THE BEGINNINGS OF KAWAII
No, no, you have no idea. It actually IS the beginning of the whole so-called “kawaii culture”. And it started because girls started using mechanical pencils, which provided fine handwriting. After being banished (more precisely, during the 80s), this kind of writing started being used in products like magazines and make-up. And, during this time, icons we usually associate with the whole kawaii industry (like the characters from Sanrio) came to life too.
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
So yep. Kawaii is important, and it all started with cute, simple handwritting a few hearts and cat faces in some girls’ school notebooks <3
NO OK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
This is also how the kawaii fashions started! Girls began dressing in cute and off beat styles for themsleves, they were criticized by adult figures telling them “you’ll never find a husband if you dress that way!” to which they began to reply “Good!”
All the japanese subcultures and fashions that evolved out of this became a rebellion to tradition and the starch gender roles and expectations the adults were forcing on the younger generations. As early as the 70s and still to this day you’ll see an emphasis on child-like fashion and themes in more kawaii styles and the dismissal of the male gaze with styles like lolita (a lot of western people assume lolita is somehow sexual due to the name of the fashion, but ask any japanese lolita and they will tell you that men hate the style and find it unattractive which is sometimes a large reason they gravitate towards the style - they can express their femininity and individuality while remaining independent and without the pressure to appeal to men)
Its so so so important to understand the hyper cute and ‘odd’ fashions of Japanese girls carry such a huge message of feminism and reclaiming of their own lives.
so are you telling me that Japan’s punk phase was really the kawaii phase
Sports manga is sO ADDICTING I CAN’T STOP WATCHING THESE SWEATY PASSIONATE CHILDREN FORGING WHOLESOME FRIENDSHIPS AND REALIZING THEIR DREAMS
Commissioned by the talented artist nymre
She does amazing art and was the one who created this modern Zuko and Katara for me.
PLEASE DO NOT REPOST THIS ART
Hi guys! Pouches are finally available! You can check them out over here. It was a bit harder to figure out shipping costs for the smaller pouch so I made listings for single, double and set of 3 pouch purchases.
It’s a bit confusing, I know, but it’s the best way I can think of to avoid overcharging/undercharging you guys.
You can check pencil cases out over here.
Friendly reminder that pouches are now available in the shop!
Chris Evans Ice Bucket Challenge (x)
Oh my god I’m so sorry for the length of this post, but this is a comic that I’ve been sketchin for the past week or so based on Hynden Walch’s commentary on pb and marcy’s relationship.
i like the idea of matt not even being that great of a hacker but mello just keeps him around b/c he’s tolerable and they wear the same size shoe
when mello walks by, matt quickly closes his DS emulator and his rule 34 samus tab, brings up this, and starts typing away while muttering phrases like “access granted” and “bingo i’m in” every so often
COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN!
I hit an unexpected bump with the rent and bills, so I’m opening up commissions again! it will help me not get rusty as well. If you would like a badass beastie like these (these have been some of my fav commissions) then hit me up! prices vary from 35USD to 20USD depending on detail, and I can add extra figures at a discount, glyph icons/avatars are at 10USD, and if you’d like a tattoo commission we can discuss pricing.
My first commissioners get a cheaper rate because I have some bills coming up!
please signal boost if you can!