Hey New York City! Next week I’m curating a new gallery show featuring players from the street scene, pop art underground, and the comic book industry. Once again I’m sponsored by the great guys at Beerlao, so get yo drink drank and art farts on to kick off your Labor Day weekend right!
12:15 am • 20 August 2013 • 3 notes
Once upon a time, before the islands and the city, my life began somewhere in the woods. I have always kept journals since I learned to write. One particular diary I still keep and write in. When I was 9, I began a “year diary” where I promised myself I’d write one big entry each year to document my dreams, fears, milestones, lessons, likes/dislikes, heartbreaks, joys, and also little drawings. Every July, before I prepare to write my annual entry, I go back and read every previous entry and marinate in those thoughts. I find it a little funny that my childhood self wanted to create this and that I somehow was self-disciplined enough to be committed to it. But I’m grateful for it because I get to have this paper travel companion as I grow to show me where I’ve been, what’s changed, what stays the same, as it all shapes the perspective to love where I am now and to be fearless in the face of the future.
The details that seemingly shape one’s life is not as important as how one decides to shape his/her life.
8:33 pm • 25 March 2013 • 3 notes
It’s my first post of 2013! I’ve been busy with all sorts of fun secrets and projects and secret projects but I’m finally posting to update about my fundraising campaign— I got an email a couple days ago that the money has been sent to the field in Rwanda and my water project has finally begun! My birthday may have been in September but waking up to this email made me so excited. I can’t describe the gratitude I feel knowing that I have amazing friends/readers who took part in this small dream of mine. I’ll be getting progress reports and pictures over the next 18 months (double birthday gift!) which I’ll get to share with you. My heart is smiling!
11:14 pm • 8 March 2013 • 3 notes
I took this picture the day after Hurricane Sandy hit and was walking uptown to find food and batteries. The sign on the man’s piano says YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY WITH YOUR LIFE. I am grateful for the learning experience the hurricane brought me. It wasn’t a particularly pleasant one but I believe there is great reason for the universe’s timing; reason that isn’t always immediate but eventually becomes apparent in time with an open heart. I felt familiar feelings like when I was in Japan during the 2011 Sendai earthquake/tsunami, which was an overwhelming mix of both pain and love in the midst of witnessing people’s suffering and also their surge of compassion afterwards. In comparison it’s not as extreme but the elements are there.
You would think that losing my new job to a hurricane, developing a painful cornea infection (eyepatch swaggin!), and then getting hit by a car while on a bike (no eyepatch!) within a span of four weeks would put me in some kind of awful state, but my fervent optimism always prevails! I’m incredibly grateful for everything I do have and everything that I am able to give. Happy people aren’t grateful, it’s grateful people that are happy. Before the car accident, I got to sponsor three needy girls’ Christmases. Doll shopping is so much fun! And I’m really excited for my water project to begin in Rwanda next year! I don’t know how to explain it. I’m typing this in bed with a busted knee and am aware I have every reason to probably feel like shit and worry, but I genuinely feel fulfilled and happy. And it’s nice.
4:29 am • 28 November 2012 • 2 notes
I finally got all my shirt surplus back from one of my distributors! I started with 200 some pieces and I only have 22 shirt/sunglasses sets left. Use coupon code BRIDGETLOVES30 in my shop for 30% off your order until Tuesday! And free shipping!
1:17 am • 24 November 2012 • 1 note
I realized that I didn’t post my Halloween costume this year! Hurricane Sandy took a lot away from me including Halloween night, but that didn’t stop me from going out the weekend before. I was Warhol Marilyn this year and my cat Spock was a hot dog bunny businessman. A very unhappy one.
UPDATE: 10% of sales from the Scarygirl 10th Anniversary Exhibition go to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City hurricane relief. My pieces are for sale as well as many other fantastic ones!
7:34 pm • 14 November 2012 • 6 notes
Even though I don’t post online as frequently, I draw and write on paper everyday. I love journals because I see it as a gift to myself in the future— I get to relive forgotten moments and I can learn lessons that wasn’t apparent at the time. I have two daily journals (one for words, one for drawing) and two inspiration journals (one for found objects/words, one for documenting people).
The people inspirational journal is very dear to me and is locked for that reason. I’m a huge believer that everyone I meet in my life, whether briefly or forever, friend or enemy, is destined because it contributes a lesson to my character. And your character is your destiny. Everyone you encounter is the universe’s intention for one reason or another. I find inspiration with those who I admire and hard lessons with those who hurt me. I write about the attributes and qualities of the people I admire because I believe the things you like are reflective of who you are and what you want in life and similarly the unpleasant experiences lead to better myself for contingencies. I admit I’ve written furiously in this a couple times with tears in my eyes. The people in this book are family members, friends, teachers, children, elderly folks, brief encounters or observations on the street, celebrities, and guys I’ve dated. There is realization wrapped in every little good and bad event and it feeds the drive, gratitude, and love in my heart.
7:45 pm • 10 November 2012 • 4 notes
I have a digital print (edition of three) on display at Nathan Jurevicius’ Scarygirl 10th Anniversary Exhibition. It’s a massive show with tons of great artists and 10% of show sales go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York City! Go go go!
2:31 am • 10 November 2012 • 2 notes
This is me painting Cyclops and Wolverine nails at Sephora today. I had the most terrible (yet thought provoking) week of my life in the brunt of Hurricane Sandy here in New York City. And there is nothing more therapeutic to me than creating things.
1:53 am • 5 November 2012 • 4 notes
WE DID IT!
I’m super happy and extremely grateful that we made my $1,000 goal in just one week! Plus extra! I say “we” because you all were a part of it! This is the second time I’ve ever cried from overwhelming joy (the first time was graduating high school haha) and even a bit of shock, thank you thank you thank you! I’m beyond excited for the next few months when Charity:Water will begin implementing the money into a project in Rwanda that I will get to monitor and share with you all! This is hands down the best birthday gift I have ever received. The amount of of gratitude I have has surpassed the appropriateness for plain words, so I have explicated my thanks into a cute picture— I dressed up my cat and my roommate’s turtle above.
Whether it’s me or you, devoting one’s life to something isn’t that hard if you truly love it. And part of loving something is to give without expecting anything back. It sound so cliché but it’s the simple truth. Give without wanting and it is the most fulfilling feeling ever— an open heart is an unstoppable heart. And there is so much peace and freedom in that.
4:52 am • 1 October 2012 • 3 notes