I was sent a neon backpack filled with 90’s throwback goodies from Bulletin, the cutest shop I’ve never been in (it’s in New York! I am going NEXT MONTH AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!) They sent so many things that took me back, and it inspired me to shoot some photos the way I used to back then– very little planning, just grabbing the things that were around me and standing in light. ✨
You know what’s funny? I came of age in the 90’s and I somehow didn’t latch on to the neons and the bright prints– I think I was too young. What I remember about the 90’s were smelly flannels and dandruff and rum raisin lipstick that got all over my teeth because I didn’t have braces yet and everything was out of alignment.
I really wanted to look like Drew Barrymore. If I were to choose an aesthetic icon NOW for myself that harkened to the 90’s, it would be Parker Posey in Party Girl. It’s really fun to see what people choose as their iconography to define a time period.
Bulletin has a new store in New York, a mini-mall, and it’s a pop-up so you’ll wanna grab your friend and go if you’re out there, like ASAP. When I was a teen, my best friend Albert would pick me up in his black Mustang and we’d drive 45 minutes to the nearest mall in Hanford, Ca., go the the music store (I picked up used Liz Phair– I still yearn for her silver skirt in the “Supernova” video, used That Dog., used Smashing Pumpkins because I seriously thought I was going to marry Billy Corgan–omg CAN YOU EVEN!!!). Then we’d go back home and I’d work on zine stuff while he dyed his hair with Manic Panic. This is really taking me back. I like the memories I can choose, not necessarily remember. I think that’s why I like this backpack and the concept of the mini mall so much.
Also I just have to let you know: stickers and fluffy pens forever. 💖
I’ve been listening to a wealth of Shirley Manson interviews while drawing, so I finally decided to draw Shirley Manson.
A few weeks ago my dear friend Taleen Kali started a 100 Days Project; she does a different yoga pose every day and posts it up on Instagram. The idea is that you do a thing for 100 days and document it– it helps to create a daily practice. After watching her kill it every day, I decided to do my own. You can follow me using the hashtag #auroralady100days or just friend me on Instagram, where I’ll be posting my own daily drawings. I hope it ends up lasting beyond 100 days!
Here are a few of the pieces I’ve done so far. I usually do them in my car, before I go in for my day job.
The Summer Twins were a band I fell in love with upon first listen. I loved their music, their style, the fact that they made their own props and created zines for their shows. When I approached them about doing a shoot for my shirts, I was nervous but I didn’t need to be– Chelsea and Justine are just as sweet as their tunes.
When we finally got together, it was after months of scheduling coordination, and it felt SO GOOD to finally make it happen! We talked about touring and listened to their current favorite band, Winter. Chelsea and Justine were both so cheerful and game– I didn’t notice how much time had gone by during the day until Jenn mentioned we were done!
BTW, can we talk about Jenn? Jenn’s shot with me before numerous times, and it’s gotten to the point where I send a few reference photos, she writes me some notes, and then we nail down our vision from there. It is maybe the most seamless creative collaborative experience. She took these pictures with very little direction from me– kinda assessing the way Chelsea and Justine move together, and then creating the photo, combined with her visual intention. Jenn’s a fucking pro– once we had a date cemented with The Summer Twins, I wrote her an email with the words “dreamy”, “trippy”, and “California drenched” in it. And this was what she made happen. That woman is magic!
You’ll be able to find the tees in the “Lost Angeles” collection (pictured here) at the shoppe on Thursday, March 24th.
I holed up this weekend in the bedroom, lined up all of my pencils, and drew a portrait of Tulips, one of my favorite bands! It felt so good to light a candle and draw for hours on end. I made this flier for them for their big show at The Regent Theatre for The Prufrock Party. Its gonna be awesome– tons of readings– I love me some Melissa Broder!– and music galore.
Have you got an event coming up? I wanna make your flier! Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s do it!
I love barrettes. I love them everywhere. xo
What, we’re friends? Well, I’m probs gonna draw you. xo
I’m finally back on a daily drawing practice! It feels really, REALLY good. xo
I have been following this for months now, and today I am heartbroken for Kesha and for the precedence set for women in entertainment in the future. I am asking how can I help this woman? How can I help you if you are in a similar situation (which, as an abuse survivor, we know is all too common)?
I want you to know that I will always hear you.
Kesha, I know you are probably hearing it in droves, but what you did is brave and you are so strong. There are so many of us who aren’t able to say anything and YOU DID. I hope that you know that you have so much love surrounding you. I hope that you know that we will be there for you when you are ready.#freekesha
My friend, Augusta Gail, is one of my favorite people. She’s endlessly positive, big on adventuring, and really funny (I know, everyone’s friends are REALLY funny! But Augusta really is. Her brain is on fire and she’s constantly coming up with new words to describe things. I’m not even sure she aware she’s done it til it comes out of her mouth! The BEST!). When she told me she was looking for her perfect wedding dress and was having trouble, my brain went straight into DIY mode. While making her dream dress is probably too much for us to take on ourselves, we thought it would help to create a shoot that captured the vibe she was going for.
So on a unseasonably warm January morning, she came over and brought all of her lacy, see-through, pink, and white-ish clothing. I did her makeup like a pink-flower dappled fawn (a look I’m OBSESSED with giving all of my friends– hit me up and I’ll stick flowers all over your face!) and we guzzled down coffee. We shot in our friend Jenn‘s bedroom, and then went to my studio. We rounded out the day by running around a cactus garden in Pasadena while random folks walked around.
I love the way these photos came out. Augusta and I both love the Dangerous Angels series by Francesca Lia Block, and we joked that this was very much “Weetzie Bat Wedding Vibes”. MY FAVORITE! I’m not a photographer, so my skills are limited. But I love taking photos of my friends and helping them get to where they want to be, even if it’s just with an idea. We had a lot of fun pulling this off in an afternoon. I hope that maybe it will inspire you to get together with your own friends on the fly and experiment with what you have lying around and the spaces you are already surrounded with.
It’s about to get Dum in here.
It’s no surprise that I am totally obsessed with zines. I make ’em, I read ’em, I can’t stop talking about ’em or leaving them for other people to find.
Get ready for a no holds bar confessional, a la my weekly periscope broadcast, “Living Art”. We’ll get nuts talking about the truly gnarly parts of being an artist in Los Angeles: what we really need to grow as creators, things we should be paying attention to, and the other shit we need to kick to the curb, like yesterday.
It’ll be painful. And messy. But most of all, it’ll feel really fucking good.
Get all the info here, &, um, I CANNOT WAIT to see you!
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