buy nothing day


Friday November 26, 2010

 BUY NOTHING DAY 2010

Once only known as "Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving every year is the busiest, craziest consumer shopping day of the year.  Recently, however, this infamous day synonymous with first world overconsumption, unsustainability and materialism devoid of soul, has spawned a counter-celebration called Buy Nothing Day.  You can learn all about it and get plugged into ongoing efforts here.  While especially appropriate on the biggest consumer day of the year, you don't need to wait for this one date, you can have your own buy nothing day (or days!) at any time... 

Otherwise, I hope all you fellow Americans reading this had a good Thanksgiving, focusing on the positive aspects of the holiday, such as enjoying a meal with those you care about, or any other ways you can re-appropriate the meaning of the day to fit your own values.  In the subversive spirit of my own rejection of the historical lies associated with this holiday, this year I'm posting a poetic interpretation of my painting "Little Brother", written by a Native friend of mine from the Cree tribe in North Dakota, which you can read here.  The painting was inspired by my time spent on their reservation this summer, and features a depiction of a gift they gave to me: a little leather pouch filled with sacred herbs meant to protect the recipient from harm in his or her life.  The title is a play on words, related to the famous quote "Big Brother is watching" from the George Orwell novel "1984"...a reminder that Little Brother is watching as well, waiting, plotting, surviving, protecting shreds of hope against all odds...

In art news this month, there are a few new pieces up.  One is a new painting, a self portrait I started while taking Shawn Barber's excellent portrait painting workshop at the Paradise Artist's Retreat this past September.  The other is a politically-themed promotional poster I made for the Rites Of Passage Festival I'll be attending in Melbourne, Australia, January 28-30 2011. The weekend prior I'll be tattooing at the 2nd annual Surf n Ink Convention in the Gold Coast region of Australia.  Unfortunately I'm already booked up for both shows, but I'll be teaching a seminar on advanced tattooing strategies at Surf n Ink, and selling my new painting books at both shows.

Speaking of the books, thanks to everyone who picked one up so far, I sincerely appreciate the support and the feedback I've gotten on it. I'f you don't know about the book yet, see my previous update, below this one, for more details and links to further info! Or, if you're not observing a personal Buy Nothing Day, just order one here.