But this picture is a far more telling testament to what kind of man Mandela was than any modern photo. Here he is defiantly raising his fists with other men on the way to prison- he had JUST been given a life sentence. Mandela knew what would happen with his trial, & instead of focusing all his energy on keeping himself free, he disrupted the trial by wearing traditional garb, refused to call any witnesses to his defense & turned the trial into an arena for political speech to show the world what was happening in South Africa. He sacrificed his own freedom so that his people could one day be equals in their own native country, because he knew something had to change, & if he had to go to prison for LIFE to speed that change, so be it. He was a living example of DOING THE RIGHT THING, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST. THAT is a REAL MAN. In fact, one of his most famous quotes about prison was this: “If I had my time over, I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”
Thursday night movie. See if you can guess what it is…
We’re a happy family
I got my small dome from Witchery the other day. It cost me a measly $4.95 after a $20 gift card. By the way, what is up with them and their stingy rewards thing going on lately? Or maybe I just can’t stand their shitty clothes as of late.
Anyway, I had the perfect black skull candle hanging around, ready to make the small one its home. I was reading that black skull candles are used in voodoo or magick. Erm, I won’t be doing that.
I was here for my birthday this year.
I want to fall into that river.
Asked by Anonymous
Shit yeah, thanks for stopping by.
Absolutely adore these stacking rings by Alicia Hannah Naomi. I’ve posted about her so many times, but I just absolutely love everything she creates. Her new collection is so beautiful, and I am loving the art direction to go with it. Perfection.
The saddest thing of loving someone with your whole heart, your whole body, your whole mind and soul, is that one day, you’ll be forced to say goodbye. It won’t be on your terms, and nothing will make the pain go away. You’ll carry the pain with you until it’s your time. And even then, you’ll probably think of them until your light fades. And that’s why I choose to go on, knowing all of this.
Without him, there will be no light.
My life would have meant nothing, having not loved him.
1. Be kind to other people.
2. Take only what you need.
3. Give as much as you can.
4. No whistling.
How to Tour in a Band or Whatever
by Thor Harris
1-Don’t Complain. Bitching, moaning, whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut the fuck up you fucking dick. goddamn.
2-If you fart, claim it.
3-Don’t Lose shit. Everybody loses shit. Don’t fucking do it. Asshole.
4-Don’t fuck anyone in the band. There are tons of people to fuck who are not in this band. Dumbass.
5-If you feel like shit all the time, drink less beer at the gig. You will play better & feel better. What are you… a child? Some have the endurance for self abuse. Most don’t.
6-Remember the soundman’s name. He will do a better job.
7- Eat oranges. Cures constipation & prevents colds.
8-Masturbate. Duh… Where & when? Be creative. You’re an artist right?
9-If YOU can’t carry your suitcase 3 blocks, it’s too goddamn big.
10-Respect public space in the van. Don’t clutter, you Fuck.
11-If you borrow something, return it. Not Fucked Up.
12-Do not let the promoter dick you or talk you out of the guarantee. If there were not enuf people there, it’s their fault.
13- Driver picks the music.
14-One navigator only (usually sitting shotgun). Everyone else shut the fuck up.
15-Soundcheck is for checking sounds. Shut the fuck up while everyone else is checking.
16-Don’t wander off. Let someone know where you are.
17-Clean up after yourself. What are you… a goddamn toddler?
18-Touring makes everyone bi-polar. Ride the waves as best you can and remember, moods pass. So don’t make any snap decisions or declarations when you are drunk or insane.
19-Fast food is Poison.
20-The guestlist is for friends, family & people you might want to fuck. Everyone else can pay. They have day jobs.
21- Don’t evaluate your whole life while you’re sitting in a janitor closet waiting to go on. You think you’re above having shitty days at work? Shut up & do your goddamn job.
This list was written under the influence of lots of esspresso & anti-depressants while on tour w/ such greats as Shearwater, Swans, Smog, Lisa Germano, Angels of Light, Bill Callahan & many more. I hope this list will help you get along w/ your co-workers whatever your job is. Contributions to the list by Jordan Geiger, Kimberly Burke, Brian Orloff, Brian Phillips Celebrity Gang Bang, Kevin Schneider, Jonathan Meiburg, Michael Gira and some other folks.
Thanks for not being an asshole, Thor Harris
In the USSR and Eastern Europe in the 1950s underground night spots would play music pirated from the west. The only media they had were recorders etched into discarded X-ray film. I’ve long sought some images. Researcher Camille Cloutier pointed me to these, collected and posted by József Hajdú. Here’s what he says about them:
During the late 1930s and early 1940s the prevalent sound recording apparatus was the wax disk cutter. As a consequence of the lack of materials in the war-time economy, some inventive sound hunters made their own experiments with new materials within their reach.
I do not know the name of the inventor who first utilized discarded medical X-ray film as the base material for new record discs; however, the method became so widespread in Hungary that not only amateurs, but the Hungarian Radio made sound recordings on such recycled X-ray films.
I felt that those X-ray record albums relate to our contemporary lives in many ways, especially when considering such terms as ‘multimedia’ or ‘recycling’. I copied the X-ray films with their engraved sound-grooves on photosensitive paper and made enlargements of certain details.
I was quite lucky to find a considerable amount of similar sound records in private collections. These are also interesting from the visual aspect. By utilizing different photographic processes, I created from them pictures meant to be exhibited in galleries.
Barista:So... you're pretty cool to talk to.
Barista:you're awesome. I was just thinking - you have that face.
Me:I look angry all the time. I know. I've had that my whole life.
Barista:Even when you were 5?
Me:Especially when I was 5, It's why I have so few friends.
Barista:but they get you, right? Like, a few people here were like "Oh my god, that girl who comes in always looks really angry." and I'm like "Nah, she's cool! Just talk to her!"
Me:Yeah, well. I can't change my face.
Barista:It's your poker face.
Me:It's my "Don't fuck with me or I'll fuck you up." face. I got no time for bullshit.
Barista:So.. I'll see you Monday? Please say I'll see you Monday!