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July 23, 2014

Don’t save me - HAIM

I’m totally going through a HAIM phase right now! It was Lana del Rey for the month after I got back from Rome, and Kanye/G.O.O.D. collabos before htat. And the great news is that I now find most sugary-pop music (ie. Selena (sorry Selena!), most Miley/Disney) completely insufferable, a fact that I knew before but disregarded since I actually used to like that stuff. A sign of slowing maturing musical taste?(!!!?!) I thought the day would never come. Disney all the way, cool kids. 

In related news, I’ve taken the plunge from Dropbox into the independent freelance life. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and the stars have finally aligned. Of course I’m very sad about leaving my Dropbox friends - they’ve become like a family and some of my best memories and closest friends were made at 185 Berry. That’s probably the hardest part about saying bye - I just love so many of the people, so much! 

It’s funny because I feel similarly to this as I did when I took time off from Penn three years ago (literally three years ago!). As though the decision was a non-decision, because there were so many reasons why I couldn’t stay, but it was still scary. I remember walking into foursquare on my first day of the internship and being so scared - actually, I remember landing in NYC from Shanghai, grabbing the keys from Georg for his amazingly gorgeous Tribeca loft, and then running over to NYFW to photograph for my friend who was doing media for Ally Hilfiger’s line (and standing next to Tommy Hilfiger during the presentation). 

I think that was the first instance of see-what-life-can-throw-at-you come to fruition in that crazy city. 

Of course, I’ve also realized just how important my father is to me, as a pillar of both personal and career support. Personal because he’s the epitome of a hardworking, talented, but humblekindgiving person - career because I don’t know what I would do if he didn’t equip me with all of this great advice on striking out and doing my own thing. And it’s like actually good advice, not stupid bullshit, like real stuff regarding gut and finances and how he approached starting his own company in the healthiest way possible. Maybe one day I’ll share some of these fears and counterpoint advice but for now they’re a little too raw, vulnerable to write publicly about. Regardless, yeah - Dad. You rule. You rule my world dude. 

"Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough." -IG

edit: @sthry (how do you respond to people on this? TECHNOLOGY!!!!!nah :P) I’m going freelance, which means I’m an independent agent that other groups can hire AND working on a lot of personal projects. :) My fields of choice are illustration and lettering but only as they fall under the realm of storytelling and branding. I don’t just want to draw random things, I want to make movements with soul, with concept, with guts! Hope you see this! ^_^

Really, really fun finished illo for Katsu! A thank you for always making my favorite Japanese foods (gotta love that tamago) (at Dropbox Tuck Shop)

July 23, 2014

Really, really fun finished illo for Katsu! A thank you for always making my favorite Japanese foods (gotta love that tamago) (at Dropbox Tuck Shop)

Working on a present for my favorite sushi chef (okay, well I only know two…). I now know how to say “#1 Sushi Chef” like five different ways in Japanese, heh

July 22, 2014

Working on a present for my favorite sushi chef (okay, well I only know two…). I now know how to say “#1 Sushi Chef” like five different ways in Japanese, heh

Current status: eating a tofu sandwich, flying over Santa Cruz. With three of the tallest dudes I know.

July 20, 2014

Current status: eating a tofu sandwich, flying over Santa Cruz. With three of the tallest dudes I know.

July 19, 2014

Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right

Let this be our prayer

July 18, 2014

When we lose our way
Lead us to a place

Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

This is what we call SICKNASTY @tymnarmstrong (at SF Giants Ballpark)

July 18, 2014

This is what we call SICKNASTY @tymnarmstrong (at SF Giants Ballpark)

July 18, 2014

Full circle

July 18, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about people and how combinations of people can yield positive or negative results. It’s a very nuanced topic; obviously each person has many layers and you don’t quite see what is underneath a pleasant shiny surface until you deliberately choose to.

I’ve since learned the same lesson behind Maya Angelou’s words: when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. That is, mistakes that beg forgiveness are certainly to be had, and I am not one to campaign against such impossible high moral grounds, but if one proves oneself to be continually immoral in this sense, in this deliberate, unthinking sense, it is unnecessary for another to believe that said character is otherwise.

Things are the way things are for a reason. I quote someone very close to me when I observe that I’ve long stopped the habit of hoping that someone does something that I want them to. People are people and they do what makes happy. Acting entitled to a 180 change in another is usually not only an unhealthy but emotionally manipulative exercise.

When I’m feeling overwhelmed I just remember that we are all immaterial and none of this will persist, so, in true nihilist fashion (an appropriate combination of words) we should celebrate and pursue this fleeting, destiny-defying sense of emotion and happiness and sadness and anger and everything. So I’m following the joy. It is a deliberate and unmistakable choice.

July 16, 2014

Letters, meet Lego. 7600 Legos and a weekend later, we have a finished wall! (at Dropbox HQ)

Dropboxers! I made some cutesy vintage-db-style stickers for hack week. Go grab em in Biggie before they run out :) (fun fact: “have some tea” used to be the name of my wifi network) (at Dropbox HQ)

July 15, 2014

Dropboxers! I made some cutesy vintage-db-style stickers for hack week. Go grab em in Biggie before they run out :) (fun fact: “have some tea” used to be the name of my wifi network) (at Dropbox HQ)

July 13, 2014

"Éponine is deeply in love with Marius, though he considers her merely his best friend."
"To love another person is - to see the face of God"
Legoscript: phase two in progress. See where we’re going with this? :P Thanks to Raven, my awesome new intern friend for helping out! (at Dropbox HQ)

July 13, 2014

Legoscript: phase two in progress. See where we’re going with this? :P Thanks to Raven, my awesome new intern friend for helping out! (at Dropbox HQ)

Legoscript. Phase one complete. (at Dropbox HQ)

July 12, 2014

Legoscript. Phase one complete. (at Dropbox HQ)

Legoscript in process. Feet to show scale :) (at Dropbox HQ)

July 12, 2014

Legoscript in process. Feet to show scale :) (at Dropbox HQ)