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Cosmic Poetry: Portals of Pain
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Portals of Pain

words: Amanya Maloba
Photos: Adrian Estrada
Featuring: $toney Spice, Kenya Ku$h, J-NA$TY

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Needle into flesh,
Teeth into bottom lip;

Knuckles go white,
Eyes close, colors swirl inside lids.

Skin goes red and tender,
Black ink into black melanin,

Dancing to the rhythm and hum
Of the machine and our woes.

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Designs first seen in dreams
Permanently stained on our bodies.

Names engraved on our living
Temple as well as on tombs.

Blood + ink
Red + black

Seep out together
From the outer layer.

The burning + stinging,
The rawness + the searing incisions

Circulate the pain within itself—
Feels like a wound,
A point of weakness.

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Then the skin (the barrier
Between the inner and outer Worlds)

Remembers itself and
The pain deep under the surface
Dying, dying, killing to
Get out.

The burning + stinging
Turn to
Vibrating + massaging.

The point of weakness
Now a portal
for
Inner turmoil + emotions
To escape from,
Like waters from behind a levee.

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Meet The Women: Sunflower Cyn

Hey! Meet our newest contributor/ girl gang member, Sunflower Cyn! Based in Baton Rouge, LA we are super excited to have this beauty on the team. Get to know her below, and stay tuned for some bomb things in the future! 

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It was the summer after my freshman year in college and my boyfriend and I had just broken up. I was chilling on the couch while my two guy friends each rolled a blunt. We were on our way to the movies when one asked if I wanted to hit the blunt for the first time.

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For whatever reason, I felt comfortable enough to give it a try. It was Green Crack. After only a few hits I was straight trippin. Like actually thought my tongue was sweating,  trippin. *Insert face palm*

It’s safe to say, my feelings and appreciation for Mary Jane have changed!

After dancing with Mary Jane for the last few years, we’ve made lots of memories together. From head banging to heavy bass at music festivals, to hiking mountains before sunrise, there’s nothing better than seeing the world with a joint in hand.

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In addition to puffing on some of my favorite strains like Girl Scout Cookies and Grand Daddy Purple, I enjoy writing, photography, yoga, music, art, and traveling. My favorite times to smoke are often while listening to music. In addition to listening to Soulection mixes, artists like Sango, Esta. and Abra are my Soundcloud go-tos.

On Women.Weed.WiFi I hope to share magical images of bud, fun feature stories, and connect with other dope fearless, go-getting women.

Artist Spotlight: YA$$A

What is your creative process?
I usually feel most creative in the mornings. I’ll wake up with an idea or a fresh thought, especially when it’s sunny out. I open the curtains, put on some Spanish or Brazilian music, and get to the most important part of my ritual — making a mint latte. I use mashed mint leaves, espresso, sugar, and almond milk. I’m okay without it, but I know I’m not gonna have a good day if I have a mediocre cup.

Is it better than sex?
Is coffee better than sex? Yeah, because it lasts longer.

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Artist Spotlight: YA$$A

What is your creative process?
I usually feel most creative in the mornings. I’ll wake up with an idea or a fresh thought, especially when it’s sunny out. I open the curtains, put on some Spanish or Brazilian music, and get to the most important part of my ritual — making a mint latte. I use mashed mint leaves, espresso, sugar, and almond milk. I’m okay without it, but I know I’m not gonna have a good day if I have a mediocre cup.

Is it better than sex?
Is coffee better than sex? Yeah, because it lasts longer.

Where else in your life do you feel the most creative?
I feel creative in almost every aspect of my life. For example, in my romantic life I feel creative when I want to get a specific reaction or action from that person. Although one may say it is manipulation, I see it as problem solving. I’m also creative in my image — I have had about eight different hair styles and colors in the past four months. Last but not least, food. I am vegetarian and really want to eat a whole food, plant based diet so I have to be creative with that so I don’t eat the same thing every day.

Who are some of your visual art influences?
My visual art influences would be people like Yayoi Kusama, old Playboy editorials, and Frida Kahlo. Not their art so much, but more so them as people and their styles. Well, these are all women but I am primarily inspired by women honestly… I am also inspired by fabrics a lot. Although I might not have much opportunity to express it in my current art collections, I am a sucker for a beautiful pattern on a textile — Middle Eastern and East Asian geometric shapes and knit patterns.

What artist (visual, musical or otherwise) would you like to have your artwork in their house?
If there was anyone I would appreciate having my art in their home it would be Madonna, Erykah Badu, and probably Betsey Johnson. These women really were some type of idols to me as a young woman growing up and I respect what they are about in so many ways. Being vocal about what they are willing to accept and not accept taught me a lot. Madonna is the artist that probably represents my work the most. It’s a feminine thing, plus I have a lot of memories of my mom (a piano teacher) playing hella Madonna on the piano.

How has your mom or family in general influenced your art?
We moved from Russia when I was little to the States. Armenian was my first language, but I forgot it because I went to a Russian school and all of my friends were Russian. So English is my third language. My mom had me in art to try to ease the transitions.

Did it work?
Kind of. I got kicked out of school when I was 14 for starting shit. I was leaving bloody tampons in people’s pockets and hiding vibrators in my teachers’ shit. I was at a white private school and I was the only ghetto kid there.

Your art is all about women, often depicted sexually…
It took me a long time to feel comfortable with my body, so now that I do it’s important to convey that. When I learned how to draw women it was models — thin, tall, “pretty” girls. Now I always draw women and their eyes and bodies, especially those with accentuated hips.

Why women?
I think women should be comfortable with their sexuality since they are sexy whether they want to be or not. As a woman you can bring life into the world and that’s hella sexy. That’s on some Mother Earth stuff. ~

For more YA$$A follow her here.

Photos: Carter Wilson and Ellis Wilson; foreignkompany.com (@foreignkompany)
Words: Kenya Ku$h
Stylist: J NASTY
Clothing Provided By: Moksha Seattle