There’s a lot of songs out there about who broke your heart, who used you, how much you’re hurt and all that’s been taken from you, and what it’s taken you to get back up, to brush your shoulders off and go at it again. And that’s fine. There’s enough room in the world for art about that.

Here’s the thing though: why is there no art about that other thing? About that time you felt lonely so you settled for someone you normally wouldn’t throw a look at, made them feel amazing and used them, like a crutch, to help you back up, to help you be the old you again, and then discarded them without looking back once you were better. Where’s the song about that? Or the illustration? The sculpture? The thing?

Where’s the illustration about not being honest with someone? Where’s the painting about doing the easy thing instead of the right thing?

Why are we only highlighting what makes us look victimized? How is that honest? I’m tired of “poor me” art.

If we don’t talk about our cruelty, does it stop existing? Is it even cruelty? Seems like a strong word… Maybe carelessness? Here is what I’m talking about: Sometimes what we need, or what we do, isn’t pretty. It’s ugly. We manipulate and we suck life and love and adoration out of weaker hearts and when we do this, once we’re done doing this, when we’re ready to go about our life, the exit strategy isn’t always clean, or honest. Sometimes we think about how to get it done easy without thinking about what that means for the other person’s dignity, or self worth. We do this. It’s not okay but there it is. Maybe you’re reading this and you’re thinking to yourself “Well, that’s clearly not about me” and maybe that’s true. I doubt it though.

I’ll tell you one thing: it’s certainly about me. I’ve been there, that, more than once. I’m not proud of it but it’s in my past all the same.

I should be clear about something here: I hope everyone everywhere is always trying to be a good person. I think there is nothing to aspire to that is more worthy than kindness. I’m not writing about this to excuse being a dick to people. It is never okay to do this. To stop calling someone without telling them why. To be dishonest. To cheat. To use. To be selfish. But sometimes we do it. It’s wrong and we shouldn’t and we should aspire not to, but it happens because we are flawed and we can be petty and lazy and shitty. And we never talk about it, because self-pity is so much easier to mine for imagery. It’s so much easier to say “poor me” than to say “well, I’m not proud of this but there it is, it’s something darker and it’s ugly I guess but it’s true, and  it’s some of me, and I’m showing you.”

I’m just so tired of browsing tumblr and only seeing one side of the aftermath of a relationship. I don’t believe for one second that those photographers and illustrators and musicians and those assholes who find a photo on the internet and just write something “deep” on top of it, I don’t believe these people, talented though they may be, I don’t believe that they are only what they project in their creation. Maybe your heart is broken today, it doesn’t mean you weren’t a little shit to someone else two months ago. Let’s see you draw about that.

(I apologize for the rant and I hope you all have a great day tomorrow and I love you all and I love your amazing butts too)

Just watched Short Term 12 (it’s on Netflix U.S.). It’s magnificent. Funny, moving, deeply affecting. This is big cinema.

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Found this oldie test animation

This forever = end to war and hunger and sexism and all other bad isms.

This forever = end to war and hunger and sexism and all other bad isms.

Well, that’s it for the first season of Rick And Morty, the hands down best thing on television right now (you heard me, Game Of Thrones). So glad they’ve been picked up for a second season. Brilliant doesn’t even begin to cut it…

This is a lovely illustration I got from an old friend on my birthday back in 2012, right before the world ended. I got it framed recently.

Dear Marvel studios…

Dear Marvel studios, bravo on Winter Soldier! What an incredible film!!! However, please realize that 3D has never helped your films, it has only ever hurt them. It is a bad habit and even though you use it with, I’m sure, only the best intentions, it has enhanced my enjoyment of your movies exactly never.
I remain a huge fan of your studio, its boundless creativity and increasingly fearless genre-hopping tendencies.
Your pal and your fan,

Simon Panneton

These advertisings for Daft Punk merchandise are amazing. These guys are doing it right…

This is a deleted scene from Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal. But forget that for a second, because, really, this works fine as a short film. I swear. An ultra violent, insane, awesome short film. Now think on this: How good can The Raid 2: Berandal actually be, that they cut this piece is cinematic mastery from it? The Raid 2: Berandal opens Friday in limited release and will expend in the weeks to come. I cannot wait…

(Source: Yahoo!)

There is literally zero reason why Paolo Rivera’s AMAZING above poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier can’t be the official one, other than Hollywood has long ago given up on making great poster art. It’s really too bad. This poster was commissioned by the film’s crew, and Rivera just fucking delivered the goods.

Another old shot of my friend Élise, rocking that French new wave look like she was born to.

My beautiful friend Élise, back in the days when I dabbled in photography…

This is Beyoncé’s video for a fantastic song called “Countdown” and just love everything about it.

(Source: vimeo.com)

This is kind of brilliant. Found it at piecomic.