and @spikedrewthis are recovering from a cross-country move and five consecutive weeks on the road respectively, and will need seven more days to finalize the successful submissions list. Keep watching the space. Thank you for your patience and understanding!