I’ve seen some posts making this guilt trip of how the people who like to dress up as a sugar skull or the Catrina for halloween or whatever is racist and cultural appropriation.
Nah, it’s completely fine, as long as you are not totally ignorant about it or disrespectful.
Sugar skull represents the deceased, in a joyful manner. And the Catrina is just a social critic which became an icon later on for the day of the dead and Mexico.
It is not offensive to turn this into a costume or an accessory because it already is, so if you want to dress up like sugar skulls on Halloween, do so, but atleast know it’s value.
Be open minded, don’t even hate, and share this rich culture we have with the rest of humanity, chill.
This post is about that eradicating guilt trip and blaming, and turn it into self awareness
I gotta admit, I am hugely inspired by the Day of the Dead, and imagery from it turned up a lot in my art, and tumblr made me stop referencing it for quite some time.
Now I can go back to drawing La Catrina to my heart’s content
Put my son to sleep in his new onesie, woke up to a bear raiding my drawers.
do you ever think about how little Michelangelo cared
Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt, detail (c. 1480-1485)
God this has to be one of my favorite paintings of all time. Simonetta Vespucci is probably like my top three muses of art history ever, the others being Jane Morris and either Marie-Thérèse Walter or Françoise Gilot (because let’s be honest here Picasso paints a woman in the way she’d want to be painted, and if I could choose any artist from history to paint me, it would be him).
So back to Simonetta. I remember seeing this the January of my sophomore year. I was taking a winter semester course on Northern and Italian Renaissance, and our professor took us on a trip to the Met. There was an exhibition on the Italian Renaissance there and it was such an amazingly comprehensive show with pieces from various European museums. Of course, this painting was the centerpiece of the entire exhibition and the catalogue cover because in real life, its beauty is overwhelming.
First things first, this has got a reverse-Mona Lise effect. What I mean by that is, generally people’s first impression upon seeing the Mona Lisa is “oh I didn’t know it was so small”. When I saw Simonetta, I had the exact opposite reaction and thought “oh my, it’s so large!” (insert any variation of dick joke here). But seriously, Simonetta is larger than life-size here and it’s so unexpected because in photo reproductions, you see Botticelli’s fine brushstrokes and Simonetta’s clear facial features and you think this must be a small and delicate work. In real life, it’s about the size of a dorm room poster, which made sense to me at that particular time period in my life. I was totally in awe and I stood in front of this painting for ages, just taking in the grandiose details.
The thing that really enchanted me about this piece was how even though everything about the painting was fine and precise, the unexpectedly large size gave Simonetta a noble and even untouchable air. If Simonetta as immortalized by Botticelli here had walked into a room, it would fall silent and absolutely no one would approach her because her beauty demands to be seen but not be familiarized with. I think her presence even inspires a bit of fear in the hearts of both men and women, a fear of humiliation perhaps.
The best advice to getting work done is always: if you don’t start, you’ll never finish! Cue the excuses.
byebye weak ass homophobic/transphobic legal defenses.
I love that it’s 2014 and it’s only now been banned in one state
Not the heroes we thought we needed but the heroes we really needed all along
I think the real question is why should a girl shave, preen and diet herself into oblivion for a guy in sweatpants and a t shirt who hasn’t trimmed his pubes in 3 years
Please stop reblogging this I’m scared a social justice warrior is gonna find it and realise I’m a boy