Posts tagged ‘DIY’

December 8th, 2012



September 30th, 2012

Y’ALL: News for #girlslikeus

Y'ALL: News for #girlslikeus :



After bitching on twitter yesterday about how hard it is to find a decent source of trans news, like news about trans happenings, I decided to start my own twitter account to provide links to trans news, that was read by actual humans.

It’ll hopefully be a curated stream of…

June 10th, 2012



After the show tonight, we (me, Chris, Kenny, Kyrt, Dan, Nate, and some new guy whose name I can’t recall) came up with the perfect scheme to save The Bel-Tower: get every dude in the scene to (at least attempt to) donate sperm and put their earnings towards the venue.

We got all stoked and posted about it on Facebook and people are acting like it’s really weird and pathetic. But let’s be real, we’re super broke (in debt, really), and no one’s had any better ideas. Plus, all anyone’s good at is jacking off, and we might as well put that skill to use somehow.

One of my best zingers of the night: “There’s nothing more DIY than masturbation.”

THIS IS THE MOST BRILLIANT PUNK ROCK IDEA IN THE WORLD. Plus think of all the unsuspecting yuppies who procure punker seed! If only all ejaculations had a market value.

June 8th, 2012

Bra-Making Manual

Bra-Making Manual:


So, there is this shop in Hamilton, called Bra-Makers’ Supply, which is where I learned how to make my bra. (They offer a full menu of stuff: basic bra classes, partial-band bras, vertical seam bras, classes on making panties, swimwear, corsets, AND classes on fitting, drafting and design for people who want to get into that sort of stuff professionally.)

And for people who can’t go to their shop to take classes, the owner, Beverley Johnson, wrote up bra-making manuals that describe bra construction. It’s pretty rad; I’m thinking of getting the full manual myself. There’s also a sequel book. 

There’s not much out there on just bras… apparently it’s packaged as part of some fashion classes? But there’re very few classes dedicated to focusing on bras. So. 


This is less exciting than how to do MVA abortions as a group of us did last week, but come the revolution, an important skill. I spent most of yesterday being stabbed with an underwire and was forced to day drink as a consequence.

May 27th, 2012

lubiddu: Blackamazon is too much: lubiddu: Blackamazon is too much: Curiosity blackamazon: I have…


Blackamazon is too much: lubiddu: Blackamazon is too much: Curiosity blackamazon: I have to…


Blackamazon is too much: Curiosity


I have to find the post but someone in the Beastie Boys discussion posted a GOLDEn part about incuriousness that made me think.

Why is it ( gross generalization here) that so many of our liberal folk are so incurious?


That’s it exactly….if you love something, if it spoke to you, if it got you RIGHT THERE…why wouldn’t you have explored it? Found out more? Run to the edge of town/ends of the earth? Especially now, with the internet at your fingertips?

I just….you gotta understand. I don’t come from NYC. I come from Bum Fuck Nowhere, Rust Belt Illinois. The kind of place the chatting classes call “flyover country” in that damning, (un)ironic way. And yet…people where I’m from still did this, even back when it wasn’t so effortless to do so. Back when more physical work went into discovery. Face time. Road trips. Finding the others who loved what you did. Building community. Leading each other down paths maybe you wouldn’t have otherwise. Frankly, that’s why I’m on the ‘net, for that same spirit of adventure, that discovery, the chase. Gives me the same charge I got as a kid; going new places, seeing new things, meeting new people. I’ll never get tired of that.

So, it mystifies me too, this truncating of this natural thirst for discovery. What or whom is this serving? To cut oneself off from (what I can only consider as) the flow of life?

And I can’t help but think how this thought pattern relates to the dominant pattern of cultural production in the US. How culture is supposed to be something (a) produced elsewhere, (b) for a profit, and (c) consumed. Consumed rather than loved. The distinction is pertinent. See, the common thread in hip-hop and punk (and even rock and roll, before it became corporate “rock”) was always the DIY ethos. The idea that you didn’t have to be a pro to produce it or enjoy it. That the spirit is what counted. That you learned as you went along; learned by doing and living and breathing it. That it was intrinsic to the rest of you, not separate or compartmentalized. That it evolved as you did. It was communal, not prepackaged in individual servings. How could you not seek that out? Whether through road trips or mix tapes or late nights with your headphones on? Digging through crates or combing through magazine racks or getting/making zines advertized in the backs of independent rags written by other folks with too much love for the culture?

I dunno. People seem to stay in their place now more than they used to. Travel more, but their *minds* stay in the same place. I have these convos with my dad a lot; he agrees, but overestimates the influence of technology (and underestimates the influenced of centralized media control, IMO).

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May 5th, 2012

When throwing a punch:

When throwing a punch::





• Use the hand you write with.

• Make a fist with your thumb outside, not tucked inside. If it’s tucked inside your fist, when you punch someone, you might break your thumb. The thumb goes across your fingers, not on the side.

• Don’t be like in the movies—don’t aim for the face. Face punches don’t usually stop people, and you can miss when they duck their head or break your hand on their jaw. If you want to get away quickly, or end a fight, aim for the chest, or the ribs. If you really want to do some damage, e.g., you’re being attacked, aim for the throat, which will make it hard for your attacker to breathe for a hot minute.

• When you punch, you want to aim and hit with your first two knuckles. Not the flats of your fingers, and not your ring or pinky knuckles, which can break more easily. You can use your weight, if you’re on your feet, to add wallop, and spring into a punch with your feet and torso.

Useful information, esp. if you haven’t taken self defense.

“Well, they say never hit a man with a closed fist, but it is, on occasion, hilarious.”

Yeah, the face is all sharp angles and hurts your hand. Hit ‘em somewhere soft like the stomach.

And if you’re really in trouble, the advice from my old sensei is - kick him in the knee. For serious, the knee is a delicate thing and if you mess it up they aren’t going anywhere and will probably be messed up for life. A good hard kick to the knee and they’re not gonna chase you very far. (But don’t do this just messing around, because you can cause real damage). 

I mean, you might be in a situation where you can’t get close enough to bite.

February 4th, 2012

The Bel-Tower DIY: We’re not going anywhere!

The Bel-Tower DIY: We're not going anywhere!:



As many of you probably know by now, the Fresno Police Department shut us down tonight. REST ASSURED THAT THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE’RE DONE! We’re meeting with someone from ABC and the FPD on MONDAY AT NOON at the venue and everyone is invited! We highly encourage everyone to come, and we plan to hold an OPEN MEETING afterward to discuss where we can go from here. Our IndieGoGo campaign should be up tomorrow or Sunday and we’ll be taking donations of any kind in person or via PayPal at We’ll need thousands of dollars, and we’ll need it fast. Everything helps. Spread the word, collect cans and bottles, sell baked goods, throw benefit shows… We’re going to figure this out. BT4EVR.

As anyone reading this should know, THE BEL-TOWER IS MY LIFE! I think it has truly saved my mental health and given me a sense of purpose, and I know we’ve only had it for about a year and four months, I can no longer imagine living without it.

Our IndieGoGo campaign should be up sometime soon, and the money is now more important than ever. We were originally going to use it to bring the building up to code because we were more concerned about the fire marshall coming in, but the cops and ABC finally decided they give a fuck (despite more than a year of general avoidance, even when we called for help) and decided that our being a members-only club with a membership fee was not enough. Therefore, WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!

  • Spread the word. Tell your friends, your family, bands, your local DIY venues… DIY is a community, and we help each other out. We especially need to work together with other venues to ensure that this stops happening to other people. This is a never-ending problem for all of us, and we need to figure out the best loopholes and strategies for staying open.
  • Donate to our PayPal. The email is Every cent counts at this point. Shows were our primary source of income, and until further notice, we can no longer hold any. We normally only make enough every month to cover rent and utilities, so this is going to be incredibly difficult.
  • If you have any advice, especially legal advice or ideas on how to make money while we can’t do shows, this could be even more valuable than money.
  • Let us know you stand with us. The past two weeks have been the hardest we’ve ever faced. We lost a close friend and our venue. Every single comment, email, letter, or donation is incredibly important to us.

We’ve accomplished so much this past year, but we still have so much to do. DIY spaces are incredibly hard to keep going, and I’d rather die than let mine go. We’re run entirely be women, people of color, and students and have done our best to create an atmosphere free of racism, sexism, homophobia, and disrespect of all kinds. We want to continue to revitalize our little part of Downtown Fresno, and we can’t do this without everyone’s help.

Please spread the word and help us out in any way possible. The Bel-Tower is my life and I mean that more than I think anyone will ever understand.


January 21st, 2012

All Along the Bel-Tower

otherxcore: This short doc on grindcore and noise has many shots of The Bel-Tower.

Check it out. I must admit that I’ve never been much for either genre, but I can appreciate the work that goes into them and think this is a pretty cool little film. Plus, there’s a ton of footage of my baby (The Bel-Tower), and that makes my heart swell with pride.

You should totally be proud!!!! A DIY woman-run space is the revolution as far as I am concerned.

January 1st, 2012

karaj: yuckytuna: emmacooper: Trademarks from September 1970,…




Trademarks from September 1970, by Vito Acconci, scanned from Avalanche magazine, Fall 1972. Acconci’s text: “Biting myself: biting as much of my body as I can reach. Applying printers’ ink to the bites; stamping bite-prints on various surfaces.”

(via publiccollectors)