Twenty fourteen.

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This year’s been the toughest yet. But I started thinking that maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be if you want to level up in life. For me, 2014 was a year marked by loss. But because I lost things I get to get new things! The year ahead promises new opportunities and an entirely different lifestyle. I’m starting a new job, a new cat moved in, and I’ve even made a few new friends. I feel truly optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time. And I am leaving everything that hurt or hindered me right here in 2014.

2015 Manifesto:

  1. Be really brave.
  2. Cultivate creative habits. Draw everyday.
  3. Rather count on a small amount of good people than a good amount of small people.
  4. Move more, moan less.
  5. Grow lots of plants.
  6. Listen more than you speak.
  7. Recycle and read everything you can.
  8. Grow up not old.
  9. Go back to school.
  10. Make the life you want! Fuck office hours!

My Odyssey

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So the dust has settled after Koppi and hopefully you’re all breathing normally again. I’m probably the last to post about the event, but hey, I’ve been pretty busy. After my sketches flashed alongside the painfully cool PHFAT on Friday night I have been inundated with illustration requests and freelance work. Which is awesome! I wasn’t able to snap any pics of their performance because I was crying like a little girl who just got a pet panda-bear for her birthday. I wished with all my heart I could go hug my chubby, insecure, and afraid 13 year old self and reassure her that one day she’d feel truly cool… It was the single proudest moment of my life so far, and I wanna thank the people who made it special for me, you know who you are. I love you.

Despite my obvious bias, I would still pick PHFAT as my top act this year. Their energy is just incomparable. The crowd was much bigger than I expected and the huge-ass flags branded with their bolt just looked fly as fuck. I am so proud to have been part of their epic performance and I hope to collaborate with them on MANY projects in the future. This bitching boy band is definitely going places, big, dirty, new places!

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I was lucky enough to catch Wrestlerish’s last performance. I don’t know why they’ve decided to kill their beautiful music machine, but I sincerely hope that the big guy keeps making music. If no-one’s told you: Werner, you were born to sing, and the world would be poorer if it were to lose your sound. I look forward to finding out what new journey you’re embarking on and I wish each of y’all the best in whatever you decide to pursue. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of so many of my favourite memories. You guys made a special kind of magic when you made music, and it will most definitely be missed.

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I must be growing up, because I can remember everything from that weekend. Personally, it felt like a true Odyssey to me (in the epic Greek sense) or even a bit like Christ’s temptation in the desert. I learned a lot of hard lessons this year, the most important being that the distinction between friend and foe isn’t nearly as clean cut as I believed it to be. I was deeply hurt by friends I considered closer than family, and sincerely surprised by others who I was sure hated my guts. Koppi is an honest and weird and mystical place where tiny miracles go unnoticed and people get changed forever. So, I missed Wolfmother… but I got so much more than I bargained for. I saw my name in lights, I felt real love wrap its arms around me, I rediscovered the kindness of strangers, and I figured out some serious shit about myself. Like I REALLY dig The Inspector Cluzo!

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It’s a shame things can’t stay as clear or cool as they are when you see through the dust. People go back to their jobs, to being themselves, to forgetting what they felt and learned. Not this prawn. Dust only knows what next year will throw at me, but I’ll be getting ready! Oppikoppi 2015, come at me bro.

I am not undone.

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Today’s doodle is inspired by the awesome guys from Amity Affliction. It’s a lyric from Pittsburg off their album Let The Ocean Take Me. I have fallen in love with this band! They’ve really helped me through a tough time, and isn’t that exactly what good music is capable of? I’ve put together a playlist of my favourite tracks, I hope y’all enjoy them as much as I do!

 

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Sickness.

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Some doodles from about 2 years back. Still haven’t recovered.

I’m a different breed.

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I remember the first time I cried to this song. I remember watching it performed live and feeling on top of the world. I remember much less about the two years that came after… but I remember the first time I cried to this song.