Pin Giveaway x EveMeetsWest

I think that people forget that social media is about being SOCIAL and connecting. While yes, it has different uses but that's the main one. Thank God for it because that's how I met Evelynn. After admiring her witty captions and love for sneakers I reached out to say 'ey girl you bomb over there' and we've been friends every since. Its not all the time you find kindred spirits but I'm really good at attracting the right people. 

To end black history month and kick off women's month we're partnering to giveaway one 'stay woke' pin to one lucky supporter! (and yes guys you can enter as well) Here's the guidelines:

1.) Follow both myself @solacilike and Evelynn @evemeetswest on Instagram 

2.) Tag one woke friend on each page

THAT'S IT! We'll announce a winner on March 4th 

Good luck + stay woke! 

Lyrics with Laci

If you missed the last post, for the month of February I did a black history collab with TYPICAL mag. The partnership was a 5-part series of designs based on songs of empowerment, love, and resistance. Sadly black history month and my collab is over but I want to share the entire project and give you some context behind each design. 

#1 Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam

I already gave detail on this one here but for a quick overview:  Creatively 'Mississippi Goddam' has so many feelings, from the happy bounce of the instruments to some of the painful lyrics about what was happening in the south at that time. I wanted to create something that feels happy, but with earthly undertones. Even though this wasn't a happy time you can tell through Nina's sound that she used her music as healing to help the people. The bars represent both piano keys and the sign of equality – something my people died for in the south.

 

#2 Marvin Gaye: Inner City Blues

For this one I remember closing my eyes and thinking of the type of scene I see when this song plays. I immediately envisioned someone in their Detriot apartment reading a newspaper really frustrated with the ways of the world. When the person looks outside they see the things that are in the newspaper homeless, segregation – general pain. I wanted to capture the idea of that building and the vibe of an inner city. 

 

 

#3 The Impressions: Keep on pushing

From the title you can tell this is a song about empowerment and keeping your head up. *Fun fact, this actually started as a gospel song! Since this song is a reaction to the black struggle I wanted to create something that represents that BUT also shows that color is fun and beautiful. The beauty lies in the struggle. 

 

#4 Kendrick Lamar: Complexion (A Zulu Love)

This graphic is probably my fav! From the title you know its obviously about complexion but Kdot hits a lot of different points from embracing complexions to colorism that exists in the black community. Back in the day people would do a paper bag test which means if your skin was darker in than the bag you were not allowed in whatever space. For example certain sororities would apply that rule in their qualifications so if didn't fit that mold you were not considered. This graphic is a celebration on complexion. 

 

#5 Solange: Where do we go

Damn I love this song. Its so melodic and it can relate to so many things. I honestly think she's talking about two things: relationships and the black struggle. I see a lot of colors when I listen to Solo so I knew I wanted to something colorful and bold. When I think about the phase 'where do we go' the response it up. Of course the journey up won't be smooth but we can get there – which led to my rough line to the top. This one is my fav behind the Kendrick one. 

 

I gotta give a shoutout to TYPICAL Mag, I loved this project and hate that Black History Month is over! Each year I usually do a black history challenge when I create something each day for the culture but since the month was so busy I had NO time so instead at some point I'm going to do "30 days of blackness" I'm not sure when I'm starting but its coming! Because one month is not enough when we're relevant AF everyday. 

So Laci Like x Typical Mag

FYI I'm on a roll today with the blog posts, as you can see I'm hella behind on updating so just soak it all in... because you know I'm good for disappearing (but I'm doing better in 2017).  

I'm happy to share a new collab I have for Black History Month with TYPICAL Magazine. I've been drooling over TYPICAL for awhile. One of my fav LA photographers Emari Traffie put me on during a shoot and I fell in love. TYPICAL was birthed to embrace your typical self – slow down and appreciate what's taken for granted. A realization that regular people believe their most basic self is inevitable connected with their greatest self – we're not here to do something that hasn't been done before, we're here to reintroduce it. FYI the whole description is on their site (its bomb)

The creators of the mag  – Jessi and Ray (who are equally dope AF) reached out to do a collab related to black history and music. Come to find out we all admire each others aesthetic, love for the south, and Zaxbys. These are my people.

When you talk about Black History you can miss the musical component it. Not to be braggy but we ARE culture. Most music that you hear was brought on by the roots of black people. With that being said for black history month we're doing a 5-part series of designs based on songs of empowerment, love, and resistance. For the first we have 'Mississippi Goddam' by Nina Simone. 

This song is a fav for me. Creatively it has so many feelings, from the happy bounce of the instruments to some of the painful lyrics about what was happening in the south at that time. I wanted to create something that feels happy, but with earthly undertones. Even though this wasn't a happy time you can tell through Nina's sound that she used her music as healing to help the people. The bars represent both piano keys and the sign of equality – something my people died for in the south. Listen to the track and let me know what you think. Also, make sure you visit TYPICAL for the whole write up.

$ Dawn the Don 

 

 

grab them by the p*$$y

Unless you've been under a big ass rock you've heard about the recording where Donnie aka the cheeto says that he could "grab them by the pussy" and by them I mean women. That quote is something that stopped me in my tracks. One day a good friend of mine Darwin Serink, who happens to be a super dope award-winning writer, director, and editor ran across the full quote and asked if I ever read it. After reading it I was honestly stunned. While the pussy quote is very jarring the whole thing is like whoa, ARE YOU REALLY OUR PRESIDENT?! I could jump down the rabbit hole of Trump BS but I'll save that for the Facebook politicians. 

After reading it Darwin had the idea to capture women of different backgrounds reciting the lines from the quote as a way to take back the power.

In the words of Darwin "These are the words that were formulated from the most powerful person on the planet. Words can heal. Words can harm... In this case; words have been used to belittle, objectify and degrade women. Putting these words in the mouths of women allows them to gain the power. To take back the evil. To own these words and make the world shine."

I'm so happy I could participate in this! I'm constantly figuring out how to contribute to all this political mess. To be honest I don't have time to obsess over CNN and Trump everyday. Yes, I'll always be aware of what's happening but I rather fight bullshit with creativity and red wine. How are you guys handling this presidency so far? Share the vid with your cousins. 

$ Dawn the don 

Stay Woke Pin on sale now!

My second pin is finally here! It feels like forever since I've been staring at the design since December. For some reason this one felt a lot harder than the first one. Even after submitting the design to the manufacturer I second guessed myself a lot. Soon as I received them all my anxiety went away, I'm pretty sure I ran around in a circle saying "ooh this shit is lit"

I'm learning a lesson this week in believing in my brand, staying woke to who I am and what I'm capable of. A friend told me a few weeks ago "you can't see you because you're you". That's so true! I'm my hardest critic. A lot of the times I'm moving so fast I don't realize any accomplishments, I'm just trying to get shit done. But now I'm trying to give myself a break and realize I'm doing some cool shit and take time to acknowledge it. Its weird when I get texts from people saying they're proud of me... I'm like why? I haven't done anything yet. Again, since I'm me, I don't see me. 

Anyway.... this post wasn't even suppose to be about me, its more about the pin lol. I'm just happy to put it out into the world. The phrase "Stay Woke" has been popular for awhile (shoutout to black culture) and its something I've been using in my day to day conversations for awhile now. That mixed with my love of using the eye ball emojis really brought this to life. If you ever text me you know I'm good for a  👁  or  👀 . And on a more serious note I think the pin perfect for the current climate of our country (with that dumb orange Cheeto man).

I'm focusing on taking my brand seriously and really creating the content I want to see. So for this I wanted to shoot photos that really have a So Laci Like vibe. While this is the year for collaboration there's some shit you just have to do yourself. Which is fine for me because I've been REALLY wanting to sharpen my photography skills. I went a little overboard and shot hundreds of photos so these are just the beginning. I plan to edit them and put together some type of look book. In the meantime enjoy the pin and buy one for yourself and your cousins. Also, special shoutout to Leticia and Natalia for letting me practice shooting with them = ) real friends. 

$ Dawn the Don