30/06/2014

Leaving School // Prom


You'd think having left school almost three weeks ago I would have been back to blogging with all guns blazing, but life got in the way. I've been working a lot recently and just enjoying my freedom in general. I can't quite believe I have left school, I feel like I'm on a long break and I'm going back soon. It feels weird not being up to my eyeballs in coursework and revision.
Last Tuesday was my school leavers prom. It wasn't much like a year 11 prom (which let's face it, is so OTT) but more of a fancy meal with a DJ and photobooth. If you're interested, I wore this dress from Motel Rocks with some shoes that I'm going to post about shortly. Alas, the dress did not look like that on me but for a one-night thing, I went with it.

I'm going to draft a few more posts and in true High School Musical style, get my head in the game.

07/06/2014

Tattooed Children


Photographs | Mr Elbank

Yesterday I came across this article that reported a new 'tattoo parlour for children' was soon to be open in Whitstable. Obviously, such a thing would be completely immoral and probably illegal but the ideas behind the studio were all very valid.
Artist, Sadie Hennessy, created the art instillation as a way to spark debate and conversation surrounding the sexualisation of children and the rapid speed in which they want to adopt an 'adult' lifestyle, in today's society. Despite its aims to provoke thought and controversy, Hennessy received many genuine requests from people who had seen the advertisement. 
The bottom line of the campaign suggests that children are desperate to grow up and act like adults but still have the mind of a child. To them, a Hello Kitty or Tinkerbell tattoo seems quite appealing at 13, but it's a life long commitment and this ideal reflects other issues such as the desire for young people to drink, have sex and try addictive substances. 
Saddie employed the right conventions in order to achieve the reaction from the public that she was hoping for. She wanted to encourage people to be shocked into action by what they had seen and speak out. One person took to Twitter saying, 'Horror of horrors, seen in Whitstable; opening soon - world's first tattoo parlour for kids. Is this legal?' With its also tongue-in-cheek nature and strapline that reads, 'A gift for life, at pocket money prices,' it's obvious the art instillation is not a legitimate business. However, the initial effect it has on its audience puts the situation into perspective and enhances the realisation of just how quickly the children of our generation are growing up.

30/05/2014

Coffee Table Books #1 - The Book of Skulls

You wouldn't usually find me with my nose in a fictional book about vampires or zombies but there's nothing I love more than receiving a 'coffee table book' as a gift. Often conversation starters, coffee table books are set out for entertainment purposes and for visitors to flick through. They also serve decorative purposes and there's no real narrative or chronological order so you can pick up wherever you fancy. I've collected a few over the years and couldn't do them all justice if I wrote about them in one post so I've decided to start a mini series where I 'review' my most prized gems. I've previously written a post about The Tote Bag that you can read here. We're going to hit things off with my most recent addition, The Book of Skulls.


Like I'm sure a lot of you did, I too went through an 'emo' stage but I never really grew out of my fascination for skulls. The Book of Skulls is a beautifully designed, aesthetically stimulating, non-fiction book about the history of skulls and their iconography in the 21st century. As an art student, I'm not only interested in the content of a book but the workings and design of it also. The Book of Skulls is designed in an interesting way that is engaging, contemporary and above its game within the current market. Apart from a few pages that deliver the key facts and historical content, there's a very high image to text ratio so it's a book that delivers everything you might need just by flicking through and enjoying the pictures. My particular favourite pages include illustrations by Megamunden (pg. 34) and James Joyce (pg. 48). The book also talks about skulls in the fashion industry and features designers such as Vivienne Westwood (pg. 130-131) and Alexander McQueen (pg. 122). 

Overall, The Books of Skulls is visually stimulating and features beautiful editorial images that can be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone. It is both informative and entertaining and it a perfect little book to flick through to gain inspiration. 

26/05/2014

Playlist #23 & Life Update

Royal Blood ~ Figure It Out

Eliza And The Bear ~ It Gets Cold

Sam Smith ~ Stay With Me

Shields ~ All I Know

Nantes ~ Fly

Franz Ferdinand ~ No You Girls

Royal Blood ~ Figure It Out

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Well, I've left school. It still feels very surreal and I can't quite believe how quickly these last two years of sixth form have flown by. In general, it feel like yesterday I started, then I think about specific events and I think 'okay yeah, that seems like ages ago'. Although I don't have any lessons, I'm still going back for exams so it hasn't not been too emotional just yet. My 'prom' is fast approaching and I'm still looking for something to wear. Unlike a year 11 prom, it's fairly casual and more of a fancy meal at a restaurant/bar. My last exam is on 10th June so until then, I'm going to be a bit MIA. I've received my coursework grades back and (without blowing my trumpet) they're flipping good so I want to prepare myself the best I can for these exams to have the best possible chance of getting a good grades overall. I really do not know what I'm going to do when this is over. I already feel lost knowing that I don't have any coursework to do. I'm sad to be closing the door on this stage in my life.