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My first NYT book review illustration is out in the world and in my hands! . The review covers Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson’s latest fiction release, The Bird King, which tells a tale of escape during the fall of Islam in Spanish Grenada through femme protagonist Fatima, and her magic map making friend Hassan. Adventure and hilarity ensue. This was so fun to work on. Thanks @matt.dorfman @nytbooks ✨🖤 #nishatnishat #gwillowwilson

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tangles #nishatnishat

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Juicy brains and toothy grins last night at The Pressure talk show for #dwpdx. Im so grateful for the many conversations with these two magnificent beings who consistently and exponentially spark my curiosity and ground my sense of belonging... Love you @hisparkledaddy and @adamrgarcia 🙏🏾🖤✨ thanks for making space in both the mental and physical realms! . Thnx @ianjwhitmore for this 👌🏾✨🔥 photo.

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Peeps: #dwpdx Is coming up soon! Big Sis, Lil' Sis is a moderated chat about friendship, support and the mentoring of women creatives of color and those that identify. This is such an important topic and im stoked to be amongst @staceysnakes @belinliu and others for it with @gabytirtajenkins and Precious Bugarin moderating. we’ll have real talk about creative life, sisterhood and what it means to be a creative of color in pdx today. I wish there was more visibility on this topic when I was younger, but the process of learning never ever ever ends, glad to be here now. Come through. ❤️✌🏾 Wed April 10 from 6-7pm. 411 NW park ave.

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Spring #equinox. Stay balanced.

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made a drawing for special delivery then received a special delivery on the same subject! #sunraarkestra #marshallallen #posca #nishatnishat

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Back to the drawing board. Life moves pretty fast... Be it IRL, face to face, nose to nose, pen to paper, eyes glued to a screen or great book, Im tryin to blob less, live more or at least let the blob take all the shapes it wants. 🖤 #nishatnishat

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Good start #2019

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#gritty is the greatest gift of all

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01 of 10 for #10x18 is here!!!! If you listen to one new record this year, let it be this. Your Queen is A Reptile by Sons of Kemet. Each track honors a different a visionary black women in history, and the cover is their portraits (minus Shabaka Hutchings’ great grandma for which I had no reference)… beyond the music of this beautiful record, learning the names and their stories of these women is a gift, and I love the dis against brexit in the album title too. Bump the tunes, feel the tuba like bass comin through your walls from the dopest party happening next door. Learn some history. Travel through time. Enjoy. Oh and now that this project is wrapped I want to give a final thank you to @ericrmortensen again for including me. It was a great challenge to do all these, some ups and downs: from wrestling w weird colors, to digging for this years greatest. This project got me out of a rut and making stuff again, good or bad, the process of just doing it is so important w the added benefit of getting to think and talk about music w friends. I feel a little more like myself and energized to make some more work (tho prob back to black and white haha). Deepest thanks eric and thanks you all for following along. #yourqueenisareptile #shabakahutchings #10x18 #illo #bestmusic #albumart #sonsofkemet #moretuba #nishatnishat @sonsofkemet

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02 of 10 in my #10x18 countdown is Daytona by Pusha T. You know that feeling when you are out shooting hoops and you make every single shot you put up? Me neither ha, but I bet that’s what Pusha felt like when this record was complete… every track is a slam dunk or a three from super deep....I've bumped this record more times than I can count. #ifyouknowyouknow #pushat #illo #bestmusic #illustration #hoopitup @kingpush #nishatnishat

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03 of 10 for #10x18 is Snail Mail's Lush. Lindsey Jordan turns sadness into strength. This record bears the reminder you can't always keep the people or things you’ve really loved, and how unfair the first discoveries of that reality can be. Beautiful dreams often have a looming danger, whether you realize it or not. Are you team godzilla or team pony? This record covers both essential and inevitable life themes. I’m so grateful for it. #10x18 #snailmail #lindseyjordan #ponyart #godzilla #bestmusic #albumart #illustration #illo #nishatnishat @snailmailband

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04 of 10 in my #10x18 countdown is John Maus Addendum. John Maus is one of my all time favorites. His songs transport me to another time and place, like this one time I was staring into a particular person’s eyes and saw infinity in there...all their freckles turned to stars and their eyeball turned into a planet w a little space person on it. I ended up in outer space myself without enough oxygen. oops. Swipe for the frame by frame. #johnmaus #bestmusic #albumart #illustration #comix #indiecomics #outerspace #illo #nishatnishat #itsnicethat

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Back to it!!!! 05 in my countdown of albums released this year is Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington. Staring into a fire is probably the most primal form meditation, and perhaps even self hypnosis. I could close my eyes and listen to this record over and over, finding myself in that same feeling when sitting in front of a warm, crackling, changing, hypnotizing fire. Kamasi is king. #10x18 #bestmusic #albumart #kamasiwashington #illustration #womenwhodraw #nishatnishat @kamasiwashington

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Lets take a moment to celebrate the Sagittarius life. Last weekend a bunch of friends came out, danced, cracked jokes, talked shit and spread love for the many of us that share the same sign. The sign isn't gospel, but friendship is. Y'all all included. 🖤 Also turns out Harry Potter meets Space Jam was a successful look for me so Ima keep w the mash ups. Cloak and collar + Jordan's and hoops = NBD. 😂😘😎

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🖤👌🏾✨

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06 of my #10x18 countdown is Negro Swan by Blood Orange. Thanks Dev Hynes for making this crucial record, of introspection and beauty for complex realities in a dream like quality. Slow dancing in the kitchen is a sacred, beautiful thing with the right songs and the right person.. or sometimes by yourself. This record brings the pangs for a dance partner for that next slow roll together while the masala cooks. . #illustration #bestmusic #bloodorange #devhynes #10x18 #negroswan #albumart #itsnicethat #devhynes @dominorecordco @devhynes #womenwhodraw #nishatnishat

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07/10 MEEK. Gah. Meek dropped an INCREDIBLE record #championships which would be here on the list had it not dropped after the deadline of this project. I'm a big fan of him so obv included what I could from the year, the EP Legends of the Summer. A few years ago my friend @jennaxpup and I witnessed the funeral procession for Dirt-Bike-Rell in Philly. With hundreds of wheelie-ing bikes and atvs filling the streets and sidewalks, it was an epic tribute to a street biking, twelve o’clocking legend. Meek’s anthems take me back to that day, and to any epic day in Philly, seeing urban cowboys or eating a soft pretzel...put the headphones on and I’m back home. So much respect for the new album and big up to the NYT op ed he just did. So good and essential. Thank you @meekmill for what you do #10x18 #albumart #bestmusic #illustration #meekmill #meek #philly #phillymusic #streetbike #wheelie #legendsofthesummer #womenwhodraw #nishatnishat

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sweatshirt nights #september

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Bye Alberta. You're pretty damn lovely. 🇨🇦

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#staygolden

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Buy stuff, build stuff, decay and die. There's still more waiting on the other side. #popsicle

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Gleam team ✨

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Don't give up your person to commit to the confines of a persona. #itsatrap

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Portland! Tuesday 8/21! I'll be moderating "citizen designers" a conversation exploring how design can ignite positive cultural change. The panel consists of Michael Ellsworth (Civilization), Jen Thomas (Visible), Bijan Berahimi (FISK), and Joshua Berger (Plazm). Come by to converse, or come by to creep. hope to see you there. 6pm at Nemo Design.

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a day in the bay #skrrt

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splattered backboards for that summer heat waaaave. May the hoops and ice cream be nonstop. 😎🏀🍦✨

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Ghosts in the graveyard

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sunday everywhere. ⚽️🖤

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TGIFFFFFFFFFF

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Staring into space: lost and found.

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Perception / reality. The #posca are dry / the #posca are dead.

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Between being fluid, flexible, or immovable....i'm trying to stay flexin in the jello.

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Got these sunglasses at Ross for five bucks five years ago. Can't find em anywhere. Downside: squinting. Upside: nothing now can stop me from staring directly into the sun. 💥☀️💥

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PDX, sometimes coming home to you isn't so bad.

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Gratitude and stoke for the archive.

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With tired eyes I can still say, it's been so good and gonna be over too soon! #worldcup 🖤💀👁⚽️

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Ceiling becomes the sky

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I had an hour long dream in two minutes of sleep.

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#worldcup on a workday. Fingers running across the keyboard to the game tab. Will get to those emails later.

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Brick summer.