Half of my friends are graduating this weekend, I leave for Cambodia in two weeks, and then I’m back to Charlottesville for the rest of summer and my last year of college.
NoVa isn’t the HQ that it once was, the days of party mansions and bonfires are over, and the friend group diaspora has kicked into full swing.
Damn, we really out here.
for my alternative media final, i’m writing a paper comparing the merits of blogs vs. zines. my basic argument is that both are valuable mediums for expression outside of the mainstream media, but that while blogging is cheaper, easier, and can facilitate instantaneous communication between people that could be thousands of miles apart, zines are still relevant because they promote local ties and represent a rejection of commercialism regardless of the content.
i made a zine for the very first time last week, and it was a very self-aware act of committing my ideas to paper, self-publishing, and distributing it in the community in spaces that are supportive of alternative media. the entire process was enjoyable, but time and labor intensive.
on the other hand, i’ve had a tumblr for years. i never really think of my blog as an alternative media outlet, and i’m pretty certain that the vast majority of people who encounter my blog will never contact me, engage in debate with me on the issues i post, etc. it’s like blogging has all this democratic potential, but that it’s mostly used for expressing vapid consumerist desires (and i’m totally guilty of it).
pinterest is some bullshit, it doesn’t encourage creativity at all and most “empowering” messages are watered down feminism for consumerists, like the website version of that damn dove soap ad.
my tumblr is a mix of things that amuse me and things that i actually give a shit about. what would change if i split those into two?
throw down mad hard in yellow haus with all my homies from home/uva
go beer/cider tasting at breweries
have a cool show to go to one of those nights
h street bars in dc
is better than last year in some ways, not in others.
And it’s been fucking great. A little too hyphy sometimes, but oh my god, I love my friends so much. All of them. And my parents, even though they’re parents and I’m their no-longer-a-kid. I’m lucky. :)
‘Every Day I See Something New’
30 x 40’ mural
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Love for my city. A nod to its musical heroes, flavor centers & hidden treasures. Freshly wrapped in Washington, DC | November 2011
Located here. Come by, take some ill photos & send them to me :)
One of the lead artists for MuralsDC — this is her mural from last year. So excited to be working on this!
“But I gotta warn you. There is going to be drinking. I mean heavy Irish pushing the limits of human intoxication drinking.”
Ah, meeting the other groomsmen.
Texts between my brothers. I love my family.