Friday, July 10, 2015

These remind me of my grandma (RIP). It's funny how sentimental the most common, mass produced items can somehow become meaningful and personal over time. So bizarre how there's actually a book that features this specific object as a token of anthropological significance. To quote the excerpt, these tins definitely appeared "all over the house". The book I came across is called "Visual Anthropology: Photography as a research method" by John and Malcolm Collier.

Natas almost always has an epic t shirt on.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In it’s 220 year history, only four women justices have served on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2005); Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-Present); Sonia Sotoymayor (2009-present), Former Solicitor General Elena Kagan (2010-present). The latter two nominated by President Barack Obama. 
There are a lot of things that are constantly happening in the world, and this week is no exception. It’s been one hell of a week. I’m still processing it as much as the next person. 
“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama has eloquently put.
Growing up I went to a non-sectarian, private girl’s school in San Francisco where as a Kindergartener and lower school student we were immersed in classrooms where countless portraits of historic American women filled the walls above the chalkboards like feminist wallpaper. Founded by a Women’s suffragist, our educational curriculum revolved around the names and contributions of American women, many of who made lasting strides in the struggle for equality. This formative experience undeniably formed a unique basis of my understanding of self and identity at a young age. 

To be taught that women are capable of great things at a young age is beyond empowering. To experience being raised by mostly a single mother, for me, was character building. To see three women sitting on the Supreme Court who continue to empower that legacy for others as our democracy evolves, in what will always seems to be uncertain times is a steadfast reminder that the future never announces itself, it arrives like a thunderbolt.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

VIVA DAL SANTO. Bad Brains? Check. 50-50 no comply reverts. Check. Not giving a fuck. Double Check. Thanks to Dogbone for the find!


"Sadly missed, warmly remembered." RIP Dewitt.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Quartersnacks featured an interesting article about the original creator of the throwback and iconic "solo jazz" paper cup design. The idea of appropriation is part of America's cultural history and future, and as much as the idea of "authenticity" is slippery at best, it's always great to see and learn about these unsung artists and image makers.

Carolyn Davidson is also another anonymous artist who is solely responsible for creating the Nike swoosh logo in 1971. She was a female graphic design College student who charged Phil Knight $35(up for debate) for her work. Really interesting story.

Question: “I am a new shareholder, what does the swoosh mean and where did it originate?”
Phil Knight: I remember that. That was 38 years ago, and we were coming out with a NIKE line and we had to have a logo.
And we hired a graphic art student at Portland State University, and told her to come up with something that connoted speed, and we gave her $75.00 for what she came up with. When we went public in 1980, we called her back up and gave her 500 shares of stock, which she has never sold, and is worth close to $1 million this day.

Friday, June 19, 2015

MUST WATCH. Jon Stewart is the truth.

Remove the Confederate Flag From All Government Places

To be delivered to The South Carolina State House, The South Carolina State Senate, and Governor Nikki Haley
Symbols of hate and division have no place in our government. It's time to stand up for what's right and take down the Confederate Flag!
There are currently 194,777 signatures. NEW goal - We need 200,000 signatures!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The idea of "race" adapted as a political tool throughout history til now. It seems like this German scientist was able to invent the world's most divisive human pyramid chart without actually making a pyramid. (Not that caste systems and human slavery didn't predate this: maybe taglining science helped reinforce it) It's actually interesting how malleable such a rigid word has been throughout time, where crossing state lines in this country could be the difference between being "black" and "white" according to state law (by blood). Let's also not forget that for a long time there were confused "racial statuses" of "ethnic whites" in this country that would change to accommodate the political agenda over a series of eras (immigration/wartime/labor/etc). The most surprising thing I learned was that in one single year between 1929 and 1930 if you were Mexican American you went from being "white" to " non white" to limit immigration and then in 1942, they were switched back to "white" to increase the U.S.'s wartime labor force.

But even if you were to deconstruct race to a simple "myth" that guides tangible discussions among people with different experiences and histories, there are a prism of human extremists that will always go out of their way to destroy others that challenge any of their beliefs. And I think that's just a shitty human problem people are going to need to work on. Maybe moving into the future, there will be more discussion about "culture" than that of "race" because culture is something that as Americans we all share- but it seems that "race" is a better headline and it's easier to sell newspapers over a photo of yet another "white" gunmen mowing down innocent people of color. This does not discount the fact that what happened is a tragedy, it always is a tragedy, and in the future there will be so many more.

For now I guess the overall acceptable idea of American culture if you were to look at news outlets is definitely "sex and violence" with a side of unexpected "free love". Let's also not forget what's currently going on in the Dominican Republic right now, where naturalized citizens are being denied their country because they have lineage that simply traces to Haiti. Maybe if this was 50 years ago, the government would have just killed them all but in 2015 they're just sending them back to Haiti, where a catastrophic public health crisis could easily happen. The world has always been kind of fucked, but now I guess it's a more "politically correct" kind of fucked. You know, substitute mass killing fields for sanctioned public health crises or a long, enduring history of disenfranchisement of marginalized groups that might justify violations of human rights and freedoms based on the interest of one system.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let's go Warriors!!! 1975, 2015.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


The other day on facebook, I made a post about Technology: "

As much as I appreciate technology, it sure does suck out the romance and mythology out of life." Today I came across an article posted on facebook embodying similar sentiments. When you can find the better written articles about this particular topic, it's easy for curiosity to turn into a morbid fascination of our current state of dating affairs. I don't think there is an actual term yet for the quiet majority of people in my generation who abstain from using apps as a crutch for dating. Because it basically is a crutch and I've had plenty of time to think about it and feel like a party pooper. I've always felt myself a proponent of technology from a young age, creating my first web page through Javascript at 9 years old, but at 30 maybe the curmudgeonly side effects of age within a hyper app driven backdrop are starting to rise. It's do or die, ain't nobody got time for this algorithmic driven bullshit.

"We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick. We can order up a human being in the same way we can order up pad thai on Seamless. We think intimacy lies in a perfectly-executed string of emoji. We think effort is a “good morning” text. We say romance is dead, because maybe it is, but maybe we just need to reinvent it. Maybe romance in our modern age is putting the phone down long enough to look in each other’s eyes at dinner. Maybe romance is deleting Tinder off your phone after an incredible first date with someone. Maybe romance is still there, we just don’t know what it looks like now."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

It was only a week ago I saw Ryan. We joked about Vanessa Torres missing her flight to the xGames with no alcohol involved and we nerded out on the evolution of Girls skating in So Cal for a while. He then secretly dubbed himself "The Godfather of Girls Skating" to me and we laughed even harder. Dewitt had a big heart and his kindness was legendary. I am grateful to have known him and shared that moment. I don't think anyone that knew him will ever forget how special he was.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Got to see RIDE play last week. It was really amazing- they still rip. I guess they're playing another show at Irving Plaza this week. HMMMMM... Wish my life came in these colors..

Easily one of my favorite RIDE songs.