you know you’re lonely when you have a lot of friends but when you find a joke you can’t find anyone to share it with cause nobody you know has your sense of humour
and in her heart lived weeds and mosses and wildflowers of all types
curly tendrils fresh springs spots of sunlight and shade
how she wished she could share this world with someone else
Line Portraits from a Young Artist with @oxtlxnes
For more bold, minimalist faces drawn by Hayley, follow @oxtlxnes on Instagram
In her spare time after school, 16-year-old Hayley Connolly (@oxtlxnes) draws portraits of her Instagram followers.
“I usually draw based on requests, but sometimes I will draw my idols, like Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne),” says Hayley, who lives in northeast England. “My illustrations are mostly portraits, so they are all about the facial features. I try to make them a mixture of realistic and non-realistic, and I love to make them look almost cartoon-like.”
Hayley’s inspiration comes from looking at Instagram accounts from other teen artists, whose work she wishes was more visible in larger artistic communities.
“I think it is really important to see art made from teens. We haven’t made our life choices yet, so we’re looking at the world in many different ways,” she says. “We’re really in the height of our creativity because we are growing up.”
Coffee #34: Mike Beatbox-Tyson (friends on Facebook since November 2009, 2 mutual friends)
This morning I woke up after a few hours sleep and strolled (yes, I’m “strolling” everywhere in NYC) down to High Line Park, a disused subway line that’s been converted into a nature strip / park running along Manhattan’s West Side. I was lucky enough to catch up with my Facebook friend Mike Beatbox-Tyson AKA ‘Beetle’ for an excellent morning of life philosophy and deep-ass (it’s deep-ass, not deep-arse today) discussions on overcoming challenges in life and the many different curveballs life often throws your way.
Beetle and I met each other five years ago when I traveled to New York in 2009 at a Flying Lotus / !!! / Battles gig. It was my first time traveling overseas by myself and I was excitedly speaking to random people at the gig and ended up getting friendly with Beetle and his two friends Amy and Rich. We had a great night hanging out and a week or so later, ran into each other again at the All Tomorrows Parties festival in the Catskills. From there we did the obligatory Facebook add and have both since disappeared into the abyss of the occasional appearance in our respective Facebook feeds. Our Facebook communication over the last five years has been absolutely non-existent, so connecting with Beetle in his home city of New York, spending time getting to know him and learning about his life trajectory over the last five years was a bizarre and an eye opening experience that made me realise how little I know about so many people on my “friends list.”
Back when I met Beetle he wore thick-rimmed glasses and really long hair, and I barely recognised him today. Despite the two of us practically being total strangers to each other, Beetle and I opened up hugely to each other, discussing some immensely personal topics. Beetle has had some very real, very intense life experiences over the last three years, things that most people are often unable to recover from, yet Beetle’s attitude was insanely level-headed and his ability to articulate himself and philosophise on life was inspiring.
Beetle is currently studying paralegal studies at LIU Post. He’s an animal lover and used to work as a pet therapist in hospitals. He now works part time with his uncle and brother helping to rehabilitate exotic animals including alligators, pythons and monkeys. He had some excellent stories of rescuing abandoned pet snakes that had grown too big for their owners to handle anymore and his description of his uncle’s farm filled with rescued exotic animals was fascinating.
We talked about dating culture in NYC and Beetle’s imminent plans to move to Queens from Long Island where he currently lives. We talked about Beetle’s love of meditation and mindfulness and also discussed my current fascinations of the technological singularity.
Catching up with Beetle today was a whole other level of what 1000+ Coffees has been about for me. Beetle is someone that I really had no idea about and we come from quite different worlds, but connecting with him and learning about his outlooks on life this morning taught me some important lessons including his belief that to have ”one foot in the past and one foot in the future is pissing on the present.”
Beetle drank an americano and I drank a latte. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to catch up, Beetle. Peace!
Katrin Korfmann (Berlin) “Ariel Images”