Posts from the ‘Thought Provoking’ Category

Your Money’s Fancy Huh?

So apparently U.S. currency needs a make over, which is interesting since we’re still trying to figure out how to make over our economy and keep from slipping further in to recession, but I digress. Now as an artist I’m all for a great redesign project, nothing like taking a classic and “freaking it out” in to a new visual wonder. The  Dollar ReDe$ign Project does just that. Created by creative strategy consultant Richard Smith, this guy and a few others are brainstorming on new designs for the dollar bill. According to the DRP website, “Our great ‘rival’, the Euro, looks so spanky in comparison it seems the only clear way to revive this global recession is to rebrand and redesign.” As much as that statement rings true(the part about the Euro looking better at least) I can’t seem to see how colorful new money is going to help the economy, if anything it’s wasting more money at this point, and will only make our wallets look prettier… Provided we have money in our wallets :/ This might have to be reviewed a bit more, until then check out the pretty vertical money. Thought up by a few artistic women and men.

Relative Value': Dowling Duncan

'Moving Forward, Looking Back': Sean Flanagan

Diversity Rules': Adriana Hurtado


Guilty Pleasure #2: Are you ready for some Football?!

It’s that time of year again people!

The summer to autumn transition is upon us. The weather is cooling, the sun is going down eariler, soon the leaves on the tress will start changing into those magnificent reds, yellows, and oranges. Yes it’s that time again, where fall fashion is the haps and all the ladies (myself included) will be on the hunt for cute sweaters and fierce boots! Yet 40% of f fall wardrobe sells isn’t what tickles my fancy… No, ladies and gentlemen, what gets me all tingly is the beautiful gridiron action of the football field which makes for a great guilty pleasure during the fall and winter months. This girlie has been dying to see what the country’s great football league has up it’s sleeves this year since the drafts! With all the new rookie recurits (Tebow, Bradford, Clausen), players being let go, and QB’s being scrutinized how could you not be ready for football season. Preseason already has a few teams making an impact… or lack there of (my poor lost cowboys)smh… Once the regular season gets start (which is less than 2wks away now) It’s No-Holds-Bar! Sissy and I have already start lining up our top five teams this season with the Colts being #1 on her list and the Pats on mine (our faviorite teams repectively) So people who you got? Cause it’s time to start choosing sides!

Here’s my top 5:

  1. Patriots
  2. Vikings
  3. Cowboys
  4. Cardinals
  5. Titans

*Note to the ladies*

If  you don’t like football (which I can’t understand) but ok, if you don’t like it that’s cool, just don’t irritate your man purposely while the games on. He is not (I repeat) not interested in anything you have to say during the game… So save it for half time and catch him on a bathroom break (and have a snack to hook him) just shut up when the game comes back on ‘kay?

Thanks MGMT & girls who love sports

R.I.P. Aaliyah


You were the essence of real music. You inspired and a generation and helped create a musical era I can only pray will see again. Never be close to another, you are truly missed.

Rest In Paradise

(Detroit’s Baby Girl) Aaliyah

Drawing by: E.i.s.m (me)


So I’ve been on the most unintentional hiatus of a lifetime! Most of which was spent sick (still recovering) and in and out the hospital. My sickle cell episodes have apparently hit their high points these year, and I’m hoping come latter months I’ll be in full relief until then I’m putting up a fight and trying to keep my sanity. However, it ain’t all bad… Amidst the calamities that is my illness, I hit a high point with my art and musical discoveries. While enjoying a most undeserved retreat in Oakwood’s health care facilities, I manage to keep my self from going totally bonkers by doing what I do best… Draw and Daydream, the two best medicinal practices I have…(besides morphine). I put my God given talent and ultimate salvation to work and went in on my sketchbook. I guess all that pain had me digging deep into some untapped region of my right brain, because I even shocked myself with the outcome of some of this work, let alone impressed the whole second floor nursing staff thank you very much. Now before I get to self indulgent I should add a disclaimer that this stuff is nothing to fantastic in the way of original pieces, I’m mean I drew them of course, but to are celeb portraits of my current female crushes (Nicki Minaj & her bff Amber Rose) respectively and one is a father’s day gift for my dad, a picture of his favorite animated hero, Aang the Avatar (Yes dad loves airbender and so do we so shut it!) Anyway, there’s only one real “original” piece in the bunch which was really one of the those boredom induced rare oddities of greatness I create every blue moon. Hey, I’d have more, but try tell your body to cooperate with you during a sickle cell crisis, see how much of a response you’ll get… Moving on, my last post I promised you all new art and poems, well art I have, poems are still coming (I over proof read everything… it’s sad I know). Until then though I hope you all enjoy my new works, I’ll have some graphic design stuff up soon too (I’m happily back in school… Thank God) and I also want to share some awesome music I just got turned on to, including the third best album, in my book anyway, this year. From Ms. Yahzarah entitled: The Ballad of Purple St. James, which is sure to engulf your senses with all it’s funk and sweet melodic flow. Until next post, keep your head above water and don’t let anyone drown you or vise versa.



My Absolute favorite track from Yahzarah’s album The Ballad of Purple St. James – Starship



Congrats to the Spaniards on winning their first ever World Cup (Although I was pulling for England 😦 )

What’s Happening to My City?!!?

So, depending where you live you might have already heard about 7 yr old Aiyana Jones, and her tragic untimely death at the hands of a Detroit police officer. This came after police through a flash grenade into her grandmothers home and then entering, looking for her daughters fiancé. It was said an officer entered the home and had a struggle with Ms. Mertilla (Grandma) causing the gun to go off and hit little Aiyana. Ms. Mertilla said “I never struggled with the Detroit Police. If I had struggled with the Detroit Police, I’d be dead alongside my granddaughter. They messed up, and they know they… messed up.” Now the Jones family have filed two lawsuits, one in state and one in federal court.

I feel like this will be a very messy and long drawn out process, causing further grief to this family. I’ve been trying to avoid watching any coverage of this story all week, but unfortunately I couldn’t avoid evening hearing about from my outraged mother and sister this morning. It just seems like every time I see the news in Detroit there’s some kinda of coverage of careless acts of fuckery. I’m mean just last week a young man was shot point blank on 7 mile road by some idiot on a bicycle! C’mon… I don’t even live in the city it’s self (I stay about 30 min away in Inkster) but things seem to always have a ripple effect here. I just don’t understand the senseless working of some people. Like the night before last, my family and I had just bunkered down for the night, when a random series of gunshots went off at the corner of my block, which I’m to houses from, and after the shots all we heard was a car peel off into the night. Now gunshots are pretty much the norm around here when the weather gets warm, but I had never heard them that close before, and I was pretty much freaked out. I keep thinking, “please don’t let a stray bullet hit any houses”. I have never, NEVER, thought that my quiet little boring neighborhood would turn into some morons random gun range. I’ve lived in this house since I was 9-10ish and I just can’t comprehend the way everything has changed, so much progress along with so much social regression. I mean we have these young-ins walking around every summer repping gangs HARD, and down to do what ever to be “cool” or “in”. As far as our police force goes DET. Ink. or otherwise, it’s all the same. Their either caught up in their on drama (like now with the Joneses) or they’re constantly harassing or locking up the wrong folks. Don’t get me wrong, I realize it could be A LOT WORSE, but when you grow up in a quiet neighborhood, or actually start watching the news, and start to come to terms with everything going to hell around you, one can’t help but be a bit dismayed, disgusted, outraged, and just down right Fed-the-FUCK-Up. I hate the “Here I am” reality that tends to smack us in the face, but it’s what we all need if where ever going to change our surroundings, I just don’t know how to help put an end to all the unnecessary damage being done in my neighborhood and my city, let alone Detroit… Somedays I just wish there was an “off” button for stuff like this, until that happens, I guess we all have to fight the good fight against this madness the best way we know how.

Sad Rant, EisM

R.I.P. Aiyana Jones

Creative Malfunction

So for the past few weeks I’ve been having a MAJOR creative meltdown… Which usually consist of me having no inspiration what-so-ever. This couldn’t have come at a worser time. I’ve been working on a commission for the past month and a half now, that should’ve only taken a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I had an unexpected trip to Oakwood hospital, which in hindsight I should’ve seen coming, but that’s neither here nor there at the moment. I just seem to keep getting behind the 8 ball when it comes to my work, personal or otherwise. It got me thinking though, “Sam (my nickname) what the hell are you striving for” ? I mean this is my passion, but I have no gumption to pursue it with all the things that keep pushing me back. Then it dawned on me, like only things can when I’m at my most unraveled moments, I’m the cause for most of my hang ups! I know your thinking, “what’s so inspirational about that?” Well, my clever friend, it takes a lot for your girl to put a mirror in front of her face and admit “I’m the problem”. It’s something most of us try to avoid with EXTREM prejudice, but most of us would be better for it. So I did, and now I’m in a reflective mode about everything I want, and need to accomplish. Not only to be happy and get out of this dismal downfall with my art, but more importantly to grab and regain control of my life as a whole. I’m all about baby steps right now, because of course “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, but I realize eventually, with tons of patience, prayer, and a whole lot of personal pep talks/motivation, I’ll be back on track in no time!

Optimistically Yours, EisM (Epiphanie.Imee.Samquise.Malloy)