What’s in a name?

I don’t think I ever explained the meaning of the name of my blog and since I haven’t posted in awhile I figured I would bring it back to basics for ya’ll.

Back in 2006, I got my first tattoo. It was something I was VERY proud of because I designed it myself. It was also something I had contemplated on for several years. I designed the tattoo when I was 18 using a pirated version of Photoshop that made my Compaq computer run like it was a snail.

Here is a picture of the actual tattoo and the original design. (My apologizes for the bloodiness of the actual tattoo)

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On the original design of the tattoo, it read “happier” in the banner which was the title of my favorite song at the time by an indie band from Boston called Guster.

Here’s the song – it’s angst-y, the lyrics are juvenile and the song means something completely different to me 10 years later:

I’m very happy I changed the words to “Aude Facere” which was a phrase I happened upon just months prior to getting inked. It’s Latin and it translates to: dare to create. I’ve also seen translations that say it means: dare to do. Either translations are mottoes that I strived to emulate in my life. I’ve always been someone who craves an outlet for creativity. So this mantra was something I knew would never get old to me. At the time, I was very aware that I was being permanently marked and I didn’t want to look at it in 10, 20, or even 30 years and think, “What was I thinking?”

Having almost 10 years gone by, I still feel as though Aude Facere is something that defines me as a person. I’ve always been some what of a fickle artist and I’m using “artist” loosely here. I’ve declared myself a photographer then a baker then a make-up artist and then to a graphic designer. There was a moment when I wanted to be an installation sculpture artist until I realized what that meant and I switch back to photography. I’ve always frustrated myself with this behavior because I could never seem to focus my energy on one thing. It’s partly why I haven’t finished my degree, if I’m completely honest. It wasn’t until recently that I started to realize it didn’t matter what my interest is at any given time but as long as I was continuing to create artistic content.

That being said I’m back and I’m ready to create things that make me happy and if they make you happy then YAY! I’ve struggled a lot to find the voice of AudeFacere. Was I going to be an artistic blog with landscape photographs of my travels or a foodie blog where I post all the delicious things from my kitchen? I’ve decided:

If feel like posting a food post, I’ll do it. If I got an awesome lipstick I want to ramble on about, it’s here. If I want to dish about my sex life then it’s probably not going to be here because that’s none of your damn business. 😛

Stay Tuned!

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