Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thanks to Andreas for this facebook post. This is Xtreme skating. I think he almost fell asleep during a lipslide because it was so damn long. I've seen this guy nollie 360 a trash can standing at Tompkins. I like that the title of this is: dylan. He's like the Madonna of skateboarding I guess? But with a better f/s flip and maybe less bitchy? Watching his part makes me require getting my eyes checked.
Had some shirts printed at Kingsland Printing. Some cat eye business I found online. Wearable zine! Have a few of these printed. Not selling them, just giving them to friends. Feel weird selling things that are not invented by me. With my luck it's probably a secret Albert Einstein and Warhol collaboration. Heavy Discussion numero uno t shirt.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Some photos from a shoot we did with some of my handmade shoes. New Years resolution 2012, make another pair of shoes by hand. It's been long overdue. Way more photos up once available. Stoked on colors. Thanks to Akasha,Brandy,Hope, and Jill. Will give them proper credits once more photos are up! These shoes were made with no heel counters so they could be super soft hence the dimple in the leather. Wanted to make classic looking oxfords that could be easy to throw in a bag to travel with. Easier to see the subtle styling at a better angle.
Prepping my mind for Saturday night at Enids. The St Patrick's Day special. It will probably involve me getting wasted to the tunes of my mind. Don't get it twisted though- still playing a lot of hip hop, oldies, and soul, and I think I'm going to dabble and get weird.. But I got to show my Irish love! Shamrocks, whiskey, babes at the bar, and goodtimes!
Hilarious to watch.
At the 3:00 mark the vhs tape gets warped but the rest is fine to watch. 6 minute mark quote by Bruce Dickinson is awesome. And at 7:28 Heavy Discussion gets a shoutout by the news anchor.
Been busy at work. Getting mentally ready for my 5 week trip abroad the week after next. Trying to not let this weird ass weather play with my emotions.
Thanks to Prizefigher Ray for keeping me in the loop of things skateboarding related. Follow
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
All things considered. Gotta' research more about this Kony business. The LRA's present threat according to an actual Ugandan is highly important. My internet rabbit holes have led me to a youtube by Rosebell Kagumire for an Al Jazeera stream program covering the KONY2012 video. Really good points. And it is the same internet mechanics that are allowing for further discussion on this issue within the global community; especially Uganda. It is critical for the many who are not properly informed about this, including myself, to see this perspective. Other opinions do not just include villifying Invisible Children for being an exploitative and a non transparent, lucrative business based in California, it's also about educating oneself as to how we should respond to viral videos that command our attention through perceivably "oversimplified" outlooks. The internet is still a relatively new tool in regards to how people use it to further a cause, an idea, a story. Once you throw politics and war of a foreign country, it is easy to see just black and white from Anywhere, USA. When somebody flashes pictures of disfigured and exploited children, it is easier to assume there is one bad guy. Especially when the narrative suggests that.
First, it is important to acknowledge that Invisible Children is a great organisation. It has done a lot to make the victims of the atrocities of the LRA conflict more visible internationally. It has built and renovated a number of schools in northern Uganda that were destroyed by the conflicts. Its scholarship programme has benefited a whole range of children hailing from the war-affected districts and so many more.
These are all very noble goals. But so long as its primary constituents remain outsiders, without mobilising local constituents within Uganda where the LRA problem emanated from, it is a non starter. There are over 1,000 local peacebuilders within northern Uganda alone, all very concerned by the LRA situation – none of whom has been partnered with in this latest campaign.
I write now from Gulu, Northern Uganda, and apart from celebrations for women’s day, no one is talking about the LRA and Kony. Everyone is talking about the nodding disease and government impunity over corruption."