Sometimes, when someone has been in your life for a long time, they have very narrow perceptions of who you are and what you’re capable of. It could be a parent, friend, co-worker or spouse. I suppose it’s inevitable. 

But what’s really insidious is when you start to believe them. Or let their definition of you become your own self definition. 

Do not let anyone tell you who you are, what you’re capable of, or what you can be. Even if you love them. 

Fuck that noise.

Sometimes, when someone has been in your life for a long time, they have very narrow perceptions of who you are and what you’re capable of. It could be a parent, friend, co-worker or spouse. I suppose it’s inevitable.

But what’s really insidious is when you start to believe them. Or let their definition of you become your own self definition.

Do not let anyone tell you who you are, what you’re capable of, or what you can be. Even if you love them.

Fuck that noise.

Some figure drawing from a session at Platform Studios in Chicago last week. Trying not to get rusty.

Some figure drawing from a session at Platform Studios in Chicago last week. Trying not to get rusty.

Some figure drawing from a session at Platform Studios in Chicago last week. Trying not to get rusty.

Some figure drawing from a session at Platform Studios in Chicago last week. Trying not to get rusty.

Happy 75th Birthday Batman! Sorry I don’t have more to give you than a ballpoint sketch, but what do you get the guy who has everything?

Happy 75th Birthday Batman! Sorry I don’t have more to give you than a ballpoint sketch, but what do you get the guy who has everything?

Here’s a handful of lunchtime doodles for you. I’m still trying to shake off this slump I’ve been in for awhile. I feel like I need to fall back in love with drawing. Sketching some of the local Burlesque performers who inspire me seems to have helped.

Here’s a handful of lunchtime doodles for you. I’m still trying to shake off this slump I’ve been in for awhile. I feel like I need to fall back in love with drawing. Sketching some of the local Burlesque performers who inspire me seems to have helped.

dendroica:

"I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."
(via xkcd: Free Speech)

dendroica:

"I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."

(via xkcd: Free Speech)

(via thegeneha)

clientsfromhell:

I was hired by a religious group to do an illustration for their printed brochure.  They loved it, and I sent them an invoice. Two months later I hadn’t been paid. 

I called them, and their manager said they had prayed to God about my invoice, and He told them to use the money for their cause instead.

I waited a few minutes and called him back. I told him that I had prayed to God about it, and He said they should pay me. 

They sent me a check.

(via vulvanity)

asker

bassoonerthebetter asked: Hi Amanda, what is marriage? How does one know when one is ready to be in a marriage?

amandapalmer:

I don’t know. I know that I got married after only being with someone for a year, and it was looked on with suspicion by some, but so far, it’s lasted, because me and the Other Person are pretty committed to Making it Work.

I’ll tell you a story that I think I just deleted from my book that may help.

anthony said this to me once.

after you get married, there eventually comes a night when you can’t sleep and you find yourself awake in bed, next to your partner, looking at their sleeping, snoring, human face in excruciating detail, thinking

HOLY FUCK, WHAT THE FUCK HAVE I DONE, WHO IS THIS STRANGER I’VE COMMITTED MY WHOLE FUCKING LIFE TO

and that is the moment


your marriage actually begins.

mattahan:

Cannot be stressed enough.

(via hamsterrage)

Okay, let’s mix it up and talk about this Gary Oldman thing, because I have problems both with the posts condemning him and celebrating him. First, all of these quotes were out of context, and context and tone account for a lot. You can pick random quotes out of any conversation you or I have had and we’d all wind up getting fired or evicted. The Playboy Interview is one of the last forums for candid, in-depth interviews in print, but it’s going to die a quick death once subjects realize that people are going to cherry pick the things that sound the worst out of context and tweet them out to make everyone crazy. Second, while I agree that political correctness is lame, and is borne of hypocracy, if you break down those comments (which, again, are out of context) basically what we have is an old, white millionaire saying it’s a total bummer that other old white millionaires can’t call people things like nigger, fag or cunt without everyone giving them a hard time. Are old white millionaires not given enough slack in this world? And all the posts I see about how awesome his comments are, sorry to say, are from white dudes. I never see any black people saying “yeah, let’s not get so bent out of shape every time someone says the N word!” or women posting “Hey fellas, call me on it if I’m being a useless cunt. Don’t be shy!” There’s a difference between political correctness, which is lame, and having basic human respect for other people, especially those who look different from you. So, I guess like a lot of subjects, I’m cursed to see both sides of it. I dunno. What do you guys take from the whole thing?