Not Your Daddy

www.benjyrussell.net
knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Typography, Art and Posters You May Have Missed
Art posted during Gay Pride Weekend, Portland, Maine in late(r)-2000s
(Source: Down Is Not Up)

via faggotz.org:
An updated reworking of the text from the Pink Tank’s fierce anti-assimilationist pamphlet We Will Not Protect You that was distributed at gay pride in New York City in 2005.  This work was printed as a 70″ x 36″ broadsheet and posted on the streets in Portland Maine during the annual gay pride weekend.

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the poster!

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Typography, Art and Posters You May Have Missed

Art posted during Gay Pride Weekend, Portland, Maine in late(r)-2000s

(Source: Down Is Not Up)

via faggotz.org:

An updated reworking of the text from the Pink Tank’s fierce anti-assimilationist pamphlet We Will Not Protect You that was distributed at gay pride in New York City in 2005.  This work was printed as a 70″ x 36″ broadsheet and posted on the streets in Portland Maine during the annual gay pride weekend.

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the poster!

(via pinkmince)

O.M.G.

It took less than 5 minutes for this to be reblogged with all of the title, credit, and artists name taken off. I understand if you weren’t into the rant…..but you really don’t see the irony in this?!

enterthroughthesun…..JASON! Come on man…

O.M.G.

It took less than 5 minutes for this to be reblogged with all of the title, credit, and artists name taken off. I understand if you weren’t into the rant…..but you really don’t see the irony in this?!

enterthroughthesun…..JASON! Come on man…

(via enterthroughthesun)

Here is another example of what I see as aggressively manipulative blogging tactics.
This is my photograph…I posted it…..and at some point it was re-blogged by luz-natural. Now I follow luz-natural and they follow me. But according to everyone who has seen the image since they reblogged it, it’s an unknown image, without a title or artist, and the source is now coming up as luz-natural.

This needs to stop. This isn’t a sustainable practice for the arts. Keep the source! Credit the artists! LINK TO THEIR WORK! It creates a much more informed society, and you’re doing a greater good. Let’s try not to to turn the arts community into what we did to the music industry.

So let’s try this again:
Everythingisbetterwhennothingisreal
Benjy Russell. 2008

Here is another example of what I see as aggressively manipulative blogging tactics.


This is my photograph…I posted it…..and at some point it was re-blogged by luz-natural. Now I follow luz-natural and they follow me. But according to everyone who has seen the image since they reblogged it, it’s an unknown image, without a title or artist, and the source is now coming up as luz-natural.

This needs to stop. This isn’t a sustainable practice for the arts. Keep the source! Credit the artists! LINK TO THEIR WORK! It creates a much more informed society, and you’re doing a greater good. Let’s try not to to turn the arts community into what we did to the music industry.

So let’s try this again:

Everythingisbetterwhennothingisreal

Benjy Russell. 2008

(via konradypaul)

strangelfreak:

notyourdaddy:

jamesthebeloved:

NEW LIFE

Alright children……can we have some honest talk. Everyone of you has some amazing content on your blog, otherwise I wouldn’t be following you. But let’s be honest, none of you (artists excluded) are creating ANY of the content that you’re posting (aside from the occasional selfie or photo of your cat). Do you know who is creating most of the content for your blog? Artists are.
Very rarely do I see anybody giving credit for the work your passing around and using to try and give your blog some credibility. It takes less than 5 seconds to google image search and find out the name of the artist whose work you’re posting. And less than 10 seconds to link to their work!
Do you know who makes practically no money? Artists. Every time you reblog an image from an artist without credit, that’s potential exposure you’re taking away from that artist. I’ve occasionally gotten an opportunity that arose from someone seeing my work on Tumblr. That’s amazing! That’s the way that it should be! But that’s not going to happen if all tumblr is is a bunch of blank, free images utilized for quick, easy consumption. All of this artwork that you love, that you reblog, that feeds your soul….it takes time, energy, creativity, and MONEY! It doesn’t just appear out of nowhere for you.
And the WORST is when some blog automatically takes the credit off of an image and replaces it with “for more images like this check out_____”. UGH! So gross! Actually, for more images like this check out the fucking artist that created it! We should be actively and publicly shaming these blogs.
But at least those blogs keep you as the source for the work. This photo above is my image and was reposted by jamesthebeloved. They literally liked the original image (that had the photo credit and me as the source), but then saved it to their computer and reposted it with zero credit and some alternate text (“NEW LIFE”…..sorry, but that piece is already titled and it’s a brilliant and beautiful title). I contacted them and asked them why they did this, and they said that they don’t like a lot of text on their blog. grrrrrrr
Do you know what this leads to? Occasionally I’ll see one of my images roll past my dash with 50,000 notes, no credit, and some other tools blog as the source. That’s just 50,000 people that actively pushed the button to like or reblog. There’s no telling how many hundreds of thousands of other people saw that image roll across their dash without any name attached to it.
Support your artists people! I make practically no money from this. Most artists don’t. It doesn’t take much time, and PLEASE don’t be the jerk that removes credit from other people’s work! It’s shameful….and what would your blog look like if you drive all of the visual artists out? It would look sad and boring.
And if you’re wondering, here’s the proper credit for that image:
A very gentle glove
from Hazing the Muse by Benjy Russell and Rya Kleinpeter

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS
FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT
(Several of my followers not only remove the credits, but REPLACE THEM so it links back to their blog and NOT THE ARTIST) what the fuck is wrong with you ?!?!?!? 

I really am curious about what can be done about this? Can we start a little dialogue? I’m sure the only people concerned about this are the artists on tumblr….the creators of the original content. Maybe tumblr could have an option to search for an images author/title/creator? It literally takes seconds to copy an image location and search google images. Maybe they could have a button that does this for you? For all of the lazy bloggers out there.
And what of the art poaching blogs out there….trying to become internet famous for literally doing nothing but pushing a button. Who are worried about nothing but the aesthetics of their blog, and not messing it up with titles, credits, and artists names?

strangelfreak:

notyourdaddy:

jamesthebeloved:

NEW LIFE

Alright children…can we have some honest talk. Everyone of you has some amazing content on your blog, otherwise I wouldn’t be following you. But let’s be honest, none of you (artists excluded) are creating ANY of the content that you’re posting (aside from the occasional selfie or photo of your cat). Do you know who is creating most of the content for your blog? Artists are.

Very rarely do I see anybody giving credit for the work your passing around and using to try and give your blog some credibility. It takes less than 5 seconds to google image search and find out the name of the artist whose work you’re posting. And less than 10 seconds to link to their work!

Do you know who makes practically no money? Artists. Every time you reblog an image from an artist without credit, that’s potential exposure you’re taking away from that artist. I’ve occasionally gotten an opportunity that arose from someone seeing my work on Tumblr. That’s amazing! That’s the way that it should be! But that’s not going to happen if all tumblr is is a bunch of blank, free images utilized for quick, easy consumption. All of this artwork that you love, that you reblog, that feeds your soul….it takes time, energy, creativity, and MONEY! It doesn’t just appear out of nowhere for you.

And the WORST is when some blog automatically takes the credit off of an image and replaces it with “for more images like this check out_____”. UGH! So gross! Actually, for more images like this check out the fucking artist that created it! We should be actively and publicly shaming these blogs.

But at least those blogs keep you as the source for the work. This photo above is my image and was reposted by jamesthebeloved. They literally liked the original image (that had the photo credit and me as the source), but then saved it to their computer and reposted it with zero credit and some alternate text (“NEW LIFE”…..sorry, but that piece is already titled and it’s a brilliant and beautiful title). I contacted them and asked them why they did this, and they said that they don’t like a lot of text on their blog. grrrrrrr

Do you know what this leads to? Occasionally I’ll see one of my images roll past my dash with 50,000 notes, no credit, and some other tools blog as the source. That’s just 50,000 people that actively pushed the button to like or reblog. There’s no telling how many hundreds of thousands of other people saw that image roll across their dash without any name attached to it.

Support your artists people! I make practically no money from this. Most artists don’t. It doesn’t take much time, and PLEASE don’t be the jerk that removes credit from other people’s work! It’s shameful….and what would your blog look like if you drive all of the visual artists out? It would look sad and boring.

And if you’re wondering, here’s the proper credit for that image:

A very gentle glove

from Hazing the Muse by Benjy Russell and Rya Kleinpeter

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS

IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS IS

FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING

IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT

(Several of my followers not only remove the credits, but REPLACE THEM so it links back to their blog and NOT THE ARTIST) what the fuck is wrong with you ?!?!?!? 

I really am curious about what can be done about this? Can we start a little dialogue? I’m sure the only people concerned about this are the artists on tumblr….the creators of the original content. Maybe tumblr could have an option to search for an images author/title/creator? It literally takes seconds to copy an image location and search google images. Maybe they could have a button that does this for you? For all of the lazy bloggers out there.

And what of the art poaching blogs out there….trying to become internet famous for literally doing nothing but pushing a button. Who are worried about nothing but the aesthetics of their blog, and not messing it up with titles, credits, and artists names?

strangelfreak asked: that thing u posted was fucking amazing !!! fully supporting u !

Thanks so much! Most people that I interact with on here are really sweet and supportive. Some people really feel entitled to free content though, and that’s great. It can be free, but you have to give credit to the hard work and energy that it takes to create this content. You have to occasionally give a leg up to others instead of just taking all of the time. And it should make you feel good to credit an artist for their work. It makes you more informed, and you’re doing some good in the world!

I have to say that almost all of my followers are really sweet and supportive, but once it gets released into tumblrworld, not everybody has such nice manners. Thanks so much for your support…I’m very appreciative!

jamesthebeloved:

NEW LIFE

Alright children……can we have some honest talk. Everyone of you has some amazing content on your blog, otherwise I wouldn’t be following you. But let’s be honest, none of you (artists excluded) are creating ANY of the content that you’re posting (aside from the occasional selfie or photo of your cat). Do you know who is creating most of the content for your blog? Artists are.
Very rarely do I see anybody giving credit for the work you’re passing around and using to try and give your blog some credibility. It takes less than 5 seconds to google image search and find out the name of the artist whose work you’re posting. And less than 10 seconds to link to their work!
Do you know who makes practically no money? Artists. Every time you reblog an image from an artist without credit, that’s potential exposure you’re taking away from that artist. I’ve occasionally gotten an opportunity that arose from someone seeing my work on Tumblr. That’s amazing! That’s the way that it should be! But that’s not going to happen if all tumblr is is a bunch of blank, free images utilized for quick, easy consumption. All of this artwork that you love, that you reblog, that feeds your soul….it takes time, energy, creativity, and MONEY! It doesn’t just appear out of nowhere for you.
And the WORST is when some blog automatically takes the credit off of an image and replaces it with “for more images like this check out_____”. UGH! So gross! Actually, for more images like this check out the fucking artist that created it! We should be actively and publicly shaming these blogs.
But at least those blogs keep you as the source for the work. This photo above is my image and was reposted by jamesthebeloved. They literally liked the original image (that had the photo credit and me as the source), but then saved it to their computer and reposted it with zero credit and some alternate text (“NEW LIFE”…..sorry, but that piece is already titled and it’s a brilliant and beautiful title). I contacted them and asked them why they did this, and they said that they don’t like a lot of text on their blog. grrrrrrr
Do you know what this leads to? Occasionally I’ll see one of my images roll past my dash with 50,000 notes, no credit, and some other tools blog as the source. That’s just 50,000 people that actively pushed the button to like or reblog. There’s no telling how many hundreds of thousands of other people saw that image roll across their dash without any name attached to it.
Support your artists people! I make practically no money from this. Most artists don’t. It doesn’t take much time, and PLEASE don’t be the jerk that removes credit from other people’s work! It’s shameful….and what would your blog look like if you drive all of the visual artists out? It would look sad and boring.

And if you’re wondering, here’s the proper credit for that image:

A very gentle glove
from Hazing the Muse by Benjy Russell and Rya Kleinpeter

jamesthebeloved:

NEW LIFE

Alright children……can we have some honest talk. Everyone of you has some amazing content on your blog, otherwise I wouldn’t be following you. But let’s be honest, none of you (artists excluded) are creating ANY of the content that you’re posting (aside from the occasional selfie or photo of your cat). Do you know who is creating most of the content for your blog? Artists are.

Very rarely do I see anybody giving credit for the work you’re passing around and using to try and give your blog some credibility. It takes less than 5 seconds to google image search and find out the name of the artist whose work you’re posting. And less than 10 seconds to link to their work!

Do you know who makes practically no money? Artists. Every time you reblog an image from an artist without credit, that’s potential exposure you’re taking away from that artist. I’ve occasionally gotten an opportunity that arose from someone seeing my work on Tumblr. That’s amazing! That’s the way that it should be! But that’s not going to happen if all tumblr is is a bunch of blank, free images utilized for quick, easy consumption. All of this artwork that you love, that you reblog, that feeds your soul….it takes time, energy, creativity, and MONEY! It doesn’t just appear out of nowhere for you.

And the WORST is when some blog automatically takes the credit off of an image and replaces it with “for more images like this check out_____”. UGH! So gross! Actually, for more images like this check out the fucking artist that created it! We should be actively and publicly shaming these blogs.

But at least those blogs keep you as the source for the work. This photo above is my image and was reposted by jamesthebeloved. They literally liked the original image (that had the photo credit and me as the source), but then saved it to their computer and reposted it with zero credit and some alternate text (“NEW LIFE”…..sorry, but that piece is already titled and it’s a brilliant and beautiful title). I contacted them and asked them why they did this, and they said that they don’t like a lot of text on their blog. grrrrrrr

Do you know what this leads to? Occasionally I’ll see one of my images roll past my dash with 50,000 notes, no credit, and some other tools blog as the source. That’s just 50,000 people that actively pushed the button to like or reblog. There’s no telling how many hundreds of thousands of other people saw that image roll across their dash without any name attached to it.

Support your artists people! I make practically no money from this. Most artists don’t. It doesn’t take much time, and PLEASE don’t be the jerk that removes credit from other people’s work! It’s shameful….and what would your blog look like if you drive all of the visual artists out? It would look sad and boring.

And if you’re wondering, here’s the proper credit for that image:

A very gentle glove

from Hazing the Muse by Benjy Russell and Rya Kleinpeter

notyourdaddy:

50 ways to leave your body

Benjy Russell. 2008

This series was based on an experience I had with astral projection. It’s only happened to me one time (actually twice, but both times were in the same night). I had spent all day at these beautiful hot springs in the desert in southern California with my boyfriend at the time and several of his friends from out of state. It was a gorgeous remote location, and I remember the pools being very hot and seriously intoxicating.

When we got home that night I drifted off to sleep, and when I woke up I “looked” around me. I was floating in the middle of the room and there was this white marshmallow-y ring floating/encircling me horizontally. The substance looked exactly like the ectoplasm in photos from the turn of the century spiritualist photography. Somehow I started to rise up towards the ceiling (I wasn’t in control of any of it), then I effortlessly went through the ceiling. As I passed through the ceiling I could see all of the layers of the roof (metal, wood, and tar); then I busted through the roof and I could see all of the pipes coming out of the rooftop and downtown Los Angeles in the distance. Just as I was taking it all in I snapped back into my body and laid there for about 20 minutes paralyzed, yet conscious.


When I got back to sleep it happened again, only I didn’t get through the ceiling before it snapped me back into my body.


About a month later I made this series, 50 ways to leave your body for MEAN Magazine. The series of photos were made using silhouette cutouts, filters, long exposures, christmas lights, transparencies, and projections. All of the effects were done in camera without using photoshop.

Here’s a link to how the shots were setup

And here are a couple of other alternate shots  that didn’t get used

Rya and I photographed by Luke Gilford. This was in the barn at my last house. Sometimes it looked like a spaceship.

theautumnroses:

Named after a storied surf break on Maui’s North Shore, Pe’ahi is the name of The Raveonettes new record, and today they’ve shared two new tracks including this one, "Endless Sleeper". It combines surf and noir with seductive results. You can buy your copy the the LP here.

Oooh this track is good! I bet this album is going to be great. The first year I moved to LA, I had Easter dinner with Sune from The Raveonettes. My friend Leah was dating him, and we sat around and played cards while Leah’s family got fucking hammered.

If you haven’t seen it yet…..here’s a video that I wrote and directed. All of the effects were done in camera using glass, mirrors, bent mirrored acrylic, and light.

It’s a hybrid poem/performance featuring WIFE, the performance art trio out of Los Angeles. It’s based on a poem that I wrote titled The Passengers, a love story that predates time and space. The very first romance when matter and antimatter fell in love and created everything.

I wrote the poem to my husband who passed away last December. I love you baby….we are forever.

The Passengers- by Benjy Russell

We are the beginning of thought

a theory of immortality in constant flux

Our birth was the death of another

the transference of light and consciousness

liquid spilling from one container into the next

microscopic evaporation as we leave a trail of stars in our wake

In this beginning there was no space

only you

and we

matter and antimatter falling endlessly in love

we were neon when there wasn’t

we are the ancestors of religion

existing where there is no language

we are inhabited by entire universes

just as we inhabit this space. space. space.

we birthed light, energy, and matter

the first sensual creation we gave to you

the rest we gave to everything else

we have never needed nor wanted until we were given you

you were everything

and we were no longer alone

now the cord has been severed

and we float in this space

drifting in a state of emptiness

poured from one container into the next

like a moth leaving its chrysalis

we can never go back

that is the only constant

we are the passengers not the vessel

we are forever

(Source: notyourdaddy, via notyourdaddy)

It’s true that this must figure is an angel

from Hazing the Muse by Rya Kleinpeter and Benjy Russell

This is the full image…..Rya and I made the lipstick out of daylillies, Their Latin name is Hemerocallis fulva, which roughly translates to “beautiful for a day”.

interview and images over at Recaps Magazine:A queer art publication

I just found a detail of the flowers that make up the lipstick….

So we went and hung out at these beautiful waterfalls near my house yesterday….

At Rock Island soaking up those negative ions

At Rock Island soaking up those negative ions