I’m honoured to work with the David Suzuki Foundation on their fundraising campaigns throughout the year. These illustrations are some of the work I have done with them in the last few years. You can purchase card sets through their website right here.
“Why do you watch so many cartoons aimed at kids and teens?”
Because the messages in a lot of modern cartoons didn’t exist in cartoons I had as a child, and I’m trying very hard to re-parent the scared little queer disabled kid of my past, and teach them that it’s okay to be scared, to be vulnerable, to be queer, to not fit the mold of what everyone tells you you’re supposed to be.
Sometimes self-care and healing is legitimately having to re-teach the traumatized child in the back of your mind, who wants so badly to have a second chance at being a person, because the world fucked you up so cruelly the first time.
I wish I can show you my dick but I'm too nervous and scared tho-
good!! sexually harassing women should seem scary!!
Youtube really wants me to watch this absolutely fucking rancid video about dark academia and I’m in love with the fact that the pinned comment on it or whatever is “a lot of people are saying that people don’t do this and it’s not my place to tell you your own experience but I assure you that people do this” and the video is about how people worship the aesthetic of dark academia and this is in some way a serious harm that we should be concerned about.
The video has more than a quarter million views and the creator claims that this is a philosophical deconstruction of dark academia and then proceeds to (poorly) describe what “aesthetics” are when he means “this is what an aesthetic is online” by using the dictionary definition of “aesthetic” while putting up an image of Plato like he’s discussing the philosophy of aesthetics which he is ABSOLUTELY not.
I hate this so much that I want to transcribe it and go line by line to explain why it is bad but I’m pretty sure that’s how this dude is getting paid, so I refuse.
“I’m going to over-explain something exceptionally basic while using sentences that can only be diagrammed using non-euclidean geometry over minor-key royalty free music” is my least favorite genre of youtube video.
It’s someone who has never had a second thought about anything once in their life trying to make a Big Joel video and it is tragic, hilarious, and tiresome.
The first two minutes and ten seconds of this video:
Internet aesthetics have been around for as long as I can remember. And with the rise of more and more advanced social media platforms, the ideals of these digital movements have only become more widespread. It used to be that one could only stumble across fashion board posts or pictures of bedrooms with far too many fairy lights on Tumblr back in the day, but with the release of Pinterest in 2010 and TikTok in 2016, the popularity of particular subcultures have grown almost as fast as the platforms themselves, to the point where one can now be exposed to these aesthetics without even browsing the feeds of these apps. To put it simply, these aesthetics have evolved past visually pleasing images and have become actual lifestyles with large followings.
But with the rise of one aesthetic amongst my youtube peers, referred to as dark academia, I’ve since become concerned. Is devotion to the principles of these movements really in our best interest or are these aesthetics nothing more than a set of facades meant to hide superficiality and meaningless conformity?
Before we begin to investigate the matter we need to ask what an aesthetic is. Aesthetics as a noun has been used to refer to the branch of philosophy concerned with the study and nature of beauty. However, the way ‘aesthetic’ is used is as an adjective, making it possess a similar, though ultimately different meaning. What both of these words have in common, however, is their interest in beauty. Things that are aesthetic, of course, denote some degree of beauty. But this raises some questions. Why not just call things that are ‘aesthetic’ ‘beautiful,’ ‘pretty,’ or ‘good-looking’?
It is important to note that aside from the fact the word ‘aesthetic’ has fallen prey to the overuse that most slang words do, now used as nothing more than an advanced way of calling something beautiful, aesthetic things share with us a very particular kind of beauty, one that is admittedly synthetic.
Dogshit. Just dogshit. Remarkable.
Dark Academia fans: “Hey, what if we dressed like nerds from the 1920?”
This guy: “Welp, time to discuss how this is the bane of civilization.”
punkin splashin ’splosion
Sometimes I hyperfocus so hard on something, I forget I’m a person until someone interacts with me. I feel like some wild animal seeing a human being for the first time. I’m like “oh yeah I’m supposed to speak and stuff”
Me: *doing something for hours on end without stopping*
Someone: Hey, are you there? I was just wondering if you’d like to-
For every single person in the notes going “yeah” or “same” or something like that…