Tell Your Future- The Tin Stories

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inspired by Carnivàle , Tin Stories
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Perhaps it was found underneath a pile of dusty, spiderweb covered quilts, or shoved behind a pile of outdated encyclopedias. A simple and small thing to misplace and leave behind…. or maybe something purposely hidden away, to never think of again. Delicate, ornately covered fingers uncovering and dusted off to peek a look inside. Perhaps stubby young hands grabbed without notice, shoved in a pocket for a later look. And the question itches at the mind, does it itself, tell your future…?

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Altered Altoids Tin, fables and coffee

Could be it was a gift, from some half-stranger right around the time the sun was setting on the third day in the last week of that 11th month. Or a whimsical purchase from a used trinkets store, it glinted in the reflected sunlight of old mirrors and the want tugged at some memory long buried. Something slightly borrowed from a beloved aunt or taken from a distant and never-seen relative. Were you asked to take a glimpse at the events to come and fold it up, hide it inside, to forget only to remember on another distant day?

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It could have been as easy as being handed a small card from inside, any card, pick one, and tell me a story. Amid breathing in cold and wild blue winter air or burning the smell of a summer ending in willing lungs while the sky slowly lit up with stars. Your future is only a single option from a list of many to be told, easily and fairly exchanged for a thrill at the unknown. 

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Part of a new series i’m working on, a way to stretch out those creative writing tendrils a bit. For anyone curious, I listed to the Carnivàle soundtrack on repeat while I came up with the idea for the tin and the words following. Creepy and lovely, with just a hint of disturbing. Highly recommended songs : Black Blizzard, Justin Calls Iris, Rita Sue and Jonesy, Babylon and of course the Main Title Theme. 

Art Journal, ’tis All Fiction

blank art journal.jpgI bought this journal way back in March, a little after my birthday, with the idea of finally having a place to spill out thoughts in color.

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Of course, life got in the way, the way it usually does and it’s not till now, ever many months later, I finally got started on it. I wrote about my last journal in Art Journals and Shared Art and how I was never happy with the direction my thoughts went whenever I tried to taper thoughts down in a fine point on paper. So I went in a different direction this time, listening to an admittedly weird (but relaxing) mix of chillstep music combined with early 00’s latin pop hits, thoughts of street art floating in my head alongside architecture and semi-couture fashion.

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And well, i’m actually pretty happy with the way this first step turned out. There’s a funny little excitement I haven’t felt in a long time, that feeling you get when you’re not scared of filling up blank pages anymore.

The Excellence of a Turbulent Sky

There are few things that can make my eyes light up and my fingers twitch for a camera like the skies. The horizon always claims my eyes, but a sky at war with itself is a wondrous thing to me.

I’ve run and chased the light, pulled into closed down water parks just for the chance of an  extraordinary glimpse. The heavens have split open and compelled my stillness in the most ordinary of places, a parking lot. And more than once, driving home exhausted from work, i’ve been gifted with a sunset that sparks ideas of nuclear blasts and unforgiving gods with it’s intensity.  20140129-120541.jpg20140129-120549.jpg20140129-120556.jpg20140129-124818.jpg20140129-120608.jpg20140129-124824.jpg