Ramblings of a socially awkward artist

raggedybearcat:

My present for tides-of-light's birthday got to the UK in record time, so now I get to show it off C:  I used a whole bunch of veterinary resources to make it…that's an empty cefazolin bottle from my palliative care patient last year, and the magikarp is suspended in ultrasound gel. 


ollivander:

vladputinofficial:

ollivander:

if you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to

why don’t you go where fashion sits

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excuse me? 

oh fuck oh shIT GOD DAMN Fuck SHIT


fandoms-for-fandoms:

archangel-abdiel:

Why does he have a black brick in his hand and why is he putting it in the TV?

thanks for making me feel old with that comment


wheresagnes:

aztec-princesss:

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

*runs to target- i need to get my babydoll one for her 1st bday

ohmygosh and the one from Ethiopia has natural hair which you can’t get from the American Girl “just like you” dolls!


bklynboihood:

GET. INTO. THIS SPREAD. 

holy shit, autostraddle. kilt it. brought us back to (love) life.

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acmidreamworks:

So… we’ve got the scale model that DreamWorks Animation built so they could visualise Berk from howtotrainyourdragon2 in our exhibition. Have you seen it yet? Also, check out our video of Production Designer on the HTTYD films, Pierre Olivier Vincent, discussing how he designer Berk!

acmidreamworks:

So… we’ve got the scale model that DreamWorks Animation built so they could visualise Berk from howtotrainyourdragon2 in our exhibition.

Have you seen it yet?

Also, check out our video of Production Designer on the HTTYD films, Pierre Olivier Vincent, discussing how he designer Berk!


homestuckorbust:

helianthi:

What did the pirate say when he turned 80

Aye matey

GO TO HELL THAT WAS CLEVER


talesofthestarshipregeneration:

lovelornpaper:

Hermione Granger, age 11 headcanonPortrayed by Quvenzhané Wallis
“‘Has anyone seen a toad? Neville’s lost one,’ she said. She had a bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth.” Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, page 105

YESSSSSSSSS

talesofthestarshipregeneration:

lovelornpaper:

Hermione Granger, age 11 headcanon
Portrayed by Quvenzhané Wallis

“‘Has anyone seen a toad? Neville’s lost one,’ she said. She had a bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth.” 
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, page 105

YESSSSSSSSS



unmarvel:

How Marvel Characters Eat Their Food [x]

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missmonstermel:

andrewmar:

ooftheblog:

Latest 6-pager.

BRO

This is amazing.


sugarbooty:

houseofalexzander:

From my broad shoulders, all the way down to the tip of my size 11 feet. Every detail about my body implies something. From my square chin to my lengthy legs. Every inch of my body implies something. From my flat chest to the occasional stubble upon the edge of my cheek. Every part of my body implies something.
Or at least… it was supposed to.
But time and time again, I have proven otherwise.
One can not choose the body in which they are born. But one can choose to take care of and style their body in a way that expresses who they are. The unfortunate part is that the mass majority is to busy chasing after beauty standards. Beauty standards that are constructed upon a gendered norm, of course.
Some tell me that I need to stop whining about it. They say that I’m just the odd ball and that the industry can’t recognize all the weird ones. They say I’m just the 1 out of 1,000,000. They say that clothes need to be gendered so that the people of society can understand the difference between the two genders. And to those of you who agree, I say that you’re missing the point.
Having two binary genders, complete with a separate social standard for each of the two binary genders, has lead our society to believe that there is a difference between the two, and there is not.
The broadness of your shoulder or the size of your feet does not determine your gender. Your gender identity does not determine your place or role in society. The shape of your chin or the length of your legs does not determine your gender. Your gender identity does not determine your place or role in society. The size of the breast on your chest or the amount of hair on your face does not determine your gender. Your gender identity does not determine your place or role in society. Am I being clear?
Be who you are. Be yourself. Be you.
I don’t know how else to put it. Xoxo
-Elliott Alexzander

So after I recently shared a post with problematic wording about androgynous clothing (the clothing company was great but was only curated for a certain demographic in mind, ignoring a lot of people in the andro world who dress with a more feminine style), my wife and I have been trying to dismantle our own patriarchal notions of what androgyny looks like; I would imagine that the majority of ignorant people like myself have automatically been interpreting andro style as being singularly masculine.  After being called out on the matter by a fellow tumblrer, I was thankful for the schooling, but upset by my own unawareness, and also upset at the fact that feminine-leaning androgyny doesn’t seem to get the same appreciation or respect that masculine-leaning androgyny does- I hardly ever see feminine-inspired androgyny in mainstream media, but I see masculine-inspired androgynous images every single day being praised and admired. That is not a pass for me to have remained ignorant for so long, but it does bring up the issue of invisibility and how that breeds a community of people who are further in the dark about issues they don’t have much experience with. Anyways, Claire shared with me some really great blogs that provided a way better representation of the variety of genders, non-genders and androgynous individuals  who express themselves and their styles boldly and unapologetically, and this is one of them. I thought I would share in case you, too, have been in the dark regarding the spectrum of what androgynous style and fashion can look like.

sugarbooty:

houseofalexzander:

From my broad shoulders, all the way down to the tip of my size 11 feet.
Every detail about my body implies something.
From my square chin to my lengthy legs.
Every inch of my body implies something.
From my flat chest to the occasional stubble upon the edge of my cheek.
Every part of my body implies something.

Or at least… it was supposed to.

But time and time again, I have proven otherwise.

One can not choose the body in which they are born.
But one can choose to take care of and style their body in a way that expresses who they are. The unfortunate part is that the mass majority is to busy chasing after beauty standards.
Beauty standards that are constructed upon a gendered norm, of course.

Some tell me that I need to stop whining about it. They say that I’m just the odd ball and that the industry can’t recognize all the weird ones. They say I’m just the 1 out of 1,000,000. They say that clothes need to be gendered so that the people of society can understand the difference between the two genders. And to those of you who agree, I say that you’re missing the point.

Having two binary genders, complete with a separate social standard for each of the two binary genders, has lead our society to believe that there is a difference between the two, and there is not.

The broadness of your shoulder or the size of your feet does not determine your gender.
Your gender identity does not determine your place or role in society.
The shape of your chin or the length of your legs does not determine your gender.
Your gender identity does not determine your place or role in society.
The size of the breast on your chest or the amount of hair on your face does not determine your gender.
Your gender identity does not determine your place or role in society.
Am I being clear?

Be who you are.
Be yourself.
Be you.

I don’t know how else to put it.
Xoxo

-Elliott Alexzander

So after I recently shared a post with problematic wording about androgynous clothing (the clothing company was great but was only curated for a certain demographic in mind, ignoring a lot of people in the andro world who dress with a more feminine style), my wife and I have been trying to dismantle our own patriarchal notions of what androgyny looks like; I would imagine that the majority of ignorant people like myself have automatically been interpreting andro style as being singularly masculine.  After being called out on the matter by a fellow tumblrer, I was thankful for the schooling, but upset by my own unawareness, and also upset at the fact that feminine-leaning androgyny doesn’t seem to get the same appreciation or respect that masculine-leaning androgyny does- I hardly ever see feminine-inspired androgyny in mainstream media, but I see masculine-inspired androgynous images every single day being praised and admired. That is not a pass for me to have remained ignorant for so long, but it does bring up the issue of invisibility and how that breeds a community of people who are further in the dark about issues they don’t have much experience with. Anyways, Claire shared with me some really great blogs that provided a way better representation of the variety of genders, non-genders and androgynous individuals  who express themselves and their styles boldly and unapologetically, and this is one of them. I thought I would share in case you, too, have been in the dark regarding the spectrum of what androgynous style and fashion can look like.


wendycorduroy:

this is the funniest goddamn joke in gravity falls to me.  what is the point.  literally what.  there is no set up.  there is no punchline.  he just says “i found it while i was here… practicing” and the footage cuts to mabel filming him on the middle of a fucking island playing a tuba that has never previously been mentioned before he shouts “LOOK, A GIANT TOOTH” i am fucking crying about this goddamn cartoon thiS IS NOT EVEN FUNNY THIS IS A GENIUS SHOW WITH GENIUS WRITING AND BETTER JOKES THAN ANYTHING ON TV RIGHT NOW AND I AM LAUGHING AT THIS 12 YEAR OLD PLAYING A RANDOM FUCKING TUBA WITH THIS RIDICULOUS FUCKING LOOK ON HIS FACE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE IM GOING TO SHIT THE

wendycorduroy:

this is the funniest goddamn joke in gravity falls to me.  what is the point.  literally what.  there is no set up.  there is no punchline.  he just says “i found it while i was here… practicing” and the footage cuts to mabel filming him on the middle of a fucking island playing a tuba that has never previously been mentioned before he shouts “LOOK, A GIANT TOOTH” i am fucking crying about this goddamn cartoon thiS IS NOT EVEN FUNNY THIS IS A GENIUS SHOW WITH GENIUS WRITING AND BETTER JOKES THAN ANYTHING ON TV RIGHT NOW AND I AM LAUGHING AT THIS 12 YEAR OLD PLAYING A RANDOM FUCKING TUBA WITH THIS RIDICULOUS FUCKING LOOK ON HIS FACE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE IM GOING TO SHIT THE


itscolossal:

Installed earlier this month in the Bahamas, “Ocean Atlas" by Jason deCaires Taylor depicts a young Bahamian girl carrying the weight of the seas. It is the largest sculpture ever deployed underwater and is built from special concrete that promotes the growth of coral and marine life in an attempt to draw diving tourists away from more sensitive areas nearby.


heffalumpsbeware:

derpycats:

Catbomb

OH

MY

GOSH