Carver Grinds

I wanted to know if anyone is grinding on Carver Skateboards…

“Solo Session” featuring the C5 Impala is out now! This board is a progressive alternative for your surfskate experience. With a lower center of gravity and modern street shape, popping off tricks couldn’t be easier. Watch team rider Geoff Sagara ripping through a variety of fun spots proving Impala’s versatility.

https://www.carverskateboards.com

Rider: Geoff Sagara
Board: C5 Impala
Film and Edit: Gabriel Nakamura
Music: Felt – Now she’s gone

For My Content Creator Friends

For anyone who wants to create content. I’ve captured the main points underneath this video if Gary Vee’s style ain’t your thing, keep scrolling down…

  • Content needs to be real to you.
  • Make content that is your biggest truth.
  • Only talk about your truth.
  • Be honest and authentic.
  • Don’t pander to the state of what is currently accepted.
  • Shoot your truth 24/7.
  • Stop trying to figure out what will work.
  • Instead… your individual truth of the moment is what will work.
  • You can put out a ton of content.
  • Nobody is putting out content because everybody is overthinking it and pandering to what works and likes, or will it get shared = insecurities and defence.
  • People want truths.
  • Your biggest strength is that you are an individual human.
  • It’s dangerous to have your self esteem wrapped up in how many likes your posts get on instagram.
  • Do you and never waver from that.

Heart Support

How to offer your heart the approval, support, and encouragement it needs to come out of hiding – repeat the following mantra:

I don’t know how to love the sadness I feel.
I don’t know how to love the fear I sense.
I don’t know how to love the jealousy I notice.
I don’t know how to love the pain I’m in.
I don’t know how to love the judgments I have.
I don’t know how to love the struggles I face.

I don’t know how to love the past I remember.
I don’t know how to love the people who hurt me.
I don’t know how to love those who ignored me.
I don’t know how to love those who punished me.
I don’t know how to love those who abused me.
I don’t know how to love the resistance I feel.
I don’t know how to love the doubt I sense.
I don’t know how to love the darkness within me.
I don’t know how to love the things I hate about myself.

I don’t know how to love what’s here to be loved.
I don’t know how to love what I may never be willing to love.
I don’t know how to love the one who can’t seem to shift.
I don’t know how to love the one who doesn’t want to forgive.
I don’t know how to love the one who refuses to grow.
I don’t know how to love the one who always thinks they’re right.
I don’t know how to love the one who always seems victimized.
I don’t know how to love the one who believes they’re entitled at the expense of others.
I don’t know how to love the one who is always in need.

I don’t know how to love the one who is always desperate, lonely, and never fulfilled.
I don’t know how to love the one who’s never satisfied and always needs more.
I don’t know how to love the one who’s afraid of having less.
I don’t know how to love the one who always thinks there’s something to earn.
I don’t know how to love the one who just wants to go home.
I don’t know how to love those who have denied me.
I don’t know how to love the one who has always been denied.

I don’t know how to love the one who always feels unworthy.
I don’t know how to love the one who chases desire, only to push away all that is given.
I don’t know how to love all that I am.

By acknowledging that I don’t know how to love, I relinquish each conflict, burden, and hardship by entering the heart of surrender.

– Matt Kahn – Whatever Arises, Love That

Photo by Georgia de Lotz on Unsplash

How Launching an Online DJ School Changed My Life

In this article I am sharing an interview with the awesome Janelle Allen of Zen Courses about how launching my online DJ School changed my life.

ZCS 007: Emma Holmes (DJ Short-E) – How Launching an Online DJ School Changed Her Life

Today’s guest is Emma Holmes aka DJ Short-E from studioscratches.com, where she helps new and experienced DJs learn how to scratch on vinyl records.

In this episode, Emma shares her journey into entrepreneurship, including all the starts and stops. She also shares how she built her online school, School of Scratch and how going all-in changed her life.

In this Episode, you’ll learn…

  • How Emma turned a lifelong dream into an online school

  • The gradual steps she took to teach her online courses full time

  • The tools and tactics she used to build her online courses

  • The methods she uses to teach a hands-on subject like DJing

  • The methods she uses to build community and engagement

  • How she overcame the limiting thoughts that tried to stop her

Sites & Tools Mentioned

You can view the original interview on Janelle’s website here: https://janelleallen.com/007

if you have any questions about creating online courses and communities, you can connect with me here.

Lettering Legend Interview

This article features an interview I did with Tam Love from LetteringTutorial.com.

It gives an insight into my creative process and some of the things I have created. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Interview with Emma Holmes

By Tam Love from LetteringTutorial.com

Recently I announced a new site feature called ‘Lettering Legends’. You can read more about ‘Lettering Legends’ here, but to summarise it’s an exciting feature where I highlight great people from the lettering world. Some you may be familiar with already, and some might be new names to you.

I’m kicking the first Lettering Legends feature off with an interview. I interviewed brush lettering artist Emma Holmes. You may have come across some of Emma’s brush work before on Instagram or Tumblr, or you may have found her Brush Lettering Tutorial website which is full of really useful content.

I have two reasons for choosing Emma as Lettering Tutorials first ever ‘Lettering Legend’. Firstly Emma is the person who inspired me to start this site, we have been friends a while and she has always been giving me confidence and inspiration. Secondly I thought she really deserved to be highlighted, as she is very inspiring to others also. Emma’s Instagram feed is full of lettering she’s created that will cheer you up, give you a push, make you smile and help you.

You started exploring lettering and then moved towards brush lettering, tell us more about that?

“Sure! It was actually more like brush lettering, hand lettering then back to brush lettering!

I came across Valentina Harper’s work which lead me to the lovely Kal Barteski and I fell in love with her brush script.

I did Kal’s original script school with sumi brushes which I adored, but at the time, I wasn’t able to prioritise time to make that practice a habit. Something about it stuck with me though and has never left me.

I can’t truly remember how the hand lettering kicked off, but I ended up getting a stylus for my ipad. I was going through a bit of a tough patch at the time and I just wanted a way to relax and practice lettering easily, without mess, wherever I was. I sketched out something in Paper by FiftyThree then posted it to my Tumblr account where Amy Cao from FiftyThree reblogged it and it got some unexpected love. It ended up being featured on the FiftyThree site (thanks Amy) and it sparked my interest to explore further.

It was an activity I really enjoyed and it seemed to serve other people and inspire them which I loved.

I practiced hand lettering and explored it but found it really hard on my hands and kinda laborious, even though I liked the end result, the process is more important to me. So I went back to the brush.

I was inspired by Neil Secretario, Ryan Hamrick, Joluvian, and during this time of exploration, this time found brush pens.

I did a brushpen workshop with Beppeartz which was awesome and drew inspiration from there but I knew I didn’t want to go deep with the classical style and instead just write in whatever my loose freehand style was. I yearned to be free rather than worry about precise letter forms and getting it “right”! I have a hard enough time with wanting stuff to be pefect as it is and that sucks the joy out of any activity, so I went with the freestyle expression route.

I kinda crossed the brush pens with Kal’s sumi style and came up with my own expression.

James Victore has been a big influence, reminding me to “Feck Perfuction”. I no longer follow rules of where the thicks and thins go, I just write, it’s more art to me than lettering. It just happens to be words.

The reason I love brushes so much is beacuse it is a smooth and flowing motion. I find it rhythmical and calming and like mediation almost. I love all things like this – skateboarding, surfing, music, and it just seems to fit in with who I am.”

Have you had any inky accidents?

“Most of my work is inky accidents!
Apart from that, nothing major, but I’ve definitely got spots of ink on some of my clothes.”

You’ve created some lovely, and very unique screen print work using lettering and themes from the Christmas movie Elf and the Lorax movie. How did these ideas begin?

“Thanks! Elf is one of my all time favourite movies. I just love Buddy the Elf. His lines are something me and my friends quote to each other to make each other laugh, so I thought that it would be awesome to have them in one place as a piece of artwork. I’m not sure how I came up with the idea, possibly at the time, I was looking at hand lettering inspiration and there seemed to be a trend of silhouettes with lettering in, so I thought I would give it a go, Emma style. I don’t really like to follow trends but in this case, I seemed to get away with it and make it my own. I was really fortunate to have Dave Fortune from UWE invite me in to try screen printing and he was the one that came up with the 3 colour blend which really brought it to life! Cheers Dave!

Elf - Emma Holmes

IMAGE © EMMA HOLMES

For the Lorax print, my sister in law told me about the quote which she said she loved and told me about the movie, which I also loved. It was her birthday coming up and so I set about creating something for her around that. I traced the trees from the original artwork. This one was screen printed with the help of John Lynch, a previous student of Dave who was running a workshop which I attended.

IMAGE © EMMA HOLMES

I love how movies can inspire us, make us laugh and most of all remind us not to take life too seriously. I’m a big kid at heart. Don’t get me started on Frozen. Oh wow, I could totally do a Frozen piece! I’m in love with Olaf.”

Do you think it’s best to be comfortable at lots of different styles of lettering or develop your own style?

“I say do what’s in your heart, whatever that is for you.”

What advice or tips would you give those first starting out at lettering?

“Stay open. Practice. just start! By all means look at other people’s work for inspiration and copy (but don’t share it) to get you going, but make sure you follow and develop your own style by just being you, however that comes out on paper.”

IMAGE © EMMA HOLMES

What are some of your greatest lettering achievements?

“I had a piece published in Typism Book One, which was pretty cool!
Beyond that though, my achievements are more subtle and internal. When someone leaves me a message that I shared some words that they needed to hear that day is my greatest achievement. Jim Rohn talked about the power to inspire another with words. So if I can do that, that’s massive for me.”

If you could only ever letter one word again, what would it be and why?

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Because its the awesomest word ever, Mary Poppins (and Julie Andrews) is a bad ass, plus it’s got a ton of letters in so I’d never get bored. Plus it’s a song. Who doesn’t love that word? It inspires magic!”

Thanks Emma

“Thank you for asking me! Keep up the good work!”

Original interview appears on LetteringTutorial.com

Updates

If I could only ever letter one word again, it is “aloha”. My favourite word ever.

The Place Where You Are Now

The Place Where You Are Now

by Hafiz

This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there—

Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.

I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,

But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,

Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,

The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.

Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,

For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.

But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses

As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.

Loving You

Most human beings don’t know what it means to just truly be held and loved for exactly who they are.

If anyone is struggling, that is the greatest gift we can give somebody.

To love them exactly the way they are, for who they are, at this moment in time.

– Peter Crone

Full video here