Tuesday, October 8, 2019

One of my greatest fears has always been being normal. I fear being normal - it’s the last thing I want to be... 😱 I grew up in a very normal place, with a normal family. I dressed like everyone else. I looked like everyone else. I went to church on Sunday and played soccer with friends after school. All that. Normal... What I wanted always, was to be special. Exceptional. Different. And if I was normal, how could I be different? I began getting tattoos and wearing black. I changed my hair and wore eyeliner. I pierced my face and ears. I painted my nails. I was different, I was free- free from normalcy. But now, I was just as normal as all the other people who had black clothes and eyeliner. It was just a new normal... πŸ€”πŸ˜• ——— I have grown out of my fear of normalcy now, and I have come to understand it. I am normal. I am just a regular guy who wants to be loved. And you know what? Normal is no longer scary. It’s comfortable. It’s safe, and I am safe. I don’t need eyeliner to stand out because in my safe place over here, I can instead, do work that is special. I can paint pictures that are different... and create letter forms and color schemes that maybe aren’t so normal. And that’s what makes me special. I will take my art to the edge of the earth and back but in my heart, I am just a normal guy, with a normal life. And that... is good enough for me. 🀷🏻‍♂️πŸ•ΊπŸ»πŸ ❤️ ➖➖➖ This post is my entry for @goodtype #goodtypetuesday prompt, “what is your greatest fear?” #goodtype #fear #overcomefear πŸ–€πŸ€˜πŸ»✨ Art by Jason Naylor

Monday, September 30, 2019

Today marks the last day of suicide awareness prevention month. I lost my baby sister to suicide and she was a big advocate and supporter of mental health awareness, and also a huge intellect and talented writer. So to close out the month I am sharing this post and a snippet of her writing, not for sympathy or grief, but instead, to offer her powerful words to anyone and everyone, as a support and a reminder... —— “To all those out there suffering silently, to all those fighting desperately, to all those on the brink of giving up, to all those who fought a good fight and were taken by one of these illnesses, to all of us who do those “extra special,” “very weird” things as if our lives depend on it because— oh wait, they do— and our long-term management of/recoveries from debilitating mental illnesses require it: . I LOVE YOU. YOU MATTER. THERE IS HOPE. I will always fight with you, advocate for you, and support you in obtaining treatment. I will cry with you, laugh with you, sit silently with you, listen to you, and love you no matter what. I may not do it perfectly, but I can promise you this: I will never judge you, I will never stigmatize you, and I will never turn a cold shoulder on someone struggling for help.” . – Emilee Naylor πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€ #suicideprevention #mentalhealthawareness #bethe1to πŸŽ—πŸ’›πŸŽ— Art by Jason Naylor

Sunday, September 22, 2019

INTRODUCING: OPN Heart Simpson!!! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’–πŸ–€⭐️ Collaboration with the homie @thumbs1!!! This is one half of a LIMITED 2 part release dropping @designercon in November. Go see @thumbs1 to see the other half ⚡️πŸ‘€πŸ–€ Thumbs is one of the artists I met at @powwowworcester and we had a blast talking shit and brewing up ideas to take over the world. Solid dude - go show him some serious LOVE. 😘😘😘 I can’t wait to unveil the other parts of this collab so if you’re gonna be at @designercon then get readddyyyy!!! πŸ’₯ ———— Thanks @thumbs1 love u brother. πŸ”₯ Art by Jason Naylor

Where is your inner child? Where did it go? Do you still have it in you? Do you walk down the street looking up, wide eyed, soaking in the world around you? Reaching out trying to touch and feel and understand everything new? Dreaming without even realizing it, open, learning, growing... How do we get that back? How do we keep that in us and use it for creativity? How do we reset that innocence that this beautiful kid has...? πŸ§ πŸ’–πŸ–€ Something to think about... ➖ πŸ“Έ@yua.emma324 πŸ™πŸ»πŸ–€ Art by Jason Naylor