- you don’t need to have a jacket with patches - or army boots - or dyed hair or piercings or tattoos - you definitely don’t need to be skinny, white, male, cis, or straight - all you need to do is like punk music - don’t bother pretending to like bands you don’t; you’ll either get into them or you won’t and either way that’s okay - if someone knocks you over in the pit and doesn’t apologise, don’t be afraid to call that fucker out - make friends in the line for shows, you meet cool people that way - graffiti is fine, but don’t steal shit if you don’t need it - only you get to decide if it’s punk, fuck what anyone else says - it’s more than okay to listen to nicki minaj now and then - don’t worry abt being embarrassing: you are, and that’s fine - do yourself a favour and listen to more female fronted/poc bands - don’t let white cis men in the scene tell you shit
The Domestic Garden Witch: An Opportunity Not To Be Mossed!
So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.
For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.
This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!
Now, before I go any further, I feel that it’s my civic duty as a former custodian (or for you European folks, school caretaker) to make note that whether you’re using paint or moss, it is illegal to vandalize public spaces in any way, shape, or form. What I am writing out here is specifically for use within your own home in order to add a bit of green to your life!
Now that that’s out of the way, we’ve seen moss be adapted into shower mats. But mosses are hardy and beautiful plants that can grow nearly anywhere. We’ve all seen moss growing in big clumps between damp bricks, or working its way to cover a small boulder. Sometimes it grows on the sides of trees, or even on concrete once thought to be smooth! From a biology/ecology viewpoint, moss is much like lichen in that it is a pioneer group of species - in the growth of a biome, it is one of the first groups of species to move in and break down rocky surfaces in order to create fertile soil.
Since we, as a species, are slowly beginning to realize that artificial chemicals in the atmosphere may not be the best thing to be incorporating, some graffiti and street artists have taken to replacing their paint with moss in order to create beautiful - and environmentally friendly - art that grows and photosynthesizes just as a garden would. The beautiful thing about this “paint” is that it is simple enough to make at home for your own purposes!
Gather up some buttermilk (two cups), half a teaspoon of sugar, two cups of water or beer, and a bit of corn syrup as needed. Then go out and find a good handful of moss from cement, concrete, or wood surfaces. Try to avoid using woodland mosses, as they likely won’t root well.
Take the moss and clean it as much as possible, so as to get rid of all of the soil that clings to it. Once you’ve done this, add it and all of your ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You want the consistency of paint. If it’s too runny, add more corn syrup and blend a little more.
This is your paint mixture! Use a paintbrush to paint designs on concrete, wood, or some other porous surface, then mist with a bit of water. Repeat the misting each day for a couple of weeks, until growth begins to show. Then switch to watering once a week. Over time, your painting will quite literally come alive!
How Can I Witch This?
Like the moss mat, you can use this method to add sigils and symbols to the home. Painting a pentacle and growing it from moss would make for a rather beautiful bit of witchy artwork! Enchant your moss, and enchant the water you use to give it moisture, encouraging the plant to cleanse the air and the room of any negative influences and energies.
It makes for an innovative way of welcoming the Faeries into your yard, if you have one, or into your home! Paint designs that are appealing to you or which you feel would appeal to the faerie, and let it grow into a magical masterpiece that is sure to thrill your local wee folk!
Consider various ways in which moss graffiti can turn your art into a magical working!
he’s actually a really great artist like his parents got him a lil blank note book with yknow crayons and stuff and he used to go ham on it like all the time
as he grew up, it became his outlet to getting thru life bc even as a kid he was pretty intimidating and it wasn’t like he was very outgoing anyway so it affected the way other kids treated him
they always shunned him, telling him to go away and often equated him to that kid from the ring when it came out so he just stayed away from people and lived in his own bubble
art was a companion that could never shun him
however art also became a detrimental coping mechanism so excessively to the point where he was often doodling instead of completing his schoolwork so the only way his teachers could think to get him out of this mindset was reprimanding him for it
of course, it had an opposite effect
he continued to do as he pleased, becoming a lot more stubborn in the time that he was ostracized by his peers for not finding enjoyment in the same things as them and the older he got, the more this mindset became ingrained in him
no matter what art was an important part of his life and no one was going to take that away from him
inevitably, wonwoo found interest in different forms of art from paint to colored pencils
but his ultimate favorite art form was graffiti
there was a united front about the way other graffiti artists in the ways each of them made their art their own, formulating their own stories without establishing an actual face
the artist was who they made themselves out to be. not rumors or stories about a boy who had no friends aside from the paintbrushes held between clenched fingertips
and for him, he became someone more than just that weird looking grudge boy kid
he was someone…. he belonged somewhere
throughout high school, he developed a persona called jeon. given that’s his last name, he formulated this just for the sake of vaguieness and cuz he couldn’t really think of anything else LOL
so jeon is someone who battles his demons with a stare, kinda like medusa but he doesn’t turn them to stone. he turns them into paintings
he memorializes them for what they really are- mean people, demons, scary stuff only little kids dream of and for the most part, they become a hit to his graffiti buds and for anyone who is everyone (though those who aren’t in the graffiti community have no actual clue that this cool dude is wonwoo even if they share a surname)
this goes on for some time, even into wonwoo’s final year of high school where he’s graduating cuz mingyu, his new bff and only friend, encourages him after he told the older boy how he wanted to go to the city for school and it motivated wonwoo to spread his wings from his small town and wander ya know?
around the time when he’s integrating into college life with mingyu and their other friends scoups and vernon, he actually continues jeon throughout seoul city in subtle ways though not many people recognize it
anyway, with being in college, his maternal aunt sends her son aka his cousin, jeon jeongguk over just to experience some of the college life. she wanted wonwoo to show the younger jeon how college is beneficial even for misfits like himself (passive aggressive way of going abt it but wonwoo is just like “ok whateves”)
although it makes mingyu whiny that they have to lug around a kid who’s only two years younger and just as lanky and tall lol, wonwoo doesn’t mind showing his cousin around the city and letting him touch his stuff and eventually jeongguk discovers wonwoo’s sketchbook snippets of jeon and he gets all “??? what’s this??” finally an interest piqued in their time spent together and wonwoo lets him in on the secret after seeing how into the art his cuzzo is
as wonwoo explains the piece, jeongguk is so immersed and interested, he actually gets into the whole bit, wanting to do his own kind of art form bc he’s always enjoyed doodling and well, wonwoo can’t resist so he agrees to teach his cousin the craft
they go out to the tunnels near this abandoned train, just spraying around but enjoying themselves as twilight breaks and it’s nearly pitch black (though they have flashlights to help them out), jeongguk makes up a persona called kookie
he says he’s kind of like jeon but the art he memorializes highlights the good possibilities, that there’s light in darkness and he turns around those shitty monsters so they can be happy
it’s cute really and wonwoo loves it cuz his cuzzo is happy too
unfortunately, there’s a patrol cop on the prowl trying to get his mitts on people like wonwoo and he sees small lights emitting from the tunnels and the two get caught tho wonwoo is quick to shut his light off, shutting guk’s off and telling the younger boy to run until he’s a safe enough distance that wonwoo feels relieved
they decide not to go out for a while, hoping to avoid the same situation they suffered thru
but guk’s not done. he has more to add, and well, bc he went alone, he nearly gets caught before he sprints off and calls his cousin in fear and panic bc he doesn’t know what to do and fuck he rlly doesn’t want to go to jail or something
and well, wonwoo can barely register his actions before he goes to the very tunnel and makes it blatantly obvious that he’s the one “defacing” the wall and he gets the blame for “kookie”
he gets put on community service duty, forced to clean up the “vandalism” and set a 700 dollar fine that he knows his family can’t pay
of course his family doesn’t want to help, only wishing for him to learn from his mistakes and be an adult so he gets a job at the local convenience store and although he isn’t allowed to talk to jeongguk, his younger cousin feels awful, trying to keep in contact with wonwoo despite having to cut all ties with him
and that small convenience store is where you and him meet actually
it’s your second year at the university like wonwoo and as part of your work-study program, you decide to take up a position at the nearby convenience store since it’s close to your dorm and you really didn’t want to work at the sporting goods store on campus
going there, wonwoo is at the register, looking pretty bored and when he sees you, his eyes go a little wide before he asks if you’re y/n bc he’ll be training you and you agree only flushing a little bc wow he’s pretty cute and holy shit he looks intimidating (well at least until he starts trying to “train” you)
to say the least, wonwoo is only a little flustered by you bc holy shit you’re so nice to him
you don’t care if he’s too quiet or too shy sometimes and if anything you make it blatantly obvious that you like talking to him and he doesn’t get that at all
but bc of this mild confusion from him, it’s a steady burn for you two actually get to know one another but like most burns it’s an ache that soothes the coldest of hearts and it’s exactly that for him
you two will talk about your majors and what you like and he gets happy when he hears you gush about art especially pieces that obviously mean something
don’t get even him started when you say you like banksy work and even these subliminal pieces you catch on the street aka his cuz he actually didn’t realize how mini jeon pieces would catch anyone’s eyes and yeah he gets unbelievably happy to see you talk about it with wonder
it’s really cute bc your training goes on for two weeks and he’s made it an unconscious effort to walk you to the dorms after closing
even afterwards, he still continues to walk you
he can’t explain why even when you ask but it’s something he does and he continues when you make no moves to protest against it and he can’t help but smile to himself abt that
for some reason, he can’t get you out of his mind
maybe it’s the nice gestures or the fact that you like his art or something but there’s something about you that gives him this swell of emotion he hasn’t felt since he created jeon tbh
you’re so new and different to him and for all the kindness you show him he’s truly grateful
he isn’t sure how to express it tho especially when even talking to you is still new for him so he actually asks his friends for help
seungcheol told him to just let you know how he feels
(wonwoo: hell no)
vernon: ummm…. idk bro
(wonwoo: (-: thanks…. Bro)
mingyu: KISS THEM IN THE RAIN
(wonwoo: you punk what the-)
the ironic part: so, one day when you two are working together and it’s nearly time to go, it actually begins to rain and this moment where he shrugs off his leather jacket and drapes it above your heads as you wait for the rain to cease beneath the thin canopy, you look up at him with those fluttery eyes and his breath just catches in his throat and you glance at his lips, biting at yours with conflict in your eyes and suddenly-
you kiss him
you just do it after you release your lip
and he’s all red in the face trying to make sense of it before you start apologizing and he has to stop you, practically dropping his jacket on you which he apologizes profusely over
“d-dammit, i’m sorry god i’m a klutz… that kiss just rlly got to me cuz i wanted to kiss you and you just kissed me and holy shit did i just say that am i still talking why am i still tal-”
you hop on your tip toes and peck his lips once more and smile “well i’m glad i kissed you, wonwoo… i rlly like you”
and he’s just in awe like wow YOU LIKE HIM TOO and naturally y’all go out on a date but one insecurity about him that he still hasn’t mentioned to you is the fact that he got busted for graffiti and that’s why he’s at the convenience store
he always danced around the subject so now that you two have become even closer, he finds it hard to admit to his crime bc before it never mattered when no one else really mattered to him as much as you do…
it really upsets him when that cop who busted him sees him and starts messing with him in front of you on your date together and although you’re confused he actually doesn’t tell you anything about it
no phone calls, no texts, and when he calls in sick from work that following weekend, you’re determined to figure out what happened
so you hunt down mingyu and ask him where wonwoo is, he tells you where the dorm is bc he knows that you mean a lot to wonwoo if he was that upset abt you knowing why he was working so when you get there you use mingyu’s key and searching for wonwoo who’s hiding in his bed
not that he’s noticed you yet
his hair’s a mess and he actually looks paler than usual
you can see in his hands are holding a black leather bound sketch book and he’s doodling away, possibly trying to cope and you sigh
when he hears your voice, he freezes up, trying to burrow away in his blankets until you stop him and try to get him to open up to you bc dammit you care so damn much abt him and him trying to push you away will only bring you back trying to smash that damn shell of his harder
until finally he relents and tells you abt what happened and you just hug him, telling him to move over and you lay beside and ask why he didnt want you to know that
and yeah he’s surprised you’re not condemning him to hell like so many other people have but he can’t help but cling to you as he replies “it’s not the most optimal thing you tell your significant other yknow”
you shrug, giving him a squeeze
“Well you can tell me anything and i’ll accept you, wonwoo. i promise”
from then, he’s a lot more open with you tbh
he’ll show you sketches about jeon and you make him tell you every story he has about those ones just because you love to hear his voice
you don’t really mean to be so forceful with him but it takes prompting for him bc he gets so scared that you’ll reject his ideas but when you don’t he gets so confident and happy, he’s like a puppy
on your dates he likes to doodle on napkins and you collect every single one
one time he just doodles a mash potato monster and you kept it in a scrapbook with the rest of the doodles and he just giggled at the sight
on your anniversary he actually drew an companion for jeon named miss jae. although she wasn’t battling monsters, she helped him with her powers of support and light
as a surprise he actually took you out to a different spot and graffiti’d the two together and it was just the sweetest thing ever
it’s his way of saying “i love you” and even when you complain that you have no super talent like this he still grins and says “yes you do. just say that and i’m all yours”
(he’s a closet greaseball y’all)
the rest of the boys were rlly happy to see how happy you made wonwoo, even inviting you to one of their shows where you discovered yet another talent of his
and you couldn’t help but gush about him bc of it
sometimes to people at the store, to his friends, to his mom (who loves you btw), and basically anyone who listens
even when he’s begging you to stop with pink cheeks, you just grin up at him and say “no way. you’re amazing and everyone should know it. EVERYONE”
those are the times he likes to shut you up with a kiss
The toothbrush stared back at you from the metal holder on your sink. Your apartment of the past 2 years was completely packed except for the bathroom. It was the last place evidence of your relationship with him existed. You broke up with him over the phone and you felt stupid about giving him his toothbrush back when his bandmates came to pick up his stuff. When he was gone on tour or working until dawn that blue toothbrush gave you comfort. It reminded you that he had a home with you. A soft place to land when he was too tired to make the commute back to the dorms. You remembered how nervous you were when you suggested that he could leave one there. He was spending so much time at your apartment that it made sense. You were pretty sure your face was as pink as his hair when you asked him.
But now it haunted you. It sat on your sink untouched for almost two months now. You tired throwing it away so many times before now. You held the plastic in your hand trying to convince yourself that he was really gone. That he wouldn’t be coming back. The toothbrush used to mean so much. It might have been small but it was the start of the life the two of you had planned together. You always knew that your relationship wasn’t going to be easy, dating an idol was really hard. But you knew that it was worth it. That the late nights were worth it. That he was worth it.
In her graffiti, Shamsia often paints women in Burqas/women in symbolic shapes, and fishes, symbols of the atmosphere flowing around her and her own life experiences. She is the first female graffiti Artist and first 3D street art Artist of Afghanistan and uses her art to help bring positive changes to people and more specifically to wash away the depressing memories of long-time war having taken place in her country. As an Afghan girl confronting reactions motivated from traditional views, it is not always easy for Shamsia to do graffiti the way other graffiti artists would do around the world. She would sometimes work her graffiti concepts out as drawings/paintings applied onto prints of pictures taken from different parts of Kabul: a category she calls “Dream of Graffiti.” She was selected as one of Top10 for the 2nd Afghan Contemporary Art Prize in 2009, and since then has been part of solo and group exhibitions inside and outside of Afghanistan (e.g. Germany, Australia, Iran, India, Vietnam, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, USA, Canada).
Teaching at fine art faculty of Kabul University, Shamsia, who is also one of the founders of Berang Arts Organization, puts her best effort to exchange her contemporary arts experiences with her students and present more artists to the community.