midnightentity replied to your post: Why is everyone copying your photobenefit for Empires idea? JS OK.
i love you so much and damn girl if it’s copying anyone should be PROUD AS SHIT to copy you, i know i am. well-spoken and the epitome of on-point.
You’re the best, Kati. Seriously. Does this weirdly passive-aggressive post mean you’re putting up prints? I haven’t been on Tumblar lately bc irl but if so kindly link me to them. BUT FOR REAL. I don’t think it’s copying. I can’t even type that word without rolling my damn eyes. Tom Conrad has been selling prints to help fund his music career from the get-go, so if anything he’s the inspiration behind the whole idea. IT’S NOT MY FAULT THAT THIS FANBASE HAS SOME REALLY AMAZING ARTISTS, OK. And you’re one of them.
Why is everyone copying your photobenefit for Empires idea? JS OK.
Copying? Lol. Is this the fifth grade? This is about to get long.
I thought of a way to help my favorite band out because they’re perpetually broke as shit and they’re good dudes. Their fans/my friends then went out of their collective way to buy said prints FOREMOST to help the band, and also because they like my photos. First of all, I’m always really touched that people would want something I made. That’s pretty much the pinnacle of amazingness for me. And secondly, I think it’s fucking awesome and indicative of the kind of stand-up people Empires fans are that they’d move mountains to help the band out. I didn’t trademark the idea. I don’t deserve credit for other people’s generosity and kindness. This isn’t a contest or something that can be ‘copied.’ It’s enough that people like what I do, and that I can send a little piece of Empires shows to fans all over the place - from someone who’s seen them a million times, to someone who lives in the UK or Seattle and has never been able seen them live - and at the same time try to help out a band who’s given all of their fans so much.
One time Tom and I were talking and he said I’d never know what it means to them that I do these benefits because it’s the difference between sleeping in the van one night or getting a hotel and actually being able to have a hot shower. I know they’re not lol starving kids in Africa, but it touched me. Honestly I don’t know many people these days who are getting rich doing what they really love to do. The fact that they’d rather sleep in the van because they’re broke than not tour because they don’t have the money just makes me want to do more for them. They’re doing it for the right reasons, and so are the photographers who’ve embraced the idea of selling their art to benefit this band we all love.
wisconsinforward replied to your post: “You can come and be equal.”
There are reports that Sikhs at the Oak Creek temple brought food and water to the police and journalists on the scene today, as part of their religious tradition of hospitality. My heart broke a little more when I read that…
Yeah that sounds pretty likely, actually. It’s one of the tenets of Sikhism that no one visiting a temple should ever go hungry or thirsty. They also believe that every religion worships the same God, so everyone is related and interconnected and they take care of everyone as if they’re their own - because they are.
I just watched a Sikh spokesman on CNN invite everyone to their local gurdwara to have a meal on Sunday. It really affected me. Out of all of the religions I’ve studied, Sikhism has always held a special place for me. Like it just makes sense: work hard, love your neighbors, take care of others, never let a person go hungry, don’t engage in blind ritualism (aka Catholic mysticism) or idolatry. I think if anything should be a religion, it’s the simple practice of being good to your fellow man while forsaking all of the bullshit that makes religion, well, bullshit.
I really want to do something to help, but I don’t know what I could possibly do.
Starting today, our new song CARDINAL BIRD is available to purchase in our online store. In addition to that, there is also a new 6-song LIVE EP recorded from our HAPPENERS release show in Pittsburgh, PA at 222 Ormsby. And if THAT’S not enough to tickle your fancy, we’ve…
Wow I haven't even used that hotmail account in about a decade. I think I've checked it maybe 5 times since then. It is my default, "go fuck yourself I don't want your email offers" email. I had 40K messages when I logged in.
Apparently it was compromised, probably because it is a hotmail account and that’s what they do. Sorry, people I have not spoken to in a decade, that I spammed the shit out of you. I deleted all of my contacts so it won’t happen again.
As much as I hate Chick-Fil-A and refuse to eat their food, I hate politicians stepping on the Constitution even more. If you don’t agree with this company’s philosophies and think they’re a fine example of the creepy christian anti-intellectualism movement (like I do), then just don’t eat there. I support the boycott wholeheartedly and have been boycotting them for years. However, when mayors and politicians start telling private companies to gtfo due to their beliefs I start to get a little bit itchy. This whole, “but they do it to us” argument is equally insane. If they’re violating the law by discriminating against their workers (I’ve seen some reports but don’t know enough about it - also I’m pretty sure their stores are mostly franchised locations, so that makes things even murkier because each one is independently owned), then they deserve to be sued until their entire company is in ruins and future locations are impossible. But for now, just stop fucking eating there, ok? The food isn’t even that great…
thewrongshoes reblogged your photo: Sean Van Vleet of Empires Motr Pub | Cincinnati,…
was this before or after someone got murdered in front of their van?
This was before. We left about 12:30ish and no one was dead at the time but there were a lot of creepers wandering around. Empires always plays the classiest areas of any city they go to but lemme tell you… this shit rivaled South Philly.