I must be out my mind they said… As John Hope’s voice stimulates the most creative part of this brain.. Yea give me a second to unwind as I vibe to these drums.. Hope… Hope… My mother told me to hope for the best.. So since I’m hard headed I created it instead. When best wasn’t good enough, I threw it up and opted for Greatest… Speaking things into existence and having fun molding my world like clay.. Living, looking back and making the dots connect in that order. BINGO! And I WIN.. Rolling the dice and passing GO everyday collecting it all. Oh my board doesn’t have a go to jail square.. lol.. I thought you knew I created this game to WIN…
Posts Tagged ‘love’
I’m not sure why you would want to be crammed into all these boxes when outside the boxes it looks like Paradise… It’s hard to see the beauty through the 3×5 square they cut you… Imagine that. Imagine being locked inside a box with a blue feeding tube… Imagine being programmed just like a computer… Imagine being treated like a dog… Imagine being given choices and your choices from that make you feel free… hmmm.. Imagine. No one should live like this, huh? Then look in the mirror… What will you do about it? I got a story to tell…
So I closed my eyes and dreamed of Paradise till I became it. Hi! I’m Paradise… Perfect because of all my imperfections.. Smiling because you have no idea the pain it took to evoke this much joy. Still skipping because I’m used to hurdles… I should have run track…But on a different track. This track is for the people who die because lack of food. This track is for the little black boy who was told he would never be shit in a world… This track is for the little girl who thinks she has to be second class. This track is for kids with no arms, no feet, one ear, no sight, no sound… This track…. This music must play and it’s not a damn thing you can do about it! Yea! Paradise… It’s for the dreamers with anger problems… The dreamers who speak a different language than the rest.. The dreamers who were too brown to make a dent in this motherfucker! I ain’t mad lol… Paradise….
“She’s Come Undone/She Was Open” is a piece that probably took me 5 hours total over a 3-4 year period. I started out painting a canvas that was covered in masking tape in some areas. The tape was peeled off and I began adding pieces as ideas for what this piece would be crowded my head. A few strips of sandpaper here, the zipper of from a skirt there…The possibilities are always endless when starting a piece. Rarely do I know ahead of time what the end product will be, and this is part of the fun and frustration sometimes. Lol…there’s usually at least a concept in mind, so I take that and gather some materials that I think would be fun to experiment with and then have at it. It is very liberating to let your creative spirit guide you as you play and try different techniques. The same can be said about life.
This piece is about a woman who is usually guarded and cold falling in love with someone for the first time. It is unexpected and surprisingly blissful. At times, she is unsure of how to embrace this experience. Her lover has opened her heart in a way that she never dreamed was possible.
It isn’t just about falling in love, though. It is also about finding our passion in life…finding our way and allowing ourselves to be in love with ourselves AND life. I pray that we all will find the experiences, places, and people who make us come undone and leave us breathless. For me, one of those things is creating. I am learning to let my guard down and just embrace the flow of love while I am in my bliss. It’s all love…
The start.. Like goo goo ga ga… Like da da or ma ma.. The start… The start like the first time you fell and realized someone was looking. Then, you burst out in an even louder cry… The start.. The start like the pain associated with the growth of your first tooth… Damn I wonder why we now run away from pain… The start when little things made you happy.. Like your favorite toy you created… Like the happiness you create with a single smile and a room of adults sighed. Now you walk in and smile at adults only to see the misery in their eyes….. I wondered what changed? The start like when a pinky held the world of promises together…. Now promises are expected to be broken. What changed? The start when challenges were learning the ABC song and counting to 10… The start when people held you, praised you, and loved you for accomplishments. Now they silently hold grudges against you for wanting and getting more. Dam I’m happy they didn’t get mad when we walked before scheduled. The start… Back to the start. Take me! Take me!
Kali, poet extraordinaire stopped by Jun E Caniel Boutique today on her way up from Tampa, FL to show us some Jun E love! And she wears her Jun E Unleashed tee so well…Jun E!
Just like it used to be.. Wonderful! That giddy feeling inside that makes you just want to smile.. That feeling of excitement in your stomach before a big game.. That bell rings and we run aimlessly to recces… Come on you hear that bell.. Wonderful.. Eating the vegetables to get to dessert… Boy, and you thought those were rough days… Getting your homework done so you can play outside… Wonderful… A smile from a stranger that makes you break out and imitate creation… Wonderful… Screaming your favorite songs at the top of your lungs and it actually sounds good… Wonderful… Lol getting the note back and “yes” is checked… Wonderful… Take you back to the days of real creation… When you laid in bed and dreamed… Oh what a feeling… I call it wonderful! Close your eyes and count to 10 and the whole world changes… The days of the 5 second rule… Food falls and you can eat it within 5 seconds.. Lol some of you had 20 secs… I’m not judging… Just wonderful..
I’m guilty ’cause I know some of you have grown out of those days, but I still live it… I can feel the love move throughout my body as the guitar strings pull and my finger hit these keys. Wonderful… There’s nothing like living in the present moment and creating the things that you want. I challenge you to live that wonderful life. I just want to spread this feeling… The feeling of living, laughing, loving and creating your legacy…. See you at the top! Wonderful!
Move over Spring, Summer is here, and it’s time to bring out those electric blues, vibrant yellows, shocking pinks, and cool greens! Summer is the time of the year when adding colors to your wardrobe is a must.
If you know Jun E Caniel, then you know we love colors. Our clothing shines brightest in the summer. We like to consider it our time of year…
Today I wanted to channel my inner street and paired my khaki cargo shorts with Jun E Caniel ‘s lemon yellow Africa Love tee. And what’s a summer without yellow or as I like to call it, lemon?? As most people know lemon is summer’s “it” color. Matched with any other hue, lemon can bring out anyone’s outfit. I decided to rock some navy blue and off white sneaker wedges by ALDO. My sneakers are very fall attire but I must say I enjoy being quirky. I never have a reason behind what I wear…I’m just one of those people who wears what she chooses without any explanation as to why.
Tangelo color belt and electric blue on my nails. Ahhhhhh….I just love SUMMER. My earrings were actually an old gift from my high school friend. Her grandmother was in to making jewelry and handmade me these custom earrings with my nickname ‘Vira’ inside. The dice are so colorful and I love them.
Run over to Jun E Caniel now and grab their latest gear! Soak up some Jun E sunshine while you’re there!
We know! You really don’t hate us but you hate what we represent, because it reminds you of who your not. We are free to be! You live by rules, books, and the words of men. Don’t knock us cause we choose to not be bound by chains, and the rhetoric of the world.. We choose happiness, progress, prosperity and love for all. That includes you! You sit in your offices and are entertained by our free lives. Which then you disguise as your disdain for our choices, our hairstyle, the way we dress, tattoo’s and even the way we talk. For someone who has it going on you watch too much, and we are too much of a topic. Do you love yourself? Well we love you anyway.. You’re never enough for yourself, are you? You’re always too fat, ugly, or don’t have enough things or money…. If what you are is what you have, then when what you have is gone… What are you? We’re just Jun E! You live a life according to the box in which you’ve been placed. Do you love your place? Oh, don’t answer that; the people around you probably will be upset if you go out of bounds…
Imagine how incredible everything would be if it was all done by someone passionate behind it. Imagine if you love who you truly were. Imagine if you didn’t have to live up to the things you are told to be. Imagine if you loved yourselves unconditionally, and didn’t have to hide your curiosity. Imagine if you were stripped naked of your possessions… Hmmm.. What would be your worth then? Just a thought…
They are finally here! Jun E Caniel’s spring collection of limited edition t-shirts. The one featured here today is called Africa Unite. Many of us who are a part of the Jun E family are Bob Marley lovers, and it is my assumption that this is the reason behind the title and inspiration for this shirt design…..But we never know what’s running through the mind of co-owner/designer Legend. She’s always full of surprises and as a fan of her art work I love it.
In my opinion, this collection of designs is personal. If you ever seen previous designs from Jun E Caniel, in my opinion they aren’t as awesome as these. Yes, I am picking favorites hahaha. When I saw the sketches being transformed from paper, to Adobe, and then to actually being on a shirt, all I could say was “Wow”. Legend is really talented and I’m so glad that the outside world will be able to embrace this part of her and look good while doing it.
Here are a few pictures of me sporting Africa Unite. Today, was a very laid back day in the House of Jun E Caniel and that’s exactly the vibe that’s being portrayed in this photos, but do not get discouraged hahaha AJ Styles will be back soon!