Halloween and #TBT with John Waters / by Anna Rae

Halloween is approaching and to expand the store to have prints available we are launching a seasonal Halloween card design.  This ghost has no idea how to celebrate Halloween as he's just dressed as himself.  Here's a link to purchase one, and here's a link to purchase ten!  They are standard size greeting cards (5X7) and printed on quality card stock.  

This week's #TBT is remembering a golden moment where I was in direct proximity to THE JOHN WATERS.  I was privileged enough to be able to see him speak at the Music Box Theater in 2011 while he was touring for his book "Role Models."  I feel so lucky that we grew up being able to absorb such a boundlessly provocative artist.  All of our immediate role models in the 90's and 80's could say "You can be whatever you want!" with the utmost optimism... John Waters proved to us that you could be whatever you want, live however you want, dress however you want.  No matter how weird, awkward, gross or trashy you happened to be... be comfortable with that.  Thanks for that showcase, John.  It means a lot.  As an adult, listening to interviews and at this speaking event, I realized how articulate, organized, and productive that he is as a maker and it made me relate and admire him even more.  In the book "Role Models" he says, "“The only insult I've ever received in my adult life was when someone asked me, "Do you have a hobby?" A HOBBY?! DO I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING DABBLER?!”   Oh, lordy.  Does this ring true.  My art is not a hobby.  It's not a weekend project or something I'm doing on my free time.  It's not like this for everyone, but for me, it's non-stop.  Visually, the end result is what you see but the amount of time absorbing the world, interacting with the world artfully, practicing (a large portion of my art making is practicing that no one sees), drafting, talking to my pool of Thinkers and other Makers (Hey, Thinkers and Makers, thanks for letting me bounce ideas off of ya!) and it unquestionably a 24 hour life of art.  Not.  A.  Hobby.