I have a necklace and on it there’s an orange guitar pick. You can see it here:
Ignore my dumb face.
Anyway, I’ve always worn a necklace of some sort, since Jr. High, I feel naked without one now, so I wear this every day. I kinda don’t remember where I got the guitar pick, I think a friend gave it to me in high school? Or maybe I picked it up at a show? I don’t know. I put it on a necklace though cause I thought it looked cool, and I needed something on my necklace.
I don’t play guitar, I don’t even own one, but because of the pick people are always like “You play guitar?” Happens like at least once a week, usually more. I always just lie and say yes. I’m not a person that feels the need to lie to seem cool, but I will totally lie if it’s more convenient then the truth. I usually say “A little bit.” which isn’t that much of a lie, I did briefly own a small acoustic guitar that I bought at a Cinco De Mayo festival for $5, and I used to play that all the time until it was accidentally broken. That counts right? I also used to play my friends acoustic guitar and beatbox when when I hung at his place, and my friends thought it was pretty sweet, so… “A little bit.” isn’t REALLY lying.
I know they probably think “A little bit” means I actually own a guitar and can probably play actually play at least a few songs, and read music, and I’m just being modest, but hey I can’t help what people assume.
Week week week week. That’s a funny word when you look at it, it looks like a noise a cute little animal should make. “week! week! week!” I probably won’t really do this every week, because I don’t think I have enough wisdom to share on a weekly basis.
"week! week! week!" …it’s like a little piglet!
Anyway, I’ve been noticing a lot of aspiring artists saying really discouraging things about themselves, and having zero faith in themselves to be successful with their art. I know what it’s like to feel like you suck, I feel like that all the time, I’m sure many if not the sheer majority of artists can relate to feelings of suckyness. But chew on THIS self-doubting artist person…
IT’S TOTALLY OKAY TO SUCK!
It doesn’t matter if you suck. At all. Sucking is totally fine (you know what I mean pervert). There’s never ever been anyone who’s good at something who didn’t first completely suck at it. It’s just impossible. Okay, let me retract that, because for all I know there are some magical beings out there who are just world-class amazing the first time they try to do anything ever, or maybe they made a deal with the devil, or maybe they plugged into the matrix and learned kung-fu in a matter of seconds, who knows, anything’s possible. In general, for normal human people, you just have to suck first, and usually for a really long time, there’s no way around it. You gradually suck less the more you do, and a lot of time has to pass before you can see the difference in your work sucking a lot and not sucking so much, so be patient.
Do not underestimate the power of negative self-talk either. If you tell yourself you can’t do something you’ll usually prove yourself right. Trust me on this one, DO NOT SAY DISCOURAGING THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF, EVER, no matter how much you’re feeling it or how much you want to vent, never ever do it. Not to your friends, not to your family, not on your blog, not in your diary, don’t write it, don’t type it, don’t say it out loud, don’t even say it in your mind, when you feel those thoughts creeping into your brain stop and correct yourself. Right now, today, you need to go cold turkey on saying you can’t do it. I can’t stress how much your attitude affects your progress. If you associate your art with despair, stress, insecurity, negativity, etc, you’re just making it that much easier to give up.
Embrace sucking. A baby sucks at walking, but that’s okay, they’re allowed to. Imagine if all the babies in the world decided hey, this walking thing is just too hard, I’ll never be able to do it because I keep adorably falling on my ass. IMAGINE IT! Where would the world be then? We’d all be adults who crawled around on all fours at all times, and instead of shoes everybody would wear kneepads and thick gloves, vehicles and buildings would probably be designed a lot differently, all tables would be only a foot off the ground, and buildings would only have elevators, either that or they wouldn’t be buildings with more then one story at all, how would people even make buildings if we never learned to stand up? I think instead of houses we’d burrow into the ground or something… what was I talking about again? Oh right… while the idea of a world where people never learned to walk is pretty hilarious (can’t you just imagine a 40yr old business crawling down the street with a briefcase in his mouth?!), the point is you’re allowed to suck, it’s alright, just keep doing what you have to do. Sucking is crawling. You have to crawl before you can walk. Anybody who’s awesome at anything I promise you it’s because they did it tirelessly, and not because they’re “gifted” or “talented”.
So go forth and make sucky art, or whatever else it is you want to not suck at, until it eventually stops sucking!
If you are still not convinced, drop me a line and we’ll talk and I’ll get you sorted out.
I have a hard time telling a girl she’s beautiful. That specific word. Pretty, gorgeous, cute, attractive, hot, sexy, etc, all that is no problem, but for some reason the word “beautiful” just seems like a big deal to me, and it makes me feel vulnerable to say it for some reason, at the very least it requires a deep breath for that word to come out of my mouth when face to face with a girl that is indeed beautiful. Honestly it makes me anxious just thinking about it. I guess I feel like it would backfire if I didn’t say it in the exact right way at the right exact time or something, so I usually opt for “You are really really… really pretty.” instead, which I suppose has been working just fine for me thus far.
First off, I wanna say I love hip-hop. I love many types of music, I’ll never say no to listening to any type of music. I wouldn’t really say I have a favorite type of music, but hip-hop is what I grew up on and kinda what I started out on, so it definitely has a special place in my heart.
How can anyone want someone else than Christian Bale as Batman?
He is a much better actor and the whole Batman Begins movie would be a joke with Jon in the leading role, not exactly a physical talent...
I suppose these fictional characters are a lot different in everyone’s head. I’m definitely not knocking Christian Bale, I think he’s great in the role, and great in anything he does really. I don’t know what you mean about Jon Hamm not being a physical talent, I don’t see any reason to believe he wouldn’t be able to perform choreographed action any worse than Bale or any other random actor for that matter. It’s not like Nolan’s movies put that much emphasis on the fighting anyway.
The Batman I’ll always identify with the most is Batman: TAS. To me Jon Hamm seems more like Bruce Timm’s Bruce Wayne more than anyone I can think of. This drawing of Bruce Wayne almost looks like it could double as a drawing of Don Draper:
It’s not like it’s something I expect to ever happen. I’m just saying, he’d make a great Batman/Bruce Wayne in my mind, even better than Bale, to me. I think Bale is a better actor too, but I don’t think that’s what casting is necessarily about. Hamm is a pretty great actor, he looks the part, and he’s already playing sort of an approximation of Bruce Wayne on tv. I don’t know, I think he’d be perfect.
Saw that reblogged by a bunch of grossed out people. I have to confess… it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, haha. The blogger says “But hey, at least it tastes good right?” I know that’s meant to be sarcastic, but that’s how I actually feel about food in general. If it tastes good, I will most likely eat it. The only food habit I’ve curbed is sweets, and that’s only because it caused me immediate crippling pain (NOTHING IS WORSE THAN TOOTHACHES!!!).
I guess I have the same attitude about fast/junk food that smokers have about cigarettes. I’m gonna die anyway, haha. Also, I never gain weight, so…
edit: I forgot to say that I’m just not into the idea of eating healthy at all. Any time I hear about what I shouldn’t be eating it’s like shit, so basically… nothing I like? Someone tried to tell me to not eat food with salt in it. Someone told me to not to eat bacon wrapped hotdogs because all of the nitrates. Don’t eat transfats. Low carbs. Yadda yadda. Seriously if I can’t eat cheeseburgers, pizza, chili cheese dogs, cakes and pies, then fuck I don’t want to live.
- Animal Hoarding marathon on Animal Planet yesterday… why couldn’t I stop watching you. You made me cry almost cry.
- Who is this “Anonymous” person going around asking everyone questions? They seem like a creepy weird pervert asshole.
- Sym-bionic Titan NOT renewed for another season?? WHY CARTOON NETWORK, WHY?!
- What the hell is this Problem Solverz crap that’s debuting next month? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dHyB1kRDNc Why would anyone put this on tv? It’s like hey put a bunch of colors and noises on tv, kids love that.
- Anytime somebody says something highly subjective and follows it with “Deal with it.” I kinda want to bicycle kick them through a brick wall. Deal with it? What does that even mean? Deal with what, the fact that you have opinion? You thinking Daft Punk is overrated, or Jet Li is better than Jackie Chan, or whatever random opinion you feel like sharing, doesn’t really affect me. Deal with it.
I haven’t left the house in… uh, losing track of time… almost two weeks I think. The last time I was out was just to run an errand though. The last time I actually left the house to do something I actually wanted to do, for fun, was March 8th, when I went to see Lykke Li at Amoeba.
Total hermit status right now. I’m starting to not feel like a real person.
I’ve seen all the Twilight movies. Why? I guess I’m just a really curious person, I just had to see what all the fuss was about, so I downloaded them all and watched them. Although I do not think they are good movies in any sense of the word, I kind of enjoyed them, they’re stupid enough to keep me laughing throughout, and just engaging enough to keep me from just turning it off. Then again, it’s hard to get me to turn off a movie, because I really love bad movies.
I really can’t blame girls for liking them, I mean… they’re poorly acted, poorly written, ridiculous, illogical, and completely lacking in substance, but the same could be said about a lot of the action movies I love, haha. I guess cheesy romance and vampires are the kung-fu and explosions for girls (who don’t like kung-fu and explosions).
And added a link to it on my page, so if you were curious but didn’t feel like browsing through all the other junk I post you can now just look at the art if you wish. Also tagged the daily confessions and daily music posts, if you’re into that.
I also want to take this opportunity to say thanks to all the people liking and reblogging my works, I really didn’t expect some things to get like hundreds of notes, that’s bonkers-town. I’ve kinda been in a sort of self-doubting funk so I really appreciate the love.
Whoever knows what “bonkers-town” is a reference to, if you’re the first person to say so in my askbox I’ll draw you a picture, haha.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisismaheen what do you think? i need a stranger's opinon D:
i haven't made pieces like that in ages, though. i'm trying to focus more on drawing and less on whatever the hell you want to call that, haha.
I think it’s interesting, I never even thought of painting on cd’s. You should experimenting with that, I like the redrum one.