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My name is Sophie. I'm a writer.

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Burning Fleshtival, a really rad thing that I didn’t end up writing about because I forgot to eat, drank too much whiskey and passed out in my tent at midnight. Still, the parts I was there for were awesome. Marina wrote about it instead. 

Burning Fleshtival, a really rad thing that I didn’t end up writing about because I forgot to eat, drank too much whiskey and passed out in my tent at midnight. Still, the parts I was there for were awesome. Marina wrote about it instead. 

By far my favorite set of all the last Kent shows. RIP.

(photo by Erez Avissar)
“You actually feel transported out of this world of regulations and rules and signs telling you explicitly what you can and can’t do, constantly, in all areas. You’re very aware of law, and presence of law, when you’re in New York as an outsider, especially if you’re a delusional crazy person like myself. But I think that’s why a lot of people feel so comfortable in a DIY space, even if it is by very definition, uncomfortable. It’s so fucked, and it’s so abnormal from where you just entered from, that it changes your whole perspective on what comfort and limitations can be.” 
- Dan Deacon 
I am incredibly proud and excited to share this feature that is essentially an oral history of the last three years of 285 Kent for Animal NY. It’s the biggest feature Animal has ever run and that I’ve ever helped create. We interviewed a million people and Andy Cush, Marina Galperina and I worked super hard on it. I’m so happy to be able to give a tribute like this to a place I love so much. I hope you all enjoy it. 

(photo by Erez Avissar)

You actually feel transported out of this world of regulations and rules and signs telling you explicitly what you can and can’t do, constantly, in all areas. You’re very aware of law, and presence of law, when you’re in New York as an outsider, especially if you’re a delusional crazy person like myself. But I think that’s why a lot of people feel so comfortable in a DIY space, even if it is by very definition, uncomfortable. It’s so fucked, and it’s so abnormal from where you just entered from, that it changes your whole perspective on what comfort and limitations can be.” 

- Dan Deacon 

I am incredibly proud and excited to share this feature that is essentially an oral history of the last three years of 285 Kent for Animal NY. It’s the biggest feature Animal has ever run and that I’ve ever helped create. We interviewed a million people and Andy Cush, Marina Galperina and I worked super hard on it. I’m so happy to be able to give a tribute like this to a place I love so much. I hope you all enjoy it. 

(photos from top: at The So So Glos, 2011, by Maks Suski, at Top 8 for Slava, 2013, by Marina Galperina, at DREAMS [Grimes, Pictureplane, etc], 2012, by Emily Wheeler, at Top 8 Halloween, 2012, by Amy Cakes, at Lil B party resountracking his NYU lecture as Silent Drape Runners, 2013, by Marina Galperina, at DREAMS, 2012, by Weird Magic, at Liturgy, 2011, by Rob Chabebe)

Last night was weird. We stood around trying to think of what to compare it to: an awkward funeral or a high school graduation party for everyone who had dropped out? It wasn’t over because we were still there, but it also was over and there was nothing left to really do or say. I think we knew we’d all really done enough.  

I think the thing I’ll miss the most about 285 is the feeling, similar to the one I described in my piece about post-shutdown Market Hotel for Animal, that it was a place that shouldn’t have been allowed to exist. There shouldn’t, in this era, be a big warehouse in Williamsburg, run by 24 year olds, that could fit 500 people but had a legal capacity of zero (or twenty, or whatever). Things happened there that literally couldn’t have happened anywhere else. Things happened to me there that I will remember for the rest of my life. I cried on the sidewalk outside. I made out with boys inside. I took questionable substances all over the place and drank enough to forget that anywhere else existed. I bartended almost topless at a party where most people were naked, used bathrooms that redefined disgusting. I walked out into the unwelcome light of dawn more times than I can remember. I survived the lack of air conditioning at a summer rave. I saw JD Samson play to hundreds of incredibly happy feminists at a show my collective Permanent Wave had put on.  I led a panel discussion on Lil B. One night I watched someone saw off some bike locks on an abandoned bike with a fucking table saw while we all hoped they wouldn’t cut off any limbs. I drank a lot of free drinks and schemed about how to get more. And I saw some really fucking great shows. As Tom said in his great Flavorwire piece about it, a great show at 285 felt different than a great show anywhere else. It felt important. I have been saying for years that people are going to look back on this time and this place and use it to define something, and I guess we’ll all find out what that ends up being. 

I had a strange relationship with 285. It was like a black hole: once you were in, you weren’t getting out. I loved it, but it also wasn’t good for my health or sanity. And yet I can’t believe it will no longer be there for me to fall into. 

scatteredpearlsdesign:

PLASTIC HOLOGRAM EYE CHARM NECKLACE, $36 (shipping included)


Super rad plastic green/yellow hologram eye charm with a black speckled gold background on a vintage 26” diamond-link brass chain!!! 

Email sophcw at gmail dot com with link to piece for orders or use ask box

Just added A BUNCH of stuff with prices to my jewelry blog! Follow it if you haven’t already and BUY SHIT FROM ME!!! <3 <3 <3 

scatteredpearlsdesign:

GOING TO GEORGIA CHARM NECKLACE
“i’ve got two big hands and a heart pumping blood and a 1967 Colt 45 with a busted safety catch
the world shines, as i cross the Macon County line, going to Georgia”
Shitty photo but SO EXCITED THIS WORKED OUT!!! If you can’t tell, there’s a pistol, two hands, a centered heart and on the far left a tiny engraved Georgia charm. All charms and the chain are brass. This is the prototype but I hope to do a lot of these for a variety of different songs. Psyched!!! 

Today I went and bought a bunch of awesome jewelry making supplies and started my new jewelry design blog (the name is a CFTPA reference). I&#8217;ll be taking orders directly through there. I am specifically very excited about my song-themed charm necklace/bracelet ideas, and this is my first one. Follow me! 

scatteredpearlsdesign:

GOING TO GEORGIA CHARM NECKLACE

i’ve got two big hands and a heart pumping blood and a 1967 Colt 45 with a busted safety catch

the world shines, as i cross the Macon County line, going to Georgia”

Shitty photo but SO EXCITED THIS WORKED OUT!!! If you can’t tell, there’s a pistol, two hands, a centered heart and on the far left a tiny engraved Georgia charm. All charms and the chain are brass. This is the prototype but I hope to do a lot of these for a variety of different songs. Psyched!!! 

Today I went and bought a bunch of awesome jewelry making supplies and started my new jewelry design blog (the name is a CFTPA reference). I’ll be taking orders directly through there. I am specifically very excited about my song-themed charm necklace/bracelet ideas, and this is my first one. Follow me! 

tuxedo-catz:

hai. im molly. i make jewelry and other cool stuff (like this hand chain!) and i have one very stupid tuxedo cat.

Hey all, this is my best friend and roommate. She makes really effing awesome jewelry and she will make it for YOU for a LOW LOW PRICE!!! She put a few things up but you should follow her because much much more goodness is yet to come. Who knows, maybe I will get up on my jewelry game and sell shit on there as well. If nothing else, click through for some really dumb pictures of my cat Annie. &lt;3

tuxedo-catz:

hai. im molly. i make jewelry and other cool stuff (like this hand chain!) and i have one very stupid tuxedo cat.

Hey all, this is my best friend and roommate. She makes really effing awesome jewelry and she will make it for YOU for a LOW LOW PRICE!!! She put a few things up but you should follow her because much much more goodness is yet to come. Who knows, maybe I will get up on my jewelry game and sell shit on there as well. If nothing else, click through for some really dumb pictures of my cat Annie. <3