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JayRoll

Aug 30 '14
for-transmen:

If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.

First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.

The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.

Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe. 
Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue. 
So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.
So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.

The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise. 

Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back. 
Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.

for-transmen:

If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.

Why is a chest binder for a lesbian?

First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.

It's too tight!

The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.

These materials are not good

Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe. 

Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue. 

So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.

So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.

YES! Good binder!

The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise. 

Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back. 

Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.

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Aug 30 '14

pissyeti:

GIVEAWAY TIME!

i will be giving away a tri-top chest binder from Underworks to one lucky winner. Underworks makes some really great binders. i am a cis female and use one for cosplay, and i have found them to be comfortable, easy to wear, and extremely effective.

RULES:

  • DO NOT ASK ME TO RIG THE GIVEAWAY FOR YOU. i will keep track of those who do this and i will make sure you DONT win.
  • you must be comfortable giving your address to me
  • the winner will have 24 hours to respond to an ask sent to them. if they do not respond within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen
  • i will not be announcing the winner to protect the privacy of the individual. if they want to announce it themselves they are welcome to
  • if i send the binder to you and it is returned to me for any reason (wrong address, wrong name, etc) i am not responsible for paying to have it resent.
  • winners will be chosen via a random number generator
  • reblogs + likes count
  • contest ends September 20th
  • international entries are OK, i will pay for shipping

if you have any questions about sizing, please refer to the Underworks Tri-Top binder page. if you are still confused, i will try to help you

good luck!

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Aug 26 '14

conceptcookie:

Cumulus Clouds Reference by Tim Von Rueden

Check out our tips, tricks, and techniques on creating the “puffy” clouds for your environment or illustrations pieces HERE.

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Aug 26 '14

beahbeah:

this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:

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Aug 25 '14

midousujifanclub asked:

have you ever sold at an artist alley? if so, do you have any tips? im thinking about selling at a local con for my first time this year.... thanks dude

kinomatika:

kinomatika:

HMMMM I made a post about this before but I guess I should do one that’s more in-depth.

OK SO TO PREPARE FOR ARTIST’S ALLEY:

1. Know what you’re willing to spend on AA. Artists alleys can be a great place to make money but they also can be a great way to lose money if you’re not prepared. Generally AA tables aren’t THAT expensive (AX’s is the most expensive i’ve seen - 215$ i think it was?) but when you consider the amount of people the go through the AA and impulse buy things (because lbr AAs are basically just one giant checkout counter candy aisle) you can actually make up your capital and come out with decent profit if you’re smart about it.

2. Find someone to table with, if you can. Someone who is into similar fandoms is a good idea. Try an artist friend or maybe someone from the internet who’s looking to get a spot. This increases your chances of actually getting a spot at an AA and also gives you someone to talk to and throw ideas back and forth when it comes to figuring out how you want to market yourself.

3. PREPARE IN ADVANCE. i can’t say this enough but if the con is 5 months away, you should be like, in the thick of conselling preparation. You need:

- a seller’s license/permit. Usually you can get these for free or for a meager cost through your county or state’s website (they usually end with a .gov so that is an indication that youre in the right place.) get these early and ask questions if youre confused about what theyre for or what they do and do not allow you to sell.

- a display. A lot of first time consellers tend to just kind of spread their stuff out on their table which requires the people walking past the table to look down. This is not a bad idea per se, but you’ll get less business this way. Ever wonder why expensive toys are generally at eye-level in toystores? It’s a selling tactic. People buy what they can immediately see and what catches their eye. Build a nice display for yourself, and make sure it fits your table and the rules and guidelines for the AA. Try to stay away from a lot of over the top display decorations. You can just build a simple and lightweight one with PVC or those interlocking wire shelving units that walmart carries.

- product. This sounds like a no-brainer but honestly it is a place where a lot of artists kinda… end up lost, especially first timers. Make sure you have product that is directed at the audience you’re selling at. Consider which series are popular (or are projected to be popular) at the time of the con. Consider what your financial limits are when it comes to producing product. A lot of sellers drop hundreds of dollars on product but they’re usually more experienced and really know what’s up. I’d recommend making simple buttons, laminated keychains, bookmarks, prints, and other small things that people can just buy immediately. Yknow like instant satisfaction type stuff. Be aware of how much money you’re putting into the product vs how much you’re selling it for, and also consider how much money your potential buyers are going to have on them to spend.

- commissions. This is something that I personally dislike doing, but it’s kind of a huge benefit to be able to do it at a con. Taking commissions at your table for people to come pick up later on or at the end of the con can suuuuper boost your sales because that person is getting something custom for them, and it’s tangible — they can take it with them. My advice for this is to only take five slots, and when you’re done with them, IF you get finished with them at the con, then open up for more if you feel confident enough to. Don’t take more than you are capable of handling though, because then you’re stuck producing realmedia commissions after the con, spending money to post them out, worrying about them getting damaged in the main, etc. It’s best to not overwhelm yourself.

- have a helper. Generally, most AAs allow each seller to have at least one helper with them. Your helper will help you pack up sales, exchange money, keep track of sales, bring you food and drink, relieve you when you need to go to the bathroom, etc. I would NOT sell without one. Most AAs also require the seller to be there most, if not all of the day while AA is open, so it can get stressful and tiring to sit there for 8 hours without being able to get up to pee or get something to eat. 

- Understand tax. Are you going to be charging sales tax? Are you required to charge sales tax? Do you have to report those figures anywhere on your income tax reports at the end of the year? Look at this closely before you bust out into the AA scene. Learn first, do later.

PAST THAT…

Make sure you set up and take down your display BEFORE the con. Understand how much space you’ll have and how much room you will have to move behind your display. Set up your display so that it looks visually appealing, but is also not particularly complex to take apart and set up, and also make sure it isn’t delicate or fragile. Most people will, without thinking, touch the product you have on display because that’s what people like to do. If your product just falls of your display, figure out a better way to display it. When you’ve finalised your display setup, draft a schematic of it and take a photo of it so you have reference when it comes time to set it up.

Also understand that if you are not successful at the con, or not as successful as you had hoped to be, don’t get discouraged! Learn from what happened, what products you saw other sellers peddling, which of your products sold the worst, which ones sold the best, so on and so forth. Study what happened and recycle that information for the next time you do an artist alley table.

GET A PAYPAL CARD READER. I’M SERIOUS. If you have a smartphone, GET ONE. Some people just don’t have cash on hand or don’t have ‘enough’ to get what they want at your table, but DO have money in a card or in a bank account, and don’t want to go to an ATM to withdraw 3$ for a keychain. Make sure you get yourself a card reader if you have a smartphone. It’ll enable you to make WAY more sales.

There’s probably more I’m missing but thats the gist of it and i hope it helps!

answered this question late last night & thought it might be worth a read!

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Aug 18 '14

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Aug 18 '14

Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters by Gojin Ishihara

rhade-zapan:

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Kappa (river imp)

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Jorōgumo (lit. “whore spider”)

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Kubire-oni (strangler demon)

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Rokurokubi (long-necked woman)

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Onmoraki (bird demon)

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Nekomata (cat monster)

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Tengu (bird-like demon)

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Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller)

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Enma Dai-Ō (King of Hell)

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Kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed fox)

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Baku (dream-eating chimera)

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Yūrei (ghost)

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Yamasei (mountain sprite)

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Rashōmon no oni (ogre of Rashōmon Gate)

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Waira (mountain-dwelling chimera)

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Nure-onna (snake woman)

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Aug 18 '14
compoundchem:

Came across this fantastic poster showing a range of different bioluminescent organisms today. It also shows some of the chemical structures responsible.You can see a larger, more readable version on the website of the creator, Eleanor Lutz, at http://tabletopwhale.com/index.html

compoundchem:

Came across this fantastic poster showing a range of different bioluminescent organisms today. It also shows some of the chemical structures responsible.

You can see a larger, more readable version on the website of the creator, Eleanor Lutz, at http://tabletopwhale.com/index.html

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Aug 16 '14
fashioninfographics:

How to tie the Ediety/Merovingian Tie Knot
Via

fashioninfographics:

How to tie the Ediety/Merovingian Tie Knot

Via

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Aug 15 '14
fashionsfromhistory:

Woman’s Waistcoat
1875-1900
Attica, Greece
British Museum

fashionsfromhistory:

Woman’s Waistcoat

1875-1900

Attica, Greece

British Museum

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