Monday, August 24, 2015

Generation Y: The Age of Creativity + Technology

Photograph by: Christina S. Brown of LBS. source.
A millennial is most commonly referring to those born, somewhere between approximately 1980-early 2000's. It's an era of major shifts in the global economy and technological advancement that closely follows generation x, which is said to be the generation born post-World War II baby boom. I'm intrigued by Generation Y; not only am I'm apart of it, but I also am constantly thinking about the ways in which we will affect and transform the future. More than anything, I'm inspired by people of color and where we stand in this regard, but I'm saving that topic for another time (wait for it).

Based on what I've studied and other general observations, there has always been a generationof people who came before another cluster of people who undermine what the new group is capable of. As the saying goes, "Old men for council, young men for war," the truth in that is being open-minded enough to learn and benefit from each other, rather than playing tug-a-war about who's right and who's wrong. With an affinity to technology, our perspectives are often challenged and/or discouraged. We're often told that we lack imagination and social skills. Although I see areas where that can be true, I also beg to differ, because we don't typically receive the credit or applause we deserve. 

Despite what picture mainstream media paints, there is something so inspiring about this generation, full of beautiful minds; optimistic about goals that our parents never thought were possible, vocal about injustices everywhere, and this unmatched willingness to create and fill the voids of society with our outlandish ideas. Everything we do-from our versatile fashion/style choices to the way we use multiple platforms to express how we view the world-is boldly refreshing. Best of all, we are crowned with an amazing ability to set this world on fire. To be around this kind of positive energy is contagious and translucent.

We are the outliers, who are not afraid to take risk, not embarrassed to stand out by simply being, and not afraid to express ourselves. We don't hesitate to break the rules, explore our own curiosities, or ask questions that were once prohibited. It's almost like we were already born well aware that we were designed to make a difference in whatever circumstances we were brought into. Eventually, we realize that our dreams have substantial weight and full of promise; that they are worth believing in and worth pursuing. Yes, technology can sometimes be a crutch or barrier, spoiling us with this idea of instant gratification and entitlement, but once we find ourselves back at that place of self-awareness to tap into our own superpowers, the possibilities really are endless.

It was no accident that I was born within this new wave of influential thinkers, innovators, leaders, and creators. In a culture primarily driven by art + technology, I do believe that my career aspirations, specifically, are perfectly aligned with the pace and direction this world is moving in, as I'm sure is the same for everyone actively working towards their goals and dreams. We have either just arrived or just now entering the prime of our lives; what better time than now to be young and ambitious? 

Everything we are doing now, everything we're building from here on up, is a reflection of this attitude that my life goals are about something bigger than me. My pursuit of happiness on a personal level may not actually have anything to do with me; I just know something must be done during the time I've been blessed with. Even if we aren't necessarily the ones intended to prosper from our contributions to society and the world, we still have so much to offer, both individually and collectively.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 36 {Human Nature}

I'm in love.

While browsing the beauty community on YT for new curly hair routines, I accidentally came across Tootsie Jackson YouTube channel, TootsieTime. Almost immediately, my attention was redirected by a video of her performing a song (that I just so happen to love) for the first time on her channel. Curious about her sound, I clicked on the video to give her a listen.

Michael Jackson songs aren't for everyone's vocal range, so it's not often a cover of one of his world renowned songs impresses me. Not only is her sultry voice absolutely breath-taking, there's something extra special about flawlessly done Michael Jackson renditions. The last time I had goosebumps like this was Tori Kelly's iconic cover of P.Y.T. back in 2012 Ironically, both Human Nature and P.Y.T. are two of my favorite from my MJ collection, so I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful her voice was on one of the greatest Michael songs of all time.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Music Collective: vol. 35 { S U M M E R V I B E S I I }

Summer has almost run its short course and quite frankly, I'm not prepared to watch it leave. It hasn't been the worst summer ever, but it most certainly wasn't the greatest either. Perhaps, if I get the ball rolling with a beach trip soon, I may be a little more satisfied with how summer turns out for me; the season is still young. 

 Music-wise, it's been hard to keep track of what I've been listening to and loving; it just plays in the background while I'm doing other things. However, daydreaming of sun, sand, and ocean inspired the sequel to my S U M M M E R V I B E S compilation, made up of tunes - dated and recent - that remind me of living life to the fullest and all the beautiful sensations associated with summertime bliss. Press play.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Art Muse | Tripoli Patterson


It's always like American Christmas when I come across a creative I've never heard of before. My entire world lights up with the bursting hope of possibilities. I become immersed in learning more about them, wanting to study everything from their lifestyle to their inspiration. It's just the same as meeting someone for the first time and being completely intrigued by their presence to the point where you want to know everything about them as a person. 

One of the main goals of bringing The Artistic Misfit project back to life was to create a platform for individuals who move effortlessly within their unique artistic habitat. It's been on my mind to add a new on-going series to called Art Muse, dedicated to these multi-faceted artist I come across that inspire me. Being a lover of ocean and art myself, I thought it would be fitting to commence this series with highlighting world renowned surfer/art dealer, Tripoli Patterson. 

In 2009, Tripoli opened his own art gallery in the luminous city of Southampton, New York. Based on strategic demographics alone, this art gallery was destined to be a hit. After years of participating in art shows, his initial contacts were instinctively friends who were artist, as well as other local artists he met at shows and on his daily commute on the train. I thought it was admirable that even in a city saturated with old money, industry, and high profile investors, his focus has always seemed to stem from a place of authenticity and that's what made it special.  

For Mr. Patterson to be as well-known as he is in the both the art world and water sports arena, he's still very much under the radar.  In a recent interview for Ralph Lauren Magazine, he made a statement that makes sense of why that is: "I like being behind the scenes. I think I have a good eye and good taste—it isn’t confusing for me to tell what I like and don’t, and the artists that I believe in. So it was a natural role to take, being a curator and an art dealer."

That statement resonated so closely with me. As private as I can be - even as a "public" blogger - I can definitely appreciate people, especially artist, who aren't overly concerned about exposure, because it's not about that at all; they we just want to have the freedom to create and immerse ourselves, as deeply as possible, into the fullness and depth of art culture.

I'm truly inspired by people like Tripoli Patterson who make time and room in their lives to harmonize everything they love without losing passion or focus. The average person works better with laser focus, but it's not suitable for everyone to be one-dimensional, where they have to pick and choose which passions deserve attention and which ones don't. For a long time, I thought I had to (choose) in order to be successful, but what a relief it's been to learn that it is indeed attainable for a multi-dimensional creator with a variety of interest to be happy/successful.

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