30 Day Challenge

I started reading Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media and I came across this Balinese saying: “We have no art. We do everything as well as we can.”

This completely takes away the romance of the popular phrase, “do what you love” and converts it into “love what you do.” You don’t have art off in some mythical, happy, faraway land. There is no distinction between the creative journey and your everyday life. You simply wake up every day, with more work to do, and you do it as good as you can.

With this in mind, I challenged myself to draw a Sailor Jerry flash every day for 30 days.

It was an intimidating idea at first, but just focusing on a day rather than weeks or a month seemed doable. Unlike the many other units of time, the day has a rhythm; the sun goes up then goes down. It seems like the closest thing to reality and I can handle that.

It was also important that I go into this with no big expectations. The only requirement is to get it done, day by day, no matter what, with the only goal of learning and improving over time.

If I paint something shitty, I still have to post it on Instagram and I get another chance tomorrow. If I paint something epic, I still have to keep going and paint something else. The best thing I can do is to develop some form of immunity from success or failure. 

Einstein once said, “creativity is the residue of time wasted.” “Failure” is a great opportunity to see what I should focus on; swiftly wrapping up my work as a success or a failure with a bow on top seems meaningless.

I started on this challenge couple days ago so I already have a chain going, my only job is to not break the chain.

I will be updating my daily progress on my Instagram page so feel free to follow along to see if I can actually finish this challenge successfully.

Thanks for the support!

Haram Ahn is an artist living in St. Louis, MO. Haram is currently preparing for her tattoo apprenticeship at Ragtime Tattoo.  Read more

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