Origin Stories : Entry 03 — "Let Your Dreams Grow!" March 14, 2019 12:18
Origin Stories : Entry 03
Let Your Dreams Grow!
Origin Stories : Entry 02 — "How did you get this job?" March 5, 2019 10:18 1 Comment
Origin Stories : Entry 02
"How did you get this job?"
I was on a climbing trip in Red Rock, NV. Another climber in our group greeted me while in mid-conversation about my week. That week, I had art directed a chocolate photo shoot, attended a vendor event for Dynamite Starfish, and worked on some personal art projects. This is pretty standard for me, but he saw this as a wild array of duties. "How did you get this job?!" he exclaimed. I was completely caught off guard and didn't know how to respond.
Swimming instructor for toddlers
Mall kiosk employee selling heat-proof CD cases
Boba shop employee
Korean restaurant cashier/server
A different, higher end boba/tea shop employee in another town
Claim Jumper hostess
Japanese sword wrapping and blade manufacturing
Freelance design work as a design student (I wasn't that good at it back then)
Claim Jumper, again, in a different town (Hey, I really needed money)
Office manager and Sales at a dental laboratory
Handing out flyers for a fast casual chicken restaurant in Hollywood
Interior construction work
Opened and branded a motorcycle-themed coffee shop
Studio graphic designer
Social media content designer
Founder/CEO/artist/t-shirt printer/sole employee at Dynamite Starfish
Origin Stories : Entry 01 — "I NEVER wanted to make t-shirts!" February 25, 2019 07:09
Origin Stories : Entry 01
I never wanted to make t-shirts
100 Drawings about Climbing — Will Work for Booty February 24, 2019 12:26
Drawing No. 36/100 "Will Work for Booty"
How hard would you work to get that nut un-stuck? I was presented with a glorious blue DMM offset nut for my birthday, at the third pitch of Dark Shadows. My partner is the best.
[Trigger warning] 100 Drawings about Climbing — Gentrifying Homelessness February 10, 2019 12:25
Drawing No. 35/100 "Gentrifying Homelessness"
[Trigger warning] — This art will NOT resonate with everyone. It was also not created by me, but I did obtain the permission of the artists to include it in my 100 Drawings about Climbing series, and I screen printed the art on tees for the artists.
I collaborated with them for a few reasons. Although I am not against "vanlife", I do have opinions about the glorification of it, and it's "trendification". This image was an Instagram post way back in May of 2018, and yes it has truly been that long since I've updated the blog.
Since then, I hope a few good people have viewed "vanlife" with a bit more mindfulness.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Heart Splitters May 11, 2018 10:37
Drawing No. 34/100 "Heart Splitters"
Because let's face it, a good percentage of us are climbing out of heartbreak.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Wanting. Waiting. Hoping. May 11, 2018 10:27
Drawing No. 33/100 "Wanting. Waiting. Hoping."
Good mix of all three in climbing. Charcoal + digital processing.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Crush Every Day March 8, 2018 08:29
Drawing No. 32/100 "Crush Every Day." This one celebrates someone you love, or you do you! Created for Valentine's Day 2018.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante December 29, 2017 16:30
Simultaneously stoked and heartbroken as I make plans for Zion and Indian Creek.⠀⠀
Drawing No. 31/100 "Bear's Ears."
100 Drawings about Climbing — Tender Sender December 29, 2017 09:00
Drawing No. 30/100 "Tender Sender."⠀
We are all about that tender-hearted send. How about you?⠀
Words by Narinda Heng. Climber, potter, poet, friend.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Climb Like a Bulldog December 28, 2017 19:00
Drawing No. 29/100 "Climb Like a Bulldog"⠀
"You climb like a bulldog."
"Is that a compliment or an insult?"
Maybe not the most graceful climber, but gets the job done!
Art by guest artist Justin Moynihan
100 Drawings about Climbing — Passive Aggressive Tricam December 28, 2017 00:44
Drawing No. 28/100 "Passive Aggressive"
100 Drawings about Climbing — Buckle Up Buttercup November 28, 2017 09:10 1 Comment
Drawing No. 27/100 "Buckle Up Buttercup."
Saw this on a street sign driving out of Lander, WY. Thought it'd make a good doodle. 😏⠀
100 Drawings About Climbing — Fortune November 22, 2017 06:30
Drawing No. 26/100 "Fortune."
“How can you be your most authentic self as a human and as a maker? You have to make the work that you make. You literally don’t have anything else.” -Maya Gurantz
On making, on doing work, and on being a woman. On boldness.⠀
In Ten Sleep I got real introspective and made some sketches. Here's the third one. More than being directly inspired by the experience of climbing, these were perhaps more inspired by eighteen days spent on the road, away from the familiarity of friends and cities. Out here I was disconnected from my usual daily routine, but found that the new one I had embraced was quiet, peaceful, simple. Wake, eat, create, climb, eat, sleep. Over, and over, and over again.
100 Drawings About Climbing — Infinity November 21, 2017 06:30
Drawing No. 25/100 "Infinity."
Whether it is your own, or another life source. Proceed with care, though we may be resilient. 💞⠀
In Ten Sleep I got real introspective and made some sketches. Here's the second one. More than being directly inspired by the experience of climbing, these were perhaps more inspired by eighteen days spent on the road, away from the familiarity of friends and cities. Out here I was disconnected from my usual daily routine, but found that the new one I had embraced was quiet, peaceful, simple. Wake, eat, create, climb, eat, sleep. Over, and over, and over again.
100 Drawings About Cimbing — Letting Go November 20, 2017 08:24
Drawing No. 24/100 "Letting Go."
In Ten Sleep I got real introspective and made some sketches. Here's the first one. More than being directly inspired by the experience of climbing, these were perhaps more inspired by eighteen days spent on the road, away from the familiarity of friends and cities. Out here I was disconnected from my usual daily routine, but found that the new one I had embraced was quiet, peaceful, simple. Wake, eat, create, climb, eat, sleep. Over, and over, and over again.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Go Dolomite Starfish October 16, 2017 14:07
Drawing No. 23/ 100 "Go Dolomite Starfish"
I drew this in anticipation of my trip to Italy, and specifically for climbing in the Dolomites!
100 Drawings about Climbing — Wyoming Bush October 16, 2017 14:06
Drawing No. 22/ #100drawingsaboutclimbing "Wyoming Bush"
The greatest bush in all of the state. On it's own, it's a gnarly little thing with a woody trunk and sharp, brittle branches. Its leaves are dry, with almost no color except the lightest touch of green, like a faded artifact. Even the youngest ones look somehow ancient. They often grow in groups, covering entire hillsides — stripping the landscape of color except for that lightest touch of green. That particular tone, combined with the uninterrupted sky, is how I know — I'm in Wyoming, and I love it here.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Rage and Shout September 22, 2017 09:54
Drawing No. 21 "Rage and Shout"⠀
How I feel about climbing and surfing these days.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Anatomy of a Dynamite Starfish September 14, 2017 21:07
No. 21 of 100 Drawings about Climbing
"Anatomy of a Dynamite Starfish"⠀
Some people are confused about what a Dynamite Starfish is. Some call it "Dynamite Starship" or "Dynamite Starfrog." So here's clarification for those of you who aren't so sure of whatever this project is actually called.⠀
This idea came from a conversation I had a few weeks ago on the G.O. Get Outside podcast, where I ramble for a while about my "circuitous career path" and generally failing and flailing my way through life.
You can listen to it here!
100 Drawings about Climbing — Extraction August 15, 2017 14:28
to pull the thorns from⠀
inside your bony cage⠀
Another one on the border of "climbing related" and "personal." If climbing is some form of personal expression for you, then you probably wrestle with this idea as well. Putting aside things like fear, ego, and fixation can be like pulling thorns from inside your skeleton, but when you can push through your comfort zone, amazing things can happen. Maybe you'll do or say something you need to without fear of interruption, get on a route that you may not have previously considered, or just have fun without worrying about falling or sending.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Socks 'n' Stocks August 9, 2017 08:11
This one is for a friend who believed this footwear combination was totally appropriate for camping in 20 degree desert nights.⠀
Share with a friend you love to suffer with!
100 Drawings about Climbing — Pivot Point July 17, 2017 07:37
I'm so sorry, 100 Drawings about Climbing project, I've been cheating on you with my own personal work as of late. When I started this project, I didn't expect that I'd go down this road. But I think when you make attempts to be more creative (in any aspect) you open doors for other channels. So, I suppose worlds will collide now and I'll post some of these as part of this "climbing-related" project.
Drawing No. 18/100 "Pivot Point"
Contemplating the introduction of a thing, upon which everything must change. Perhaps some hidden beta, or previously unseen foot hold? Or fact of life gone by that eventually settles into truth. Either way, accept the unseen, and do not be afraid to change it all.
100 Drawings about Climbing — Crushed Leaf and Tiny Rocks July 15, 2017 08:00
After a day of multi-pitch climbing in Tahquitz, and some seriously inspiring conversations, I found this little scenario in my left shoe.
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