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June 2nd, 2010 (08:36 pm)
current song: hahalemon

Productive things I'm doing over the summer:

I've been striking out at garage sales, but I did find some mirrors and ugly paintings at thrift store to reuse, instead of spending tons on canvas and whatnot.

Remember way back when, when I had that post about vintage photographs of geishas and Imprint and mixing the two aesthetics? didn't think so. that's why I'm reminding you. Imma paint some geishas.

I've also decided (for some ungodly reason) to try and read The Tale of Genji over the summer. Seeing the shitty weather tonight, I'm thinking it's a good time to start. I'm probably going to have to read something else on the side to keep me from going completely crazy. which reminds me-

American Psycho
Under the Dome
The Forever War

Although I don't know if American Psycho really counts because I started it at the end of the semester. whatever. I'm a nerd, let's not talk about it.

not so productive things I'm doing over the summer:

I got infected by another earbug after watching Tokyo Gore Police.
Took me forever to find the band (it was Hahalemon), and when I finally did there was practically no information about them online anyway. Tried to buy their cd online and CHASE REJECTED ME. I have more than enough money in my account, and I've used cdjapan before so I don't know what the deal is. I put my order through again because to have gone through pulling my hair out to try and find them, then just stop and not get the cd.... I'm ready to stab a bitch as it is.


I also finally decided to buy some of my beloved downloaded movies on DVD
...only to go on amazon and find out that all but 2 are unavailable to me.
wrong region, no subtitles, out of print, or over $50 fml.

I can't even find bootlegs, like my $5 Battle Royale. the universe just decided to erase all existence of these movies when it figure out I wanted to get my hands on a copy.

gonna go cry into my oreos about it.

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you'll be like fuck you and kick her in the face with your energy legs

May 30th, 2010 (08:24 pm)

current location: humidity hell
current mood: amused
current song: SHINee - Amigo

hey bros



the rest of this post is utc to protect your poor virgin eyesCollapse )

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jess needs a life

May 21st, 2010 (04:56 pm)
current song: shitsville - the mods


since I've been getting more and more into japanese cinema I've been noticing the same names coming up over and over again. I didn't realize just how insanely intertwined all of the actors and directors were until I started writing some names down.
Particularly with Takashi Miike, I kept noticing the same actors pop up everywhere, but he also uses his fellow directors as actors in his movies, who in turn use their own set of actors who seem to be making cameos in everyone else's movies.
Quentin Tarantino also somehow became involved in all of this? I don't even


to try and wrap my brain around who knows who, and how, I started doing a six degrees of separation type thing... except it was less about making a connection between six, and more about including as many actors/directors/movies/shows as I possibly could, without any repeats.

keep in mind this is also just what I came up with on the fly, and also only going off of movies and shows that I've actually watched. and since everybody seems to be in every flippin movie, there's also about 80 different ways that I could have put this together.

(nevermind the fact that basically everybody on this list is connected with takashi miike in some way or another)

which has Chiaki Kuriyama playing Takao Chigusa
who was in
who was in MOONCHILD with Gackt
who played a cannibalistic serial killer (typical)
in MR. BRAIN and was in the same episode as
Matsushige Yutaka aka Kano in BLOODY MONDAY
with Narimiya Hiroki (cat boy :3) as J, who was also in
SAKURAN with everybody's favorite psycho boy
Masanobu Ando who was in BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A
with Kenichi Endou
who was Ken's yakuza boss in CROWS ZERO
with Izaki, played by Sosuke Takaoka
who was in BLUE SPRING with
Ryuhei Matsuda who starred in NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE
(with some bad facial hair), which was directed by
Shinya Tsukamoto who played Jiji in
ICHI THE KILLER who employed Satoshi Niizuma
(after his face-job)
who was the kimchi obsessed hitman in
Takashi Miike who also directed
AUDITION starring Eihi Shina
who was in TOKYO GORE POLICE which had
choreography and a cameo by Tak Sakaguchi
who was prisoner KSC2-303 in VERSUS


Ichi the Killer starred Nao Omori (as Ichi), who was in Monday which was directed by Sabu, who played Kaneko in Ichi.

Takako Chigusa in Battle Royale, played by Chiaki Kuriyama, was also GoGo Yubari
in Kill Bill Vol. 1 directed by Quentin Tarantino whose favorite movie is Battle Royale.

chiaki kyriyama, sosuke takaoka(crows zero), takashi tsukamoto (blue spring), and masanobu ando were all in battle royale.

masanobu ando, quentin tarantino, shun oguri (crows zero), kyosuke yabe (crows zero), matsushige yutaka (bloody monday, crows zero, mr brain), tanbara tomomo (mr brain) are all in sukiyaki western django.

exhausted yet?
I am.

and that's not even scratching the surface.

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but yeah.

March 11th, 2010 (11:16 pm)


I finally broke down and got a tumblr. I blame it on kelsey for starting with - http://brbwaifus.tumblr.com/
which spawned from multiple jokes started while watching You're Beautiful
[Jokes like starting everything with brb:
and claimin Korean boys as boyfriends. but waifus. because I started playing a video of GazettE's waifu and we love using engrish]

I decided I have far too many quotes, or 1 line statements or single pictures to post on lj. INSTEAD I WILL SPAM TUMBLR WITH THESE THINGS.

So check it out, yo.


xjessthemess [userpic]

don't worry lady...

February 8th, 2010 (11:55 pm)
current location: arctic tundra
current song: DISCHARGE - the GazettE

I have class tomorrow morning so I'll make this quick.

Baltimore is currently a wreck. They had put aside $60million for clearing snow this year, and before the last storm even hit, they'd gone through $50 million of it. People have been out on the street with shovels, and I haven't seen a snow plow once since this whole mess started. Even better, another storm is supposed to hit tomorrow evening bringing another 20inches of snow with it.

I was off of class today, but tomorrow supposedly MICA will be open again. After the storm hits though, I can't imagine we'll have class the rest of the week.

Just to give you an idea...


That's me standing in the middle of an intersection on Mt Royal (basically the Baltimore equivalent of Rout 12), and for anyone familiar with the MICA campus, that's Bunting and Fox behind me. No cars, no plows, and snow up to my knees in most places.


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photo journal of the deterioration of my sanity throughout the semester thus far

February 5th, 2010 (08:04 pm)
current mood: indescribable
current song: deichkind

Hey Jess!
how's it going? How ya feeling?

Allow me to express the current state of my sanity with pictures.

HA. HAHA. Collapse )

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semester 2

January 22nd, 2010 (12:20 pm)
current location: MICA, YO
current song: Bjork

It's friday. I have fridays off.
I'm drinking coffee and updating my lj yay!

So my classes this semester are pretty much all things that I think I'll enjoy a hell of a lot more than everything I had last semester, but they also look like they're going to be a lot more work D:

Monday we didn't have school, so I won't have drawing until next week. DAVE! I MISS YOU!
but I know how that class works, and I love it to death, so nothing new there.

Now on tuesdays I have Art Matters, which is pretty much like an art history class. I already feel semi-smart, because I knew the Woman from Willendorf was from Austria (not Germany, like my teacher thought it was haha. Bale, you taught me well! Perhaps AP Art History was not a total waste of time and brain power!)

Also on Tuesdays I have Elements of Visual thinking. There's usually not too much work for that class, but our assignment for this week is to get 1 oil pastel and "do something" with it until it's gone wtf. I'm so lost as to what to do.
I also had to buy color aid paper for that class. SRSLY NO ONE KNOWS WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT IT. Or what to use it for. and it cost me $50 even with my student discount and Utrecht card meh. The only good part is that on the way walking there, I stumbled across the best moving truck ever. \



Wednesdays are painting.
Again, it looks like a lot of work, but I think my teacher is going to be a lot of fun though. On the first day of class, we had a worst painting contest. He gave us construction paper, terrible paints, confetti, googly eyes, and plastic paint brushes. We then hung our pieces up and had a "critique." He said the purpose of it was to kind of see what our tolerance was for joking around, as well as giving us an opportunity to make our worst piece of the whole semester, so that everything else we make will be an improvement haha.

For next week I have to get supplies (which I can hopefully lend/steal/get given from people who had painting last semester because oil panting is expensive, DAYUM), gesso paper, and make a color chart thingy. I've never used oil paints before though... oh god. I wouldn't be so concerned if they weren't toxic.

Thursdays = Drawing as Illustration.
The majority of this class seems to be figure drawing. Which is quite possibly the thing that I suck at the hardest.
That's good that I'm taking the class though, so I can improve on it, but still. Until I improve, I look like completely shit compared to everyone else.

My teacher is also kinda crazy. I can't decide if I like him or not. Kelsey has him for drawing and seems to be in the same boat.

For next week I have to do "3-4 hours" of sketch research on a project for Haiti, and "1 hour" of sketch research on an illustrator.


anywhoo.... today I plan on doin' some worky-work then watching You're Beautiful until my eyes boggle out of my head or those stupid songs they play over and over cause me to go temporarily insane and send me on a killing spree through MICA.

xjessthemess [userpic]

who me? I'm fine

January 14th, 2010 (01:36 pm)

current location: YO MAMA
current mood: energetic
current song: Clip-Clop - Cloud Cult


I haven't been doing much artwork over winter break. And by 'not much' I really mean 'not anything.'

But I have a plan for either next semester (depending on assignments and such), or over the summer. Maybe I'm crazy, but if not then hopefully this will turn out to be something pretty awesome. Maybe even shit I can sell, who knows. Here's the stuff that's been inspiring me lately:

Or maybe that's not quite right... Perhaps more like new versions of traditional Geishas?
Anywho, over the summer I saw Takashi Miike's Imprint, which was (incrediblyfuckedup) just an okay movie, but visually stunning to watch.


A few days ago I decided to download it and watch it again. Mostly because of my discovery of the movie Sakuran and the fact that it took me about 2 days to download it and I desperately needed something to keep me entertained in the meantime. ahem.
So yes. This brings me to Sakuran...

I like how I started this with talked about Geishas, and so far all I'm talking about are two movies about legit prostitutes. Not even trying to hide it like Geishas haha ooops

Randomly stumbled on this while looking for other movies with Masanobu Ando (aka Hat aka psycho machine gun boy aka pubes). I'm dying to finish watching it, but seriously this has been the movie download from hell. First it took forever to find, forever to download, then it downloaded into 11 different parts (though after looking around some more, I think that's the only way I can download it), then finally, after I though everything had been solved... I get to part 4 and I can't get the fucking subs to work. I was tempted to just finish watching it without subs, but I'm too into the story now ._.
I want to know what happens! Damnit, why don't I know Japanese!! D:

I'm going to try a few different things to get the subs to work, but we'll see what happens... either way, so far it is really interesting and also a very beautiful movie to watch. I WILL FIND A WAY TO FINISH THIS MOVIE.

Random side notes: SO MANY TOPKNOTS D8
also Joslyn - cat boy is in it :3

Recently, I found all of these beautiful vintage photos of Geishas (over at ImmortalGeisha.com... kind of a shitty website, but occasionally some decent information and lots of beautiful pictures.. I just wish they were bigger).

What I was mostly drawn to were what looked like simple headshots of all the different Geishas.


Maybe I just love anything in an oval.
aww fuck my foot completely fell asleep ow ow ow

I also found a number of pictures with two Geishas together, usually holding hands, or at least situated very close together.


For all I know these girls could barley know each other, but I look at them and I think sisters. Or more specifically twins (maybe just because I'm obsessed with the idea of twins. More on that later. much later. maybe never).

Lastly, I've been listening to Bjork a whole lot lately. I'm going to blame my declining mental state on her.

Just kidding. I love Bjork.

Going to raid garage sales, thrift stores, and the like, looking for those shitty paintings (or mirrors) they always seem to sell. Because more often than not those shitty paintings have awesome frames. Triple bonus if those frames are oval.

I want to do a Geisha series, mixing in imagery from movies like Imprint... I refuse to call these girls "modern Geishas" because to me that just means something more like "slutty Halloween costume."

I was also throwing around the idea of trying to create steampunk Geishas, but I don't know how well that would work out.... mixing something that is so traditionally Japanese, with something that is basically completely based on turn of the century Europe, and European fashions would probably prove difficult. I guess we'll see how things turn out.


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hide yer children

January 9th, 2010 (03:03 pm)

current location: COLD
current mood: cold
current song: Thom Yorke - The Clock

strange dreams I've had lately:

1. zombie apocalypse in Chicago. Awesome childhood friends ditch me. I join up with a group of Amazonian women.

2. I find out a teacher 'o mine is up to some shady business and she starts threatening me (said teacher also looks suspiciously like the teacher from Bloody Monday). Machine gun boy and a big black man that looks a bit like Samuel L. Jackson with dreads are 'undercover agents' that have been sent to pose as students in the school to investigate. They stick out like sore thumbs and yet no one seems to notice. They spend more time playing basketball and talking to me, than doing any actual investigating. They are also incredibly stupid.

3. There's a mix-up with luggage, and somehow I wind up with Yesung's luggage, and somehow Yesung gets my phone number and calls. The call soon turns into me on one end with all of SuJu on the other. I tell them I don't speak Korean and hang up on them.

4. Zombie apocalypse and I'm with a group of people I have no idea who they are. We have to stop at the concession stand so some dude can get a coke, even though we are about to be killed by zombies. Boy gets his coke, and we head for the roof of this strange building, where we run into creepy boy who claims to be the owner. Creepy boy starts hitting on me. DO NOT WANT.

This Better'n Peanut Butter tastes like Tora took a lil cat pee in it.Collapse )

*giggle* OH HAI THAR. I'm just in my....


And there's nothing you can do about it....


What was that?

oh fuck. a taser.

someone get me a life plzkthx

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January 1st, 2010 (10:00 pm)

current location: where the fuck am I?
current mood: tired
current song: Mona Lisa - Thee Michelle Gun Elephant

Favourite song right now?:
NONE because I can never pick favorite songs
but I've been listening to M.A.D by Hadouken! too much lately... which is a weird song for me to be listening to in the first place

Last album you bought/downloaded?:
bought - DIM, GazettE
downloaded free with my infinite knowledge of how to steal music through the interwebz - Wars and Rumors of Wars, The Chariot

Last movie you watched? Did you like it?:
Battle Royale FUCK YEAH
Now I need to rewatch Tokyo 10+01 again because it's fucking epic

Three things that are super-annoying at the moment?:
1. my sister
2. cold weather
3. my sister

If you had to spend time in prison for any crime, what would it be?:
killing someone.
if you're going to do it, go all out

What's really scary?:

Name two items nearest to you:
Spirited Away, and a pair of tights lmao

Top five words/phrases you use?:
2. little debbie has a snack for you
3. fuck you and your nipples
4. made the way your MOM WOULD MAKE IT
5. oh hell

Your favorite Pokemon and why?
nine tails, because I hardly remember anything about Pokemon other than the fact that I was in love with ninetails for some reason

Your favorite ice cream flavor?
cake batter OM NOM

Guiltiest pleasure?:
kpop. unfortunately

Favorite color?:
depends, definitely depends

If you could rescue any animal, what would it be and would you keep it?
slow loris. you know it.

Worst drama you've ever seen?:
lmfaoI some korean drama that jamie was watching... dangerous love? I think it had DBSK in it, and it was so painful to watch. I was laughing so hard I cried.

Best way to relax?
tea and a book. because sometimes I think I'm really an 80 year old woman stuck in a 19 year old's body.

What is that smell?
sorry. kai farted.

Are there any bits of childhood that you miss?:
of course

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter?:
always autumn

Say something to the person who tagged you:
stop raping ruki and pay attention, damnit.

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