Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ice Cream Unicones!

I haven't had the chance to do any drawing since October so I sorta went overboard after I got a little time yesterday and today.

First things first.

Ice Cream Unicones!

These pretty little things are an original idea. I've done some Googling to see if anyone else has really done anything with it but it looks like there's not much floating around the internet. So I can safely say these guys are pretty darn original and I'm not stepping on any toes.

There are currently 6 flavors and I plan on adding a ton more. I've ordered my first batch of acrylic charms from Zap Creatives and hope to see them before Christmas. I was only able to order five flavors, so I excluded Mango for next time. I've already got whole new flavors lined up and ready to go!

When the charms arrive, I'll do a quick review of Zap's quality and customer service, and put these babies up on Etsy. They'll also be travelling conventions with me next year. My long term goal is to promote these unicones enough to start a Kickstarter to fund plushies. Sound like a plan? Totally.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Etsy Favorites

Current Etsy favorites of mine!

Current Events: Ferguson "Protestors" Get Run Over

So this whole Ferguson thing is a topic I wanted to avoid since it's sparked so much heat on every side. Those closest to me know how I stand and I'm not going to touch the actual issue. I am going to share this video, which I found kind of hilarious.

So there comes a point when your "protestors" become "rioters" and are endangering others, causing hazards, and just being a pain in the ass for the rest of the world. I'm not saying protesting is bad. I'm saying when you have two thousand people standing on an interstate where cars would normally be driving 70mph and need to slam on their breaks is bad, or when rioters burn down a couple dozen buildings and ambulance crews can't help anyone caught in the chaos is bad. Seriously, you guys, there's a line.

So in Minneapolis, a car attempts to roll through one of the crowds blocking a roadway. And by the looks of it, a major roadway.

So the car rolls through and pisses off the whole crowd, who surround the vehicle and begin hitting it, jumping on it, kicking it. You can see the windshield start cracking as the video continues. Maybe the guy was rushing to the hospital to see his dying mom. Maybe his kid is sick at school. Maybe he just needs to poop really badly. In any case, I'm pretty sure he has the right of way.

In the lovely state of Missouri, the driver is justified to use lethal force. Hell if you were in the car, you'd fear for your safety too. What if they disable your vehicle? And drag you out the window, tear your kids from the backseat, and stomp you to death? Or just hurt you, but you're going to be bleeding there for a long time before help can come.

So with all this craziness going on, I've constantly been asking, why don't the cars just drive through? You don't have to slam into the crowd, but your vehicle has the power to roll through and push them out of the way. Wouldn't that be considered a hit and run? Depends on how you play it. It's dangerous to get caught up in a crowd like that.

Well, after taking some abuse, the driver decides FUCK THIS SHIT and hits the gas, taking a few rioters with him. I love this part. Love it so much it hurts. Not because I want to see people get run over (maybe just a little), but because it's about damn time someone did it. You don't get to attack someone in their vehicle and get away with it. God I wish more people had the balls to defend themselves.

So anyway, you can enjoy this video over and over and over. That's what I'm doing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Overstock Prints Sale! Buy 1 Get 2 FREE!

I'm clearing out some overstock prints on Etsy. They're in perfect retail condition, not defects or anything like that. Just trying to make room in storage for new art.

All right guys, anyone interested in a clearance sale of overstock prints? 3 for the price of 1, artist's choice.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Shopping at Hobby Lobby

I seem to write a lot of reactionary articles these days, mostly following negative comments and attention. That’s probably because I get more new negative material than positive. Not saying that there aren’t a lot of positive, art related things, but I can only tell you guys so many stories of adorable children saving coins to buy a charm so many times before it gets old.

I think it’s fair to assume that most of us artists and crafters know about the whole birth control controversy involving Hobby Lobby that happened a while back. Here’s a quick summary for you guys. Hobby Lobby, a family owned company with Christian values, wanted the health insurance they provided their employees to exclude birth control. After a long fight through a lot of courts, the company won.

Why is this important?

Well it’s certainly caused backlash, because I know a lot of artists and crafters have since boycotted buying supplies from them. Even I’m sitting here like, it’s a pretty big middle finger to employees to say, well we run this corporation with our religious values, so you’re going to have to deal with it. It’s not the company’s business what kind of medical procedures, prescriptions, and details the employees use.
So you probably agree with me up until here. But how about this: if you don’t like it, get a job elsewhere.
Sounds pretty douchy, yeah? Well that’s tough luck. In the end, HL is a privately owned, family run company, no matter how large the chain is. They get to make those determinations. And even though I’m anti-religion, if the owner is religious, they can run their business with as much religion as they want, and it’s up to consumers to decide whether or not they still want to shop there. Separation of church and state only applies to government (even though we all know it doesn’t), so private companies can still “close on Sundays for worship”, “provide Christian-ized health insurance”, and set aside break times for prayer. 

It’s unfortunate that employees can’t get unbiased health care, but freedom goes both ways. HL says they won’t pay for the birth control, not that they won’t allow employees to use it. This is passive. Consumers and employees can shop elsewhere and find jobs elsewhere. This is also passive. But for people to demand a company to compromise their values because the company and the people don’t see eye to eye, that’s pretentious. 

So here’s what’s up. I still shop at Hobby Lobby. Not often, but I don’t have any problem walking in those doors to pick up supplies. When someone asks me where to start with their jewelry business or polymer clay charms, I’ll say Hobby Lobby. Not because I’m so totally rooting for them to use Christianity to dominate the art world, but they’re easy to locate and have what you need.
The story behind this article:

Several weeks ago, a woman approached me and started asking where she could find the specific powder I use for shimmering my charms. I told her it’s available online but it’s cheaper to buy it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. If you saw her reaction, you would’ve thought I asked her to sacrifice a baby and a puppy to a fire god. The string of epithets that came from her mouth included words like bigot and homophobe. She stormed off, proclaiming she would never want advice from someone who supported such an evil company.

You guys, that’s so dumb. I shop at Hobby Lobby, I don’t worship Satan. And even if I did worship Satan, it doesn’t make me any more or less than the person you were talking to ten seconds ago before you knew that.

So if you feel strongly one way or the other, please remember that there are normal people on both sides of the debate. And if you’re stuck in the middle, it’s not as big of a deal as some people make it out to be. Nothing is ever as dramatically important as it seems. Well, nothing like this anyway.