"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
-Steve Jobs at Stanford University Commencement Address.
this piece was inspired by all of the greed, corruption, money, and control lust out there.
it's not right that our country is run by businessmen instead of people whose collective will is to properly govern the country. for instance, take the current presidential administration. in this administration alone, the members have strong ties to the following companies: Monsanto, Pharmacia, AT&T, Microsoft, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Motorola, Lear, Amtrak, Philip Morris, General Electric, American Electric Power, BP, Ford, NL Industries, Northwest Airlines, Clorox, Bank of America, America Online, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, United Airlines, Boeing, CSX, Business Roundtable, and Qualcomm. in addition, Bush is the first U.S. President ever to have a Master's Degree of Business Administration. kinda funny though...he got in in 1975 from arguably the most prestigious business school in the country (Harvard), and then afterwards ran two companies (and a country as well) into bankruptcy. yet, we follow him blindly, gawking at his admireability and nominal title. we watch him tell us who's boss and whose foxhole we're going to smoke out next, and we cheer and slap bumper stickers on our cars for some cloudy cause that we never took the time to evaluate. anyway, the point is that our wars are no longer fought for justice, but for profit. our entire culture is being replaced by a conveniently marketed lifestyle. we binge on pills to treat the side effects of medication that treats the side effects of medication that treats minor heartburn. we look in the mirror every morning and wonder how much longer it will be until we've saved up enough cash to get our faces sculpted into a tom cruise or a julia roberts. we watch the scale tip 200 pounds, and then we whine about it to our fat loved ones over a big mac. mmm, there's nothing like ill-treated, hormone-injected, fecal tainted beef fat to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. oh wait...that's just the addicting chemical additives that ensure our return to the double arches. let's go get some more - we can drive our cute, gas-guzzling SUVs and be there in no time. but remember to get gas first. then we can sit back and complain about how awful gas prices are as we look out the window through the 'support our troops' decal, ignorant of it's meaning. oblivious to the obligation that it requests. let's think about that for a second. "support out troops." do we truly support them? do we listen to them when they come back and tell us that the war is not worth it? how about when they bring word that the iraqis prefered having Hussein in power because he left them alone...because he didn't bomb and slaughter their wives and husbands and children and demolish their houses and mosques (edit// this is in recent history, of course. we all know about the kurds and kuwait in the 80's, but that's old news. we had 15 years to step in, and doing so now for that sake would be absurd) - do we listen to them then? no. we don't. and we don't support out troops either. we just encourage their deaths with false patriotism. as Mark Twain once said, patriotism is always supporting your country, and supporting your government when it deserves it. who are we to think that we are being patriotic? flag sales and yellow ribbons don't mean a thing, no matter what Fox News tells you. and why do we think that our government deserves our support? have you seen our national deficit skyrocketing as our national budget plunges by the trillions? did you read about how we're neglecting the Kyoto Accord because it would mean less profit for corporate America? do you realize that the people that we're murdering in the Middle East are exactly like you and me? have you noticed that our military bases in Iraq are on oil fields?
i DEMAND that you take five minutes out of your pleasant life to think about this. it's honestly the least that you can do for yourself. wake up from your nationalism and say hello to humanity. please.
As a Macbook Pro user, I decided to do a wallpaper in honor of Steve Jobs.
I’m not a fanboy or very dramatic about his dead, but I liked this idea of having the shape of his head in the missing part of Apple’s logo. After all, now he really is the missing part of the "apple".
I keep it with a simple design, just like Steve liked.
I had the idea for my work by looking at this photo that someone took in a Apple conference: [link]
I swear by everything I believe that I didn't copy or steal any ideia. I never copied anything and I never will. During my life as a digital artist, I had to face many copies of my artwork, it would be a complete non-sense if I decided to copy someone. There's no way to prove it, but this was completely my idea.
Anyway, I just found out that this one was the first design with this concept: [link]
 Quick edit before I start replying later today, but I want to say I deeply apologize to anyone out there if this has offended you. I do not mean to turn this into a war, I only wish for peace and equality. I am still firm in my beliefs, but I realize I may have worded them in an aggressive manner, and for that, I am sorry. I fully support straight relationships, but I am against homophobia and misunderstanding of gender fluidity. I fully support gender roles or conformity, but I am against societal expectation. The point is NOT to get rid of these things, but to make it so people are not FORCED into them. My ultimate goal is for everyone to be able to relate to these messages despite gender, sex, identity, race, religion, or anything else. I am only using these stories and characters as a tool to do so.
Thank you all for the support and I hope you accept my sincere apologies [end edit]
As you all hopefully know, PT is all about love between girls. So yes, lesbians, if you so choose to label them. We know spirit day isn't just for lesbians, but since the story deals with LGBT empowerment, we wanted to do this really, really bad. (We apologize for only having ladies in PT thusfar, but when the time comes, we'll be doing this same thing with boys in the future.)
As we've worked on this project and uploaded development images on here, some of you have mentioned the girls being too overtly masculine, but really, what is gender? Gender is something defined by culture. Gender and biological sex are different.. and gender expression varies insanely from person to person. Gender is something many use as a weapon for hate. But, to me and many people, gender is fluid. So within this story, we tried to explore many types of gender expression within girl and girl love:
-------------------------------------- Sam&Sara: are our "androgynous" couple. Though many of you want to label Sam the "boy" because of her name, height, and the fact she does sports, this is not the case. We purposefully made them to be very interchangeable as far as gender roles go. Gender conformity shouldn't matter to any couple, straight, gay, or anything else. Sara is a "tomboy" because she likes video games and skating. Sam is a "tomboy" because she plays sports. But really, "tomboy" is just a term, and what defines what is a "boyish" or "girlish" activity? The focus in their story is more based on the romantic aspect that love transcends gender and biology, so we wanted their pose to be tender, protective, mutual. There's a sense of masculine protectiveness about both of them, and a sense of fragile tenderness and femininity to both of them.
Jay&Jess: are our "masculine" couple. Honestly, a lot of people have a hard time understanding this couple because they both have aggressively masculine body expression. "Gay girls dress like boys just to get girls, right?" Wrong. Why CAN'T girls wear men's clothes? Why can't men wear girl's clothes? Gender conformity. A girl can wear men's clothes and still like men. A girl can wear men's clothes and still like girls. Or like masculine girls. Your sexual preference has nothing to do with your personal expression. We hope to give their story a very boyish charm to it. We want them to be very protective of each other. There is no "damsel" in this relationship. That's why their pose is very blunt, strong, and steadfast.
Stella&Gale: are our gender conforming relationship. Gale is masculine, and Stella is feminine. On the outside, they do follow the typical "butch and femme" dynamic. Is it WRONG to follow gender roles? No, not really. If it works for you in a healthy way, it's great. There's a reason it exists, I'm sure. But when gender roles become an expectation, to the point where it harms and isolates groups of people, it's just a tool for oppression. Gale and Stella happily conform to their gender roles, and we hope to portray it as a healthy "protector" and "nurturer" give-and-take.
Mona&Su-Mi: are our "feminine" couple. They seem to be very widely accepted, because "if you like women, but still want to dress like a woman, that's great! It's hot!" Ah, objectification. Despite the undesirable portrayal of femme-on-femme lesbian porn, we definitely didn't want to discount the fact that lipstick lesbians exist and are very prominent. What IS wrong with conforming to your gender and liking others who do the same? There's a sense of equality there that you don't get in opposite gender relationships. As two feminine women, we wanted them to be tender, nurturing, quiet. Somewhat sensual, but still modest, straying away from the objectified "lesbian porn," but not denying their sexuality.
We don't mean to label our characters, or their stories. But sadly, the problem of gender conformity is still rampant in our culture, so it DOES effect them. We can't turn a blind eye to that. It effects real life same-sex couples, it effects real life straight couples. it effects young people who are harassed in schools and in the streets. We don't want to label them, but we do want to address these very real problems. We label them only so the reader has an easier time understanding them, and understanding what we're trying to say. We label them because we want to question how we label others.
Because in the end, we need to stop looking at gender, and start looking at people.
Happy Spirit Day, in memory of those heroes. Let's dye the world purple. No Hate.
Image is a collaboration between myself and ~Aibi-Cake I did the preliminary sketch and color comp, she lined everything, then I colored and did the typography. Since it is a collaboration, it will also show up in her gallery, please feel free to take a peek at her deviation to read her opinions in the comments and support her as well!