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Perspective. 

"Looting? I thought these were supposed to be nonviolent protests"

I know it’s incredible! People are literally coming out of the woodwork to comment on this photoset to focus on the looting headline with “well yes it is nice they were helping people hit with the tear gas, but stealing is still wrong uwu” as if they’re back to kindergarten morality.

Like everyone who’s gone to boot camp I’ve been tear gassed. They put about 50+ of you in a gas chamber and toss it in. You have to stay there until your rank is allowed to exit. Before that though, you have to say your name, rank, and social security number. You then exit and file into ranks (again) outside and are not allowed at any point to rinse your face or eyes for the entire day.

That right there? Easily the worst part of boot camp. My eyes were literally swollen shut. I was blinded for a good 30 minutes and my chest hurt for days.

I have zero problem and not and ounce of judgement for people raiding a mcdonalds that can easily afford to repair damage for ANYTHING to help ease the shittiness that is being tear gassed. Esp because every one of us in boot were medically sound to deal with tear gas. Children, asthmatics, people prone to panic and anxiety attacks, the elderly as sooo many more are NOT going to handle tear gas well at ALL.

Or that smoke the police use either.

It’s easy to sit there and judge someone from the safety of your home and say things like “it’s just tear gas” or “it can’t be that bad”.

Fuck you. As someone who HAS been gassed, you need to stfu.

I remember all the preparation they did to get us ready for the gas chamber in boot camp. We were taught how to handle ourselves, how to control our breathing, not to touch anything, how to avoid the worst of the gas. But it still didn’t matter. I remember taking in that first breath and feeling like I had just been kicked in the chest. I remember a few guys in my platoon falling down and vomiting. We knew the gas wasn’t as bad on the floor but we were the fifth platoon through and the vomit kept us from bending over more than absolutely necessary. I remember a few guys, guys in peak health training to be infantrymen, breaking ranks and running for the door only to be dragged back in kicking and screaming until they said name, rank and serial. They were expecting it, trained for it, bragging about how it wouldn’t bother them.
I remember standing there with all of the mucus from my nasal cavity on the front of my ACUs and thinking to myself “This is the nonviolent option?”
Covered head to toe and my skin still itching I looked down at the silver wedding band hanging next to my dog tags and realized that the gas had eaten little pits into its surface.
I stood there and thought of all the news reports I had seen over the years. The uprisings and revolutionaries being gassed, the crowds running from men in masks.
That’s the moment I got it, staring at my ruined wedding band, that’s the moment I realized terrorism isn’t about bombs or who is using them. It’s about controlling people through fear. It’s about removing their ability to act reasonably, to make them seem like the monsters. Terrorism is about triggering people to fight or flight then blaming them for not being rational. It’s about power. Remove someone’s power to act with reason, and you remove their humanity.

When my husband was gassed while going through basic, he ended up having an allergic reaction to it and started bleeding. He didn’t even realize it til his drill sgt freaked the hell out because his top was absolutely covered in it, however he wanted to stay in because he refused to do it all again. What was their reaction? To drag him by his neck out the chamber past all the people waiting in line to go in, just to scare them even more than they already were.

This is one of his favorite stories to tell because he thought the last part was funny at the time. To me? It’s horrifying and terrible and shows just how fucked up we really are

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Running tarot readings tonight

wanderingthetarotpath:

Next week or two as well actually while I search for a second/better job.

I’m going to do this asking for donations. My job is currently royally screwing me and even though I’m working 3rd shift, I’m not getting paid more like I signed paperwork for, so bills are beyond tight right now, especially since my husband hasn’t started work yet, and my dad hasn’t either. Making 3.98 an hour and less than $200 in sales a night plus the stigma that my place actually makes minimum wage as servers makes for next to no money, even to get the gas to get to work

Please send any donations through PayPal to darkcrescentstudio@yahoo.com

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howtobeaconartist:

aatoast:

maiji:

OK to whomever submitted this … “I don’t want to sound mean” - but you do sound mean, and you are being mean.

I do get the sense that you are wanting to set some sort of realistic expectations for people who think they can make a lot of money at artist alleys. I also get and agree with the sense of frustration for people who complain about sales/how “good” an artist alley is when their work is not the most appropriate for the audience of a particular event.

But your phrasing comes off as elitist, and worst of all, discouraging to the people who have the most to benefit from the artist alley experience.

We all had to start from somewhere. Artist alley is great especially for amateurs. You get to interact in a (more often than not) welcoming, positive environment with other people who love doing the same things you love doing, in the physical world! You get to see in-person consumer reaction to your work! You get to meet and make friends with other artists who can support you as you all grow! You get to learn! This isn’t a professional art gallery for the established or something. I can’t think of many better opportunities than an artist alley for a young artist.

What’s more, people have a hard enough time building self-confidence in their own work. You hear this over and over and you can see it over and over in social media everywhere - artists are their own worst critic. The attitude given in the message above is one of the most disheartening things, another voice in the back of your head wondering if you will ever be good enough.

What is your definition of ready? How do you know when you’re ready? It isn’t a black and white answer. For god’s sake, you will never know if you are good enough. You will always have self-doubt. This happens to professionals who’ve been doing it for decades too.

I have events that I do well at and events I don’t. There are artists whose work sell better than mine, and artists who don’t, and it’s not always immediately obvious who they are based on the subject matter or quality of their work.

Sales happen or don’t happen for lots of reasons - the perception of your art skill is certainly a factor you want to consider. But it is also one of many factors.

So yes, be realistic with your expectations, but at the same time, don’t forget: You will NEVER know if you’re ready for something until you do it.

Also, this is a whole other rant, but people really need to stop selling/buying the myth that original work/OCs don’t sell. I know quite a few artists who sell mostly or exclusively work of original characters (including those with no story behind it). Heck, I probably count as one of them.

Sure, depending on the event, most people may be looking for fanart, and fanart definitely has higher visibility and accessibility to most of the audience. Yes, if you want immediate, short term return, fanart is an easier route to go.

What people for some bizarre reason don’t seem to understand is that when you create and sell original work, you’re building an audience for your own art independent of someone else’s established creation. Building an audience for original work takes longer, so you need to commit more time to it - but it is how you get beyond simply drawing fanart forever and being at the whim of whatever next new thing hits the street. (Also it’s probably a much more acceptable way to build a sustainable art career. :p)

I have a whole other long post in me about this, but I’ll save it for another day. I don’t rant often, so not sure if I will regret posting this later, but this is something that bothers me a great deal. Anyways, had to get this out.

A rant response I had posted a short while back. Some things to keep in mind when you approach and evaluate your own artist alley experience!

I think this topic brings up an interesting question:

When do you think you are ready for the artist alley?

My first convention experience, as an artist, was Heroescon 2010.  It was the Friday after my second semester at SCAD was over, so I had no time to prepare anything in advance.  I was attending with three friends, all of which had ordered banners, and there I was, smack in the middle of all three, with half a table, a ratty table cloth from my fabric stash, a mini comic and an ashcan.  The only reason I even had those last two things was thanks to my friend, Heidi Black, who helped me put them together in InDesign, take them to Office Depot, and assemble them AT THE LAST MINUTES (she’s a saint).  I definitely wasn’t ready, but I’m glad I took that plunge.

My second convention was Otakon, about a month later.  I’d learned a lot from Heroescon, and while Otakon was still sort of a bust for me, I saw marked improvement in sales and was able to apply what I had learned.

The moral is, you’ve got to have a first con, and you probably won’t be that prepared.  It probably won’t be a hit for you, but none of that is really important.  It doesn’t mean you’ll never be good enough, it just means you’re going to learn the ropes.  Every convention you attend, every con you table at, you can learn something about being an artist, about engaging an audience, about selling your merchandise.  You’ll make friends, earn fans, and continue to grow as an artist.

What was your first experience as an artist at a con?  Did you feel like you were prepared before you took the plunge?  Do you have any advice for artists tabling for the first time?

Reply via ask or reblogs!  

I’m actually just about to have my first artist alley table in October. Now, while this isn’t my first actual show, this is my first anime convention, and the first one that’s been more than a one day thing, so I know I’m super nervous. It *really* doesn’t help my nerves that all of my stuff is hand made (polymer clay dragons, wood burnings, glass engraving) and only have a hand full of prints~though I am working on making up more of them to be able to sell.

My other really big worry for this convention is that none of my art itself prints wise, is digital art with the rare exception being a few bookmarks I’ve made. It’s all either oil colors, watercolor, acrylic, or sumi-ink. So here I sit and worry and get terrified that because of this (due to getting a lot of people saying that I’m not good enough because I don’t do digital art) I’m really scared that this is going to be a major flop and a complete waste of my time and money. Especially since I still have to come up with gas money to get there and pay for a hotel.

(Source: artistalleyconfessions)

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