polka dot plants
|—||Tariq Ramadan (via slightlybemused)|
“Life made me stronger, but it also made me look at people a bit differently. I don’t trust a lot of people because you never know who might stab you in the back.
For example, I tried to reconnect with my father, but he rejected me. He told me I wasn’t a planned baby—I was an accident. Finding out the truth may sting a little bit, but I’m going to keep moving forward. That’s just life.
I haven’t known him as a full-time father since I was six or seven. One stupid reason from his side of the family was that I wasn’t named after him. My mother gave him a second chance when I was 17, but by then I was busy working. He told me at that time that it was my choice if I didn’t want to see him. He started judging me, and the last thing he told me was if I ever went to jail not to call him. I’m 24, almost 25 now, and I’m still jail-free. I don’t do drugs and I don’t hang out with the wrong people. I still tried to put his words behind me and reconnect with him, but he shut me down and told me, ‘Fuck you! I should’ve had you aborted.’ So I thought, I’m not going to let him stop me. When I have kids, I’m going to right all the wrongs that have been done to me in my life.
It’s been similar with many of the people I considered as friends who then took advantage of my trust, which only made me wiser. Now I realize that I was too open with other people. My circle of friends used to be this big; now, it’s this small. I’m comfortable with that. One person gave me the opportunity to be a godfather, and a couple of people consider me a part of their families—that’s all I need. I know that I can’t be friends with everybody.”
The Golden Gauntlet, Henri III of France’s armour (details), c.1550
Victoria Siemer, also know as Witchoria, is a graphic designer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Human Error is a series of nostalgic polaroids that depict the broken heart as a computerized error that may or may not be restored in a few mouseclicks.
“I was a bouncer and a bartender for 44 years, and I only ever had five fights.”
“What was your secret?”
“I never tried to intimidate anybody. Most bouncers think they are gangsters. I treat everybody with respect, and I demand the same thing.”