21 year old transgender female Islan Nettles died after being savagely beaten to death by her attacker Paris Wilson. According to witnesses, Wilson was shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs before being pulled off the victim by police.
Wilson only received misdemeanor assault charges that were dropped after only spending 10 hours in jail… Today he is walking free in New York City. He has not been charged with murder.
Islan was an aspiring fashion designer who’s dreams were cut short by the same type of hate crimes that have taken the lives of countless other lgbt youth.
Spread the word about this injustice and raise awareness about savage hate crimes like this towards lgbt youth.
Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run. Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph. The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp.
On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture. I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive. But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency. Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up.
Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case. *Edit* This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police. Please advise, it is highly disturbing.
And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.
On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police cruiser while crossing the street. NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, but multiple eyewitnesses stated otherwise, that the lights and sirens were only turned on afterwards, and that the cruiser was speeding in excess of 70 mph down a residential street. None of these eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report.
Pokemon One a Day: Koffing
Poison Gas Pokemon
Wait…It’s not November…What’s Koffing doing celebrating Dia de los Muertos!? Let’s find out!
With the number of Pokemon dwindling left to illustrate, so are the available styles that are in my repertoire. Granted, I don’t have an actual number of so called styles to call upon in the first place but finding things to pull out of the ol’ brain seems to be tougher and tougher with less wiggle room. However, with the power of the internet, we are subject to works of art coming our way with intent or accident. As a follower of many art blogs on Tumblr and an account on DeviantART, I’m fortunate to find beautiful works of art that gets me inspired.
So, a few weeks ago, I came across some face paintings done in the Mexican originated holiday known as the “Day of the Dead”. I looked for some Pokemon who I thought might and Koffing was one of them. With Koffing comes built in skull and crossbones (a little too convenient and obvious, GameFreak designers) and so I sought to exaggerate the skulls and dress it up into what we have here.
I may have gone…overboard. The work when inspected features a few trademark symbols and markings seen in traditional art, but some stretches too. I associate Koffing to be a Pokemon for punk rockers and general beatnik kinda trainers…I threw in a sort of grunge feel in a very clean package as part of inspiration to some art and make up I saw during my time of reference and researching for the work.
The end result is very clean and features perfect symmetry, except for the rose in the center. The last Pokemon I’ve created in the manner of completing one side at a time was Cloyster, and I doubt Koffing will be the last. I really enjoy symmetry and having that articulate and precise form, kinda like Death the Kid from Soul Eater :P
Anyway, I had a ton of fun with this one and enjoyed playing with the colors and creating an intricate piece of work that I’m hoping you all didn’t expect. I’m wondering who else might have benefited with such a style but I guess it’s too late to even think about that. With the weekend among us, it means break time from posting but starting time to do research and start planning for the week ahead…This challenge is really starting to heat up now as we gear up towards the finish line.
Thanks as always for viewing and enjoy your weekend! See you Monday!
+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon. The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed. This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.
if i ever get a super megason i’m going to hope it’s the flying kid with two controllers on the box
Broken ad screen results in a floating error message during a foggy night in Odessa.
DON’T FUCK THE CANDLE SKELETON.
Don’t fuck with the candle skeletons
DON’T FUCK THEM.