100 Things No One Told Me

I’m getting on #the100dayproject late (it started April 3rd), but I’m joining in and going to post a drawing everyday for the next 100 days. So I’ll be posting one a day until Friday, August 10th.

I had this super clever, original (I thought) idea to do daily drawings for the next 100 days based on things no one told me. I googled it just to see if anyone had done it before, and another illustrator already did it! Darn it. Alex Noriega had this same idea and executed it very well in 2010. His last post on his blog, snotm.com was in 2013 though — and his insights and drawings are much wiser than I am (most of mine are about body hair and BO). So I feel like the projects will be different enough that it’s still worth it for me to contribute. If you were following me when I did my, “lie to me” project, I had followers message me the lies they tell themselves and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. It was really fun, and I felt like I got to know a lot of you much better. I’m opening that up again — what’s something no one told you that you had to find out for yourself? Message me! I want to know and draw it!

1/100 things no one told me. No one told me chin hair was going to be thing I would need to deal with on a regular basis. When I was a teen I’d randomly get one, long white hair that I’d pluck and not have another one for years. Now it seems like it’s every day! Oh well – I work from home.

Who is Corky Gonzalez?

Corky Gonzales was a founder of the Chicano movement of the 1960s in the American Southwest. He was also a boxer and a poet. With his poem Yo soy Joaquín, known in English as I Am Joaquin, Gonzales shared his new cosmological vision of the “Chicano”, who was neither Indian nor European, neither Mexican nor American, but a combination of all the conflicting identities. With his poem Yo soy Joaquín, known in English as I Am Joaquin, Gonzales shared his new cosmological vision of the “Chicano”, who was neither Indian nor European, neither Mexican nor American, but a combination of all the conflicting identities. He died at his home in Denver in 2005, saying, “I’m indigenous. I’m going to die at home among my family.”

Soft brown eyes of expectation for a Better life.
And in all the fertile farmlands,
the barren plains,
the mountain villages, smoke-smeared cities,
we start to MOVE.
La raza!
Méjicano!
Español!
Latino!
Chicano!
Or whatever I call myself,
I look the same
I feel the same
I cry
And
Sing the same.
I am the masses of my people and
I refuse to be absorbed.
I am Joaquín.
The odds are great
But my spirit is strong,
My faith unbreakable,
My blood is pure.

Against All Odds

Phil Collins for Monday Nights. “So take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Ooh, take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds
And that’s what I’ve got to face”

Save our Bayous, Fundraiser print

There are 12 threatened species, 11 endangered species and 20 at-risk species in the Louisiana bayou. I’m selling this as a print with 100% of the proceeds going to conservation in America’s bayous. If you’ve never been to one — I highly recommend it! They are both repealing and alluring. They glow, and stink and glisten. They are bizarre, unique and ultimately very necessary for animals, plants and humans alike. Despite conservation efforts, Louisiana still loses an acre of land every 33 minutes. That’s 25 miles a year. The city of New Orleans is especially at risk, as its surrounding bayous once protected it from tropical storms.
To buy a print, send me a message! $30 for 11×14”

Common Tides Fundraiser Print

My friend Katie Dyal co-founded and runs the amazing non-profit Common Tides that takes kids from underserved communities in developing countries on sailing trips to teach them about marine science and ocean stewardship. These trips are completely free for the kids, but the costs for renting a boat, housing and travel expenses for crew and so on can get quite high.
I’m selling these prints through my Etsy store to fundraiser for them and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Common Tides.

Mary Oliver, The River

The river
Of my childhood,
That tumbled
Down a passage of rocks
And cut-work ferns,
Came here and there
To the swirl
And slowdown
Of a pool
And I say myself–
Oh, clearly–
As I knelt at one–
Then I saw myself
As if carried away,
As the river moved on.
Where have I gone?
Since then
I have looked and looked
For myself,
Not sure
Who I am, or where,
Or, more importantly, why.
It’s okay–
I have had a wonderful life.
Still, I ponder
Where that other is–
Where I landed,
What I thought, what I did,
What small or even maybe meaningful deeds
I might have accomplished
Somewhere
Among strangers,
Coming to them
As only a river can–
Touching every life it meets–
That endlessly kind, that enduring.
MARY OLIVER

In These Times Editorial

Recent full page illustration I did for In These Times on the latest book by Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich.

Barbara Ehrenreich Calls BS on the Immortality Industry
In her new book, Natural Causes, the author reminds us that we can’t cheat death – although we can die trying.

NY Times Feature!

I’m so honored to have my work featured in the NY Times today. Honestly, this was a 5-year goal of mine, but it happened much earlier than I thought. Kaiser Health News hired me for this story on the high, often hidden costs of diabetes self management classes offered by hospitals.

Looking for a black doctor for my kids

“Looking for a black doctor for my kids.” Cultural competence in healthcare refers to the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver services that meet the social, cultural and linguistic needs of patients. Latest illustration for NPR affiliate, Philadelphia’s WHYY. Thanks as usual to @paigepfleger and congrats on your future endeavors. Full story available in link in my bio.

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Megan’s lie.

@megskeefc’s lie. There’s a TON of animals who aren’t burdened by societal expectations of their gender identity, animals who can reproduce asexually and animals who can change their gender midway through life if they wish to. Clownfish are one of the latter. If you haven’t been following, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. Lie to me!

Beaky

When we were kids, my brother found and injured magpie on my family’s farm in Southern Colorado and nursed it back to health. From them on, it followed him everywhere. We headed back to Denver at the end of the summer, but would still visit for long weekends and Beaky would be waiting for us. Eventually we stopped seeing him, but whenever I see magpies I think of him.

Saying no.

Maybe it seems negative, but 2018 is shaping up to be the year I feel comfortable saying, “no.” No, I don’t have time for that in my life. No, that doesn’t matter to me. No, I disagree or that is bad for me personally or for all of us. No! Politics aside, personally I have a habit of people pleasing and overcommitting myself. I make plans with zeal and later realize I’m not capable of giving whatever it was that I committed to. If I’ve done this to you, I’m sorry. Sometimes I don’t always think things through. In the future, I hope to have some foresight and say, “no” to the things I can’t do, or the things I can’t change.

Andre’s lie

@andredomeni’s lie. This one was also relevant to me, too. I don’t remember anything despite really, really wanting to. Now I neurotically put everything in a physical planner and my phone.. and then forget to look at them. Here’s to trying! If you haven’t been following, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. Lie to me!





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Lifetime

Lifetime, Straight White Teeth’s (my partner’s band) latest release ft. Paige Pfleger @paigepfleger – Single released in 2017, and well-loved by blogs, playlists and Spotify algortihms. It’s been getting some playtime over at @kcrw, which is really exciting to see! I’m extremely proud of my partner for continuing to work on and release compelling music despite many personal hardships. Have a listen at straightwhiteteethmusic.com or on Spotify