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Friends Helping Friends!! New York Open Mic Podcast!

Hey guys!! My amazing, insightful and talented friend BrokeMC has started a great podcast series called the New York Open Mic Podcast, where he shares the talents and magic of open mic performers around New York and interviews open mic hosts. One of the many great things about this podcast is how complexly varied the performances are. So many genres of audial expression-  freestyles, impromptu poetry, folk, punk, rock, beat boxing, just to name a few- are presented by first timers and veterans, sometimes side by side, that you can almost feel yourself in the room sometimes. ALSO! Broke does a great job of sharing information on the venues and musicians in the podcast, so finding a new favorite musician is easy! His Open Mic directory is also a huge help to aspiring musicians and performers who are looking for places to express their truth. There are only a few episodes so far, but I’m excited to hear what the future has in store for this podcast.

Make sure to check out New York Open Mic Podcast!

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#MOODS, Men & Mommy Issues – Book Release!

EVERYONE IS FUCKED UP. IT’S OKAY.

Six-time independent author and creative consultant, Ruth Nineke (nin-eh-kah) presents #MOODS, Men, & Mommy Issues; Something Autobiographical. (Available exclusively on Amazon Friday, March 9, 2018.)

Having cultivated a small, yet very interested, female readership since her 2010 debut – a collection of coming-of-age novellas entitled Don’t Break My Heart (Nineke Publishing via Lulu.com) – for her 2018 release Nineke gifts her greatest supporters with a juicier, more complex and substantial experience than her typically plot-driven fiction. With #MOODS she reminds women that each of us is probably a fucked up person, going through fucked up shit,  who makes really stupid decisions, and will probably feel awful again. As consolation for our fundamentally fucked existence, #MOODS offers the promise that so long as we keep pushing it will be okay (even worthwhile if we can manage to inspire someone else to keep going too).

Nineke’s blunt and conversational writing style creates immediate familiarity with readers as she invites them to bear witness to her innermost hopes and hurts. #MOODSrecounts childhood memories and adulthood mistakes, revealing secrets from the author’s past and imagining an idealistic future whereby releasing the baggage of one’s pain frees both writer and reader to explore their best potential for happiness and rewarding living.

#MOODS was inspired by selfies capturing the author’s early-thirties-onset-ennui in 2016, and began as a series of random notes typed on a World Trade Center Bound/8thAvenue Local E train, before evolving into a concise personal reflection on abuse, depression and self-harm, bad decisions and failed romance, cultural sexism, addiction, an aching need for love, and the elusiveness of personal growth.

An immigrant of Guyana by way of Washington D.C., Ruth Nineke was raised in New York City by a single working mother, ABC daytime soaps, and cable television. She has moved several times around the three better boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Her life-long love of the nonlinear narrative and the technology of the times made writing and independent publishing inevitable preoccupations.

At the start of 2018 Nineke gave away the majority of her clothes, forfeiting most of her earthly possessions, and traveled to Bali in search of inspiration and fulfillment outside of the anxiety-ridden, overpriced and hyper-capitalist zoo that is present-day New York City “in Trump’s America.” Basically, she couldn’t afford to live in the city anymore and was tired of feeling unwanted by damn near every single man she’d slept with.

She also needed peace and quiet to write, and dry out.

Between tanning, making kissy noises at stray doggos, and attempting to outline another novel (…or two for 2018 release), the writer also provides consulting services under the banner of Nineke Publishing – her boutique digital agency which specializes in content creation and online brand support for artists and entrepreneurs. Nineke subscribes to and promotes a life philosophy of self-determination. She believes in leading by example, taking risks, and encourages both her clients and her readers to embark on their own introspective journeys and then push out the very best of themselves.

Previous book releases include Sex Acts And Emotional Problems (2014, Amazon CreateSpace) We Are The Warlords (2011, Lulu.com; 2nd edition – Amazon CreateSpace) This Is Growing Up (2010, Lulu.dom; later editions 2013 – 2015, Amazon CreateSpace), Chasing A Boy Up A Hill (2010, Lulu.dom; 2013 – 2015, Amazon CreateSpace), and Steel Resolve (2010, Lulu.dom; 2013 – 2015, Amazon CreateSpace)

The author is providing a free shipping discount on paperback pre-orders for e-mail subscribers, Facebook fans, family, and friends. Details can be found on her website www.ruthnineke.com.

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Vector Thursday

This time on Vector thursday!! Here are a few plays on my favorite latin phrase, Ars Gratia Artis, which means art for arts sake. Its always been a thing of mine, a belief that art must exist for its own sake, on its own merit. i hope you guys enjoy these, please leave comments or feedback!

And remember- if you draw, paint, sculpt, shoot photos, dance, dj, rap, make beats, tell jokes, write stories, make clothes, grow food, make jewelry, shoot movies, crochet, make toys, build stages, play instruments or do anything else creative, please hit us up and we’ll figure out how to best show off your art!

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Art Everywhere

This time on Art Everywhere, our good friend Rammer just released pictures of his latest calligraphy project, a fresh take on classic black Air Force Ones. Rammer is a talented and creative calligraphist who does tons of collaborations, creative outreach projects and custom art work! Follow him at @rammerammer on Instagram now!

“My new kicks. Check out the aglets at the end of the shoelaces. If you’d like any apparel, furniture or accessory with #customartwork by yours truly just DM me.  #abstractcalligraphy #calligraphyonkicks  #AirForce1
 #airforceones  #airforce1s  #customart #customcalligraphy  #calligraphy #calligraphyKING “

 

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Vector Thursday!

A little late but still in there for vector thursday!

This handcuff is vector of a piece of jewelry that one of my collaborators owns. It’s an iconic piece of branding that he uses on a t shirt on livetees.store, a next level tshirt company that makes enhanced t shirts that react to your phone, for his long running urban magazine Felon Magazine.

This piece was something i came up with when i was first getting into the design of sacred geometry, metatrons cube, hexagons and circles mating and mixing. I love playing with these elements in my everyday design play still. i really dig the weird moire pattern between the circles.


These designs were going to be for memorial t shirts for a really good friend of mine, my first best friend after i moved to california, who passed away. he was practically an icon in the town where we met and the people who knew him usually had a crazy story about him. He had a great sense of fashion and creativity and an eye for imagery. he could help you find the magic in your work before you knew it was there.

And remember- if you draw, paint, sculpt, shoot photos, dance, dj, rap, make beats, tell jokes, write stories, make clothes, grow food, make jewelry, shoot movies, crochet, make toys, build stages, play instruments or do anything else creative, please hit us up and we’ll figure out how to best show off your art!

See ya next time!!

 

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Vector Thursday!

On thursdays from now on, i’m going to try to post a view vectors that i’m either working on or have finished playing with. comments and suggestions are welcome!!

This was a flag design i did for my burning man camp a few years ago, Furbar: the Playa’s only frozen fruit smoothie. we had a tiny little art car that was dressed like an alpaca, watching it gumby-glide across the desert is something i’ll never forget.

This was a flower i was playing around when i was still sorta teaching myself about making/designing mandalas. it’s rough but i think it’s pretty.

Oh, the breaking away logo. a very close friend of mine and art/kook collaborator named Jamo once told me about a cycling movie called breaking away. i love movies but i’d never seen it and this post has actually reminded me to find it and watch. theres a great story behind the breaking away rest stop, i’m sure i’ll tell it one day.

And remember- if you draw, paint, sculpt, shoot photos, dance, dj, rap, make beats, tell jokes, write stories, make clothes, grow food, make jewelry, shoot movies, crochet, make toys, build stages, play instruments or do anything else creative, please hit us up and we’ll figure out how to best show off your art!

See ya next time!!