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The holiday season is all about giving. Giving presents to friends and family, giving back to your local community, and giving to worthwhile organizations that you believe in and who are making a real difference to make the world a safer, happier, and healthier place. The American Cancer Society is the perfect example of such an organization. For 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of supporters worldwide, they help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. Sixty years ago, 1 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survived. Today, thanks in part to the work of the American Cancer Society, 2 out of 3 will survive. The ACS has funded groundbreaking research in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history, provides a variety of support services for cancer patients, and promotes cancer prevention far and wide.
One of the most important tasks that The American Cancer Society takes on is providing lodging for patients and caregivers. Last year alone they provided lodging for over 50,000 people.
Having a place to live shouldn’t be the difference between life and death for anyone. Let’s continue to make sure that everyone who needs a room gets one! Join the American Cancer Society and make noise to finish the fight against cancer once and for all.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Nicola Ókin Frioli’s award winning series of photographs documenting “Muxes”, Mexico’s transgendered community that is celebrated as a symbol of good luck.
“They drink beer, they are part of local governement and they are symbol of good luck for their family: they are Muxes, homosexuals of the “pueblo oaxacaqueno de Juchitan”, more than 3000 homosexuals who enjoy respect and admiration in all the country.
Los Muxes (in zapotec language means homosexual)are considered as a blessing in Juchitan and you can count almost 3000 of them.
According to a taxi-driver, there is a homosexual in every family and Muxes themselves assert to be “fallen fron a broken pocket of San Vicente Ferrer” the patron saint of Juchitan,during his holy walk over the town (a local expression to say they are lucky, chosen people).
It is a luck for a homosexual to be born in Juchitan, where in a population of 160.000 people, the most of them feel respect for Muxes, while they walk proudly in the streets, dressed as women with huipiles and enaguas, typical dress of the Tehuantepec Isthmus.
The homosexuals of Juchitan have gained a place in economical and political activities, normally reserved to men.
They are ownersof shops,they work in hospitals, they are successful stylists of the typical local dresses and owners of beauty salons.
A resident in Juchitan says ”Thanks to God, we have one of them in every family… they are like women, they work as a man, but they wash, cook, clean the house and when the other sons will get married and leave, they will stay and look after their old parents”.
“A lady living here, has accepted a son muxes… and then she has winned the lottery.. it is a real blessing. .everybody shoul accept them as they are.. in every place they are”.
Carlos Lopez Toledo, municipal concellor, explains that when a family relizes that a child has a bent for homosexuality, they treat him as a lucky charme, because Muxes are good producers.
“A lot of us are in this way, because our parents have converted us and treated as female “says Felina, a 36 years old Muxes, owner of an Estetica (beauty salon). ”I’m not a man.. I’m not a woman.. I’m a Muxes and there is place for everyboby in the Vineyard of Lord “.
Mistica, 27 years old, makes traditional dresses “When I was a child, I used to play with my sisters,I dressed as a woman and Imade myself up… my mother was happy and used to say she would like a son muxes… My father didn’t accept immediately and decided to bring me to to the farm with my brothers… but once arrived… I run to pick up flowers…- Nicola Ókin Frioli (via feature shoot)
It’s time for our weekly exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website builder Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color is a website builder that helps artists create gorgeous mobile/tablet optimized websites and allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work and website of Janet Decker Yanez.
Nashville, Tennessee based artist Janet Decker Yanez latest series of paintings “Unwinding Sheets” is a psychedelic exploration of portraiture, color, and abstraction. Using furniture moving pads and spray food coloring, Yanez’s experiments have taken her on a hallucinogenic ride full of colorful possibilities.
Discussing this body of work she states:
There’s a death that happens in the moving process: death of the physical space once occupied, of relationships with people and of things that break or don’t have a place in the new home. There’s also new life that happens while unpacking, as demonstrated in this series called “UnWinding Sheets.”
After unpacking my whole house and giving away all the boxes and most of the paper—for the second time in less than a year—I was left with roughly 20 large furniture paper pads, “economical, multipurpose, and reusable 3-ply recycled paper.” Some days I just wanted to wrap myself up in one of those blanket-sized sheets and hide away in some old box. As an alternative, I brought them to the studio.
Using food coloring and spray-painting techniques, I began creating non-representational heads/portraits. Starting with the basics of facial anatomy, ephemeral, shroud-like faces emerged from these lifeless, linen-like materials approximately 4 feet by 6 feet. Features developed as the coloring puddled or ran depending on whether I was working on a flat surface or vertically and as I used a layering process that included several spray applications and airbrushing.
A cast of characters unfurls from this paper that once wrapped and protected all my fragile household items. Through the title process I found some have names, some speak of their past with terms used to describe the condition of the objects they once wound around, while others merely echo precautionary statements.
These days it seems that everyone is trying to make a video go viral. Youtube.com and other video sites are saturated with millions of amateur actors, comedians and your general goofballs who are tossing pies at friends faces and scaring roommates while they sleep. It may seem like anyone can make a quick video on their phone and have it go viral but I assure you that’s simply not the case. For every viral video out there there are thousands that lack the wit, spontaneity, and unique take that makes a video go viral and get shared millions of times over. So it is in the spirit of the viral video fails that LG has put together this hilarious scary prank spoof to showcase the new LG IPS 21:9 UltraWide monitor.
The film gives us a behind the scenes peak into the struggles of a multitasking director Don Arnold who is trying to put together a painstaking scary prank video with 20 hidden cameras and a full film crew. As the prank gets underway Arnold watches on his LG UltraWide monitor as every step of the prank goes wrong with actors missing their marks, props failing and other failures dooming the would be viral vid. This funny film is a hilarious reminder that having a professional team and perfect tools doesn’t necessarily mean overnight viral success. As LG states “We give you perfect tools, but the results are up to you!”
Rhiannon Schneiderman‘s self portrait series “Lady Mane” takes on societies ideals for women but with a hilarious tongue-in-cheek spin. Striking the same types of poses you’d find in fashion magazines with hip accessories across a neutral background, the artist stares into the camera while long wispy ponytails, four foot hair braids, and jheri curls dangle from her crotch. In a recent interview with Design Taxi Schneiderman states about the project:
The Lady Manes is a series of eight self-portraits. In each image I’m standing in your typical feminine pose in an outfit or article of clothing, and I’ve accessorized each outfit with its own unique, stylized ‘Lady Mane.’ A ‘Lady Mane’ is just a somewhat empowering pseudonym for a bunch of pubes, a “bush,” your “hair down there”… And that’s what the series was about for me: empowerment. I can’t really pinpoint any one source of inspiration for the project because it really was a culmination of so many things going on at the time; I’d moved to and lived in Daytona Beach, the armpit of Florida and possibly all of civilization, for almost two years (for school) during which time I’d witnessed and been subject to some pretty amazingly sexist ordeals. I was moving more into my hardcore feminist phase, which I think every lesbian in their 20’s goes through, and just so happened to have a hardcore feminist, fine-arts-major professor who had been giving me a semester of the most intense and life-altering class critiques I’d ever experienced. I’d been introduced to Cass Bird’s “Rewilding”, an amazing body of work that continues to influence me. All of these things, and maybe a few Lady Gaga songs, were inspiration enough to create a series that kind of laughed at conventional gender norms. I wanted to tell people that they were ridiculous, make them uncomfortable for a change. I wanted to challenge femininity and the objectification of women that is still so incredibly prevalent in society. I guess it was my way of saying, “Fuck you. Enough is enough.”