lendoro:

baddadsquad:

gentle-puffer-fish:

  • falling asleep on someone’s chest
  • wrapping your arms around each other
  • synching heartbeats and breathing slowly
  • falling asleep in big t-shirts and underwear
  • forehead kissies and murmured affections
  • naps
  • MONSTER TRUCKS

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why am i laughing so hard

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bornagainpresidency:

seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.
 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

I wonder how many impoverished and unwanted children would fit into the same box. How about struggling single parents? Children of rape victims? Rape victims themselves? Maybe 10? 20?
Fuckers.

bornagainpresidency:

seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

I wonder how many impoverished and unwanted children would fit into the same box. How about struggling single parents? Children of rape victims? Rape victims themselves? Maybe 10? 20?

Fuckers.

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richardeffinivey:

pangeapiercing:

richardeffinivey:

Above is a video from J.C. Potts, owner of Pangea Piercing, ranting that using the swastika in a positive manner is something done by “white hipsters”, which is inappropriate because the swastika is apparently a Hindu symbol (hint: despite being used in Hinduism, it’s not solely an element of Hindu symbology.)  JC makes the astute observation that “white hipsters” “ain’t Hindu”, pointing out that “white hipsters” are also “not Indian”.  Despite the obvious flaws in his argument, which I pointed out in a previous entry, I thought it’d be worthwhile to address this in direct response. 

First I’d like to direct everyone’s attention to this video, which shows JC cooking bacon in a WWII era soldier’s uniform to “feed to Jews”.  While JC is absolutely entitled to his opinion, the person who owns and dresses in a Nazi officer’s uniform to feed bacon to Jews while drinking in excess, and furthermore, posts it online as a representation of himself and his studio, probably shouldn’t try to appoint himself as the moral barometer of the modified community.  When responding to outrage of the fact that he posted a video talking about someone making out with a “tranny”, JC said,I personally don’t want to live in a sanitized world with no sharp edges.”

 
Well, Mr. Potts, a swastika has 4 sharp edges.  Let me show you some “white hipster bullshit”:

This is the ceiling of an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Clearly, it was built to show “white hipster” art.  


This brass promotional watch fob from the 1920s was clearly intended to promote drinking Coca-Cola in both Hindu and “white hipster” communities.



This US Navy base just outside of San Diego, CA was built for the “white hipster” division of the Armed Forces.


These cigarettes were clearly intended to only be smoked by Hindus.


Look at this decoration at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural Sciences.  Clearly, the Smithsonian was built for Hindus, until the “white hipsters” overtook it.  


And lastly, look at this building I found in lower Manhattan yesterday.  Located right on the border of Central Park, this place was like “white hipster” mecca! 

Needless to say, just because you have a youtube channel, it doesn’t mean you’re ineffably correct.

I greatly appreciate your contribution to the conversation. It’s good to hear from someone who is very passionate about swastikas, and learn their arguments. So, far, your argument is that: since I made a video, with my friend and new media colleague, Jon Barkan (who is quite Jewish), who correctly observed that a Epic Mealtime parody mixed with an anti-racist message wrapped in a politically incorrect shell while wearing a 80’s era East German uniform would be a lot more engaging than a simple informative video about daith piercings, that my opinion is invalid. Your second argument is that since I defended a good friend of mine from an online witchhunt that tried to smear him as transphobic, that my opinion is also invalid (BTW I wouldn’t personally even use the term he used). You then submit pictures of things that were built before WW2 as evidence that the swastika is a well-accepted in Western society. You finish with saying that just because I make videos doesn’t mean I’m right. 

I fully understand the history of the swastika. It’s a shame that they’re so controversial that the city of Albuquerque has to have a page on their city website to explain why they have one in a historic theatre downtown http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/kimo/about-the-theatre/kimohistory/swastikas Indeed, they USED to be a fairly common decorative motif, until millions of people’s families were killed under its banner in recent history.

It’s genuinely upsetting to me that Hindus and Buddhists with a real cultural affinity for them have to explain to their Western neighbors that the swastika is used by them for auspicious holidays, like weddings, or in the words of Dr. P.V. Rau, noted scholar on Hinduism and a professor of physics at Emory, “Pay attention. Understand and learn what it means, to other cultures, outside of Nazi ideology. And above all, have empathy. If you were living in a dense crowd of Jews, it would not be good manners to openly display the swastika. It wouldn’t make us good neighbors. If you go to a party and do or say or carry something the host hates, that would be considered bad, ill-mannered. Hindus don’t have to carry the swastika around to be Hindus” http://www.khabar.com/magazine/features/the_auspicious_swastika.aspx

I think it sucks that it’s occasionally uncool for white people to engage in activities that others can. It would be awesome if we lived in a world where white people could freely use the “n-word”, have an organization for white people, or wear swastika earrings without looking like an asshole, but in my estimation, we don’t. Judging by the comments left on the pictures of swastika jewelry and people wearing it that was left on the (professional piercing org) tumblr, I’d say that I’m not alone in thinking that it’s insensitive at best, especially when the argument presented to people who commented on that post that it was offensive was about as substantive as “OMGZ it’s just a symbol Y R U so mad” or “it has MEANING to people in ASIA! I don’t care how someone’s grandma died! BUDDHA” 

See, I dealt with the same shit long before I had a YouTube channel, only back then, the trend was confederate flags. In quite a few people’s eyes, it means rebellion against the federal government- MOST people associate it with oppression of black people. The Gadsden flag means rebellion without the racist overtones, so it is used because most people actually don’t want to alienate people. It made my job easy when my competitors were selling rebel flag jewelry, especially since for most of my career I’ve worked in pretty diverse areas. Same would work now if any of the people online or in the 1 hour circle around me were selling swastika jewelry. 

So, I guess the only point you make that isn’t a personal attack or a straw man about things that came before the Nazis is that having a YouTube channel doesn’t mean that I’m right. That’s the only thing that I can agree with. I have never once tried to claim I’m the voice of the community. I have never tried to represent all body modification artists. I show my clients what they can expect in my studio, spread unbiased information about piercing based on my 20 years experience, and use my voice to give exposure to artists that I feel deserve it, regardless if they pay to be a part of a group or don’t. That’s it. Will everyone always agree with me? No, one one ever has 100% approval of everything they ever do, ever. 

My whole entire point has been that there are lines that as a professional community, we should not try to approach, especially since so much of what we do is cultural appropriation in the first place (for most of us). While I am not the voice of the professional piercing community, the APP IS the de facto voice of the professional piercing community. What you and a few other piercers do doesn’t affect the overall piercing community, but when the organization that claims to speak for us drops the ball in such a dramatic fashion, someone has to say something. I couldn’t dream of any real professional organization, like the UAW, the Teamsters, or the Board of Plastic Surgeons who would publish pictures of their members adorned with swastikas, but then again, this industry has very few blacks or Jews who have gained status in it. Maybe if there were, I wouldn’t have to explain why. 

Which brings me to my conclusion: your main point that you and your friends have been making is that I am unpopular in your clique, and since the 40 or 50 of you (and your fans) say so, that makes it right, and anyone else’s opinion on the topic is to be mocked.  I say otherwise. Tell you what- I’ll issue a public retraction of my video on the floor of the expo at Conference if you (or any/all of your buddies) doll up in all your swazi gear and walk from 8 mile to downtown Detroit on Gratiot and let me film it. I’ll even buy you a coney at All-American if you make it. 

JC, I’m pleased that you responded.   Like I said before, and I’ll say it again, this is your opinion, and I feel that you’re more than entitled to it.  

The only reason I shared the video of you in a German soldier’s uniform cooking bacon to feed to Jews wasn’t to prove that your point was invalid, but rather, that as someone who doesn’t walk the most politically correct path in life (admittedly, neither do I, or most of the people in our community for that matter) you lose a great deal of credibility in telling people what is and isn’t offensive.  I don’t think for a second that you harbor any resentment towards people of any color or creed, but any person who watches that video knows it’s in bad taste.  A swastika, on its own, doesn’t implicitly reference the Nazi party.  A man in a German soldier’s uniform cooking bacon to feed to Jews clearly does.  I wasn’t attacking you for your defense of your friend’s poor choice of words, but I quoted what you said- “I personally don’t want to live in a sanitized world with no sharp edges.” Truth be told, I don’t either.  But certainly, someone wearing a swastika for non-violent, non-Nazi reasons is much less offensive than using hateful slurs or posting videos of oneself engaging in clearly disrespectful behavior.  To draw a parallel to the Confederate battle flag issue you brought up… what you’ve done is the equivalent of posting a faux-whipping of a black person, and then attacking people for having “Rebel flag” stickers on their truck.  It’s definitely a course of action you’re entitled to undertake, but you can’t be surprised when someone calls you out on it.  

I’m glad that you now seem to be familiar with the origins of the swastika, but you never once mentioned in your video that it could be anything besides a Hindu symbol or a Nazi symbol.  This marginalized A LOT of people, including the 350 million or so Buddhists of the world.  It’s still APPALLING that you seem to think that white people can’t be Hindu or Buddhist.  

The link you shared to the city of Albuquerque’s website explaining why a swastika in a public place isn’t the worst thing to ever happen was awesome.  People had questions, and the city represented the swastika fairly and honestly, acknowledging the possible assumptions that could be made, and educating with facts and asking people to remember the true spirit of the symbol.  How hard is that to do?  What is wrong with the government presenting citizens with facts and allowing them to draw their own conclusions?  I seem to remember a government that tried to make a lot decisions for its citizens and told them what to think.  It didn’t work out too well.

Also, on the topic of educating people, the Association of Professional Piercers has been very successful in their efforts.  They have set standards in our industry for safe piercing materials and conditions. Standards you follow, even though you’re not a member.  Standards I follow, even though I’m not currently a member.  You’re painting with a very broad and damning brush when you demonize an organization for posting a photo here and there of swastika jewelry.  Since you feel so strongly about the use of the swastika, surely you’re in the process of ceasing business with Maya, Gorilla Glass, Diablo Organics, Quetzalli, Modifika, and Body Vision Los Angeles, right?   And while you’re at it you should probably stop selling swastika jewelry at your studio, huh?

I appreciate your offer to host a swazi fashion show on 8 Mile, but living everyday with swastikas tattooed on my head means I have first hand experience with this sort of thing, and as someone who travels the United States constantly and who has spent a lot of time in the Los Angeles area (namely Compton, Inglewood, Long Beach -all places they mention in rap songs, so they must be dangerous) I can tell you that most people don’t notice and those that do don’t really care after a brief conversation.  I’ll be in Detroit in about 12 hours, but I’ll gladly buy my own hot dog to avoid the hassle of packing all my swastika jewelry- I have a bunch.

Anyhow, I guess the important thing to remember is that as humans, we use context clues to determine the meanings of things we don’t understand.  For instance, let’s play a game of  ”Nazi or Not”:
- Native American man with a swastika in his head dress.
-Buddha with a swastika on his chest
-white hipster kid with swastika plugs
-Ganesha holding a swastika
-guy in German soldier’s uniform cooking bacon to feed to Jews

I don’t think we’ll ever see eye to eye on this, and I’m sure we’ll both have people who agree with either of us, and some who agree with both of us, but at the end of the day, I’d rather kind of look like a Nazi to some than to act like one in front of everyone.

Live well. (that’s what “swastika” actually means, btw)




Kinda falling in love with Richard here..


ek

See.
When i went to the states last year, that was my first flight.
Ok the actual flight was fine, taking off? landing? OH HELL NO.

No one told me the wings start to bend up as the plan gets faster. so i pretty much shat myself thinking the wings where going to snap off.

landing “oh this isnt so bad” *THUD* followed by the captain saying “yeah sorry about that yolo” 

why this  now? because i forgot about it D: 

So my flight is on sunday. first time flying alone, (handy since then Nick #1 wont tell the stewardesses that im scared all the time….. making everyone on the plane look at me….) the time is no worry, 11 or so hours? easy done that already, but landing? taking off? meh no thanks.  

twsnyderman:

a-wild-snorlaxxx:

askmegabolt:

nomorefreerandy:

uhhhhhhhhhhhhh:

That awkward moment when you break the shower wall….



I just died of laughter

Sobbing.

omfg

twsnyderman:

a-wild-snorlaxxx:

askmegabolt:

nomorefreerandy:

uhhhhhhhhhhhhh:

That awkward moment when you break the shower wall….

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I just died of laughter

Sobbing.

omfg

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jennylewren:

swordedrose:

wickedclothes:

Wraparound Mouse Ring

This tiny mouse will hug your finger for as long as you let it. It’s likely seeking protection from your vicious cat. Sold on Etsy.

I NEED TEN.

Another thing i need. 

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Holiday!

southshoreadornments:

Hay folks!

Dont forget from this sunday I (Andy dunn) will be away for two weeks, on the 14th i am jumping on a plane bound for south korea. my return is on the 25th and i hope to be back up and running within a couple days.

I apologize for any inconvenience and delay to your orders, you have…

richardeffinivey:

Above is a video from J.C. Potts, owner of Pangea Piercing, ranting that using the swastika in a positive manner is something done by “white hipsters”, which is inappropriate because the swastika is apparently a Hindu symbol (hint: despite being used in Hinduism, it’s not solely an element of Hindu symbology.)  JC makes the astute observation that “white hipsters” “ain’t Hindu”, pointing out that “white hipsters” are also “not Indian”.  Despite the obvious flaws in his argument, which I pointed out in a previous entry, I thought it’d be worthwhile to address this in direct response. 

First I’d like to direct everyone’s attention to this video, which shows JC cooking bacon in a WWII era soldier’s uniform to “feed to Jews”.  While JC is absolutely entitled to his opinion, the person who owns and dresses in a Nazi officer’s uniform to feed bacon to Jews while drinking in excess, and furthermore, posts it online as a representation of himself and his studio, probably shouldn’t try to appoint himself as the moral barometer of the modified community.  When responding to outrage of the fact that he posted a video talking about someone making out with a “tranny”, JC said,I personally don’t want to live in a sanitized world with no sharp edges.”

 
Well, Mr. Potts, a swastika has 4 sharp edges.  Let me show you some “white hipster bullshit”:

This is the ceiling of an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Clearly, it was built to show “white hipster” art.  


This brass promotional watch fob from the 1920s was clearly intended to promote drinking Coca-Cola in both Hindu and “white hipster” communities.



This US Navy base just outside of San Diego, CA was built for the “white hipster” division of the Armed Forces.


These cigarettes were clearly intended to only be smoked by Hindus.


Look at this decoration at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural Sciences.  Clearly, the Smithsonian was built for Hindus, until the “white hipsters” overtook it.  


And lastly, look at this building I found in lower Manhattan yesterday.  Located right on the border of Central Park, this place was like “white hipster” mecca! 

Needless to say, just because you have a youtube channel, it doesn’t mean you’re ineffably correct.

Anonymous asked: as someone who wears jewellery that contains Swastikas, what do you think about jc potts' video that was just put up about swastikas?

richardeffinivey:

First off, I think JC is entitled to his opinion.  Many of the videos he makes contain at least some useful information, and some people clearly seem to enjoy them.  

That being said, JC isn’t the definitive voice of the modified community, and I really wish he’d keep that in mind when he expresses his opinions.  

It seemed like JC’s whole argument was:

  • the swastika is a Hindu symbol
  • you’re not Hindu
  • It’s a trend
  • People see swastikas and think hate
  • you shouldn’t wear them

It’s amazingly well documented that the swastika doesn’t have a single point of origin.  It’s used in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism regularly to this day, and in it’s many styles and varieties, it’s been used in Judaism, Christianity, many Native American tribes, and tons of other cultures throughout time and the world.  This information is all easily available in the works of ManWoman.  So, the swastika isn’t solely a symbol with Hindu origins.  

One thing that bothers me is that JC said “you ain’t Hindu, you’re not Indian.” (2:12 in his video)  It’s upsetting that JC seems to think that being of Indian descent is required for an adherence to Hinduism, but the whole point is moot considering that the swastika is not solely a Hindu symbol.  

JC called the use of swastikas a “trend” for white hipsters.  I don’t think I’ve ever been indirectly called a hipster, but let’s look at the definition of the word “trend”: a general direction in which something is developing or changing.  In that case, I sure hope it’s a trend.  I hope more people can carry a symbol of love, well-being, and light with them.  Clearly, the world needs it.  

I did a brief, informal survey of my friends who have swastika tattoos, wear swastika jewelry, or have a general affinity for the symbol, and I was surprised to hear that none of us have had negative experiences in person because of them.  Clearly, this wasn’t a scientific study, but out of dozens of people with prominent swastikas on their person, not a single person had ever had someone confront them and accuse them of being a “hater”.  It seems that the people of the world can figure out the ambiguity of a symbol better than some people in our own industry can.  I can also see where it might be confusing for JC, as he’s the person who cooked bacon in a Nazi uniform and filmed it for the whole internet to see.  

So, should they be worn?  I don’t think you should have to wear them.  I don’t think you should have to stop wearing them.   I do think you should be required to understand what you’re talking about, and I definitely think you can’t accuse people of being accidentally offensive when you have intentionally done so.

THANK YOU

I forgot JC did that whole nazi uniform thing….

diabloorganics:

mateoway:

shittknife:

wolfprincess616:

rats-in-the-walls:

veganelfprincess:

pangeapiercing:

getting a little sick of activities by the body mod community that seriously hold us back in the public eye. Just like the few PhDs that have neck tattoos do not compensate for the mug shots with neck tattoos, a few hipster dumbasses wearing swastikas do not compensate for the extreme negative impressions most Westerners have for swastikas. Yes, I know, it’s an ancient symbol, used by a very unpopular regime- that doesn’t diminish the fact that it IS the de facto symbol for hate. The body mod community is just now starting to have a modicum of respectability…it diminishes our collective credibility wearing them, no matter how fancy they are.

Fucking glad to hear someone prominent in the community finally say it. Thank you. THANK YOU. I felt so fucking alone in this.

But the swastika is inlaid into our very society, not just the body mod community, there’s a town near me called box hill and you can see it on nearly every single building, you can find it all over architecture in London, you can find it many restaurants all over Melbourne in Australia.
Fuck, it’s even on the drinking cups at hungry jacks.
This isn’t a body mod thing, this is a general life thing.

There are light poles here in SD that alternate lotus flowers and swastikas. And it’s sayagata.

I agree that it’s a general life thing as well. 

But, as an Indian person, it’s generally seen as more acceptable for me to use. Makes me kind of sad, really. There are so many people that do not know that the swastika is an ancient cultural symbol that has been used for thousands of years…around the world. It’s not strictly a Hindu symbol. It was once seen as a beautiful thing, a symbol of light, a symbol of luck. I’ve traveled around the world, lived in different countries, and have seen the swastika in use in many different ways. There’s swastika patterns on buildings in Mexico City that are hundreds of years old.

Native Americans, particularly Navajo and Hopi peoples, have been using the swastika for hundreds of years, hell, it dates back to the ancient Egyptians. It’s been used in the air force, ancient greek architecture, hockey teams, the boy scouts, poker chips, playing cards, etc. 

The man who really put the whole reclaim the swastika movement together, was a man of Jewish descent. 

"Of course, my mum was a Polish immigrant and her sister and baby were put into Auschwitz at one point, so I grew up with all the usual prejudices against the swastika because of what it represented to us during the war." http://www.vice.com/read/manwoman-is-taking-back-the-swastika

I don’t really have a stance on this topic to be honest. I don’t own or wear this symbol personally and Its not my place to tell others how they shall adorn themselves or what personal crusades they should or shouldn’t follow, but it does make me think.

It makes me wonder if this means Pangea Piercing will stop carrying jewelry from “hipster dumbass” companies who use such a symbol in their artwork. I mean, if you buy their jewelry, regardless if the symbol is present… it still supports them, no?

Hell, I look forward to seeing J.C. walk around the expo floor and actually call out each vendor. I know it won’t happen… but I think the interactions would be interesting to watch.

Jimmy Buddha here. First of all “Hipster Dumb ass” really means nothing to me…..it has become the catch all for grouping people into a category that someone generally doesn’t like and feels superior to……another lame way to categorize people really. Secondly Fuck the Public Eye!!! Come on JC you haven’t turned into a Hipster Dumb ass have you? :) I gotta say dude you are coming off like a “small town bigot” (my way to feel superior) in your comment here. There are some pretty righteous motherfuckers out there rocking the Swastika…..not to mention over a Billion Indians, 1.3 Billion Chinese and another 2 Billion random Asians….all Hipster Dumb Asses? Ancient Symbol??? WTF the Swastika is alive and well all over the world…..fuck the haters they don’t know shit…..the Western World view is NOT the only one……it’s a big fucking world out here…..come check it out. Expect to see some fucking bad ass Swastika jewelry by Diablo Organics in Vegas this year kids….in Fact they will be entered in the Jewelry Innovators contest…..Vote for us!!!! ;) And JC love the work you’re doing man!! Keep up the good fight….much love. And fuck I almost forgot!!!! My logo is a Swastika..Hahaha!!!

So i worship and prey to the sun, the swastika is my sunwheel, so i cant adorn myself with it because someone said so? because im not indian, or native american?
so we’re ignoring the fact the swastika has been used in just about every culture at some point EVERY major faith group and just about all smaller ones, has been used in language (the vinca symbols? you know, that eastern European language that dates from 6th to 5th millennia BCE, whoops) right through to good luck cards DURING world war two. it was only after that people recoiled from it, as well as the eagle (but not the vw bug, hugo boss, etc etc)

But hay, white people cant wear the swastika? i look forward to your videos on white people wearing the crucifix, Om, tattooing Buddha’s eye on their forehead (Thats the spiral squiggly line everyone seems to be getting, the thing few people seem to understand and in so, claiming to be buddha, far more offensive surely?)

But folks, lets have some balance, yes, wearing something you have no idea of is a bad idea, regardless what it is, swastika, crucifix, st davids star, some star wars logo, whatever. wear what you feel is right for you, understand it, understand the weight it carries, be thoughtful, educated, respectful. 
Dont tell people what they should, and should not wear, more so when you can only seem to focus on two uses of a actual global symbol, that should unite us.
If you dont want to wear a religious swastika, and i get that, research, there are 1000’s of swastikas, everything from language to patterns, that actually hold little or no weight, or cultural meaning, Various Roman and celtic swastikas are very pretty, a number of the ones found in the vinca symbols are very nice too, or make your own up! its a simple repeatable pattern. :)

P.s. think its a touch hypocritical to claim cultural appropriation when you’re white and have various forms of body modification. really. 

Queue hate from over privileged middle class white tumblr social justice peeps who only learnt about the swastika last week in 3-2-1 and yawn.