Crabby

Crabby is a stuffed animal/pillow by Donna Wilson. Crabby won my heart.

Porcelain Tumblr with Number Detail

Beautiful, minimal porcelain Tumblr with number detail.

What is the Future of Spirituality and Community?

For 10 years, Casper ter Kuile has been trying to figure out what the future of spirituality and community might look like. The Nearness is the beginning of his answer to that question. Starting with this digital offering, the hope is to see this evolves into in-person meetups and a beautiful annual gathering.

To start – each week, participants will get together for 90-minute small group conversations that meet in our community app. Everyone receives expert guidance through structured conversation prompts, practices, and support along the way. Plus, there are monthly workshops from poets, activists, and wisdom teachers.

You can learn more about what motivated him to co-create this project in his CreativeMorings talk and spot their first press mention in the Washington Post!

Learn more and sign up by September 25th, here.

ManyBooks

ManyBooks was established back in 2004 to provide an extensive library of books in digital format for free to anyone on the internet. Today it hosts over 50,000 free ebooks with many classics, but also new indie titles added daily.

(via my favorite newsletter Dense Discovery)

Illustrator Anna Süßbauer

I can’t remember the last time I smiled ear to ear looking at an illustrator’s portfolio like this. Anna Süßbauer’s work is delightful!

Make You Feel

I don’t believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.
– Gloria Naylor

(via)

Notable People

Using data from Morgane Laouenan et al, the Notable People Map is showing birthplaces of the most “notable people” around the world. Data has been processed to show only one person for each unique geographic location with the highest notability rank.

(via Dense Discovery)

Go Be Weird

(Thanks Alex!)

Don’t Just Write Words. Write Music.

(via Tim Ferriss)

Staedler Made Pizza Oven

I was recently in Switzerland (hence the silence here) and was invited to a dinner party where the hosts made pizzas in a Staedler Made Pizza Oven. It’s a thing of absolute beauty and the pizzas were delicious. It ships flat packed. Yes, I want one.

Rule of 3 In Conversation

“Rule of 3 in conversation. To get to the real reason, ask a person to go deeper than what they just said. Then again, and once more. The third time’s answer is close to the truth.”
– Kevin Kelly

Something Worth Noticing

“The body of work you’re creating adds up over time. The consistency and empathy of your vision will seep through. Drip by drip, you’ll create something worth noticing.”
Crickets by Seth Godin

Laughter

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
― Anne Lamott

Games for Grown Ups

Games for Grown ups by School of life looks fun: 40 activities to draw us away from static conversation and cast aside reserve to get in touch with the neglected imaginative aspects of ourselves.

Audience Capture

“Audience capture is an irresistible force in the world of influencing, because it’s not just a conscious process but also an unconscious one. While it may ostensibly appear to be a simple case of influencers making a business decision to create more of the content they believe audiences want, and then being incentivized by engagement numbers to remain in this niche forever, it’s actually deeper than that. It involves the gradual and unwitting replacement of a person’s identity with one custom-made for the audience.”

The Perils of Audience Capture, by Gurwinder

(via Bailey)

The Swimmer (A Short Film)

THE SWIMMER A SHORT FILM ABOUT THE POWER OF RITUAL from Blaise Hayward on Vimeo.

Five Rules of Being a Grown-Up

You must not have anything wrong with you, or anything different about you.

If you have something wrong or different about you, you really need to correct it. You need to be able to pass under all circumstances.

If you can’t correct it, or change it in any way, you should just pretend that you have. It’s not a problem anymore. Good news!

If you can’t even pretend not to have corrected the situation, you should just not show up, because it’s very painful for the rest of us to see you in your current condition.

If you’re going to insist on showing up, you should at least have the decency to be ashamed.

– Salon Tom Weston’s Five Rules of Being A Grown-Up

(via Ann Lammott in this interview)

Despair

“Despair is a failure of the imagination.”
Wade Davis

Make My Drive Fun

The site Make My Drive Fun is pretty darn cool. Go enter your starting and end point and see the magic unfold.

Vorda Diffuser

I like this simple, wooden essential oil diffuser by Vorda. (Whispers: Yes, it’s expensive.)

Creativity

“Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.”
– Arthur Koestler

Severance

I watched the show Severance with my kids (12 and 16) and I can’t stop thinking about it. As someone who has built companies, I am shook by the overall notion of the show. My kids and I felt so many feelings watching this first season. (The ending had us run around in the yard screaming.)

Some Big Personal News

11 years ago I launched Tattly as a fun side project.

The goal? Create high-quality temporary tattoos, designed by professional artists.

Little did I know this lighthearted idea would grow into a healthy business, shipping millions of tattoos around the world.

Since July of 2011, Tattly has catapulted joy and good art into the world, paid our artists over $1.5M in artist royalties, employed over 45+ fine humans, moved three times, attended countless trade shows, appeared on national TV, got featured in the NYTimes, handed out tattoos at the White House Easter Egg Roll under president Obama, collaborated with brands such as NPR, VOGUE, National Gallery, Sesame Street and Starbucks, ran a ‘temporary temporary tattoo parlor’, and licensed art from over 120 artists.

It’s been an eventful ride.

Tattly taught me about margins, the world of wholesale, what it means to ship products globally, how to source manufacturers… but most of all: Tattly taught me that it can be advantageous to fall into an industry you know nothing about. I showed up with zero limiting beliefs, just a whole lot of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

And then 2020 happened.

Like for so many other bootstrapped, wholesale focused businesses, the pandemic has been brutal. During the NYC lockdown, in an attempt to save the business, I had to personally learn how to ship our orders. For months I would go into our deserted office, pack up the orders and carry them to the post office. It was a lot.

I admit I was on the brink of giving up. More than once.

Carolyn Andrews, our fearless CEO, was one of the people who would consistently remind me of what this mighty little brand brings to the world: We celebrate art, financially support artists, spread joy, champion inclusivity and allow the world to self-express and pretend. Pretending is fun. And boy does this world need more fun.

Over the past two years, I gained clarity: I want Tattly to grow, support more artists and bring smiles and lightness to more corners of the world.

Today I am proud to announce that Tattly has been adopted by the BIC family and is entering its next, expansive brand chapter.

BIC is a family-controlled company started in 1945 by Marcel Bich. Its founding product, the iconic BIC Cristal® pen, kickstarted a revolution that democratized handwriting and provided the world with an accessible medium for artistic self-expression.

Today, BIC is a leading global provider of many essential items. The company’s vision to bring simplicity and joy to everyday life is realized daily through the sale of more than 30 million products in 160 countries. This ability to touch the lives of billions of people in such a meaningful way, to me, is extraordinary.

Am I nervous about putting Tattly in the hands of such a giant company? Yes! Of course!

Am I ‘anxcited’ about the months ahead? Yes, of course!

Am I excited for the expertise, manufacturing and financial resources BIC will be able to provide to strengthen the mission and scale of Tattly? Absolutely!

There is so much possibility ahead!

And, a lot will stay the same:

Tattly remains women-led, Brooklyn based and will always champion artists. Tattly’s brand ethos will be untouched. Our artist community will continue to flourish, as BIC shares our deep respect for creatives. While my role becomes more advisory, I’ll still be involved with the overall creative vision.

I don’t make a decision like this lightly. My close friends know it’s been a tremendously long journey for me to feel ready to set Tattly free. I am proud of how far my team and I have been able to take this gem of a company. Tattly is a true labor of love, bootstrapped, infused with a tremendous amount of care and enthusiasm by 45+ team members over the course of 11 years. Each one of them left a mark.

I trust BIC will honor our past 11 years and honor the essence of Tattly.

I trust BIC will teach her new things, I wasn’t able to.

I can’t wait to see what she’ll grow into.

I love you, Tattly.

Mamabear,
Tina

The Next Note

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.”
Miles Davis