Tweet Tweet Kitty: Digital Identity remix

photo by kris krüg

photo by kris krüg

The internet is a magical wonderful place of open-source living, multi-use platforms and a kid in a candy store’s viewpoint of fun ways to be creative digitally. When the ability to go digital and have an identity online first came into the household, it was often speculated if online identities paralleled and mimicked IRL (in real life) identities. For the first time since never we had at our fingertips to create and control how other people viewed us. Whether it was in photos, writing, or even our names, our identities were up for grabs and we were the ones selling and buying in this new virtual marketplace.
Gradually the fresh face reality of the digital world wore off and it became more apparent that the online world could really just be a connection and extension of our ‘in real life’ existence. Having not separate identities but one singular identity that was spread out digitally seemed to suit the generation of cyber punks, digital movers and shakers and internet townspeople that our world has cultivated. The beauty of the internet at this stage of its life is that it can foster and sustain the level of creativity that we have in our everyday lives and enhance, enrich and allow it spread exponentially to communities that have otherwise been unconnected.
And then there are the people that create online identities for cats.
draca hydra, taking a break from creating online content

draco hydra, taking a break from creating online content

Cats, or kitties as I like to affectionately call them, are well known for their striking personalities and cuddly features but maintaining and pontificating on the internet has not been one of their strong points nor have they ever expressed their necessity to do so. Because they are cats.
Yet. This proves a very interesting point and provides a very interesting social commentary to how the internet plays into our daily existence. No longer is the digital world a playground for the facade of who you are, but it is a world that is as tangible as the world we breathe in and such should all the elements begin to have a place there too.
This digital presence of mammals especially has saturated the airwaves of the Twitter world. Not only did our kitty Draco Hydra magically appear in the Twitter feeds this morning as @Hydracat but there is also the infamous Sockington cat who tweets under @Sockington, has over 600,000 followers reading his tweets, is following over 350 other cat friends on twitter, has a Sockington blog and even has a Sockington t-shirt deigned around his likeness.
Sockington the cat is still a a cat. Draco Hydra is still a cat. Yet their digital presence is strong even if their paws are lacking thumbs, I am totally in favor of this creative ownership and digital identity creation in the internet of today. We are making the world wide web, a web of streaming content that is directly connected to the lives we lead everyday.
And sometimes those lives include dogs, mice, birds, whales and even cats who might love a platform to tweet ‘i wish the window was open.’


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Brothers Backward – Stupid Intelligent Mixtape

passage and mike busse

passage and mike busse

A small distorted child-like voice opens this brand new spankin’ mixtape by Brothers Backword with the phrase ‘it’s a brand new party, the old one’s dead’. No truer could have been uttered in the opening steps of this barely 25 minute long perfectly titled Stupid Intelligent mixtape. The boys otherwise known as Passage and Mike Busse really take the effort of mixing in a mix of songs, new and old, into their new release. Whether it is spitting a clever trickle of spit over Stereo MC‘s ‘Connected’ or sweet talking an older women in my favorite track ‘Special Education’ with a touch of Seal‘s ‘Crazy’ as a closer, these boys never stop. Like good little hip young fellows they foil the gender folly and slip in some sweet female vocal sample remixes from Ladyhawke, the Millionaires, Shannon and even a sound clip from the Sound of Music.
These boys get the attention span of all of us wee ones unindated with youtube videos of fluffy kittens, internet memes that change quicker than your wpm and the memory span of how many years of constant partying. Passage and Mike make the art of mix a fun experience down memory lane and lay down the bed of hip-hop as colorful mix of fabric. The ride of this aural sensation is like a good fuck: nice, sweet and directly to the point.

this is where this mixtape lives: in the land of bomarr’s awesome blog.

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Religious Iconography: Gender Remix

I am constantly fascinated by the simplistic and often vague gender representation in religious iconography. As a young child I often would stare up at statues of the Virgin Mary and of a stigmatized Jesus Christ and think of the soft facial features, non-descript body structure and highlighted defining details. Sexualizing aside it appeared that the general obvious distinguishing features of man/woman, masculine/feminine were terrifically blurred for the sake of not ambiguous gender representation but more or less for the artistic visual dialect of mono-theistic Christian artisans. Delightfully so, such reverence is often taken into consideration even if perhaps it is merely stumbled upon commentary of gender theory. With this notion it warms my heart and grays my gender spectrum even more so when contemporary artists take their own ideals of such theory and drive them into artistic inspiration.

This beautiful piece of art included a faux gold- detailed frame and the holographic remix of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Placed ornately over the toilet in the bathroom of the rad Austin, TX tattoo/piercing shop Shaman Modifications Tattoo and Piercing, this piece of art often would surprise the unsuspecting bathroom visitor by a simple hologram that depicted the Virgin Mary on one angle and then a holographic version of Jesus Christ in another angle.

Of course I choose to stand right in the center where the true remix happened: a perfect outline of a blurred religious icon devoid of any specific gender. My favorite.

The Virgin Mary

Jesus Christ

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