Monday, 25 May 2015

I am the canvas (are you?)

As a break from revision, I took a look at GARAGE magazine that my sister had stored in her bedroom. Garage was formed in the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in 2007, in an abandoned Constructivist garage in Moscow. I was immediately drawn by the cover which I will get to later, and the abundance of art in several forms. The magazine seemed to scream art, fashion, culture, photography projects, "read me!!!" So I did.

I'm guessing this project is called INKED. It involved various artists; Damien Hirst, Raymond Pettibon, Jake and Dinos Chapman and many more. Willing canvases were key to the project: an art historian, a model, a super fan, a car salesman - who were all drawn to the project for personal reasons. The tattoo artists masterfully adapted the artist's designs to fit each body, adjusting colours for maximum effect, going where the tattoo needles fear to tread. "Is the art perishable, or permanent?"

Shauna Taylor, 23 got a tattoo placed on her vagina, designed by Damien Hirst.  Not much is said about why, but Taylor described herself as the "canvas" and I think she is simply saying she is the masterpiece. There is no actual meaning, she is providing the structure for this piece of art. I have no idea but it sure as hell is awesome, and I love her comment about how now no one else in this world will ever give birth through a Damien Hirst artwork.

Another interesting article I read was a story about how the photographer David Mushegain began a "hunt for a legendary artist from the psychedelic scene" - just from looking around in a vintage shop in LA and finding a purple tie-dye T-shirt. It was made by a Japanese artist called Mikio. Mikio grew up in Yonkers and in his youth was part of the Wild Style Crew - a graffiti crew of the 1970s. In his teens he started silk-screening and sold T-shirts with his best friend in New Jersey 1977. From then, his reputation as an artist grew. In the mid-1980s he was involved in a gallery exhibition at the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in SoHo.

Here are the rest of the photos I snapped from this beautiful magazine. Enjoy these!

pick it up if you ever get the chance.

~peace out guys and see you soon!~

Saturday, 9 May 2015

There is a Light that Never Goes Out

SO! I graduated! Last night was absolutely fantastic - it was the end of an era. I didn't get to know all 120 people our year but I know that we're all linked somehow. It's weird being with a large group of people for 5 years, going on the same trips, being in the same classes. Seeing everyone including myself reach that last, first stage in our lives made me really not want to grow up. We're not going to be sitting in our uniforms, answering to a dumb register in the mornings ever again. I don't want that to end. I want to wake up at 6am and leave the house at 5-to-8 and take the bus to school, being drenched with sweat from walking up the same old hill and flopping into my usual chair complaining about how sweaty I am, answering to the register and pulling out a science revision guide that was sometimes upside down and saying "yes miss, we're revising" I don't want to leave school. I don't want even more responsibilities. But that's life I guess.
I really can't say anymore other than the fact that I feel several different emotions at once! Some of my closest friends are leaving - it's all a lot to take in. Oh, and exams start in exactly 3 days. What am I doing here on a Saturday morning on blogger when I should be starting revision? Who knows.
I'd like to say that I wish it would all slow down. But even then I know that I'm just kidding myself. As hard as it is, I need to be honest with myself, not make excuses you know? If I just put in the effort, push myself, then I can really relax this summer. You know what? I will! I'm going to succeed!!!

*sighs* OK, enjoy these photographs. Enjoy your day. If you have exams coming up: Inhale and exhale. You are not your grades. All you can EVER, EVER do is try your best. Do that and you'll ace in life. The exam period is too short to waste time comparing yourself to others, especially grades. Do your best, don't make silly excuses. Know your limits and know when you need to give yourself the extra push. Be hard on yourself, be kind. You. Can. Do. This. You. Will. Do. This.

CLASS OF 2015:


Monday, 4 May 2015

OYINDA part 2

1) Describe yourself in 5-10 words. Adjectives, anything.
annoying, weird, (zoe you describe me!)

>>Me: OK OK, I would say: Smart, deep, loyal, interesting, funny<<

2) If you have a journal/diary/sketchbook or a random piece of writing, tell me about it (what you were thinking, the meaning behind it etc)
I wrote this piece I titled "Untitled"  after I read the  'As Is The Sea Marvelous' by E. E. Cummings. When I wrote it I spent about two hours reading through whatever poems I could find by him, and I was just inspired. I don't really know what was going through my mind, except for I need to find a way to make my sentences make sense. The entire piece is about love, but not a love I would back. Reading it back makes me uncomfortable because it's about finding yourself in someone else, sort of having their soul spilling inside you. It doesn't even go with the theme of the poem, I just took one line, interpreted it and furthered it in my own way. I really just like the word play, which is something I love about poetry. The focus on individual words and phrases, the rhyming schemes, rather than it as a whole.

3) What are you passionate about. Forget school, uni, jobs, expectations. If you could do anything, be anything, what would it be and why?

If  I could so anything I'd work on Broadway, as in dancing, singing, vibrant make-up and flashy clothes, although mainly the dance routines. There's something freeing about twirling and jumping across a massive stage while lights highlight your every move. Its not really about the applause or the audience, I just want to lose myself in the music or hear my voice ring triumphant against a backing track. I just feel like there's so much more to that world than what the current path I'm on. If I could restart my childhood I'd demand that my parents put in a dance class. It's really all about having real ownership of my body, taking control of my arms and how they glide against the air, which is something I feel I don't have. There's also a beauty in it all that I find electric. 

4) What's your favourite piece or clothing or outfit and why?

My favourite piece of clothing is probably the pair of trousers I bought for work experience a year ago. I'd been searching for something like them for ages, I came across them in Beyond Retro, tried them on and squealed when my sister told me they looked great on me. That pair of trousers was the first step into creating my own personal style, so they'll forever have a special place in my heart. 

5) Are you on a journey of self-discovery or self-acceptance? Explain why or why not.

Overall, I'd say it's a journey of self-acceptance. Bits and pieces along the way feel like I'm discovering myself but really I'm accepting parts of myself  I suppressed because I was trying to fit in. There's nothing to discover if you haven't come to terms with who you are at the starting line. Self-acceptance is just something I need to achieve and I am, very slowly.


Meet Oyinda, 16, cool, fashionable, funny, smart...the list could go on...
Oyinda is one of my closest friends and because she is so awesome I decided to feature her on my blog where I have asked pretty random questions about her life. I love reading about different people; it kinda makes me reflect on life??? anyway - I hope you do too! The first section asks questions more to do with the world and social things, and the second about herself. 

1) What is your opinion on the demoralization of women of colour by media in the 21st century?

If we're defining demoralization as causing someone to lose confidence or hope then I think that far back before the 21st century women of colour have been demoralized. Women of colour is almost a double negative, because we're women and we're not, to put it bluntly, white. I figured that as time progressed and future generations became their own thinkers you'd expect someone other than the oppressed to stand up and say 'hey, isn't this wrong.' And people are but not enough people, and when they do it's mainly in the context of white women. In my opinion, demoralization in the 21st century is subtle and more or less accepted. It's ingrained in our minds because when you flick through magazines, or you turn on the TV or watch a film, that isn't primarily about slavery and civil rights, all you see is women of one colour, and that becomes the ideal of beauty. Which is depressing if inadvertently you're taking in all those things. I did and now I've had to unlearn them. The media treats women of colour like trash, they undermine us and when we speak out they stick 'bossy black woman' on our foreheads. As mad as I am, the 21st century is where more of us are standing up and saying no to the crappy bullshit we've had to put up with.

2) What have you done (like protesting or campaigning, petitioning) for world issues and if not what would you like to do?

With regards to the issue above, I haven't done anything monumental, what I've done is small and it really only has to do with me. If you want to change the world then you have to start small and watch it progress so I no longer look in the mirror and compare my appearance to European standards of beauty. I try not to compare myself to anyone. What I would like to do is have the opportunity to write something that embodies my beliefs and experiences.

3) Who is your feminist inspiration?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I remember about two years ago I had an afternoon of enlightenment where I went through all her TED talks and scanned through bits of her work that I could find. When I listened to her talk, she made feel at ease with myself and she had ideas that I never thought I could voice and on the plus side she was also Nigerian. I've always felt distant from my culture but through her books I felt reconnected with my birthplace.  She's my feminist inspiration because there are things that I don't agree, regarding the difference in expectations for gender, that she voiced. Things I always felt were unfair but was too afraid to say anything. She was a beacon of hope when it came to becoming myself, and appreciating my gender and the colour of my skin, because mainstream feminism tends stick to gender only but that's not the only that limits me, and she talks about that.

4) Your opinion on stereotypes?

Prejudice is built on stereotypes, and stereotypes almost always negatively affect ethnic minorities. Negative stereotypes just lead to be fearing things that shouldn't be feared, like people's personalities and what they choose to wear. Assuming someone is a certain way without knowing them, based on gender, ethnicity etc. is wrong and offensive. It's one of the reasons why sexism and racism is still ongoing. Stereotypes are damaging, and in general people shouldn't stick labels on others if they don't actually know them. For instance the common stereotype of young black males as thugs. There are police who most likely believe that and that's dangerous because it can lead to bias. 

5) What are you most concerned about with regards to the modern teenage lifestyle (if you have any)?

It's more worry than concern, and I'm part of that equation as well. I don't know what it is but I just have this fear for the future. This generation, and the modern teenage lifestyle involves speaking out on what we believe is wrong, calling people out on the crap and in general just using our voices and our creative freedoms, but there are so many loud people out there with conflicting views and I just worry that there's going to be a loud bang. 

~ Comment below your opinions! ~