Isn’t it intriguing how the word “humanity” is used to describe virtue, and yet, human beings are notorious for ultimately destroying just about everything we touch? 

Exhibit A: Mother Earth.

Exhibit B: Each other.

There’s no denying it — human beings are curious creatures.  For a species which perpetually glorifies goodness, we tend to do an awful lot of crooked things.  Still, the question remains: are human beings plagued by evil, or are we actually the plague in ourselves?   (more…)

modelingIt’s pretty insane finding photos of yourself from just a year ago and thinking about how different everything is now.  Everything really can change in a year.

For background, please hear me when I say that 2016 was a terrible year for me — I spent most of it in a difficult relationship, horrified by the weight I’d gained by using eating to deal with my depression, and pressuring myself into law school.  However, in the final weeks of that dreadful year, I made the choice to take control of my life — I left that relationship, began my weight loss and fitness journey, and started to become who I’d always wanted to be. (more…)

King Tut Cafe and Hookah was my home away from home.

I used to live down the street from this place when I still went to Arizona State University (2012-2014); stepping into that lounge at the end of a long day was always comforting and thrilling.  Anyone who knew me at the time knew exactly where to find me after hours: King Tut Cafe and Hookah.

I’d show up there every evening with a book, some homework, and my laptop. I was always inspired to do something brilliant when I was there, whether that was schoolwork, writing, or simply thinking.

King Tut’s was magical.

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Outside King Tut’s on Halloween 2014

Sometimes, my friends would even come to meet me there.  Many of them didn’t smoke hookah [and back then, I smoked too much hookah], but we’d talk and laugh late into the school night, go there for refuge at the end of a long evening of festivities, or conclude a day of community service or shopping by plopping into one of their homely booths.

It was a place of inspiration, friendship, comfort, youth, and love for me.  When I left Arizona State University a few years early (I transferred to another school), I also bid King Tut’s goodbye with an aching heart. (more…)

This piece was written on July 1, 2015, immediately after having my “semicolon” tattoo done; it was published on this website on July 16, 2018.

I remember writing down several ways by which to kill myself when I was only fourteen years old. Included on the list was slashing open my arms until they were bleeding beyond repair, drowning myself, and jumping from a place of extremely high elevation so that I had no chance of survival. The more painful the option, the more appealing it felt for me. I was so hopeless that I wanted to feel every bit of pain within me before I left this Earth forever.
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When I first found out that I had bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, my first instinct was to hide it from everyone except for a few select people. I felt embarrassed about my mood swings, my depression, and my suicidal thoughts. I despised the way I could go from feeling the best I had ever felt to feeling like I had no will to live in just minutes. (more…)

Let’s talk about body hair.  More specifically, let’s discuss body hair removal… mainly, as it applies to women.

I’m actually seriously starving after my morning fight training, and usually I dash to my fridge for food the moment my post-gym shower has concluded.

AmaranthineBut today was different because a thought struck me as I shaved my legs in the shower just now, a thought that made me run straight to my laptop to write this blog entry.

Why is it even a societal norm for women to be hairless [aside from their mane, eyebrows, and eyelashes, I mean]?  Where did that idea even come from in the first place?

Men and women both have natural body hair, so how did it become such that females are “supposed” to make themselves appear hairless at all given times while men get to keep their body hair all-natural?

Well, while dealing with the annoyance that is running a razor blade over my knees about fifteen minutes ago, I came up with a literal “shower thought” theory:


We’ve all seen those stunning pin-up girls of the past – they were all the rage throughout that 1940s-1960s era, especially in the United States.

If you Google “pin-up girls”, you’ll find that almost all of the names that come up belong to the classics: Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, etc.

However, one name stands out: Dita Von Teese.


For starters, some of you may be wondering who Dita Von Teese is and what she actually does.  Don’t worry – we’ll get to that.

However, since Google has gone ahead and thrown the present-day star, Dita Von Teese, in with all of the old school, original pin-up girls, we have to delve a bit deeper.  Dita’s appearance on this list raises questions.

What is a pin-up girl?  Can full-on pin-up girls be alternative, or are they limited to glamour?  Is Dita Von Teese a pin-up girl if she models and performs in the present-day with an alternative edge?  What is a SuicideGirl?  Is Dita Von Teese actually a SuicideGirl? And, most importantly, what’s the difference between a pin-up girl and a SuicideGirl?

Let’s get these questions answered.


If there’s anything I can really stick to my guns about, it’s the fact that fashion in the 2000s was a complete and utter disaster.

In fact, the best thing that ever happened to us was the arrival of the 2010s, which quickly made up for the agony we unknowingly endured throughout the previous decade.


Here’s a list of the biggest fashion errors of the 2000s.  Read them, know them, and never live them.

1. Chains

Unless you’re an assassin, you definitely don’t need heavy, silver chains hanging down from every pair of pants you decide to wear.

Chains aren’t as punk rock as we once thought they were – they’re just heavy and out of place.  Let’s be grateful for the fact that folks these days wear normal belts instead of ones that swing all over the place [and possibly even break stuff] when they head bang.

2. Pajama pants


What’s worse than the chains mentioned above?  You guessed it – those chains hanging down from flannel pajama pants… in public.

But, to be fair, pajama pants become pretty bad on their own the minute you leave the house in them.  They don’t really need chains to make them obnoxious – but the trendsetters of the 2000s decided to go that extra mile anyways, and we all suffered for it.

3. Ankle-length denim skirts

Remember those super long denim skirts everyone used to wear?  They were frequently even paired with platform flip flops [since apparently the 2000s had no concept of fashion sanity].

On top of being chunky denim ankle-length skirts, some of them even had a maneuver at the bottom, where you could pull on some strings and scrunch up the skirt a bit (YIKES).

4. Fedoras


Fedoras looked good at one point in time, but as the world moves forward, fashion should too.

Eventually, the modern-day grew too modern for fedoras – yet, they remained.

People wore fedoras as legitimate parts of their outfits on a daily basis, and these folks weren’t even pop stars who were embracing a type of fashion irony.  They actually took fedoras seriously.

Luckily, fedoras move through the air kind of like Frisbees – if you see one, just send it spiraling through the air back into the time machine [where it belongs].


5. Layered tank tops

No one really knows whose idea layering tank tops was, and that person is too ashamed to fess up to the absurd trend they started.

As they hide in shame, the victims of 2000s fashion are stuck digging up old pictures of themselves wearing two or more tank tops at one given time (though, if we’re being honest, two tank tops alone were considered weak back then).

Worse yet, these many tank tops [with their many, many corresponding straps] were frequently paired with those dreaded, ankle-length denim skirts.

Ugh, the horror.


On top of all of these fashion disasters, there were some serious beauty ones as well – don’t even get me started on the tiger-stripe highlights and over-tweezed eyebrows which were the epitomes of the 2000s.

All we can do now is burn our old photos from the 2000s, be grateful for the fashion sanity of the 2010s, and swear to never make those same mistakes again.


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The cold weather has finally struck, and it’s absolutely lovely.  Additionally, November and December are totally some of the best months for high fashion looks.

But, as we adjust our wardrobes for that late fall and early winter chill, we have to ask ourselves which colors we can actually dye our hair during this time of year.  Since pastels are a no-go in the current weather, what colors can we use while staying in season and still keeping our edge?

Your question is about to be answered.  Start thinking about how you’re going to keep up with your roots, because the punk rock hair color list you need is right here.

1. Jet Black


Jet black is a great choice all year round, but it’s especially lovely in the cold winter.  The logic behind this is simple: as the sky grows darker, your hair can too.

If you’re not convinced, just consider Veronica Lodge (the comic book version) – she worked jet black hair all day, every day… and it totally added to her classic glamour.


If you choose to go dark, just don’t forget to make sure that your eyebrows mesh well with your inky mane.  That may mean dying them, but people have done crazier things in the name of fashion.


2. Burgundy


Amaranthine, also known as burgundy, makes for a beautiful hair shade.  It’s rich and subtle while also being stunning and vivid.

It’s dark enough that it coordinates well with those cold weather vibes without actually blending in to them.  Furthermore, burgundy is the perfect tone for that look that falls right in between traditional and alternative.

It’s a terrific choice for anyone who wants a drastic change, but doesn’t want to wander too far out into the color spectrum.


3. Plum


Plum is a slightly less subtle color than burgundy – it doesn’t necessarily shout, since it’s a dark tone, but it’ll still be obvious to anyone who looks at you that your hair is purple.

If amaranthine seems too quiet for you and blue seems too wild, then plum hair is a great way to keep your edge in-tact without shouting about it from the rooftops.


4. Metallic Cerulean


Nothing screams dark grunge like the glory of having metallic cerulean hair.  If you want something electric with dark vibes, this is the hair color for you.

Of course, this is a bold choice – before you go through the trouble of changing your hair over to metallic cerulean, be sure that you’ll be happy with it once it’s all said and done.  Having unconventional hair colors is extremely exciting, but it’s something you have to be ready for in order to enjoy it.


5. Charcoal


If you want to go dark but you think that jet black may be too intense for you, then charcoal might be the better choice.

Because it’s also generally considered an unconventional hair color, it still comes with that edgy sheen that we’re all craving without being too out there.

It’s cool, it’s chic, and it’s new-age grey.


6. Frosty Silver


So, charcoal was too dark for you.  No problem – silver is beautiful too.  In fact, there’s something extremely regal about it.

For example, the Ice Queen wears her hair silver.  Why shouldn’t you?


7. Snow White


Okay, so Snow White didn’t actually have white hair.  But Storm from X-Men did, and she looked fabulous.


In fact, many celebrities have been experimenting with white hair – these days, it’s absolutely chic.

Dying your hair white is a drastic change, but it’s also a stunning one.  If you want to do something wild but classic, match manes with Storm.

There’s no need to hesitate while you’re standing in the hair dye aisle at the store.  With these colors, your mane can be seasonal and metal at the very same time.

Frost chic is timeless, anyways.


Photo sources:

Header Image: PC Wall Art

Image 1: Leyla Milani

Image 2: Archie Comics

Image 3: Lime Crime

Image 4: Donalove Hair

Image 5: HairStyleHub

Image 6: Be Magazine Asia

Image 7: Redken

Image 8: The Idle Man

Image 9: Comic Vine