Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pittsburgh Zine Fair: Summer 2011

The Pittsburgh Zine Fair is being held for the first time ever in summer of 2011. Mark your calendars!

The fair will be on Thursday September 1st from 5pm-10pm at A.I.R. in the North Side. It will feature over 30 vendors, workshops, hands-on demonstrations on letter-pressing and screen printing, readings, and discussions!

Email: PGHZINEFAIR@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pghzinefair.com​/

Monday, July 25, 2011

You never know who you're talking with

So if you know me you're aware each week I drive to Erie to work at my parents laundromat. A curious thing happened this Friday on my drive back to Pittsburgh. I stopped to get gas and when I went to pump it for some reason they wouldn't verify the pay inside button.

I kept furiously pressing the "pay inside button" to no avail and got so annoyed I stomped inside. The lady at the counter said sweetly "I'll come help." She put a sign infront of her register quickly and went towards my car limping a bit, me trailing behind.

She had such a calming demeanor my mood was instantly lifted. As she walked in-front of me  I noticed her beautiful long wavy hair. It was a dark brown with one or two gray hairs but stunning. I told her how beautiful it was. Her kindness seemed to radiate out and she said "I'm so glad I didn't lose it. I have cancer."

At that moment I realized two things: one if my negative mood had taken over I would've missed this. That you never know what a person is dealing with or how a simple comment can change their whole day. Two we discount the beauty that is right in-front of us because we are so busy with "getting somewhere".

When I went into pay I asked if they had sunblock. She again helped by saying "Don't buy it here it's so expensive. I have some in the car " So this woman literally gave me a container of her own sunblock. And she stated "A little kindness goes a long way." I couldn't agree more.

This woman was a gift. She reminded me of love, simple compassion and a deep understanding that life is fleeting. Life can be so magical if you get out of your own way I've found.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

I adore Maslow's concept of Self-actualization

Maslow’s self-actualizing characteristics
  • See problems in terms of challenges and situations requiring solutions, rather than see problems as personal complaints or excuses.
  • Need for privacy and comfortable being alone.
  • Reliant on own experiences and judgment – independent – not reliant on culture and environment to form opinions and views.
  • Not susceptible to social pressures – non-conformist.
  • Democratic, fair and non-discriminating – embracing and enjoying all cultures, races and individual styles.
  • Socially compassionate – possessing humanity.
  • Accepting others as they are and not trying to change people.
  • Comfortable with oneself – despite any unconventional tendencies.
  • A few close intimate friends rather than many surface relationships.
  • Sense of humor directed at oneself or the human condition, rather than at the expense of others.
  • Spontaneous and natural – true to oneself, rather than being how others want.
  • Excited and interested in everything, even ordinary things.
  • Creative, inventive and original.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Biting Sketches

Set up a new Tumblr for just sketches check it out here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Tiny Universe

So I've been creating these little art boxes called "tiny universe" for a few years now. I made one for a dear friend years ago and continue to make them according to subjects that interest me. I thought it would be a fun project to make them for other people. You can order a one of a kind tiny universe here

Monday, July 4, 2011


The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
Anais Nin

Ritual in Transfigured Time from Istvan Horkay on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 2, 2011