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"Writers are outsiders, and usually not by their own choosing. It’s why they’re writers. If they didn’t feel alienated from human experience, they wouldn’t feel so drawn to writing to make sense of their lives. It’s not the outsider’s facility for language that makes her a writer — many a student body president or homecoming queen can turn a phrase — but her ability to howl at the moon, on the page."
Self-taught fine art photographer Mikko Lagerstedt has a stunning collection of photos that apprehend the essence of stillness and solitude. Inspired by the simplistic Finnish landscapes, Mikko Lagerstedt successfully creates visually and emotionally interesting photographs that capture the feeling of a moment.
Apparently, 65% men, 90% of them white. Men have 3x as much power as women, whites have 3x as much power as POC, and white men have 8x as much as women of color. Basically 31% of the population controls 65% of elected offices… simple, right?
Nothing too surprising if you’re paying any attention in the political/electoral arena, but it’s inspiring and reinvigorating some righteous outrage and some fiyah to do something about it.
Great use of social math and research in a clear, compelling, understandable way.
Go get em in the #midterms y’all.
Remember 2010 elections when they took over Congress (we kinda let em, cuz Dems apparently don’t vote in midterms) and see where we are now on women’s rights, health care, education, social safety nets, immigration, environmental justice & climate change - you name it.
Granted, the electoral system and Democratic party are far from perfect, but it’s one important arena of change.
This November 4th, go vote— and better still, go help someone disenfranchised by racist voter ID laws and other voter suppression tactics. Encourage a reluctant/lazy friend understand why midterm elections matter in the grand scheme of things… (and why no, it isn’t enough that they voted for Obama twice).
Up in the rice terraces of the Cordillera mountain range of the Philippines live the last few tattooed women of Kalinga. Traditional tattooing is seen as archaic and painful by the younger generations of Kalingas. As an Indigenous group that has successfully fought against colonizing forces, it is losing the practice of traditional tattooing because of the changing perspective of beauty and interpretations of the practice by outside scholars.
Studies on the tradition interpreted the practice to show that men were given tattoos because of brave acts during tribal wars while the women were given tattoos just to decorate their bodies. Men who attempt to get traditional tattoos without acts of bravery are shunned by the community and are now unable to continue the practice without facing criminal charges from the government. Women are unconstrained by the same reasons but are struggling to continue the practice because of the pervasive western interpretations of aesthetics that changed the perceptions of “beauty” in Kalinga. To the women of Kalinga, the batok or the tattoo goes beyond beauty and prestige but it is symbolic of the traditional values of women’s strength and fortitude.
The traditional tattoo is an indigenous body art, an expression of the psychological dimensions of life, health, love and it defines local perceptions of existence. Sadly there is now a decline of the traditional art among indigenous women brought about by the changing perspective of the meaning of the tattoo and its stigmatized practice. It is now considered a vanishing art along with the gatekeepers of the knowledge associated with it.
The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga by Jake Verzosa. Jake Verzosa is a freelance photographer based in Manila.
Over the course of his 35-plus years in music, Prince has found a lot of ways to be funky. Case in point: His hair, which he’s changed just as often as his sound and even more often than he’s changed his name.
To illustrate the evolution of His Royal Purpleness’ hairdo, illustrator and set designer Gary Card whipped up this chart forThe Beat, which we’re reprinting with Card’s permission below. (Click to view alarger version.) 2013 may have found Prince coming full circle, but if this chart is any indication, he won’t be sticking with his current look for long.