5871
13 Jul 14 at 5 pm

fuck-yeah-bears:

399 by Nate Zeman

"The four grizzlies in this image are bear # 399 and her 3 cubs crossing the sagebrush flats in Grand Teton National Park. Bear 399 became somewhat of a celebrity in recent years, due to the fact that she was often spotted with her offspring close enough to the road for good viewing. In Wildlife photography, It’s unusual to "know" one animal from another, but in the case of bear 399 it is hard to deny that she is special."

(via thepredatorblog)

fuck-yeah-bears:

399 by Nate Zeman
"The four grizzlies in this image are bear # 399 and her 3 cubs crossing the sagebrush flats in Grand Teton National Park. Bear 399 became somewhat of a celebrity in recent years, due to the fact that she was often spotted with her offspring close enough to the road for good viewing. In Wildlife photography, It’s unusual to "know" one animal from another, but in the case of bear 399 it is hard to deny that she is special."
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30 Jun 14 at 8 pm

Asked by discoelitist

asker So I am completely in love with the Fem4Fem Image you created. I run queer Disco Parties in Halifax & Montreal and today being the Anniversary of stonewall I was going to upload a Ballroom mix to our Tumblr account to celebrate. I was hoping you'd let me use the image as the cover for the mix? I will credit you in every way and link to your tumblr and website. Any chance you'd say yes? Much love and respect

odera:

Hello there queerasfuck, I appreciate the kind words and love for my imagery. However your actions have shown me that you in fact do not have much love or respect for the work, creative process, or my agency as qpoc artist. 

I just recently saw this message, but before I could even contemplate an answer I saw this: http://queerasfuck.tumblr.com/post/90223042408/heavypettingdisco-ballroom-house-n-honour-of

This is atrocious.

This is rude.

This is the height of disrespect.

This is appropriation.

You are a contemporary colonizer and it is really not cute.

This is ripping my original (©opyrighted) illustration of its original context, because your desire to have it attached to your ~stonewall anniversary mix~ is stronger than your desire to respect an artist and simply wait for a response. 

It doesn’t matter that you have credited the image to me. Because you took the liberty to flip the image horizontally and add some pretty gross type on top. So not only have you removed the image of its narrative, but you have in fact changed the visuals+design and taken “artistic liberty” on something you have zero claims or ownership of. I have spent hours simply thinking, okay what color am I going to make this line by the torso, should this dot be red or cyan, what is the proper placement of the text, etc etc. So it takes some serious audacity to crop the image and add your own text. 

So no, I do not give you permission to use the image for this mix. 

I am an illustrator, I make images for a living. 

So unless you want to sign a contract granting One-Time Rights and hand over $444, then I suggest you delete this image and think more carefully before shitting all over someone’s artwork.

And now a word from one half of FEM4FEM, chungsun:

Tell queerasdumbfuck that it was rude to just go ahead and use it anyway and that a lack of response does not mean consent. There’s enough appropriation of queer POC culture that taking somebody’s artwork and repurposing it without permission is unacceptable. The fact that its from within the queer culture is more offensive.

This all comes from a place of ~love and respect~ though

XO/lovemelightsout/IloveyoulikeXO, Odera

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 26687
16 Jun 14 at 9 pm

Junot Diaz (via blkkwiccan)

(Source: luciaferr, via mysticalafrofairy)

"I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations."

 11294
14 Jun 14 at 6 pm

jigokuen:

A collection fo sketches going to LOVELY backers. 

(via itsleahelaine)

 854
09 Jun 14 at 2 pm

topmodelcentral:

Renee Bhagwandeen test shot

~ America (20) ~

by E. Mackey

(via mysticalafrofairy)


topmodelcentral:

Renee Bhagwandeen test shot
~ America (20) ~
by E. Mackey

"I love it when women love themselves.
I love it when women are learning to love themselves.
I love it when women inspire other women to love themselves"

 444905
09 Jun 14 at 2 pm

whimsy-cat:

Handmade crowns by Elemental Child.

(via cutesy)

 2334
29 May 14 at 9 pm

poc-creators:

iluvsouthernafrica:

Lesotho:

Portraits of Basotho men and women wearing likobo* by Joel Tettamanti.

*(blankets - pronounced: di-ko-bo)

Up to approximately 600 years ago furs, skins and even dried grass were used to keep out the cold during the winter months. By 1860 it was becoming more difficult to procure sufficient skins for Karosses and by 1872 many of the old sheepskin covers had been replaced by crudely made cotton or woolen blankets. 

Although blanket styles have been subject to outside influences, they are still to this day closely linked with the milestones of Basotho family life.

Read more.

except that there are nothing crude about these blankets…

(via mysticalafrofairy)