I am sneaking one more reading in for 2014… I know precious little about what is going to occur at Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters (1519 Sunset) the night of Saturday, September 20th. I know I’ll be reading something in tribute to my friend Catherine, who will be in attendance and being honored with some sort of play about her life. I know this production has a very weird and yet-to-be-explained title and features toriholder. I know that this is one of the very last events happening at what has been an interesting and wonderful art and performance space that I will miss very much when it is gone. Come out to Echo Park this weekend and see what happens. The event starts at 7pm, hope to meet you there.
Spike Jonze Made a Surprise ‘Music Video’ for Karen O
On Sunday we made a one-act play for my friend Humberto’s company, Opening Ceremony. The idea was to do a play instead of a regular fashion show during Fashion Week, and, miraculously, we were able to do it at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. (Thank you, Peter Gelb and everyone at the Met!) Also, this week my dear friend Karen is putting out her first solo album of precious, personal love and heartache gems titled Crush Songs. They are songs made so intimately and spontaneously alone in her bedroom a few years ago that they feel more like unguarded whispers from her heart than a traditionally produced album. So on Sunday, during a ten-minute break as we were rehearsing and lighting at the Met, we made a very impromptu “music video” for Karen in the spirit of her album. It just seemed like if you have the Opera House, that song, and Elle Fanning together, you shouldn’t let the opportunity go by. So we made this as a surprise gift for Karen to congratulate her on her album. She is going to see this for the first time as you do. I hope you enjoy.
This weekend I’ve been listening to REXX’s album My Last Moment of Teenage Angst… I truly <3 this song Anticipation/ Sunburns…I am crushing on the beginning lines:
Driving by myself to my show…
That no one else wanted to go to…
I spend all my time thinking of you…
Singing by myself in my room…
Aww! such sweet lines… Thank you Rexx for such a beautiful song..
Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY Resource for zines and zine culture (5th Edition) Kickstarter giveaway!
Since 2002 Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to resource for zines and zine culture. With over 21,000 copies in print, this book is poised to break the quarter-hundred-thousand copy barrier at least BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!
In celebration of the 5th edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution I’m having a giveaway! Here’s the deal.
There will be 3 winners!
Here’s what 3 lucky people will get:
- 1 copy of the 5th edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY resource for zines and zine culture
- 1 Stolen Sharpie Revolution printed Sharpie marker (similar to the photo above)
- 1 red Stolen Sharpie Revolution t-shirt.
- Stolen Sharpie Revolution stickers, button, postcard, and bookmark.
Most of that you can get for $50 reward level with the kickstarter so here’s what we are going to add for the tumblr giveaway:
- 1 Copy Scams - Copy & Destroy 10” record with zine and digital download code that includes the album plus a live recording from Leeds, UK. Copy Scams are an all zine themed pop-punk band with members from 3 different countries.
- a bunch of the most recent issues of my zine, Brainscan: 29, 30, 31, and my 24 hour zine about traveling cheaply
- $30 gift certificate to the Portland Button Works website, brick and mortar shop, or Etsy site! The gift certificate is good for zines, books, cards, button designs from our catalog or custom items from button to magnets to bottle openers.
- probably some other stuff I have around here.
So, here’s what you gotta do:
- Like and reblog this post
- You don’t need to be following me or stolensharpierevolution, but it would be nice.
- Have your ask box open
- No giveaway blogs!
- And for the love of everything good, please make, read, or be interested in zines. It would make me very annoyed to send all this good stuff to someone who just wanted to get something free, ok? So, let the zine kids have some fun.
The kickstarter is scheduled to end on September 30th, but we project to reach our goal before then. The three winners will be contacted and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
- Q: Who is this giveaway open to? I don’t live in this US can I still enter?
- A: Absolutely!
- Q: I’ve backed or plan on backing your Stolen Sharpie Revolution Kickstater, why should I enter this contest?
- A: By entering this contest you can get more cool stuff than with the kickstarter! Plus, you will have two copies of Stolen Sharpie Revolution so maybe you can trick a friend into starting their own zine. Also, you’ll be doing a little promo for me and I’d appreciate it.
- Q: Why should I back the Stolen Sharpie Revolution Kickstarter if I can just reblog this post?
- A: Are you going to leave this up to a random number generator? Really? Don’t you want to be on the first to get a copy of the new SSR? Otherwise you are just going to have to wait until November to get a copy.
- Q: What’s a zine?
- A: A zine is a physically printed and independently made publication. They can be about anything you would like: travel stories, photos, personal stories, fiction, political ideologies, music reviews, gardening tips, comics, and more! Not only are zines physically printed items, they are part of a whole community of people that celebrates the tangible written word.
G O O D L U C K!
I had a nice time cloud watching today. Even though it was super hot in LA. I couldn’t ignore how sweet the clouds look and the way the sun was beaming. I truly <3 cloud watching..
Friends tomorrow is our last Summer Writers Group Meeting at Seite Bookstore. It has been a great summer of writing projects and meeting new people so, yeah come tomorrow and read us a poem, bring a song, a zine, a story, or anything you want to share with us.
I had a sour gummy fest the other night while I colored my paper doll guy from “All About The Boys…” zine. I made “Sweater Guy..” If you live in L.A. you can pick up a copy of “All About The Boys” at Seite Bookstore.
Before I went to bed I read a cool zine titled “dig my dress” it was the sweetest story about how two people admiring each other’s work online and how their friendship bloom. I liked how it was written in both of their perspectives in how they viewed each other.
I have always been so enamored with the idea that people are able to connect and built friendships online by mutual admiration of each others work and this zine is a true testament of that.
I truly liked Neely’s opening introduction about being worried if they were both giving us too much of themselves to us the reader. The fear of deciding to make the zine with her friend Brodie Hubbard Foster and what if their friendship went sour after they made it. All they would have left are the photo copies of a love that passed. Neely’s writing was so honest and personal that I felt like I was reading her personal journal entry.
On the other hand Brodie’s point of view was very sweet in how he found out of Neely’s work and how he will read her anthology book “Mend My Dress” while he rode the train to work. They had mutual friends in common and he finally had the courage to send her a message and to thank her for her work and he expressed his interest in wanting to meet up with her the next time she was in L.A. Aww! so gentleman like of Brodie to write such a nice thing to her. I really enjoyed reading their point of views of what they thought of each other the first time they met and their wonderful adventure.
This is the coolest thing that could happen to anyone who writes a blog, makes a zine, creates art or is in a band. When a person is able to connect with you and they are willing to send you a message to say “thank you” and you realize that you made a tiny dent in their lives.
I highly encourage everyone to write a message to anyone you follow their blog or their fb page and tell them how much you like their work. You never know you might end up being friends and hanging out with them when they go to your town.
Strike a pose at our #fashiontruth event happening RIGHT NOW at Openhouse Gallery in NYC. X marks the spot to get your style on!
from the album Winged and Wounded
I am totally smitten over Swim Lessons entire album “Winged and Wounded.” Listening to Christopher singing these songs live on Friday night at Lot 1 in Echo Park was the highlight of my weekend. My heart felt so much joy listening to him sing the song “Someday” (Truly my favorite song). These are the magical moments that make me happy about finding new musicians to crush on their songs. It was so sweet to sing along to his song “Five Hours” too… it felt so nice how the entire audience including myself sang the lines “I will see you soon..” with him it was such a beautiful moment.
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Hey Darling Friends,
Last Tuesday I participated in “Storytelling Tuesday at Echo Chamber..”
The cool thing about this event was that all the participants didn’t have to be present in order to share their story…There were many ways to contribute by leaving a message at the Echo Chamber voicemail, texting them the story, using skype in order to read it to someone who was in the space at the time, and by writing a short story and posting it in their page.
I wanted to contribute so I left a voicemail a poem titled “About The Girls.” This particular poem is super special to me, because it was inspired by Echo Park Rising. I had spent two days at the music festival and there was this interesting guy that I kept noticing in the crowd both days. Our eyes met each time in the dark club, but I didn’t get a chance to say “hi.” I know that when I was happily dancing to Froths’ encore we both looked at each other at the same time and I smiled and he smiled too but I think it was because we were just happy.
Friends take a listen to all of these great stories.