It’s no mystery that I love Beyonce. I admire her. I respect her. I want to dance like her. There’s nothing she can’t do. Her songs fill up my playlists, but her life mottos are always in my head. That’s why I made these free printables for you, in hopes that her philosophy can help you get through every day.
You need both prints, which are 8 inches by 10 inches, but let’s start with part 1. DOWNLOAD WHO RUN THE WORLD PART 1 HERE.
I’ll admit that there’s nothing nerdy about Queen Bey, but if there’s any idea I can get behind, it’s the idea that all women need to have more confidence and power and bravery. So whatever other labels may swirl around us… please remember we have the power to run the world.
Do you ever think that art is just a little too…pretty? Do you find yourself wishing that that prim Victorian lady strolling through the garden was arm-in-arm with, say, a Dalek? Or maybe that the charming 19th century girl was playing dress up with her favorite giant fly instead of her dollies? That picturesque Parisian street would be improved with a few zombies, don’t you think? Perhaps our traditional jolly Santa Claus would like to be accompanied by our favorite Time Lord?
Enter Jennifer Hales, our Lady Geek of the Week. She takes classically pretty paintings and throws in startling, delightfully geeky twists. Check out her Etsy page!
How did Hales come to creating such whimsically bizarre artworks? We’ll let her tell the story…
Q: How did you discover your passion?
A: I had a really artistic and nerdy friend when I was growing up. She made me feel like I could make anything I wanted with a pencil and paper. She had artist parents and really knew how to draw even at a young age. I would watch as her imagination would spill across the paper in awe of her skill. I decided then that I wanted to be able to do the same. I signed up for classes with a local artist, and eventually got a degree in art, so that all of things that I imagine can find their way to paper. She helped me to discover an outlet for my imagination that I will always be grateful for.
Q: When did you discover you were “geeky?”
A: When I was around 5 years old it was a weekly tradition for my dad and I to sit down and watch StarTrek: Next Generation together. Those are really some of my earliest memories I share with my dad. I learned to like all of these scifi things from my dad, it was important to me because it was what we shared an interest in. Growing up, it was how we connected. By the time I got to 7th and 8th grades I knew that most girls didn’t really didn’t have an interest in those things, but I didn’t care. It was cool to me, because it was cool to my dad, and that was really all that mattered to me. It is fun now looking at all of the things I had been made fun of for, they are all things that are popular now. Not to sound like a hipster, but I liked them before it was cool.
Q: Can you describe for us your artistic process? Where do you find your inspiration?
A: I love thrift stores. It is probably my second favorite thing after Dr. Who. I love being able to go into a shop and find the discarded things people leave there. These things all tell a story, they lived in someone else’s home, and now I get to see them on the shelves like a museum of lives. These paintings have been discarded for one reason or another, but they can still have a new life. I see stories in these pictures that have been so neglected. For me it is like being able to add to the story that some other artist started. I get to write my own version of a fan fiction with my paint brush. I get to imagine my favorite things in these existing paintings, making a new story with what was already there.
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: I like to keep things simple. I would love to have me some Tea. Earl Gray. Hot. With Picard. I would probably bring my dad with me the three of us would have a great time.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: I’m not sure what I would tell my 13-year-old self. I don’t really think it would be safe to tell myself anything. Seriously we could do some unrepairable damage to space and time if I were to just go up and down my own time line giving myself advice. I feel like I turned out pretty well, and I don’t think I would have listened to anything anyways. So how bout we don’t mess with the timey wimey. I cherish my experiences and even though I have grown since then, I never would have become who I am without those experiences, why would I try to change anything about that? If I were to try to give advice and change things then I wouldn’t be me now, I would be someone else. See I am trying to explain why this is all a bad idea and things are getting messed up just trying to do that. But if I were to give any 13-year-old from this time advice, I would tell them that our experiences make us who we are. Without them we will never become who we are supposed to be. The good the bad it is all necessary for us to become what the future needs us to be.
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic. Follow her on Twitter: @emmalynnbauer
Science is humbling. It reminds me that we are only a speck in the universe. But, we are also IN the universe. And in turn, the universe is IN us. And that relationship has led to countless discoveries in history. I mean, just look at the beautiful record of that dynamic:
All these images come from vintageprintable.com in case you want to print them, frame them and create a gallery in your living room. You know, just be surrounded by the awesomeness that is genetics and space and history and existence.
Yup, I’m feeling esoteric today.
I love my Kindle like a small pet companion who never leaves my side… like an adorable text filled hedgehog. But there’s one kind of book that my Kindle will never be able to complete with: the epic coffee table book.
It’s no wonder Kramer was so enamored. A great coffee table book is like a passport to eyeball drunken wonderment. Here’s five I love so much, I say screw the coffee table and would happily tuck them into bed at night.
This Is Mars: What? This is? Holy shit. NASA’s Rover images are printed in high resolution in what amounts to page after page of astonishing space themed joy. ($64.99)
London Underground Maps: Art, Design and Cartography: The tube is the best networked transportation system in the world, so it’s no wonder it has a rich and beautiful history. But really, it all comes down to maps, people. So many amazing, beautiful maps. ($51.64)
The Wes Anderson Collection: My love of the Wes way is not undocumented here, but this book is a joy because it’s got so many interviews with the master mixed with hand drawn storyboards and doodles which are basically in existence to function as some kind of low level Zoloft for film nerds. ($39.99)
The Art of Movie Storyboards: While we’re on the topic of film, why not spend another minute diving into the amazing artistry of storyboards. There’s nothing quite like seeing a favorite movie through a simple black and white sketch. If you don’t love it, well, I don’t get it. ($30.46)
The Flower Recipe Book: This might strike you as an odd choice. I have literally never spoken of flowers here before. But is there anything more enchanting than a wonderful bouqet? Who doesn’t feel more glamorous whilst in the presence of a lovely collection of blooms? Suddenly, this once foreign, but admirable, concept is a possible skill I can acquire all thanks to this gorgeous guide. ($16.63)
This past weekend, myself and the inimitable lady geek and interviewer extraordinaire, Emma Bauer had the pleasure of taking in the new theatrical production of The Wizard of Oz. The occasion at the magnificent Ordway Theater was “Bloggers Night,” and as such, balconies were filled with internet-savvy wordsmiths, more eager to tweet pictures of their programs than preoccupy over the next day’s write-up for the paper or a thorough review for the pages of a magazine.
The challenge for this geek and part-time blogger was this: what to say about the Wizard of Oz, a story that had admittedly never set my heart on fire?
My parents did show me the classic Judy Garland-led film at one juncture in my early years, but it never stuck. It’s not something I carried with me, as I was apt to do with so many other things, from Mickey Mouse to TMNT and Spider-Man.
Here’s the funny thing though. Sitting in the Ordway Theater, the story, magic, and world of the Wizard of Oz had this immediacy, as if though it was one of those things that dominated my younger years. The words and melodies of the songs known word for word and beat for beat, the personalities and desires of the characters understood and held close. I left concluding that this speaks to not only the enduring and wide-reaching pop-cultural impact of the Wizard of Oz, but also the timelessness of this tale and its themes of escape and longing.
L. Frank Baum originally wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, striving to create a distinctly American fairytale. In the decades that followed, it spread far and wide, adapted into countless different forms and flavors. But the central themes were always there, and upon reflection, these are themes that sit at the core of so many fandoms and geeky universes we hold dear today. Escapism seen through the young heroine longing desperately for something better “over the rainbow,” in a fantastical world far away. The hero’s journey seen through the search for that one elusive thing we lack, sought from the grasp of a wise and powerful man inhabiting a shining city at the end of a long, perilous road – this also wonderful allegory for the “American Dream” ever-present in Baum’s time and still in ours today. And ultimately, that final lesson, that the things we desire, and the things we need, are there within us all along if we’re willing to look for them.
A row of young children sat in front of us in the theater, watching each scene with rapt attention, hanging on every word and responding earnestly and visibly to every outcome. As the wizard spoke his final words in the show’s penultimate act, I found myself in a frame of mind not unlike these young ones, as the words swept me up and resonated strongly.
“If you have what it takes to want a brain, you have what it takes to have one.”
“If you feel enough to want a heart, you feel enough to have one.”
“If you’ve got the courage to ask for something, you’ve got the courage to have it.”
Each an enduring message and an important reminder.
All told, this newest iteration of the Wizard of Oz offers an exciting and fun night at the theater, filled with impressive staging, confident performances and quite a bit of cinematic flourish as well. But young or old, lover of the yellow brick road or no, I think it is in those universal themes and timeless lessons that you will find something worthwhile, should you seek out the magic when it comes your way.
Guest post by Adam Giorgi, who also happens to be my brother. He’s a writer, gamer, reader and Potter head. He also makes cool comics from time to time. Check out his blog: Geek-Attack. Follow him on twitter: @adamgiorgi