Posted August 7th, 2016
So last week, Instagram rolled out its new feature, Stories. This works remarkably like Snapchat, and a lot of people are considerably upset about the addition. We all like to bitch about new features from any of our beloved platforms, and over the last couple years, we REALLY like to bitch about Instagram. Never mind that these are apps and sites that are both optional for us to use, and free of charge. We don’t HAVE to browse Instagram or Facebook or Twitter 10 hours a day, we choose to.
So the new feature of Stories works very simply. You take short video or photos, add emojis and text, and they delete themselves after 24 hours. Sounds familiar. I’ve struggled to find footing with Snapchat. There’s no news feed, no profiles, and you can’t search it. This is incredibly frustrating for someone who is so content based. I’ll admit that I was skeptical about Stories. Instagram has a habit of taking aspects of very platform specific apps (Vine) and integrating it into their own in an attempt to cut competition. A savage business model that is incredibly successful.
They’ve really hit it out of the park with Stories. It doesn’t interfere with your news feed, your profile, or your notifications. It’s simply a row of users you follow at the top, and that’s it. You can tap a user profile picture to view their story. I’ve been using it steadily since it was introduced. I’m reaching a much larger audience than Snapchat due to my large preexisting following on Instagram. Interaction is easier, with messages heading right into your regular Instagram messages.
I give it a thumbs up. I use it, and I will continue to use it, and I encourage you to do the same. There’s a lot of new information to be gained, and a lot of ways to provide more varied, information heavy content. Give me a follow over on Instagram, and check out my story. @TimPangburn
Posted July 31st, 2016
For those of you who haven’t been following me on Instagram, I’ve been participating in a challenge (well, I technically created it) to do a sketch a day for the entire year of 2016! I’m actually over a month behind, which is shitty on my part, but it’s been a crazy year.
If you’d like to get in on the fun, head over to my Instagram, @timpangburn, and look for my posts of each month’s list! Don’t worry about going back, you can jump in any time. Just find the lists, do the sketches, and use the hashtag #366sketches. I’ve included the August list, and a few examples of some of my past drawings. Happy sketching, everyone!
Posted July 17th, 2016
Of all the ways we work to improve ourselves, forgiveness is one of the most important. We often forgive people for minor trespasses daily, but a lot of people leave it there. That’s their forgiveness practice. You forgive your friend for calling you a name, or the person who apologizes for not inviting you to a party. There is far more to forgiveness. What about the guy who butted in line at Starbucks? Or the guy who cut you off on your way to work? Most people will carry those things all day until they simply forget, but never forgive.
The first thing to remember is that the world does not revolve around us. Each person out there is going about their own lives, and simple things like someone butting in line could have 100 different reasons that are beyond the scope of information we have. Maybe they didn’t see you. Maybe their friend is the person in front of you, and they just came back form the bathroom. Or maybe they’re just being a jerk. Even if they are, we don’t know why they’re behaving that way. Again, there’s countless reasons for the behavior of others, and it’s not our job to dissect and criticize it. Our only job is to accept it and move forward.
What about the people who have intentionally wronged us? People who have done things to harm us, or make our lives difficult? When someone gives a genuine apology for something they have done to hurt us, it can be a lot harder to forgive. There is real pain involved emotionally, psychologically, and sometimes physically. The act of apologizing in itself creates a bridge for you to forgive. It is up to you to cross it, and begin healing and moving forward.
One of the most difficult things to forgive is those who continue to wish us harm, and intentionally hurt us, or blame us for their situation. People who would rather scapegoat a situation onto you than take their portion of responsibility, who bad mouth you to their friends, who will do anything in their power to make things difficult for you. Our enemies. How can we possibly cultivate forgiveness for these people who continually try to make our lives hell? It starts from an understanding that they want they same thing that we all want, and that’s happiness. Everyone wants happiness. Most people just don’t understand how to get it.
Have you ever carried a hatred for someone? Have you walked around just hoping people get what’s coming to them, or stay angry over the guy who cut you off? We’ve all had times where we’ve hoped someone who wronged us meets with physical harm. How does that make you feel? Does anyone feel actual happiness when they are angry or vengeful? Of course not. We can derive pleasure from revenge and sticking it to someone we don’t like, but we don’t get any kind of real happiness or joy from it. Carrying those emotions only creates a bitterness inside of you that grows.
The Buddha said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” This is the world those who wish you ill will live in. They are grasping a hot coal, planning to throw it at you. When you look at it from an intellectual standpoint, we know that violence always begets violence. These are vicious cycles that only continue as you fuel the fire. The key is to be able to look at them, and understand that their actions come from a place of darkness within themselves. They can’t understand that they are only harming themselves, and this will not bring them any happiness whatsoever. They do not have self accountability for how they act, or for their own emotions. This is a terrible place to live your life. I lived my life in that place for years. I used to curse people’s names and scream that I wanted their children to grow up without a parent. I was the one in pain, and I manifested that outwardly and targeted it at others.
So what are we to do? How can we let go of the pain those people cause us, and instead forgive them? We need to first learn about our pain. We need to get to the root of why we are feeling how we feel. Every single negative emotion can be broken down, and at the core of every bit of hurt, every piece of betrayal and sense of injustice we feel, will come out the other side with fear as its main source. All negative emotions are steeped in fear. Fear is insecurity. It makes us think and act irrationally. It causes reactionary instead of responsive behavior. When you feel betrayed or hurt, dig deep within yourself to find that fear. You need to acknowledge it. Acknowledge it, and understand that it is without base.
Even if you have done nothing to deserve the treatment you get, you have a part to play in it. That part is how you respond both outwardly and inwardly. Do some soul searching, and learn to forgive yourself for your own shortcomings. We are all flawed beings, and we all deserve love. You deserve love. Do not be defined by the outward experience of your life. You deserve love, kindness, and forgiveness, and the first person who needs to show it to you is yourself. The key takeaways from this are two1) learn to forgive yourself, and 2) understand that when others act out, they are doing it as an outward representation of their own pain. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Only through this, can you gain a lasting peace.
Posted July 10th, 2016
I’ve decided to do something new on my website and spotlight a different artist from the shop every month. So artist of the month for July is Dan Anthony!
Dan did his apprenticeship here at Art Machine, and has been a hard worker from the start. He came in with a natural talent, and has worked diligently to hone his skills over the past few years. He has a passion for tattooing and the traditions it is rooted in. Dan’s ethic is what stands out, as he constantly paints and produces art. You’d be hard pressed to step into the shop and not find Dan either tattooing or painting some new designs.
He prefers traditional work, focusing on bold designs with heavy black. He’s also developed a liking for black work designs that use geometry and linework as the basis of the image. Though these areas are his main focus, Dan is able to work with just about any design you bring to him. While everyone here prefers to work by appointment, he keeps time in his schedule to handle walk ins, so keep that in mind next time you wake up with an itch for a new tattoo!
If you’re considering adding to your body of work, Dan is an excellent choice for that bold, dynamic traditional tattoo you’re looking for. He is a genuinely gracious and friendly person, who will be able to give you a wonderful tattooing experience. I can’t say for certain, but I’m pretty sure he will also practice his sweet dance moves for you if you ask nicely. Did you know in high school he was captain of his jazz dance troupe? All that jazz is still in those hands, and you can tell by his tattoos!
If you’re interested in getting work from Dan, you can email him HERE or you can call the shop at 267-239-2724. Or stop in! We love visitors and give them candy. Unless you’re diabetic, in which case no candy for you. Make sure when you stop by, you bring an offering of sandwiches and coffee.