Kamala Harris, first female vice president of the United States

As a non-American, I can’t believe how much my mental health was affected by the politics of a foreign country. The flood of relief that came after a gruelling week of intense media reporting was a welcome feeling, followed by the joy and exuberance of something positive for the progress of our society. Kamala Harris has become the first woman to be elected into the second highest position of power in the most powerful country (for now) in the world. What a shining beacon of hope and positivity she has proven to be, from her poise and intelligence displayed during the first vice-presidential debates, to the grace of her election win speech. Joe Biden’s election speech also offered relief and renewed hope for a more unified future, as the chaos of the last administration is swept out, along with their inflammatory rhetorics and abrasive political shenanigans. I was inspired to create this piece in a stencil-style graphic to commemorate this joyous and historic occasion, and hope for even higher strides for feminism and women everywhere. I hope you, too, feel a renewed sense of empowerment and peace. Let’s continue to work together to bring forth a brighter future.

My online shop is now open with new stock!

I opened up a Shopify storefront and have started to release my designs into the interwebs, in case you, too, would like to commemorate this historic moment. Mine is currently being fulfilled and should arrive in 2 weeks. I can’t wait!

New Adventures

So big things have happened since my last post, oh, 3 years ago. Most important things off the top of my non-caffeinated head are:

  • Got married. Wohoo!
  • Visited my dreamland, Japan, for my “honeymoon” (which happened before the actual wedding).
  • Visited Iceland, almost died, survived and came home with souvenirs and slight PTSD.
  • Picked up my life and moved to London, UK.

I’m now funemployed and have time to do something about this vanity project, so here I am, back from the dead (apparently).

Westminister Abbey the first day I landed.

I hope to keep my friends, family, and internet stalkers up to date with my new London-based adventures through this website, and will try my best to produce more content to justify paying the hosting costs for this thing.

How to make your own Team Mystic shirt.

Hey fellow kids!

What is summer without summer camp activities? Well I was never sent to summer camp because my family didn’t have that kind of money but I imagine making t-shirts would be a fun camp activity! Let’s make a t-shirt!

Step 1: Make a stencil

Choose a logo you’re completely obsessed with want to show off like the shameless fanboy/fangirl you are. Today I’m announcing my loyalty to house Articuno and recognising that Queen Blanche is the one true queen of the north, so I’ve printed out a vector image on a piece of clear acetate film. Many thanks to /u/fruitrolluperino for the vector file (https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/4t2xgy/the_real_team_mystic_logo_high_resolution/)! I took out that border so people will stop bitching about which emblem is the right emblem. Team members shouldn’t fight about things like that!

Take a sharp object and cut out the shapes you want to print. Don’t cut yourself too. Unless that’s your thing, then all the power to you. But that won’t help you finish the project so let’s not. Also it makes more mess and this will get messy as it is. And if you bleed to death you can’t play Pokemon Go anymore so that’ll be a real drag.

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Step 2: Prepare your PRINTING SURFACE

Whether you’re printing on a t-shirt, a bag, your underwear, public property, whatever, make sure you protect your surface so the paint doesn’t stain the rest of the material. I’ve just put a piece of cardboard inside this t-shirt to eliminate bleed-through. Also protect the rest of your work area with plastic sheets or garbage bags so the landlord doesn’t scream at you for staining the carpet/linoleum/hardwood/marble floors again.

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Step 3: Position your stencil

I like to spray down the back of my film with a temporary spray adhesive so that when I start painting, it doesn’t shift around. I’ve found this Sprayway brand one that smells like high-end cancers that works great. I just had to make sure I spray away from my precious face and crack open a window in my windowless basement sweatshop.

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Carefully position the film on the fabric and set it down. Pat it down flat so all the corners and finer bits are fully adhered to the surface. Try to make sure it’s not crooked so that you won’t cry later about wasting your time and materials on a goofed up piece of discount-bin crap. Do your best!

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Step 4: Apply paint

I’m using a stencil brush and applying fabric paint to this shirt. Apply in light layers, try not to let the paint get too thick or globby or it might bleed past the edge of the stencil or feel too heavy on the fabric.

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Adding a gradation on the edges of the wings here because I like it fancy.

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The stencil is fully covered now. I realised I shouldn’t have used a shitty piece of cardboard with a crease down the middle because the painting processed picked that up. So ya, use a flat piece of cardboard or board and nothing with too much texture as the backing. I guess I should’ve mentioned that near the beginning.

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Step 5: CAREFULLY, CAaaaaREFULLY, lift your stencil.

Moment of truth!

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STEP 6: Touch up

Attention to detail is an important life skill to have and lets potential employers know you’ve got your shit together, so take a moment and see if anything needs some extra TLC.

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STEP 7: Heat-set THE print

You want your masterpiece to last forever so you’ve got to heat-set your fabric paint. Flip your fabric over, turn it inside-out or have a clean piece of fabric over your print and go over it for 2-5 minutes with a dry iron on the cotton setting, continually moving it around to make sure it doesn’t burn into any single area for too long. This will set your paint so that it doesn’t wash off on your semi-annual laundry day.

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FINAL STEP: ADMIRE YOUR GENIUS

You’ve done it! You’ve made a thing! It’s wonderful! It’s priceless! You’ll be the envy of the next nerd convention!

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I made a thing!

I started playing Pokemon Go and I’m HOOKED! I’ve never done hardcore drugs before but I imagine this feels sort of like the same thing. All the addiction without the absolute poverty and meth mouth! YAY! My house looks like crack den now though because I’ve neglected all the housework for the past two weeks, so bummer about that.

Oh well!

I also had time to make things! Check them out!

Team Mystic t-shirts!!! A tie-dyed version with hand-stenciled Articuno on it for men’s.

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Here’s a close up so you can see the texture details and all my hard work:

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And for the ladies! Or very effeminate men!

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Swanky, huh? This one was my absolute first print so I botched the “crown” a bit. Ah fuck it, I still love this so much. All hail the one true bird, dabirdofdanorf!

 

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I’m thinking about selling my work, maybe help to pay for a wedding next year (BTW, OH MY FUCKING GOD WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE). If interested, shoot me an email, sweetnsoursayuri@gmail.com.

There’s a Toronto lure party meetup tonight, here’s to hoping a legendary shows up!

St. Lawrence Market adventures

I’d meant to visit the St. Lawrence Market today before heading to the Toronto Pride Parade later on, but I got sick, so I didn’t get much done T-T.

I got some photos though! Look at this shiny retro ride! Even the passenger looks retro!

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Brunch was the lobster roll from the Market Street Catch, a lovely restaurant off to the side of the market. It was okay. I think I’m just getting withdrawals because my beloved Rock Lobster has closed down, and I’ve never had a better lobster roll than the one I’ve had from them, with their buttery hot crispy buns and succulent pieces of lobster with a side of their signature Caesar cocktail, served with an actual lobster tail in the drink. The lobster bisque in the background was alright too, I burned my tongue (my fault) and it was a tad too salty (their fault). Even now the roof of my mouth is peeling dead skin because after burning myself, I ate the salty sour pickle to really kill off my delicate oral lining. Lovely.

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At least I got a sweet flag out of today, Winners was handing out free festive flags. My lion-cat now has a pride.

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Pride day means alot to me, I feel really lucky that I was born to identify easily as a female, and fall into the heteronormative and accepted category of finding people of the opposite sex attractive. I fell in love with a man and can declare my love to the world with no rebuke. No one will say it’s disgusting and unnatural or hate my existence because I’m enjoying the wonderful feeling of being in love and being with someone who cares for me. Everyone should be able to enjoy this feeling, but it saddens me that not everyone gets that chance, because there are intolerant and ignorant people who don’t want their world views to be challenged, or have their heads so far up their religious text’s ass they can no longer smell the shit coming out of it. I think being in the love is the most wonderful thing, and sometimes you really can’t control who you call in love with, so if two consenting adults decide they’re really meant for each other, why stop a good thing? People who find the concept of two pee pees touching each other gross should grow a pair and find their own ways of dealing with their gross mental incompetence without infringing on the rights of others. Let lovers hold hands, feel the warmth of each other’s affections, find the joy in each other’s embrace and be strengthened by the power that love bestows, no matter who they are. The world needs more of it anyways.