Alternative Thinking

Grinding Daisies

Not your typical publication.

This isn’t the wholesome magazine that you would expect to find here in the bible belt. This isn’t unicorns and sugar plums, this is real life.

With the new projects and publications that are being created here in Evansville, this one is a breath of fresh air. Grinding Daisies has an alternative way of looking at life, and that is something so refreshing, and something that honestly Evansville needs.

Stories from Religion, Abortion, sobriety, and even plugs for businesses fill the pages of this edgy 'zine. Hearing from like minds that we are all messed up, and have issues is something that is nice to hear. Knowing that you aren’t the only one in town dealing with a drug problem, is way more reassuring than one would think.

This publication is right on the line of what is acceptable to be published in this town, and they even push that envelope. With the website, they are also able to print stories that some may have trouble stomaching in the actual issue.
People have stories. People have weird shit that happen to them, day after day. Reading about it really can make you realize you are not alone. You want to learn more about the certain topic or the people who write about it.

To say that this is a community outreach project would be accurate. They are pulling authors, artists, musicians, and just about whomever to create the best product that they can, and I must say they are doing an excellent job.

Launch party for issue 2 is tonight at the PG, and the issue will be available on site. Pick up a copy, read it, and become one with the awesome community that these Evansville dudes are trying to create.

A is for Intimidation?

Artists are people I am extremely intimidated by.

The thought of them making things they love, doing it well, and sharing it to the world makes me incredibly envious. Illustrators, and graphic artists tell a story with their pictures, not words. You can feel the most in-depth feelings while looking at a singular painting. The layers just unfold, and your imagination can run with it. I know there are several different kind of artists, and each one has different talents. The part of me that took a drawing class and passed with a D, is by far the most lime green jello.

I love the artists that are humble. They do great work, and they are proud of it, but they don’t brag. Everything about them oozes creativity, from what they wear to how they act.

I have the best friends who are extremely talented artists. I made a comic book with one, had one design my business cards and save the dates, and ones who have helped me get the best tattoo artwork.

With all the talent out there, it is hard to not notice, especially here in Evansville. From the radio, to the podcasts, and the street fairs, we kinda ooze talent. Walking through Haynies corner, you feel like you are in a big city art district. Little town, big art.

With the E is for Everyone campaign, as well as the Love it EVV magazine, Evansville is getting an artsy edge. Following Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts can open your eyes and give you more of the art experience.

It’s really awesome we have people like Megan around our area. She is a badass lady boss, who can do the art stuff, but also be as sweet as pie. She has the type of personality that makes you want to be her best friend, and support her every venture. It’s not just Nathan that stalks people on Instagram, I do it too. With good intentions and reason!

Find her at megvndickens.

You won’t regret it.