Wednesday, June 25, 2014

“I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women.” 
-Erykah Badu


I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women.” 

-Erykah Badu

(Source: zenlanda)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Funky Fresh and looking gorgeous.
Afropunk Fest 2013


Funky Fresh and looking gorgeous.

Afropunk Fest 2013


Big Hair & Big Shoes
NYC Fashion Week 2014

Oh my gaaahd. This person is killin’ it!


Big Hair & Big Shoes

NYC Fashion Week 2014

Oh my gaaahd. This person is killin’ it!


Fresh Blonde Duo
He did her hair!
NYC Fashion Week 2014


Fresh Blonde Duo

He did her hair!

NYC Fashion Week 2014

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
this is so awesome! Too excited for the next batch!

this is so awesome! Too excited for the next batch!

Monday, November 26, 2012
This is so awesome! Excited to do more!

This is so awesome! Excited to do more!

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Omg this 
is so interesting! Too excited for the next batch!

Omg this
is so interesting! Too excited for the next batch!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Entomophagy on the rise!

ENTOMOPHAGY on the rise!... or at least should be.
The word entomophagy comes from the Greek éntomos, "insect(ed)", and 
phăgein, "to eat", which together means "insect eating". Entomophagy is 
also usually defined broadly to include the practice of eating arthropods that 
are not insects, such as arachnids (tarantulas mainly) and myriapods (centipedes 
I don't think it would be much of a surprise to most to say that our ancestors 
regularly consumed insects and perhaps it wouldn't be much of a surprise to say 
that many cultures today still practice entomophagy regularly. In fact, human 
insect-eating is common among many, many cultures today. Humans from all over 
the world (China, Japan, Bali, Africa, Thailand, Mexico, Latin America, 
Australia, New Guinea… just to name a small few) consider many insects to be a 
delicacy. They're packed full of protein and all kinds of minerals, easy to 
harvest or raise (extremely sustainably might I add), beautiful, and TASTY! 
Almost the only cultures in which insect-eating is actually taboo is here in 
America and most of Europe.
I've recently become really interested in the viability, and in my opinion the 
FUN, of entomophagy. I've done a lot of research on this topic, which has been 
fairly difficult, and I'm excited to start sharing my findings! I thought SPRG 
might be just the kind of group that would be open to such a discussion.
Disclaimer!: I'm no expert and it's possible that my sources have been 
unreliable, but this has  been a very hard subject to find information on and so 
this is the  best I could do. I will cite most of the websites I used at the end 
of this.
So… First I would like to say that eating insects is incredibly environmentally 
friendly and sustainable and therefore could fit in very well with a 
permaculture lifestyle. Cattle need 2-3 gallons of water per 100lbs of body 
weight every day. The average weight of cattle is 1660lbs once full-size. So 
that's roughly 33-50 gallons of water a day for a full-grown cow. I'm sure most 
of this can come from a diet of scrumptious, tall, green grass, but the grass is 
getting its water from somewhere. I figure I won't even go into the commercial 
and industrial world of beef so I will only look at the life-span of organically 
raised and grass-fed cattle and I won't factor in the absurd amount of water the 
industrial system uses during the processing of beef. I've read that a cow's 
natural lifespan is 20-25 years. That'd be 12,045-18,250 gallons a year and for 
20 years that's 240,900-365,000 gallons of precious H2O. Wow. That is one cow. A 
single family or two could easily consume a whole cow's worth of meat in a year.
Comparatively you can raise thousands of insects with one damp paper towel or a 
small chunk of potato or carrot that you re-dampen or change out once or twice a 
week depending on the amount and type of insects. A small dish of water would 
even be too much for many would surely drown in its depths.
PLUS you can raise thousands and thousands of insects in small plastic tubs. Or, 
if you want to raise happy insects in the sunshine you could raise hundreds of 
thousands in a little garden patch with an area of a couple cubic feet. Or you 
can easily harvest tons of insects with minimal effort just by bringing a jar 
with you when you go for a walk outside or in the woods (of course be wary of 
pesticides and whatnot, I would never suggest eating a bug you found in an 
industrial corn-field). No matter how many insects you remove from nature you 
are never going to hurt their population. Insects breed FAST and prolifically.
They're EASY to raise. No manure forking, no hay bale lifting, no veterinary 
needs, and no pasture rotation. While I'm sure many farmers truly enjoy these 
aspects of farming I just mean that raising insects can be done by anyone 
anywhere. No prior experience or excessive labor required.
AND it takes years to raise cattle, but only days or weeks, possibly months for 
some species, to raise insects.
Interested in becoming an entomophagist? The first step is really getting over 
the taboo. I find all creatures to be incredibly beautiful in their own rites, 
especially insects because there are SO MANY completely unique species. Many 
people, however, are either grossed out by most "bugs" or positively terrified 
by them or both. Most people's reaction to seeing a spider, or any number of 
other insects, within eyesight is, "Oh my god, SQUISH IT!!" Now, people who do 
react this way certainly are not entirely to blame for their fear and 
queasiness. It's taught to us in this culture from early childhood. If you have 
already been bred to think this way the only way to change it is by becoming 
aware of it, wanting to change, and then doing so. I would guess that SPRG is 
probably full of people who have been overcoming social norms and cultural 
taboos all their lives. It is possible to change your mindset if you truly want 
to. I have.
Insects make up more than half of all the living things on this planet! That 
isn't even including arachnids or other similar animals. There are more than 
88,600 identified species north of the United States-Mexican border alone. They 
outnumber the birds by more than 100 to 1. A very, very small number of them 
sting or bite. There is an entirely different and spectacular world that humans 
tend to overlook. When you're stopping to smell the roses and listen to the 
birds singing why don't you also stop and investigate the tiny little creatures 
that are on the roses or in the rose bed and that the birds are hoping to score 
for lunch? You'll probably, no definitely, find something extraordinary and that 
you've never noticed before.
"Other Random Entomophagy Factoids: In case you need a little more persuasion:   
There are 1,462 recorded species of edible insects.  Doubtless there are 
thousands more that simply have not been tasted or recorded yet. 100 grams of cricket 
contains: 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 g. of fat, 5.1 g. of 
carbohydrates, 75.8 mg. calcium, 185.3 mg. of phosphorous, 9.5 mg. of iron, 0.36 
mg. of thiamin, 1.09 mg. of riboflavin, and 3.10 mg. of niacin. Compare this 
with ground beef, which, although it contains more protein (23.5 g.), also has 
288.2 calories and a whopping 21.2 grams of fat!"-
ALLERGY WARNING!: If you have a food allergy to crustaceans you WILL have a food 
allergy to insects. They're in the same family. A crawfish or lobster looks like 
an underwater bug right? Land insects and sea "insects" are very closely 
Some more in depth nutritional information that I worked long and hard to 
discover and that may not be entirely accurate due to lack of research on the 
subject so look at it as more of a guideline and approximation:
Insects (per 3oz):Protein (g)   Fat (g) Calcium (mg)    Iron (mg)
Giant Water Beetle   16.97  7.1      37.3   11.7
Red Ant          11.9   3        40.9   4.9
Silk Worm Pupae      8.2    4.8      35.7   1.5
Dung Beetle      14.7   3.7      26.5   6.6
Cricket          11.06  4.7      64.9   8.1
Grasshopper (type1)  17.66  5.2      30.2   4.3
Grasshopper (type2)  12.3   2.8      23.6   2.6
June Beetle      11.5   1.2      19.4   5.1
Caterpillar (type1)  24.2   N/A      N/A    30.4
Caterpillar (type2)  8.3    N/A      N/A    1.6
Termite          12.2   N/A      N/A    30.4
Weevil           5.7    N/A      N/A    3
I took the following from Nora Gedgaudas' Primal Body-Primal Mind and she cites 
her source as the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. She says these 
are approximations (I couldn't find ANYWHERE that looked reliable that had easy 
to understand mineral and fat contents of these):
Others (per 3oz)        Protein (g)
Eggs (medium)           6
Fish                21
Cheese (cheddar)        25
Roast Beef          28
Roast Chicken           25
Other meats (avg)       25
Sausages            12
Ham             18
Beef Burgers            20
Corned Beef         26
Liver               23
Sirloin Steak           24
Turkey              25
Shrimp              18-21
Tuna                22
Ground Beef (regular)       23
Ground Beef (lean)      24
Spareribs (lean)        22
Chicken Breast          25
Lobster             17
Salmon              22
Feta Cheese         12
Duck (roasted)          24
PS. My first exploration into the world of entomophagy since 7th grade science 
class was just the other day. Live and squirming big white Bark Beetle larvae 
are very similar in taste and texture to a kernel of sweet corn, a bit more 
chewy. Once I ate one I felt I could easily and delightfully make it a regular 
habit though admittedly it seemed very intimidating at first. Plus, it was 
positively exhilarating. It was mind over matter at first, but now I'm totally 
ready to appreciate the matter without having to convince my mind.
If you're interested and want to learn more please ask me! I'll answer as much 
as I can and also, you can check out these sites, they are where I've found a 
lot of my info or check them out just for some interesting reading:
Monday, October 29, 2012
Fuck yeah.

Fuck yeah.

(Source: passion-romance-whimsy)

Friday, October 19, 2012