Black, bitter, and full of spite.
Don’t be a dick. Don’t stiff a tip to push your political agenda.
And for some background, Proposition 30 is a recent California measure to increase taxes on people who make $250k a year or more. Most of that money is going to public school funding.
What’s even worse is mixing food and politics. Why do Americans do this? It’s fucking dumb. There are people who are starving to death in the world, and we’re using food as a way to push political ideologies.
Just saw Saviours and Wino last night. Mind = blown.
This past year, Jeffrey Johnson was killed outside of the Empire States building. He had a gun and shot his former employer. Two police officers shot and killed Johnson.
Two New York City police officers, trained in small arms shooting wounded 9 innocent bystanders.
We’re talking about two men trained to think fast in a stressful situation firing in a open, urban space.
Now imagine, a teacher who is overworked, underpaid, has no personal time, nor the time or money to be trained in tactical small arms use with a gun in classroom with 30 students.
The answer to prevent school shootings is not guns in schools.
The NRA just gave a press conference today trying to explain the horror that happened in Newtown, Ct. that ended up with 20 dead children. We’re talking first-graders.
We’ve reached that point.
I guess we know how many people it takes to get killed to have a conversation about gun regulations. A shot senator didn’t cut it. A movie theater full of men, women and children, didn’t cut it. A white supremacist shooting a Sikh temple of worship didn’t do it. It took a school full of little kids and their poor unfortunate 6 teachers who gave their lives, to start a real discussion on guns.
This is horrifying. This is awful. And not a goddamn thing is going to happen. Not one fucking thing.
Politicians are going to try and initiate legislation. That legislation will probably die off or be forgotten. Gun owners are going to toss around the 2nd amendment like a football. People are going to talk of mental health access, armed teachers, armed guards, armed children, and more guns guns guns.
The NRA are going to fall back and blame video games, politics, music, movies and use the same rhetoric that guns don’t kill people, people do. Folks are going to quote Heston. We’re going to talk about gun access, gun registration, legal guns, illegal guns, and on the wayside forget about 20 dead kids. We already forget the numerous children killed overseas by our guns and by American hands. But you know, that’s too far away. It’s only until it happens here that we cans start a conversation.
Fuck that. Guns do kill people. They’ve been killing people for hundreds of years. Guns kill their owners. Guns erroneously go off. Guns intimidate, maim, destroy, and obviously they kill. I believe in arming yourself and protecting yourself, but it’s naive to think that guns don’t kill people. It’s even worse when the head of the NRA blames everything but.
We are a destructive race. We kill each other. We kill each other for the most petty reasons. It is a way of life.
I don’t think we can ever prevent another mass shooting in America. It’s as common as apple pie. It happens every few months. We’ll talk about it, go through the cycle of how this shit that shit should change. The politics, the unmovable gun lobby, the left, the right, etc. will be talked until we’re blue…but ultimately there is no solution.
It’s not going to end. This is going to happen all the time now.
We’ve reached that point :(
The Creators of NYC: Tattoo Artist Virginia Elwood
Josh Wool spent a decade as an executive chef, opening restaurants across the south. But all that changed in 2010, when the carpal tunnel in his hands meant he could no longer work. To keep from going stir crazy, he picked up a camera and found his next calling. Two years, thousands of portraits, and a move to New York later, Wool is documenting the people who inspire him on a daily basis. Welcome to Creators of NYC.
Tattoo artist Virginia Elwood has been plying her craft for the last 12 years and has made a name for herself at New York Adorned as one of the top talents in the industry. I first saw her work several years ago, and I bumped into her on the G train in Brooklyn shortly after I arrived in New York. After almost a year of exchanging emails, we finally sat down in her Carrol Gardens home.
When did you figure out that tattoo art could be an actual career?
When I was a little kid, I remember wanting to be either a scientist, a ballerina, or a garbage man. I don’t think I had a definition or reference for “art as a career.” I set out on my own at a really young age and drifted from one random job to the next … a career in fine arts was not a realistic or practical goal at that time. The idea that a person could actually get paid to draw didn’t occur to me until I fell head over heals for tattoos as a teenager in the 90s.
I’ve gotten work from Virginia and she is A+! This is a great interview and awesome photos. Go Virginia!