I was fortunate to get an interview with Justin, the crazy genius behind such tumblers as ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS, where I can not repeat the language, so we call it TFWISWF, which is called smayartzayalwtigaiaik ( that stands for "me and you read this" zine and you are all like "whoa, that's great" and I'm all "I know".) and one that's the online version of a printed zine he's in Chicago has done. It's called Rosario Dawson Loves Me (or I want to die right now). Everything he writes is good. Especially the last one I mentioned, but I first became owned
I want a t-shirt of it. I told Justin.
Sorry about the toolbar, but I also have to search "Fourloko" since I'm old.
So I did that interview with Justin, and he was kind and nice, and his hair is always fabulous. Here is the interview, to your reading pleasure.
1. I started with a Tumblr to see if I could get the Tumblr community to see what it was all about. I have a successor, but I have absolutely no contact with this successor. With how many other Tumblrern do you interact? Is that much?
I'm not really sure if Tumblr has one. & # 39; If that's the case, I live in the forest somewhere outside the city limits. I gave up a tumblr if it got more than 100 followers. I have six or seven scattered on the Internet. I did not like pressure to create content for an audience. I am egoistic. I prefer to make me laugh / cry / etc. Of course, that's not the case, so I tend to interact fairly regularly with people. I'd say I'm chatting with about 15 to 20 other Tumblr people a day. Leave inane comments on her photos. Exchange messages. Ask beautiful women to marry me. Such things.
2. Your ATIAC Tumblr has 22,001 followers in just 3 months. How many followers do your other Tumblrs have? Do I even use the term Tumblr correctly? I mean, you hear someone say "I've Facebooked you". Do people say "I met you?"
I do not know that I've ever used Tumblr as a verb. I know that I hate the word "blog" with every fiber of my being. "Blahg." It is terrible. Yes, I may call my Tumblr Tumblr, but I stick to the noun. My normal Tumblr has just over 600 followers. The ones I've made to collect my bland "zines" have 430. The vast majority of them came from people following ATIAC. Before I started talking about alpacas over their panties, nobody paid much attention to me.
3. How has the Internet influenced your personal relationships?
I have a remarkably handsome, funny Glaswegian coming to Seattle next month to kiss me to death. So it does wonders for my lifelong Import Girlfriend-from-Scotland plan. In general, the Internet has been useful in maintaining contact with all the friends I am constantly leaving throughout the country, as I often travel too often. I lived on both coasts and in Chicago in five years. Basically, without the Internet, I would not know what my friends are doing. I like to call good haircuts.
4. Do you always skype with your shirt off?
I actually used Skype only last month. I do not know the right protocol. I thought we as a nation had decided not to make the whole videophone like 1989. Now we are all busy. I'm still learning, so sometimes I'm in a tuxedo with a nice martini and sometimes I cool off in my curlers and robe and shoot shit from all over the world. It is a dunghill. Could be a tie or I could be in the bath.
5. How many unsolicited nude photos do you receive on average per week? Are you planning a Tumblr of unwanted nude photos? You could do it without showing their faces, so people would say, "Is that me? OH MY GOD. Is that me? I can not say it!
Per week? Maybe one or two. Every month, maybe ten, if I'm lucky. I would never put them on the internet because I have a deep and heartfelt love and respect for the privacy of Lady People's Lady Parts. I have never received a nude photo until last month, so I get used to it too. I usually bounce up and down and dance in a circle for five minutes. Oh wow! Wow, holy shit, wow! "Until my heartbeat calmed down, and touched me softly.
6. SO, SMAYARTZAYALWTIGAIAIK. Is it older or younger than ATIAC and how do you stay so consistently funny and poignant? How do you smell?
SMAYARTZAYALWTIGAIAIK was a magazine that I published when I lived in Chicago. I'll end up here in Seattle someday. It is exactly one year old today. It was more of a self-imposed writing exercise to see if I could fit something substantial into another cut-off character limit from Twitter. And I suppose I get trashed by celebrities and American tastes in general at the end caps. It works much better than something you can read on the bus, as a Tumblr. Besides, I do not think I'm funny. I think I might be an idiot, but this idiocy seems to address a particular population group, and these are the people who follow me / buy my zines. They are my people, if you like. To answer your second question, I vaguely smell of cinnamon, aqua velva, despair and whiskey. As I imagine, Tom Waits smells, but without the worn leathery notes and the sharp taste of fresh ginger.
7. You explain succinctly how Rosario Dawson loves me (or: I want to die immediately, please). Will you write more? Has Rosario Dawson ever contacted you? I wish she would do it.
Rosario Dawson Loves Me is the best I've ever written, as stupid as the whole premise is. Everything I write starts with a very small bad joke that turns into at least 40,000 words. I've been trying for a year to figure out how to finish RDLM. Actually, I started with SMAYARTZAYALWTIGAIAIK to speed my head or break my scribe's block. I've completed the last issue pretty well, but I'm no longer an unrelenting mess, so it's hard to get back into the right mindset. I promise I will work on it next month. Ms. Dawson never called me or told me that I'm good looking. That's something I'm always ashamed of (I'm just kidding), I'm not obsessed with Rosario Dawson, I just wanted to pick a celebrity that was not divisive and pretty commonplace, and you can not do much better in that department than the favorite Latina activist / actress and allround baby of all, Rosario.)
8. Back to ATIAC – which brought me to discover you and your magnificence. Is it always fun? Is it ever boring? When will someone give you a book deal for Pete's sake?
ATIAC is literally what I do when I can not sleep, three sheets in the wind or a total hangover. It's like removing cobwebs from my brain. In that sense, it's rarely, if ever, boring, even though I get angry because people always like those I think abysmal, and nobody likes those who actually make me giggle loudly while I type. STEVE THE TUBE, man. The little thing is just a tube! A tube with eyes! I loved this guy. Gap Bears! Bears talk about splitting! The list is endless and endlessly depressing to me. In general, however, the almost universally positive response of the people and the sheer number of "This is my favorite blog" or "I was snooping in class and everyone looked at me weirdly", absolutely and without question my day. Every day. I do not think I'm very funny, but anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love half laughing / half groaning people with questionable humor. If people ever smile, I'm totally happy. The day they stop, I'll stop lions from talking about college or seahorses. As for book deals, no one has ever read anything essential that I wrote. If it does, it will probably come to MAKE THINGS TALK IN CAPSLOCK, which is obviously the vocation I have been missing all these years. I thought I should be a real author. Who knew?
And back to the pictures:
As the man said – they are bears and talk about splitting.
One of the author's favorites.
It's a reference for hipsters, in case you're too much hipster to get it.
Because all dogs are thinking about the economy.
Pie is MY friend.
Just to see that there was a reason why I asked Justin how he smelled. See? There was a frame of reference. I'm not scary. Not at all.
The words fail. I mean, the pug thinks completely, right?
And I had one Weekly nightmares.
It's funny because it's so
Eagles are like whoa smart.
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Depending on your taste , I assume.
If Mary is in a Goth phase, would she even own a flip-flop? What would flip flops look like?
Also my usual art.
Again, this would like me on a t-shirt.
I urge you to read everything Justin wrote and posted on the internet. Just be warned that he uses the word "eff" from time to time, so if you get insulted, stick to the Rosario Dawson material.
Thank you, Justin, for a great interview and for making these things that we love so much. I hope you make a lot of money.