There once was a girl named Erin. Her stomach grumbled so much it was tearin’. So she called for delivery, braved the cold so bitterly, and since then her appetite’s been unsparin’.
Why can’t everyone reply to things I write in verse. SERIOUSLY THIS THE BEST. YOU GUYS ARE ALL THE BEST. How did I end up with such cool friends. Like, really. Read this awesome shit. You wrote a fucking limerick about me getting pizza delivered. How cool is that???
Hey, you wanna get those people to stop grabbing your comic because they're not crediting you? Well, just go to www(.)tumblr(.)com/dmca (Remove parentheses), fill out the forum, and send! Not only does this remove the post, but all reblogs of the post, too! I'm really sorry to hear about your work not being credited, but I hope that you can rest a tad easier knowing that you can remove their posts that contain your work. ~TheFurryNerd
Hey, TheFurryNerd - thanks for checking in.
I learned about Tumblr’s DMCA removal option last week and contacted them. All the offending posts on Tumblr at this moment (to my knowledge) have been removed. Sadly, though, Tumblr isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.
When someone strips attribution from my comic and shares it on social media, it’s on me to track down and report the offending posts. That’s hundreds of offending websites and millions of social media shares that I have to track down (and contact individually) just to be credited for my own work (that had attribution on it in the first place).
It’s also an unending cycle. Just because the uncredited image is successfully removed from a social media site today doesn’t mean someone new isn’t going to repost it there again tomorrow. (Or post it somewhere else.)
So, while Tumblr’s DMCA removal option is a source of hope that social media providers are starting to take steps in the right direction, it’s not a solution to the initial problem. (Individuals removing attribution in the first place. And that meme-based sites like 9GAG are profiting off of it.)
I want to thank you for your message, though. Tumblr’s DMCA removal option is a really important tool on fighting art theft on Tumblr specifically. And one that most people don’t know about at all. Definitely worth talking about.
“I hope so. I want to be someone that girls can look up to as a strong female empowerment independent girl. Because, for a moment in the early Noughties or the Nineties and the Eighties, it was all about strong females. Now it’s become the back-seated female, I guess. It’s become the damsel in distress. You need movies like Kick-Ass where the dorky kind of damsel is Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl saves him. This allows young girls to look at it and go, ‘That’s someone I can look up to’.”—Chloe Grace Moretz (via ohchloegracemoretz)
Hallo! Another huge fan of you and your spouse's work, here! :) Just wondered if you ever had/have the issue of some of the LGBTQ community "rejecting" you because you present as very feminine (at least in your photos), and, therefore, "pass" too easily. I've had problems in the past, and have wondered how common an occurrence this is.
It’s pretty fucking common, unfortunately.
It’s called femme invisibility in most queer circles. There’s a great article about a butch that decided to one day wear leggings here that pretty much sums up what it’s like to be queer and present yourself as even very slightly feminine. Not only do you get flak (or rejected) from your fellow queers, but you also have to put up with shit from non-queers that try to “convert” you back to straight or also assume your sexuality. Because the way you present yourself says a lot about who you’re attracted to, right?
There are all sorts of ways to be queer, not just one kit of clothes and hair and skin for everyone. Unfortunately, both queer and non-queer people alike forget that and instead try to pick apart the basic appearance of people to conclude if they “fit” or not. We are not Barbie Dolls molded to queer perfection, we are people with diverse needs, appearances, and sexualities.
There’s really only one thing to do about it: Keep doing what makes you happy. Because the people (queer or not) that tell you that you can’t be queer because of how you look are wrong, and more than that, they’re being stereotyping, narrow-minded and further stigmatizing an already stigmatized group.
It’s eerily similar to the same stereotyping bullshit that people spout off to categorize any minorities by saying "Black girls can’t do x…" and "Jewish boys don’t like x…."Stop right there, because I’m pretty sure you don’t know every single person of that race, sexuality, gender or creed on the planet, so you don’t get to make broad, sweeping statements about their persons.
I look pretty fucking “feminine,” whatever that means these days. I like looking feminine, I enjoy putting on makeup and lacy bras and garters. I also like getting off to girls. I really like getting off to girls in my makeup and lacy bras and garters. If that makes me somehow “less of” a queer, then my brain and body definitely weren’t aware of it. So anyone who tells me otherwise, I tend to just ignore. They’re on the wrong side of history, anyway, and just can’t handle all dis.
alexquintas said:How many sessions did it take for the wormwood, and, do you wait for it to heal up before doing another session? It looks all kinds of awesome and I love how delicate it is.
Two sessions to get it the point that the photo was taken. If I wanted it to be raised/indented more, then I could definitely go over it again!
I usually wait 6 months after the initial surgical cutting phase, just so it has time to develop and properly heal. I agitate my scarifications in their healing process with a clay pumice stone (much easier to sanitize than a real pumice stone) for 2-3 months every time I shower, and a little smear of petroleum over the scar for the first week makes the healing slower to allow proper scarring. We also used old-fashioned iodine during the procedure, which actually develops scars (thanks, doctors of yesteryear), as well as sanitizes the area. Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent cleanser while it forms, because it also discourages proper healing and contributes to scarring (it’s slightly toxic to bacteria, but that also means it inhibits new cell growth — which is why it is only encouraged for cleansing minor wounds instead of larger areas).
You can always do more agitation for longer to develop bigger, more raised scars, but for how delicate the linework was, that process seemed just about perfect!
I thought only people who get keyloid scars could get scarification tattoos? Also will you have to occasionally get yours touched up? It looks fantastic by the way.
Actually, not at all! (And thank you!)
While some people prefer keloid scars for their 3-dimensional look, a lot of scarifications heal to resemble whitework tattoos — no largely raised, puffy skin, just a slightly different texture (sometimes indented, like some of mine) and color to the skin. Of course, those types of scars are a little more apt to heal away over time, but going over them once or twice creates permanence (I had to go over mine twice).
Also, how you let the scar heal will make a big difference between subtle scarring and larger keloid scarring; the longer you agitate the fresh scarification, the more your skin will develop raised scars. The more flesh you take away (flesh removal), the bigger the scars. I have some slight keloids on my back from a section where we did skin removal (weird TMI: loose lines of skin feel like overcooked spaghetti), but the rest mainly looks like a scar you would get from a minor injury or a lightning strike.
And all of this is dependent upon the person, too. Like you said, a lot of people who get scarifications are already prone to keloids, so it stands out more immediately. Personally, I’ve had my ankle sliced open (by accident) rather severely and never developed a keloid, despite the 3-6 months it took to heal it.
It’s more of a personal (and sometimes genetic) choice if you want something very delicate (like mine, or like thisor thisor this) or a larger keloid, not a rule for scarification. Everyone scars, it’s just how they do that varies.
Why exactly did you have a scarification instead of a tatoo? Sorry if this is a stupid question, but imo they are more or less the same from the look. You could also have your flower scarification as a tatoo, or I am wrong? Dont want to sound offensive, Im just courious!
Not offensive at all, it’s a great question!
1. Delicately lined tattoos tend to blow out on me, no matter how professionally and carefully they’re done.
2. Scarifications feel very different from tattoos. Parts of my scarification (like the thin lines) feel like pieces of rigid thread/yarn, while other parts feel indented or almost like stickers against skin (especially the flesh removal bits). Generally speaking, tattoos feel “puffy,” which is fine, but I prefer the more graphic and easily-felt scarification on my own body.
3. Scarifications look very different. Since it’s all new skin, it acts like any other scar — it’s shiny to the naked eye and reflects sunlight. My own scarification glows outside in the summer, it’s very noticeable under the right circumstances, but easily overlooked in other lights. Basically, think of any scar you have and how often people notice it when it’s visible vs. how often they don’t notice it unless you point it out. It’s a little like an optical illusion, especially since I chose not to keloid my scars (making them puffy/pink).
4. No maintenance. Tattoos usually have to be touched up or completely redone as a person ages, while scarifications don’t really need any maintenance. However, while a tattoo is usually done in one session, a scarification (especially one with thin lines) sometimes has to be gone over again, but it’s a small price to pay for a literally permanent piece of art.
5. White ink is tricky. Unfortunately, white ink tattoos really haven’t been perfected, and there are a million different schools of thought when it comes to getting them. They sometimes blow out more easily, they sometimes turn yellow as the ink ages, and they sometimes require blue mixed in with them to not look “antiqued.”
6. TMI: I really enjoy pain, but only very specific kinds of pain. Slow, steady pain is my favorite, especially cutting by another person, so getting a scarification is not only a way to explore my masochism in a safe, sterile environment, but also a reminder of happy feelings. Tattooing just doesn’t do it for me in that respect.
Basically, there are a lot of reasons, both personal and logical for getting a scarification or a tattoo, but when I weighed the pros and cons of both tattoos and scars, scars just came out on top for me. Seeing a scarification in person is a very visceral experience, but unlike tattoos, not always noticeable upon first glance. Scarifications just seem to jive with me, my skin scars very easily and in a way that I can appreciate the appearance of it. That’s not to say that I’m not a fan of tattoos (I definitely am!) or that I won’t get tattoos in the future (I would love some blackwork!) but I have a personal connection with my scars that makes me feel content.
And for the curious, this is me with my wormwood (Sweet Annie) scar going down my left arm: