brb, adopting a responsive W into my personal brand
I have never done an event like Brooklyn Zine Fest before or really represented myself and my work in a public space at all, so I kept alternating between nervous and excited. The day started slowly… for like a half hour. After that it was literally non-stop, I took a five minute break halfway but that was it, I talked to a few hundred people and it was really really fun. I just joked all day, I sort of don’t remember too much of what I actually said to anyone but I think it was OK probably. Tommy was really great too, he is a seasoned professional at this whole “being offline” thing. He sold about a million Birdsongs so you know, he’s the real deal.
I have to say a really huge thank you to people “from tumblr” who came for the event. There were a few people (you know who you are) who were just like the sweetest fucking people I have ever met and you were so excited about everything and that was the most flattering experience and you are the best, thank you! Also finally got to meet a few people who I only talk to on the computer so that was really cool too. Cool cool cool nice nice nice awesome cool nice.
I sold out of my new HOME-BREW #3 packages, as well as “SORRY & THANKS,” a zine made by members of SOMEDAY MY PRINTS WILL COME. But I’ll have more HOME-BREW online soon, and club members, you will get copies of SORRY & THANKS in a future mailing!
I visited OAK to try on some cool stuff and talk about BZF on Sunday. Check it out for a little interview and more photos :)
today marks 1 full year of living in new york city, a year that has changed me in ways i did not and could not have anticipated, good, bad, and “i don’t know yet or ever.” this year has gone by so quickly that it’s almost hard to comprehend at all.
this morning i picked up all my developed film, ten rolls from the last year. at the same time that the year has disappeared, i’m suddenly hit with an overwhelming wealth of documentation — road trip signage, best friends & breakfast, people i have loved, and things i forgot completely.
life has been really good to me and i have a lot of positive things in my life. but i also have a lot of work to do. i’m realizing things about myself that a lot of people who love me have already known. i’m realizing things that i have been leaking out the sides onto the internet and through the bits and pieces that i make, art or whatever.
so now i have all these emotions and memories and photos. are they art? does that matter? do i put them on facebook and tag my friends? do i edit and juxtapose and put them to paper? is this past year a zine? is this past year a postcard series? will the life i’m living and the lessons i learned still matter if i don’t make something out of it? are the feelings still valid if i don’t share them? can i even share everything? will i be too vulnerable? is it fair to air out the old feelings when everyone is so diligently moving on in their own directions? is it fair to relive past lives when i can only move forward?
i’ve spent the last few months just trying to figure out what everything means for me. i’ve regretted “being an ‘artist,’” i have wished that i didn’t always have to “make things out of things,” i have wished that i could just work and eat and sleep and repeat. but that’s just not how i function.
the truth is what i guess i have always known. life is what you make of it. sometimes literally, and i explore that a lot. but it can’t always be tangible. not every feeling can be a postcard that i can mail away. some emotions are exactly what they are, and they have to be mine to keep. so i am going to go through all my photos and i will share some when i figure it all out.
I sleep all day FOR FREE
There was this one-time I met Adam JK IRL and this happened.
Topher McCulloch has been doing pixel art variants on his older sticky notes project via Make Something Awful Every Day. He did this portrait last month but I never shared it, go take a look at the rest of his series!
can i even pull off a turtleneck? it was only $12 so i tried it at a christmas party on saturday and i thought it would be harmless because i didn’t know anybody there but this photo was taken so i have been forced to consider my actions.
sarah jean and i tried to make one of her infamous booze art videos, but photobooth kept crashing so we had to keep drinking beers