Learning Old Lessons - The Power of DIY

It's becoming a legitimate addiction, a good one of course- learning how to make things from scratch, piecing elements together to make something new, and always making something *useful*.  The DIY phenomenon itself isn't new, but in its reinvention, skills we were, somehow, never taught to use are being taught to a new generation.  It's a lifestyle that takes years to craft, eventually incorporating it into every aspect of your life, Doing It Yourself is a rewarding adventure.

 
Believe it or not, rock balancing is an art.  Making something with the things around you and then leaving it to return to the earth.

Believe it or not, rock balancing is an art.  Making something with the things around you and then leaving it to return to the earth.

 

Some Things Bought - Some Things Made

I will never need to buy another journal again, and someday, I'll never need to purchase another pair of unreliable socks.  I refuse to spend money on already assembled furniture.  I'd rather re-use whats around me to possibly make something unique to sit, or eat on, and if I absolutely have to, I'll make a purchase for materials... at a flea market or thrift store.

It's a different way of thinking.  People who make things with their own hands have to 'think outside the box'.  When you really wonder why, you start to remember that this is what hands and brains were made for.  Combine them both, and you can somehow creatively make a better life for yourself and others.  You start to consider the essentials of life, and what it takes for you to live comfortably or happily.  Then you realize you can make the essentials with your own hands, and that people before you did it with their own hands too.  

Don't Stand in Line

'The box' is our current way of life, and yes, it's like a box.  A prepackaged box, made on an assembly line, where a robot delicately places the elements of your daily life inside.  Society is a long and disgusting topic.  But it doesn't have to be when you redecorate every aspect in your life with the essentials *you*, or another fellow maker created.  

Being a creator you suddenly have crystal clear glasses on, and can see reality for what it really is: a growing, monotonous machine, like a lazy robotic cat purring in your ear and shooting radiation filled lasers into your body.  Now standing in line at the convenient store doesn't seem too convenient, waiting around people who are probably letting off an arsenal of silent farts right in front of you.  That time spent waiting could have been used making products for your online store; or remodeling your bathroom; or creating a way to help old ladies telepathically send emails to their girlfriends (who knows!).  Time is precious, and what you can create in that time, is truly unique.

 
Somebody made this!  Vintage darkroom enlarger?  The gigantic light went in that big dome thing.  Lens were the glass parts stacked up.

Somebody made this!  Vintage darkroom enlarger?  The gigantic light went in that big dome thing.  Lens were the glass parts stacked up.

 

Respect The Craft

'Lessons In Mindfulness' (Deep breathes everybody~), is probably on every back cover of a meditation book of quotes, but it's a real lesson that many don't experience.  The best way to experience mindfulness is probably not in a book of quotes.  Although its enlightening to read new things, the real lesson is in doing and *making*.  

Through repetition, perfection, and appreciating whats imperfect, you gain a respect for the things made by hand.  Mindfulness is an airy word to sum up: pay attention to whats around you.  I can't think of a better way to practice paying attention than really focusing on something while you make it.  Getting better at making, through making, you start repeating the similar steps, and getting familiar with materials.  There's a thread that ties all the things you've learned, or are learning, together and learning new lessons get easier and easier.  Your craft is getting better, why not create for other people?

Dissect the art of DIY, and you'll come up with a huge list of reasons why you should be making more.  Simply research the amount of resources it takes to manufacture, package and ship the items you typically buy, and a new confidence is found in being part of the DIY movement.  Through it all, compassion is built for other living beings, and a respect for the process of creating from scratch; the materials you use, the planning, and all the tiny details.  You'll understand that the destruction we're establishing as consumerists, war leaders, and fearful sheeple (fearful sheep people), is not cool, and not a great environment to be a part of.

 
Our tattoo shop is very DIY oriented.

Our tattoo shop is very DIY oriented.

Handmade recycled paper in the making at the shop.

Handmade recycled paper in the making at the shop.

We sell small products we've made at the front desk.

We sell small products we've made at the front desk.

Wishful Thinking

Not everyone can pick up a hammer, knit a sweater, or recycle old clothes into carbon fiber for cars, but there are people who can help, and it would benefit themselves as well as their kids, and their kid's kids, if they did.  Being apart of the DIY scene is like taking on a quiet responsibility to be a better person.  I guess that's what creates a  movement; a bunch of people striving towards something.  

We're striving to be better people, to reconnect to something we lost a long time ago, and make our communities comfortable, invitingly creative and healthy. Creating things is like reaching out a hand to help others.  Even if your art looks like complete crap, more than likely the receiver will feel the sentiment.   

I keep finding myself in the things I make; moving towards becoming a more useful human being, and taking responsibility for the things I want or 'need'.  

I suggest you try to make something, and if you have, keep doing it!  The journey is very rewarding.  There are no limits, (thanks, internet creators).  Talk about freedom...

 

With Love,
Doree x DORK