Hey guys! I have a few new exciting things to share - first being a new online store I set up recently at Society6. The website is www.society6.com/ayula and from there you can browse and shop for multiple kinds of merchandise ranging from framed art prints, gilcee prints, shirts, tapestries, rugs, pillows, Iphone cases, etc. I'm extremely excited about this store because for the past few years I've wanted to do something like this and now I can finally do it. Right now the store is a little bare, as I have to resize all of my graphics for each product and the internet I'm using is not the fastest, but with time I'll be updating more and more product.
Another little project I'm working on is album art and video editing for the band The Euclids (www.facebook.com/TheEuclids
) music video. If you like good ol rock 'n roll then you should check them out!
Lastly, towards the end of the month on March 28th, I will be selling some of my digital art at a craft fair at the Queen Ave Art Collective in Nashville, TN. The event is hosted by Tennessee's NORML chapter, so if you are in the Nashville area, and you agree with what NORML stands for, I urge you to attend/participate in this. This event is "set up to allocate funds for a concert on May 2nd called "Musicians for a NORML Nashville", to gain petition signatures for our county-wide referendum to de-fund the prosecution of marijuana arrests, and to encourage community involvement in NORML's efforts to fight for legislative and social change in Tennessee."
I've stood in the shadows for many years waiting for change to happen. It takes courage to talk out and speak up against laws that you find unjust, and I should be furious - many of you know that in 2013 I was arrested for possessing a plant. At the time of that happening, I worked 2 jobs, one in a bakery, the other as an optician. I paid my bail bondsman with my own money, and went to work the next day. And people think those who smoke are lazy and unproductive? Trust me, you can be lazy and unproductive on anything, it all comes down to the individuals own drives and personal motivation. In the end, I'm just thankful the whole situation didn't ruin my life like it has for countless others in my shoes. But the fact that millions of people's lives are getting ruined solely because of marijuana's illegal status is infuriating, and needs to change.
The amount of support that is flooding into this movement is overwhelming, and frankly, the reason I feel more encouraged to finally speak out. I know not everyone will agree with me on this issue, but I really feel like this is an important issue today that absolutely cannot be ignored.
As Bill Hicks once asked “Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”
Once again, thanks everyone for all of your support! I really wouldn't be at this point in my life if it weren't for the encouragement I receive. I love every one of you.
Stay positive, live long and prosper, and namaste.