Hey, do you want to come over and then I’ll go to your place and we’ll pretend like we’re each other for a little while?
1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.
2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.
3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.
5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.
8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
9. Don’t dumb it down.
10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
12. Never park in front of a bar.
13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first boy/girlfriend.
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
16. A suntan is earned, not bought.
17. Never lie to your doctor.
18. All guns are loaded.
19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.
20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.
21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.
23. A handshake beats an autograph.
24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.
25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.
26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.
27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.
28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.
29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.
30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.
31. Eat lunch with the new kids.
32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.
33. It’s never too late for an apology.
34. Don’t pose with booze.
35. If you have the right of way, take it.
36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.
38. Never push someone off a dock.
39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.
40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry; live up to it.
41. Don’t make a scene.
42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.
43. Know when to ignore the camera.
44. Never gloat.
45. Invest in good luggage.
46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.
47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.
49. Give credit. Take blame.
50. Suck it up every now and again.
51. Never be the last one in the pool.
52. Don’t stare.
53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
56. Admit it when you’re wrong.
57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.
58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
59. Thank the bus driver.
60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
62. Know at least one good joke.
63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.
64. Know how to cook one good meal.
65. Learn to drive a stick shift.
66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.
67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.
68. Dance with your mother/father.
69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.
70. Always thank the host.
71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
72. Know the size of your boy/girlfriend’s clothes.
73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.
74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.
75. Keep your word.
76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.
77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.
78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.
79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.
80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.
81. You are what you do, not what you say.
82. Learn to change a tire.
83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.
85. Don’t litter.
86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.
87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.
88. Never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.
89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.
90. Make the little things count.
93. You’re never too old to need your mom.
95. Know the words to your national anthem.
96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun then sitting on the bench alone.
97. Smile at strangers.
98. Make goals.
99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.
100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard."
a high school teacher’s list of 100 wisest words (via live-la-bella-e-vita)
this series is amazing
Coming of age ― Vice
Photography by Étienne Saint-Denis
Hikikomori, literally “pulling inward”, is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive individuals who withdraw from society, seeking extreme degrees of isolation. French artist taking the name of Hiki Komori combines human faces and bodies with architecture or natural elements, offering a series of exquisite and enigmatic portraits. Capturing the essence of the chosen solitude, these double exposure portraits invite viewers to the introspection. Intrigued by the person behind these powerful images, Artchipel invites Hiki Komori to speak about his personal story, creative process and his perspective on solitude.
Artchipel: Who is Hiki Komori? Tell us a bit more about your personal and educational background.
Hiki Komori: I always being fascinated by the collage. My mother used to make some as sketch for her painting. When I was ten, my grandmother bought me a comic book illustrated by Dave Mckean, “Arkham Asylum”. It was a revelation. I started to draw, but it was awful (laugh), so I turn into photography. I tried different mediums, from orthochromatic to Polaroid, and discovered Photoshop. I was doing my first collage, playing with layers, trying my best to “pull out what was in my head”.
Beside, I grew up with Mckean, a real inspiration, and other artists such as Bill Sienkiewicz, Ashley Wood. I’m also introduced to some great photographers thanks to a friend with a great art and cultural baggage: Joel Peter Witkin, Jan Saudek, David Nebreda and finally Mark Weaver. If he is reading this right now, I wish him to know how grateful I am.
A: How has the double exposure photography initially captured your attention?
HK: I used to make some as @pixtagram, with a series called “ghosts”. I wanted it to be simple, so I started shooting subject with an app called “true HDR”, that wasn’t really made for that kind of treatments. The principle was simple: shooting two pictures, one with the subject, and one without, and mix them. Here’s an example (view image) that was my first experiment with double exposure.
Later I tried different techniques. Finally I combined both collage and double exposure, which gave a satisfying result. But something happened and I stop creating for almost a year…
A: You use a mixture of human portraits and architecture or natural elements to create magical compositions. Can you give us a general overview of your work and share with us your creative process?
HK: I wanted something that expresses “the world in my head”. I first started to watch over the web for similar artistry and have discovered Dan Mountford (cf. Tumblr | previous posts on Artchipel). I fell for it and totally assume that my work is inspired directly from his. But spontaneously, that’s what was coming out from me.
I have a huge stock of industrial landscapes, structural shapes and trees photos. I just shoot portraits and try different combinations until I get a good result. I switch it to black and white with high level contrasts than colorize them to add a twist to vintage style.
A: Your images stand out for their soft aged appearance and the emotion that evokes. What themes do you pursue?
HK: Loneliness. There is a world around me and a world inside me. I’m trying to pull the world out of my head. And to forget… or to forgive.
A: Where do you find your image resources for your work? Are some of them personally connected to you?
HK: Most of them are self-portraits. But recently, I also shoot other subjects. All of them are connected to me. They are my family, friends or people who made me feel something through their works.
A: Do you have special rituals to get into creating mood?
HK: Alone at night, drunk most of the time (shame on me).
A: How do you use social medias such as Tumblr and Instagram as an artist?
HK: Social medias help me to enhance my visibility and to get some feedback about my works. I also met people I envision to work with. I recently contact other instagrammers to collaborate. Some answers and other don’t. Wait and see.
A: Do you seek out times for solitude for yourself? What does that mean for you?
HK: Yes I am. This is a space between me and other, a space where I can’t hurt nobody, and no one can hurt me. I’m sociable and like others’ company, but I also appreciate when I return to my solitude. It’s like if you’re listening to some awesome and powerful music. When it stops, you really enjoy the quiet and calm silence.
Matthew Zapruder, from “Schwinn” (via sarahjeanalex)
The astronaut spraypainted
I Love You on the cheek
of the new hotel across the street.
The moon printed
I Love You on the mouth
of the old chalkboard in his closet.
The astronaut heaved up
You Don’t Love Me but
you’re always in view.
The moon reasoned
I Love You More because
I can choose not to.