Friday, May 28, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

be a palm tree

What I learned today. . .
      The palm tree is one of the strongest trees that exist. Why? The palm tree is flexible, during a hurricane, through a wind storm, they bend. They can bend all the way to the ground and not break. That's why they maintain and flourish so well in coastal regions. Not to say that they've never broke, but they weather damage very well. Versus a strong, sturdy oak tree. While an oak maybe be sturdy, it could not weather what a palm tree can.
      So at the risk of sounding cliche, be a palm tree. Weather your own hurricane, weather the winds, and while you strain to bend and wonder how you'll whip back into standing tall; just remember, palm trees don't break. You won't break. You'll come back from the face first view of the ground.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Just a few things

Just a few things: (I'll admit, I take inspiration from Raaachem, mujer of many talents, on this type of post)

1) er·u·dite [er-yoo-dahyt, er-oo-] –adjective
meaning: characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly:
—Synonyms: educated, knowledgeable; wise, sapient.
How I would use the word: I've seen my brother take on a real erudite attitude, who woulda thought.
2) for·ti·tude [fawr-ti-tood, -tyood] –noun
meaning: mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously:
----Synonyms: see patience
How I would use the word: My girl has got the fortitude of motherfuckin Joan of Arc, she's my go-to.

3) I was reading the latest issue of GQ (yo, men's mags are interesting too, lol) but they had a great feature of getaway spots to take their significant other, and there was one spot that caught my eye! (maybe because currently it's in my price range?) 29 Palms Inn, CA. It's out in the Mojave Desert, lowkey, has a crazy view of the stars, desert, and sun. Bungalows & cottages.

(poolside at 29)
Now, while I'm a city girl, let's not forget I live in the desert too and can appreciate the scenery that goes with it. This is the kind of place you retreat to have epiphanies, ideas, and maybe get drunk and trip out staring at the stars.

4. Stussy Acid Metal Denim Jacket
$110, StussyxCassettePlaya Capsule collection Spring 2010

When I was in Vegas last weekend, at the Stussy boutique, I spotted this. The acid wash, the zippers, the pop of color, Ahyiyi. I'll be back sweet sweet jacket.
Like I said, just a few things off the top of my head.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Give up toys, that looks suspiciously like a homie's script. . .shot by, yo.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Heading here for a few days, I need a breather. Maybe it seems funny that I'd head to Las Vegas for a breather, but I'm not going for the whole LV experience. I am up in the air on so much right now, and a bit of time away is exactly what I could use.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Female 5-0

Came across this photo on The Big Picture, and this photo was in particular in a series of photos on latest updates and activity from Afghanistan. The cutline spoke on how an Afghan female police officer was receiving paramilitary training, in hopes the extra training will cut down the death rate in the force and raise security (sounds like something the police in Mexico could use against the cartels).
        I was just struck by how powerful this photo was because once upon a time, not too long ago, it was never imagined that a woman could hold a gun and be in a position of power, thanks to the Taliban's reign. And now, women can hold positions as such. I have to wonder if she faces ridiculing or danger for being a female police officer . . .
(Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)


Venom snapback, $35, Acapulco Gold

Miscreants snapback, Summer dropdate unreleased, Us Versus Them

I think I'd very much like the both of these snapbacks in my possesion. I'm a fan of hats that have a solid word on 'em, and can't go wrong with venom or miscreant (props to us versus them on the word game! Lol)


So yesterday, on a day off, I had a full, fun day, with the oldest standing homegirl I have, BriH. These photos are not in the order of what we did with our day, but we did start with pushin' some wood. She wants to pick up a few tricks, I just want to cruise around. Motivation to get my own board. Then I did a little reading, color me some J.D. Salinger. Bri is a photog on the come-up, so I took her to a secret spot that another homegirl and I have been to, (not so secret if you know what the DEALis), snapped a few flicks. Cotdamn me I love some trains.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

To be, or not to be, heartless?

I could womp womp  into detail about getting back on track with the heartless tip. What I will say is sometimes, it's necessary to make it more about emotional intelligence versus being heartless. Same thing, but emotional intelligence just sounds better, it's on a bit of an higher level. But basically, it's just about me wanting to refresh my I Don't Care mindset.
          I care about those that reciprocate and are never ending supporters. :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Art or Painted Hoes?

I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with muralist Sofia Maldonado for a spread for the C.O.P that I'm very excited about. The hype behind Maldonado is her most recent work, a commissioned piece she did for the Times Square Alliance on 42nd St, has been the cause of much dialogue, both postive and negative.
      Maldonado, who's style is in the streamline of a Latina Miss Van/Fafi, was greatly criticized because of how she chose to portray these women in her mural. In her previous work before this mural, she painted women w/green and blue eyes. In the 42nd St mural, she painted Latin & Carribean women with their nails did, hoop earrings, halter tops, dresses while they are depicted dancing, posing, and one on a skateboard.
 Quoting Maldonado from her blog, she states: "This mural represented a specific group," she added, referring to women in pop culture who, she said, are rarely represented in the fine arts.
  In numerous press coverage, Maldonado states that she chose to paint the underrepresented woman. Due to what she chose to paint and the manner, the women in it were automatically labeled "cheap hoes" and shedding a  negative light on women of color.
        First, let's establish, because a woman chooses to wear a cleavage baring shirt, that means she wants to sell her services? Because she wears hoop earrings, it means there is a lack of intelligence, and if she prefers her nails did versus a French manicure, it means she's automatically ghetto?
         In one interview, I read a complaint that why couldn't she paint a woman of color in a suit w/a brief case, showcasing a postive light on colored women? I'll just say if you think that a businesswoman doesn't indulge in some hoops, or cleavage when she goes out for happy hour or on the weekends after working in the office, you're sadly mistaken.
       I spoke with a close person in my life who is an artist, and they said it themselves "If you look hard enough at something, you'll find whatever it is you WANT to find in it." I believe that the criticizers of Maldonado's mural automatically sought out an negative connotation, art is all about perception, people. It's not a why, its just there.
       I salute Maldonado. Plus she's a hardass worker, only 25 and has had major works of art in Art in America, the Washington Post, NY Magazine, coverage on CNN, the Huffington Post... can't knock her hustle.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Death Valley & 24 Hr Brothels

Everyone has their artists, photographers, creators who's work you follow. There's a few photographers whose style and content never gets old to me ( Keegan Gibbs, he's one) but Mike Piscitelli is another great one who I keep up with.

        Recently, I caught an interview he did for an Australian mag, The Blackmail and the content was unique. Piscitelli is in the habit of wandering with his camera, leaving with nothing and like the article said, coming back with something he didn't previously have.
       He chose to wander Death Valley with a friend, and along with the barren landscape, came across a pleathora of 24 hour brothels. Say wha?
“So we snapped some photos and kept driving down this road to nowhere and there was this compound of brothels. After the third one we got some balls and went and knocked on the door, it was about 10am, and this lady let us and showed us around and then lined up all these women. Then she asked us which one we wanted so I said we’re going to talk about this outside and then we took off.”

Check the article, it's a good read. The writer did a solid job.