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counterculture: why we create pt. I

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We touched base with our founder and editor Taylor Parker earlier this week to discuss the act of creating design work and the pitfalls she has experienced in her profession. This is part of an ongoing series of experience-based articles dissecting the subject of why we create and what motivates us.  


SA: How did you get where you are today and what has impacted you the most?
TP: I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and wore a variety of hats over the years.  I spent the last six years getting my Bachelor's in Architecture and truly believed that was my calling. In retrospect I think it was always just a stepping stone to something more creative and less restrictive. Architecture, being a highly rigorous profession, was very good for me in terms of exercising design skills and strategies.  Design is such an intrinsic part of my person that I jokingly liken it to breathing. Getting creative blocks can equated with drowning for me so I try to constantly be in a state of creative output. 

I’ve always been a bit of a workaholic so the future I saw for myself was a very lonely one— working at firms in a bigger city and basically just existing. I always saw myself alone as serious relationships or children I believed to be beyond my scope. I worked full-time, went to school full-time, barely slept,  and really didn’t practice self-care on the level I should have at all. 

The turning points for me were pretty significant ones: I had a close-to-dying experience and a few years later found out I was pregnant with the most amazing little girl. I would say that those two things made me really look at the trajectory of my life and realize that what I thought was my destiny really was not at all what I had planned it to be.  I was always good at most anything I tried to do which made it more difficult to narrow down to a common niche. I had the ample ability to do anything I set my mind to but in the end lacked focus and execution. Ultimately this tenacity and fearlessness would always be my undoing although I strive more now to remedy those things. My work became a series of failures/experiences where I half-assed things simply because I thought I was a more seasoned sailor than I was in reality. I believe that in some regard I wanted to DO everything and BE everyone to such an exhaustive extent that I could not maintain it. To do such things would be impossible and idiotic. But nevertheless I found it quite unfortunate and had to come to terms with the fact that there is not enough time or energy to experience everything in this lifetime.  I wanted to spend every moment doing and being. It never occurred to me that just being myself was enough. I guess I thought I had something to prove and I know now that I don't have to prove anything to anyone. 

The realization of this was disappointing, but it takes courage to fail and pick yourself back up again and again. So I picked myself up again and again and again-- Over and over and over. I made a colossal amount of errors and l mistakes. And I made a lot of good decisions, too.  I am grateful that I had an amazing support system through family and friends who didn’t fault me for trying and encouraged me if at times that courage would falter. But at the end of the day I became stronger and I learned from most all of those experiences. I now look for the pitfalls and find alternate ways of dealing with them. Being self-aware is incredibly important and I highly recommend that people periodically examine their decisions and are honest about their motivations, especially when working in the creative field. 

In ways that were exponentially significant, and with limited timeframes, I found that not only did I really love teaching but the very basic creative activities that I grew up learning with my own mother. The way I felt about architecture once upon a time (a shimmering star that significantly burned out  in the end) paled in comparison to the synergy I now feel when I am just creating and instructing. So in a way, my “current field” became a meadow full of many things that brought me joy. The incredible thing about that type of joy is that it can spread like a wildfire if you let it. The good kind of wildfire that causes things to grow better-- not the bad-shitty-arsonist-kind, of course. 
 

SA: How do you research the business/marketing side of Tamer Animals?
TP:  One of the most fantastic inventions in my lifetime was the Internet. When I think about how I used to huddle over encyclopedias with their limited facts and figures in comparison to now with the world at our fingertips it is a very humbling thing. I have, in some form or another, been a lifelong student of business practices. 

I will be the first to tell you that I suck at marketing, especially when it comes to marketing myself as a "brand." I am not a fan of the limelight and prefer to sit on the sidelines whenever possible so it has been very character-building to have to exhibit a more sociable version of myself than I am generally comfortable with sharing. That is not to say that I am not an exhibitionist on some level (most creative types are) but I would rather delegate these things to people who enjoy them more than I do. I am constantly in a state of “most-improved-but-needs-improvement” and it has become a dedicated mission to figure out what motivates people to make the choices that they make. The internet, in some respects, has simplified much of this but ultimately complicated things as well.

To begin research  I usually sit down and list the questions I have. I am a huge fan of making lists, especially because I tend to be more on the “messy creative” side. Although a minimalist at heart, my mind is constantly going a mile a minute at times and clutter reigns supreme. I talk about as much as I type and about as fast. I try to curb my verbosity as I have a tendency to seek clarity to a fault. Part of being Type A is being too thorough, I suppose. 

So lists are my co-pilot and keep all that clutter at bay— until I accidentally lose the list in the clutter of course. Apps like to:day are a boon for me because they combine a really beautiful UI/UX with text and visuals. Being a visual person, I find this is very helpful. It is also helpful that I don't lose my phone quite as often as I would lose my lists.

I then systematically go through and search each one and write down any information I feel is exceptional. Sometimes this leads to more questions or notes but I think the process of asking those questions aloud is very helpful. Tax information, marketing, and basic business practices are all easily accessible and constantly in a state of flux. If you can learn something new every day, you are putting your time here to good use.

Product research is a bit trickier. I am constantly pinning and taking screenshots of things that inspire me but I do have an unspoken fear about unconsciously emulating others. I think gathering inspiration can be very helpful but there is a fine line between being inspired and being lazy. While the knee-jerk reaction is to  mimic via inspired means the better questions to ask are more meaningful: How can I improve upon this? If I couldn’t get anyone to buy this, would I enjoy it for my own use? Am I being truthful to my mission and my evolution? Am I being genuine with clients/customers by releasing this product? 

SA: What is your greatest motivator?
TP: That is really a hard thing to pin down. I have always tended to be a very complex person with heavily structured ideals about the act of creation. In a physical sense, my daughter is probably my biggest motivator. I want her to have rich experiences in her life and to be able to expose her to a wide variety of objects and subjects. I am eternally grateful for my mom for she instilled a deep respect for creation within me and taught me not only to have strength but also integrity. These are things that alone are powerful but all together create a high level of perseverance and a hotbed for creativity.

My mother is incredibly skilled in all things creative and I like to think that the majority of my successes were a result of her letting me make messes, think independently, and create without limits. Seeing the recognition and curiosity my daughter exhibits not only motivate me but also make me appreciate the sacrifices my mother made to help me become the person I am today. I strive to be better every day and release kindness into the world any way I can. 

From a personal sense, I think my biggest motivation is seeking balance. It has been a running theme throughout my life— the pursuit of tranquility— and I think it is such an important part of who I am. I strive to make a mark on the world each day in a limited capacity, even if it is just in my tiny universe. I spent a large early portion of my life seeking stability through relationships and thinking that those would make me whole and happy. I thought that once I found my "soulmate" it would "free up" the time i was invested in such things. I believed that by doing so I would have the the newfound freedom and energy to devote more to my creative pursuits. I thought love was the answer to everything and was very naive about the world and human behavior.  I think I lacked the self-confidence and self-awareness to realize that they were obstacles and not bridges. I spent an embarrassing amount of time sinking into those murky waters only to find that the happiest place I could be in was when I was producing.

SA: What have been some of your biggest hurdles as a business or individual?
TP: *Consistency is always a hurdle for me because life tended to have ideas of its own. I always had good intentions but follow-through can be ineffectual. It is still something I am mindful of even now.
*I was always very “hands-on” with any work I did. Having to step back due to time constraints and become more passive in my approach has been very challenging.
*Financials are always a hurdle. I think it helps to treat it as a second job and not a hobby, but keeping a good cash flow going from a reliable source is very importance. It seems counterintuitive in some ways. As much as many of us hope we will be at the right place at the right time, the reality is that it takes a ton of hard work, dedication, and hustling to get where you want to go.
*Scheduling under very strict time constraints (such as having kids or an intense job) is extremely difficult. While I find it inspiring that some women are able to juggle four kids and a high-profile job while running their small business, most of us are under severe constraints. Dedicating even an hour a day is helpful. Write everything down as you think of it. Don’t look at other people to assess your value. 

SA: What advice would you give to makers who are just starting out?
TP: *Don’t get caught up in what is trending. Pave your own way. Choose your own adventure.
*If you fail, don’t just fold or wallow in a big ole pile of self-pity. Ask yourself these three questions: 1) What did I do wrong? 2) What lesson should I have learned from this? and 3) How can I do better next time? Take responsibility for where you have fallen short and looking at failures as gifts and lessons. Not only can you place a positive spin on things by doing this but looking at them as experiences (whether good or bad) ultimately gives you the gumption to move forward.
*Don’t obsess over perfect. Perfect is for the infallible people that are in denial. Be human and create things that expose your humanity and breadth of experience. Don’t be afraid to deviate from all that you know and love. Perfect can also be dull. Dare to go against the grain.
*You will have $0 days and you will have $500 days. Make sure whatever you are doing is for the right reasons or you will never be satisfied with your output regardless of how much you make. 
*Work-life balance SUCKS sometimes. If you overextend yourself too much and don’t take the time out to charge your batteries, you’ll burn out. Not only does this decrease your productivity severely but your lousy lease on life can affect the folks around you (which is a crummy thing to do.) Don’t be an asshole. Get some actual sleep, step away from the phone/computer/whatever, and eat an actual meal. 
*Evolution is important. We are constantly revolving and evolving. Don’t get stuck in old, bad habits and always keep in mind that your origin is not your destination. You and you alone are responsible for the direction your life can take.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and don't be afraid to fail either. Become a newer, better version of yourself every chance you get and this will be reflected in your work as well.

SA: How do you develop your work?
TP: I try to clear my mind. I was never really adept at this or good at meditation so I start by making forms or words on a blank page and see what develops. I think my personal design style is very intuitive— a series of unconscious movements to arrive at a nondescript location. Everything is in a state of being chaotic and unplanned and as a more rigorous person I enjoy the freedom of the disarray. I like to think that I am a scientist more than an artist. I want to throw all of the elements in and see what comes out in the end. They are all experiments to me. Creating is exhilarating and sometimes even a bit scary. But when your excitement overrides your fears you will know you are in a good place. There are unintentional moments in design that can make or break what you are doing but you should never be scared of that. It’s far easier to close your eyes and leap in to the unknown. You can say a few prayers beforehand but the outcome is largely dependent on your frame of mind in the moment.

SA: What is your typical process day-to-day?
TP:  I try to harness creative energy through experience. Rituals are very important to me. The more stress I am under or deadlines that are imposed the more I begin to wane in productivity so I try to limit stressors and prioritize better. I used to set an unrealistic amount of tasks on my lists and became dissatisfied and disappointed with myself so I am not much more realistic about my constraints and energy levels. Rituals like morning coffee or tea, nature walks, crafting with my daughter, singing, and reading are all things that feed my soul. Once I feel energized, I will devote a couple of evenings in a row to distinct tasks after my daughter goes to bed. I am a night owl so working at night is my modus operandi. Being a single parent means that my free time is effectively a hot commodity so I try to make every moment count now.

I spend my days focused on what matters so at night I will be able to celebrate that freedom by calling on a stream of consciousness. I will sometimes knock out four or five illustrations in an evening if I am on a roll. Whether they are perfect or not is immaterial. It is the act of creating that I respond to— the journey rather than the destination. As an INFJ I enjoy my solitude unimpeded in those times and I think those are the moments especially when my work is able to take on a life all its own.

SA: Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
TP:  We are in the process of moving to a sleepy mountain town near Asheville, so I hope I have become established a prosperous career in that time and can continue creating and experimenting. The idea of being nestled in the mountains surrounded by nature is an irony not lost on me who always prided herself as a city girl. There is something magical though about starting a new life and being a new person. Five years down the road I hope the continue be a good mother, a good daughter, a good friend. I hope to be an even better version of myself whether my ventures are successful or not. I would like to bring more to the table than just myself and to be able to be of service to the world in some capacity.

 

 

Taylor Parker is an architectural/textile designer, illustrator, blogger, children's book author, and maker from Knoxville, Tenn. Through whimsical designs and vibrant colors she hopes to capture the beauty of abstraction through a marriage of nature and the built environment. She likes to combine hand-painted objects with some digital manipulation as her signature style. She has also been in the vintage business for over fifteen years and loves finding unique pieces for wear or environment.  She has a daughter and furkid, loves soul and shoegaze (she is also an occasional DJ,)  and enjoys getting her feet wet in new projects and mediums. 

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shop update: We've moved!

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If you've noticed things being a little on the quiet side lately, not to worry. The wait is finally over and we're ready to unveil our new and improved shop! We've been seriously hustling the past few months to get new handmade products, illustrations, and design your way as well as some unique found fashions. 

Want to peruse our new stock? Just click on the "shop" link on the navigation bar at the top of the screen and have at it! 

There are more awesome things in store for TA in 2018, including:

*We'll be launching our Spoonflower collections early in the year. Whether you just casually sew or are a dedicated crafter, we got you.
*We're in the process of adding Society6 to our roster as well as some local printers for our stationery, calendars, and greeting cards for the Spring 2018 collection. 
*Our TA Kids Lookbook is slated for Summer 2018.
*We'll be working with Blurb and Chatbooks to bring you some really amazing books.
*Curated vintage accessory boxes. Need we say more?
*We'll be extending our handmade/illustrated collection to include more custom orders!

Thank you all for your continued patience with us and support!

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the witching hour: little devils

the witching hourSonam A.Comment
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Less than a week to go and we are getting excited about it! Is your kiddo the ultimate procrastinator? We curated some of staff favorites that are sure to inspire!

PRO TIPS:

1) When all else fails-- Dollar Tree.
2) Some of the most amazing costumes can include household objects-- painted, decoupaged, or paper mache magic can be quick and fun projects to work on with the kiddos!
3) For inexpensive fabrics, thrift stores are a boon! It's the least expensive route for velvets and other luxury fabrics in a pinch! They also tend to carry a wide assortment of children's clothing that could be repurposed or added on to easily.

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the witching hour: Lost in Space

the witching hourTaylor P.Comment
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Halloween is almost here and we couldn't be more excited! Every day this week we are going to post some Halloween-inspired costume ideas to help ya'll if you're having trouble deciding what to do last-minute. If you already have a costume, there's always next year, right?

Space babes and aliens have been a staple for a long time, but there are so many variations and amazing ways to make the style uniquely your own. Whether in metallic vinyl suits or glittering stars, some of the following could be combined to boost your costume level out of this world! (Yeah, I went there.)

(Barbarella, source)

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Space girl goals. (UFO, 1970)

Space girl goals. (UFO, 1970)

Celestial perfection. (Model Alana Beale and MUA Kecia Littman--source)

Celestial perfection. (Model Alana Beale and MUA Kecia Littman--source)

Stewardess meets Space Cadet. (source)

Stewardess meets Space Cadet. (source)

Ankh action via Logan's Run. (source)

Ankh action via Logan's Run. (source)

1969, travel mode. (source)

1969, travel mode. (source)

Intergalactic makeup! (source)

Intergalactic makeup! (source)

  (Lt. Uhura-- source)

 

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(Cosplay of Jun from Gatchaman--source)

(Cosplay of Jun from Gatchaman--source)

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Hedy Lamar (Ziegfeld Girl, 1941-- source)

Hedy Lamar (Ziegfeld Girl, 1941-- source)

(Andre Courrèges, 1969.--source)

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(Thierry Mugler, 1979. Photo by Peter Knapp--source)

(Thierry Mugler, 1979. Photo by Peter Knapp--source)

Space meets Wild West. (Natalie Wood, source)

Space meets Wild West. (Natalie Wood, source)

(Vogue UK, 1970-- source)

(Vogue UK, 1970-- source)

(Susan Pratt, Jason of Star Command-- source)

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I kind of would want to wear this anytime and anywhere (Marta Kristen, Lost in Space-- source)

I kind of would want to wear this anytime and anywhere (Marta Kristen, Lost in Space-- source)

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The ultimate SPACE BABE! (Sally Ride-- source)

The ultimate SPACE BABE! (Sally Ride-- source)

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shop update: coming soon!

shop updateTaylor P.Comment

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Our custom banners will be coming next month to our etsy store. Each banner is hand-sewn and made with quality vinyl (black or white although we will have more options soon,) felt (1" or 2" letters in black, white, or red,) and recycled vintage fabrics. They are mostly inspired by soul music but feature a variety of mottos as well. 

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Works in progress. 

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Some of the options that will be available for pre-order!: 

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counterculture: me, too. (A.K.A. "WE WIN.")

countercultureSonam A.Comment
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When I came online today, I was astounded. The many voices saying “me, too”-- men and women and otherwise, echoed a profound and unfortunate reality that exists in our society today. Some people, many people, are assholes. And some people, many people, have been in situations no one should ever have to be in. It is not a reality I ever wanted to believe but here we all are.

In reading some of the stories I would find myself nodding my head in agreement because I had been there on some level. Some of the stories were heartwrenching and although I couldn’t relate to them situationally I could put myself in the person’s shoes enough to understand that it was horrendous. Some were so eerily relatable that it saddened me that someone else went through the same things I did. And it’s easy for people to target that. Behind a computer it is easy for folks to tear you down and add insult to injury. The people that tear others down with this are the very people who fail to understand the implications of it. Whether they realize it or not, they are part of the problem. I feel awful even writing this because some of the stories I have read today are simply so deplorable that no amount of uplifting statements can support them in a way that would be meaningful. 

Gross misconduct is a real thing, as is abuse, as is assault. Often if you even try to bring it up, especially when it is someone mutually known, it is discounted, invalidated, or distorted. Guys (or girls for that matter) saying someone is “crazy” or “exaggerating” are terms that are so easily thrown around these days to justify bad behavior. Defaming, bullying, and threatening are also pretty commonplace as well. I have friends that support known rapists or abusers and it is always a hard call for me on whether to forgive them for their ignorance or to distance myself from them as well. These are things that should not be trivialized or compartmentalized. And some people are REALLY, REALLY GOOD at distorting the truth to serve their agenda. If no one was there to see it or hear it, did it really happen? Therein lies the problematic manner of these situations. It comes down to faith in one another and unfortunately people are so disconnected these days that they are avoidant as a default with little faith in anyone-- even themselves.

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I have too many instances to list and they are not things I like to revisit or even talk about beyond the surface details. I wasn’t very pretty or attention-seeking or all of the things that people tend to lump into the category of “asking for it.” I was an awkward, bookish, waif of a thing that liked vintage clothes and art growing up. I generally kept to myself (and a small ragtag circle of friends.) I had a classmate in junior high school put his hands down my pants multiple times and threatened me with violence if I told anyone. So I didn’t.

Multiple guys wrote to me after I was divorced telling me I was “damaged goods” and not worthy of something beyond a one night stand and that I was lucky they could be available for that (so flattering, I know.) Three guys told me I was a “just a conquest” because I was "unattainable" after targeting me in such calculated ways that I never in a million years could have thought they were capable of (an irony not lost on me.) A trusted ex-boyfriend’s brother blackmailed me and took advantage of me as a result.

A random guy at a bar tried to force himself on me after a brief casual conversation when I went to leave and called me a “conceited cocksucking whore” and a host of other expletives because I politely declined his advances. And there were of course some failed relationships that were filled with abusive, controlling, and gaslighting behaviors that made me almost lose myself entirely and caused major shifts for me in my social circles if I did step forward and bring anything out in the open. These are just some examples and skim the surface. I could keep going and list several more unfortunate things, but my message for myself and for others is simple:

This behavior is NOT okay no matter how anyone seeks to justify it and their actions do NOT define you or your life.

I repeat: DO NOT LET THEIR ACTIONS DEFINE YOU.

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And it is okay to speak up, even if it hurts and even if you have to relive that pain or fear over and over again until you don’t feel anymore. Even if it means losing your support system or blacklisting yourself in the process. Because the end result is that you will transcend beyond it when you realize that it isn’t your fault and that there was no way to prevent it. At some point you WILL move on and they will lose that power over you. Anyone who didn’t believe you or spoke against you will likely someday see your truth and have to come to terms with that whether they reach out to you or not. And definitely speak up for others who are too afraid to speak. If you see bad things going down and do nothing to help, you are just as much a part of the problem.

It didn’t take much reflection for me to figure out that when something like 600 of my friends are posting stories and meeting in solidarity, the problem is not a result of how we are dressed, how we act, or how we react necessarily. We can never really foresee how who we are will trigger these responses in people like this. The problem is that our society condemns “unpleasant” things and tends to push them under the rug. It is far easier to pretend these harsh realities don’t exist than to confront them and move beyond them. Everyone knows it, no one wants to believe it, and it is easier to live in a world where we are emotionally detached from such outcomes. It is easy to believe that he or she is just “wanting attention” or “lying for sympathy” than to believe the ugly truth of humanity and ugly motivations of others. The ugly truth is that humans, in general, are severely dysfunctional on many levels. The reality is that some people have a complete lack of conscience, compassion, or integrity in this world. Something I didn't really believe until I was shown it in some less-than-stellar ways. 

 

This is not to say that people don’t lie about these things but I would be willing to venture that the majority are telling the truth or some version of the truth. It is far easier for many people to believe the abusers or to look away— until they are victimized themselves; until the unthinkable happens to them. And I am lopping them all into the same category because regardless of how minor the action, it is still a form of abuse or misconduct. And still not okay no matter how you spin it. I always come back to that Louis C.K. quote: "When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't."Just because someone thinks catcalling or groping is harmless doesn't mean it doesn't harm someone, for example. 

There are no easy answers or solutions. This is not just a current problem but an ongoing social epidemic that has been going on for generations. We hear more about it simply because there are more people and there is more easily-digestible information out there. And more people seeking to connect and to be more bold than they were before about things once considered more taboo, really. Things happen and you react to them, or don’t react at all, or sit somewhere in the middle like Switzerland because you assume you caused it somehow by how you acted or looked and take accountability for it out of shame. Eventually society conditions you that while this isn’t “okay” it is how the world just is and you have to deal with it on your own. After the anxiety and fear subside, you end up just internalizing it as something you have to accept because it happened. No matter how much you vow to make sure it doesn’t happen again, you know it can happen and can be much, much worse. After you have seen the evils of the world it is next to impossible to pretend it doesn’t exist. 

I wish we could post all of those derogatory texts or e-mails publicly so our friends and relatives could see what these evils look like and react accordingly. I wish we could record those conversations or assaults/attempts and put them on blast for the world to see. I wish that we could live in a society where people are held accountable for their actions. If the penalty was high enough, and if society ostracized those who tended to engage in such behaviors, I would guess that it would end much of this. Most of the people that engage in these behaviors would not want to be exposed and they should be. Our legal system should not protect them or give them a free pass. People that have been victimized should not feel like they themselves will be ostracized, invalidated, or worse if they come forward. 

It wasn’t until I had my daughter that everything came to a head for me and I had to realize that NONE of it was okay or acceptable or even something I could walk away from. Because at the end of the day, I was not a victim. A victim of circumstances, perhaps, but I decided then and there that I would not allow shitty individuals to rob me of who I was or what I had to offer the world. And I wanted to set a good example for my kid and be strong rather than defeated by the blows that these failures of society had dealt me. I have to face these things head on because I feel my daughter deserves to live in a world where she will not have to go through the things that I did or the majority of you have. It’s wishful thinking, I know, but I have hope that if I can prepare her enough and educate her she might stand a chance to at least avoid some of it. 

There are many wars in our world currently and this is one we will probably not end anytime soon if ever. Generations of people who do not respect others are already in the process of replacing the old generations of crappy people that did crappy things, too. Some people fail to evolve no matter how much we want them to or even how much they want to. But we can teach our children to do better than we have. We can teach them to fight back and to be vigilant. We can teach them to know right from wrong and treat others with respect. We can teach them to be kind. Many people will not do this, but many will. And we need to speak up now more than ever. We need to tell those stories and show that we are human. We need to show the people that do these things that we will fight back and some day we will prevail— that their days of terrorizing others with their inappropriate or violent behaviors are numbered. 

Because we already win. They may not realize this because they feel they have brought us to our knees, given them the twisted attention/reaction/pleasure they were craving, or destroyed our innocence. 

WE WIN.

We win when we say NO.

We win when we try to fight back.

We win when we are brave and true to ourselves. 

We win when we say that despite the awful things they have done, we will keep going and we will be stronger and wiser than before.

We win because we still have hearts and goodness in us— no matter how they try to seek that for themselves, they cannot take that from us.

We win when we forgive (but never forget).

We win even when we are silent because sometimes not reacting is the best way to not give them what they are seeking. 

We win by lifting others up when they cannot lift themselves up. 

We win because something that could, and should, rip us to shreds DIDN’T. 

We win because they will likely always be stuck in the crappy person that they are—insecure, dishonest, unimportant, and perpetually dissatisfied (and those are some of the finer points, really.) They will continue to hurt others, take advantage of them, disrespect, lie, manipulate, etc and likely push away anyone who would have genuinely cared about them as a result. And you will feel sorry for them, but you shouldn’t, because we all make choices and we all have to potential to be better, smarter, kinder versions of ourselves if we actively work towards those things. 

We will always win because we grow, and be, and do. Even when we don't think we are winning, eventually we will see how far we have come against all odds. 

We win because they cannot take our fire from us forever.

We win because we learn from this and we teach our children to be everything they are not.

We win because we keep going, whether for ourselves or those who came before us. 

We win because they cannot take our light and they cannot take our spirit, no matter how hard they try or how dark things may seem to us at the time. 

 

We win every time.

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daily drifter: the zion

daily drifterAlly R.Comment
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.
— Omar Nelson Bradley
"Add a title" by Kiki Li

"Add a title" by Kiki Li

"Untitled" by Diana Spatariu

"Untitled" by Diana Spatariu

"vulcans" by Veronika Gilková

"vulcans" by Veronika Gilková

"Richmond, VA" by Ivan Echevarria

"Richmond, VA" by Ivan Echevarria

"Untitled" by Pam Virada

"Untitled" by Pam Virada

"untitled" by Viviana Roma

"untitled" by Viviana Roma

"The spark, has died and now you're just too late" by Ririii

"The spark, has died and now you're just too late" by Ririii

"Condor-dos-andes, o voo mais deslumbrante que já vi" by Tuane Eggers

"Condor-dos-andes, o voo mais deslumbrante que já vi" by Tuane Eggers

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10/10 | 20/20 show+tell AUGUST 2017

Sonam A.Comment

1  |  remembering strength on the anniversary hiroshima  (almost a novel but worth the read!)
2 |  this uber cute playroom has us bouncing off the walls
3 |  gearing up for fall with this fabulous recipe for a healthy hazelnut latte
4 |  pretty much the cutest sunglasses we ever did see
5 |  salted mexican ganache tart recipe (it speaks for itself, right?)
6 |  we love this super easy DIY shelf project from the merrythought
7 |  excited to try out some of these fall makeup trends
8 |  reading about our impending demise in a nuclear attack (fun stuff, right? ugh.)
9 |  this diy because we love painting all things cacti and succulents
10|  rad dance party list (c/o Belle and Sebastian) to get your weekend started right

 

 

 

 

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pattern: tamer animals kids

Taylor P.Comment

Summertime means lots of flowers, green grass, and blue skies. We're working with Spoonflower fabrics to produce some awesome summery collections for our children's line for 2018! Here's a sneak peek at some of the designs we have on the drawing table. Which one is your favorite?

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design therapy: carnaby crush

design therapyTaylor P.Comment

This week we're crushing on op art, bright colors, florals, and playful lines. Ever since I can remember I gravitated towards mod fashions in a big way. The summer mood for me lately is bringing back memories of running around the streets of Chicago sifting through racks upon racks of vintage dresses sidewalk sales and ogling space age furniture. Secretly, though, I wish I could find a time machine and go back to Carnaby Street in its heyday. Would you wear some of these outlandish fashions, too? There's a reason why some late sixties fashions are still so timeless today and not in the least dated. Do you know what it is? Ferocity, Designers like Mary Quant broke the mold but ultimately it came down to the confidence of the wearer. Some of these fashions are absolutely fierce and there are so many lessons we can learn from the successes and failures of previous generations. 

This show-stopping op art dress with vibrant colors is AMAZING. (is)

This show-stopping op art dress with vibrant colors is AMAZING. (is)

Super relevant simple style with high contrast. (is)

Super relevant simple style with high contrast. (is)

The late 60's-early 70's had such iconic style when it came to shoes. We love these over-the-top statement flats. (is)

The late 60's-early 70's had such iconic style when it came to shoes. We love these over-the-top statement flats. (is)

Minimalist vs. Maximalist (is)

Minimalist vs. Maximalist (is)

Floral prints for DAYS...(is)

Floral prints for DAYS...(is)

Carnaby Street style in a nutshell. (is)

Carnaby Street style in a nutshell. (is)

A more modern take on vintage fashion but everything they have is pretty amazing. (is)

A more modern take on vintage fashion but everything they have is pretty amazing. (is)

Classic, simple lines but killer style. (is) 

Classic, simple lines but killer style. (is

Pretty much anything Colleen Corby wore was amazing. (is)

Pretty much anything Colleen Corby wore was amazing. (is)

Sunnies in every shape. (is)

Sunnies in every shape. (is)

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shop update: limited edition necklaces

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Tamer Animals S U M M E R 2017 C O L L E C T I O N

We are releasing a limited edition stock of printed pendant necklaces by designer/illustrator Taylor Parker (and TA founder) in honor of our rebranding campaign.

Taylor Parker is an architectural/textile designer, illustrator, children's book author, and maker. Through whimsical designs and vibrant colors she hopes to capture the beauty of abstraction through a marriage of nature and the built environment. These designs are a fun and playful way to liven up any wardrobe!

Features: 
*Printed design in a resin-filled silver-tone metal alloy bezel-style pendant. 
*Pendant is 1" in diameter.
*20" silver-tone metal chain with an adjustable closure.
* Simple, sophisticated design and a one-of-a-kind piece!

To view the collection, click here.

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