1. Name - Aaron Tsuru
2. Age - 44 (yikes, when did that happen?)
3. Instagram handle @tsurufoto
4. Where are you from? Originally from Tampa, FL currently live in Brooklyn, NY
5. What inspires you? So much! I'm literally inspired everyday by things I see, read, and experience, but in my work, I'm mostly inspired by people's selfies, specifically nude selfies. For cis women, transgender men & women, and non-binary peeps, I can't think of much more bold and empowering than claiming ownership of your body in all wonderful shapes, sizes, colors, bumps, and lumps, being proud and confident, and having a little fun with something as normal yet taboo as being naked. Instead of being presented nude from the male gaze or from someone else's point of view, it is you presenting yourself how you want. I love that. And the more natural and real and, therefore, brave after all the years of conditioning about what beauty is "supposed to" look like from tv, magazines, movies, and the attitudes from people surrounding us, the better. <3
6. Why did you choose women's' bodies as your subject? See #5. It's not just cisgender women though, it's transgender & non-binary people as well.
7. Describe how you think your art can make a change. I think we, as a society, have built up some pretty fucked up and extremely narrow views of what is considered normal and/or beautiful. Especially when you consider most all the things society looks to for guidance is faked out through photoshopping, meaning what society thinks we should be looking like isn't even real. I want to show people that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and with all kinds of flesh globules in all kinds of shapes, it truly comes from within. I think we need to normalize reality again, normalize it and embrace it and cherish it and love it. Love what makes us unique and let's stop striving for some social construct. How many of us hide ourselves out of fear of rejection. I know I do. But dammit, my body is a wonderland unique to itself, I should love it, my partner should love it, and we should love each other and have fun with our silly bodies!
8. By displaying the naked woman, you put something out there that can sometimes be taboo. Do you get a lot of hate for that? Not hate in the way you see in politics or anything. The most I get is a lot of ew and gross, but oddly, that's almost always on the work with body hair, quite possibly the most natural thing of all. Look, when it comes to body hair, you should do what you want to do for yourself that makes you feel good. Shave, trim, go natural, arms, legs, pits, bushes, whatever. You do you and everyone else can go fuck themselves.
9. Do you consider yourself a feminist and/or an activist? How does your art affect your activism? Yes I do. It's very important to me. It affects everything because it's part of everything. It baffles me that in 2017 that not only do we still have to fight this, but it's actually become worse.
1. Sophie McDowell
instagram: @sophiemcdoodle, art also featured @sophie_mcdowell
Facebook: McDoodle Art
5. I am from Washington DC
6. The Earth and most natural occurrences/forms inspire a lot of my art pieces. I enjoy incorporating nature and femme people/characteristics into my art.
7. I guess I've been a creator for a while. I have played instruments forever and I've been writing forever. However, I didn't start drawing with ink in my particular style until my 9th grade art class. Ever since then I've been drawing non-stop.
10. One fun fact: crows are my favorite organism!
11. I'm really inspired by courage and constantly I try to be courageous in my art. I love when other artists/creators push the boundaries of what is deemed "normal" or "appropriate." I guess I like portraying nudity and sex in the way that I do because I would like people to see another side of it, not like the way it has been taught to us in society. I also am incredibly inspired by artists/creators who infuse social justice into their creations.
12. I most definitely consider myself a feminist. I honestly don't feel like people should have to explain why they are feminists because it just seems like being a feminist is the bare minimum of being involved in activism and the bare minimum of what it means to have respect for all people and all genders. There is so much more that needs to be done to make sure intersectional feminism is the norm.
My name is Jude Diebold, 29 years old. My shop website is Etsy.com/shop/killthepatriarchy
I'm based out of Oakland California but am originally from Ohio.
I am inspired by the political work of women like Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, Audre Lorde, Barbara Kruger, and Ruth Bader-Ginsberg to name a few across a broad spectrum of badass feminists and activists.
Everyday acts of resistance are inspiring to me, and what keep me motivated in all of my work.
I first started creating some of my prints, specifically the "abortion on demand and without apology" print when I really wanted a poster or shirt that read that text, but couldn't find one anywhere. I figured if I can't find it why not make it? So I did.
One fun fact about me- I have weird pets. My cat Emma is nick-named sponge and is notoriously creepy. My dog Luna, is an adorable little chihuahua who is terrified by everything.
I am inspired by women and queer people who are unapologetically themselves, that use their voice and talents to resist oppression, even in the face massive opposition. Recently, attorney general Sally Yates called trump's Muslim travel ban unconstitutional. He, in turn, fired her. She knew this would happen, but she also refused to succumb to racism and injustice, despite the consequences. That was really inspiring.
I absolutely consider myself a feminist. I think, especially in this current political climate, to not consider yourself a feminist is, if not downright ignorant, potentially dangerous. We are in a fight for our lives, our very self preservation, and unless we come together and resist together we are tragically doomed. This is how many women on the margins of society with intersectional experiences have always felt, but it is more potent now than ever. This resistance must begin with language, naming our oppression and our experiences, in order to fight back and to win.
Name: The Untameable Shrews
Age: Founded September 2016
Red Bubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/untamableshrews
Where are you from? The Untameable Shrews were founded in Australia and have members all around the world, including the US, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Peru, Serbia and it is growing! We welcome any new radical feminists who want to get involved.
What/who inspires you? The Guerrilla Girls and Angry Sheilas were the main inspiration for starting The Untameable Shrews. Both participate in educational feminist street art, raising public awareness on feminist issues.
"The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists. We wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humour and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture"
The Angry Sheila's are Australian feminists against the oppression and exploitation of all women and girls worldwide #womensliberation #antipornography #antiprostitution #antimaleviolence are on their agenda. They are named after the UK radical feminist academic Sheila Jeffreys and engage in consciousness raising street art and activism.
Give us a backstory on when you started being a creator. When did you start creating?
Prior to starting The Untameable Shrews we had groups of women independently undertaking feminist activism in Brisbane and Melbourne. This started in 2016 ripping down and painting over posters for strip clubs and brothels in Melbourne, Australia. In Brisbane radical feminists applied paste ups on strip clubs which inspired Melbourne activists to stencil and sticker bomb brothels and "gentlemen's clubs". The Untameable Shrews name and collective came together out of a radical feminist conference celebrating the feminist publisher Spinifex Press in 2016. Since making the collective present on social media it has snowballed from there with activists joining from around the world.
Not all members are trained artists but we do have academic artists and art historians involved. We even have an art professor as an active participant.
One fun fact about you: The Untameable Shrews engage in street art on toilet walls, sticker slaps on trains, in bus stops and writing over sexist advertising.
What inspires you about other creators/activists? Artists who are politically engaged and boldly tackling the hard issues to change the world and make it a better place. There aren't any individual artists I can speak of that are doing this, only the anonymous feminist collectives such as The Guerrilla Girls and Angry Sheilas. A lot of contemporary art is boring, superficial and self absorbed, desperately preoccupied with seeking money and fame on social media.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not? Yes. The Untameable Shrews are radical feminists. Radical feminism is woman centric and looks at the root cause of women's oppression which is patriarchy. They recognise that a woman's biology is the reason for our oppression and results in the control of our bodies and reproduction. Radical feminists are anti sex trade and anti pornography which are weapons of patriarchal oppression and control of women. These industries are sexually exploitative and oppressive of women and radical feminists are working towards the abolition of both. Radical feminists see gender as a socially constructed and oppressive tool of patriarchy. They are gender critical and gender abolitionists.