Softening to the West Coast

This little writing above was part of a much bigger piece: One to be shared later down the line. 

One expressing my softening in a transition: from east to west. from working artist to artist. from... something that felt forced to something that feels real. from what was, to what is. 

From something to something... that feels so big that I can't put words to how transformational this move is for myself. To stepping into trusting that fire in my belly to say yes - and actually saying it. 

Here's to the boldest move I've taken yet. To not having my artistry be the thing that has the roof over my head, rather my artistry being what supports me in self expressing. And to be the type of human that inspires and coaches people to do whatever they feel is their purpose in life. 

Here's to making a difference in this World.

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Jake La Botz for Inked

"Jake La Botz is a creator of dark poetry and haunting song, the kind of music that gets in your bones and rides you for days, a sound and vision only those who've been to the bottom and clawed their way back up can generate. His midnight gifts evoke Hank Williams and Skip James as much as Tom Waits and Dylan. Not everybody will get this music - because not everybody is ready for the truth."  

 - Jerry Stahl (author of Permanent Midnight)


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Stay Gold, Pony Boy

I can't believe I haven't written about this, actually. 

If you know me, you know how much I adore Butch Walker. Seems I've listened to him since I knew what Rock and Roll was, and had my own set of speakers to listen to him through. 

Every time there was an opportunity to feature a musician, since I've been working at Inked Magazine, I would (try not to shout) "BUTCH WALKER". When our Pin Up themed issue came up this year... My editor in chief took me up on this... and... well... I got to interview the dude. 

Funny thing was, I just went to his show in NYC a couple of weeks prior. So, his talent and ability to perform was fresh in the heart. 

To read what I wrote... yup, I got to write the damn article... Keep on keepin' on. 

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Planted Seeds in the Diary

Whelp, it looks like I did that thing I do... Fall off the map with my Authenticity. Not like I haven't been creating - more like I haven't been sharing it. Because well, sometimes I want everything to be comfortable for everyone else - mute is where I go... a taker, not speaking, nor revealing or celebrating my expression of truth. During the past couple of weeks, it seems I have turned towards something slightly magical, and the inspiration has been coming gushing towards me. 

As it fades away, I have an urge to explode from all of the inspiration the experience and what is next for me is... At the bottom of it all, the truth is, it all gets to be seen - related to - and felt.

So... here goes nothing.

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All nighters with Tina Vaden to create one of kind prints, frames and a beautiful celebration of creativity and divinity. Creating from nothing, this experience allowed me to take apart my work, put it back together, as well as take leaps of faith into a mixed media World. It isn't so scary... 

So much more experimenting to do. 

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Burn to Golden Ashes

He came to me on a morning that felt like the night I realized his heart was no longer beating. My body was weak, my heart was too heavy to lift, and the scent of collapse was smothered upon my face. He spoke: “It gets dark so you can see the fire burn more clearly. Throw all of you in.”

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For You Give Me Growth

Things have been a bit crazy. Abundant, actually. Looking back from the last blog post on here: I do not recognize myself. For I have taken on my life, invited others to join me, as well as have continued my journey of self discovery in this vast World of ours. Gratitude fills my eyes as I let the awareness of growth settle in my bones: for the leaps I have taken, the walls I have torn down, and for the people who have and continue to grace my life... I am grateful. 

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Warm Fog.

For some reason, I find myself drifting away from my personal work. I haven't shared some in a while. My head has been consumed by the thought of money, and never having enough. Instead of using as fuel, I let it freeze me. So my attempt to spark flames, I photographed. I wrote. I got stuck. I fell.  This is my attempt to get back up, feel the skin around my bones, and start again. 

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Shes LB

Authentic, Present, Brave

Lindsay, also known as ShesLB, has these three words inked on her fingers, a constant reminder of her values and her ways of being. She has shown up to me as these three things, along with a source of power, vulnerability, honest, and loyal. I find that once you start to declare these ways, they can all intertwine and co-exsist within eachother. Her intertwine is delicate and full of grace. A dear friend of a dear friend, has become my dear friend.

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