I remember when I started following Emily on Instagram after the Dave Castro reposted her doodles during last year's Crossfit open. I fell in love with them. They were accurately funny and so cute! When I clicked on her profile I was like "Woah! Damn, those abs are goals. She was all goals regardless!!" I was not worthy, but I had to get my hands on one of her doodles shirts. (Yes, I do Crossfit even if I do not look the part). I Dm'd her and that was history. From then on out I had to buy all of her products and it has been that way for the past year. We became friends and I always look forward to any new designs she has! I can't wait until I see one of them famous Game's athlete's wearing her shirts!!
How did you begin with these designs?
Emily: "It started as a joke and I began in 2016. Some of the girls at my gym wore it to the Crossfit Games and some of my soldier friends have worn them as well. Some people started suggesting what I should and shouldn't do and that was not fun. I am not business minded."
But...... you can get the shirts at be-bula.myshopify.com"
How many designs do you have right now?
Emily: "About 6. My friend, who handles the website, chose buff people to model them. Ha-ha."
Have you ever thought of straying away from the "fat dude" doodle?
Emily:"It's just a doodle. I don't know if I would stray. Crossfitters buy everything and I am critical of my own art. Anything Crossfit related sells."
I want to thank my friend Emily for her time! Go support her and her work! She is a badass!
Her personal insta: emiry_korean
Wodoodle insta: woddoodle
In 2013 Wendy Davis was doing her filibuster on HB2 (the law that closed all abortion clinics across the state of Texas). Students from the URGE chapter at UTEP wanted to do something about it, but it was frustrating to be so far away from the capital where all events happen during the week. Their URGE chapter leader encouraged them to do something more concrete that would create an impact. The idea of an abortion fund came up, after much planning and researching they joined the National Network of Abortion Funds. They are now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
A first trimester abortion, up to the first ten weeks, is around 550 dollars. After that, the cost begins to escalate, the average cost the West Fund sees is 1,700 dollars. Insurance almost never covers it, and after fourteen to fifteen weeks people have to drive outside of the city to get access to an abortion. It's common for people to say that you should do it before six weeks, but in reality most women do not find out they are pregnant until later.
The current political climate has not changed anything for them because they are used to always being in the defensive. There are already many existing policies that already restrict women's access to abortion. Having access to abortion gives women a sense of empowerment because they are able to make decisions in their life that will not be controlled by their reproductive system. The main focus is to push against these restrictions to give more women access to abortion.
The West Fund have gone from having yard sales to help funding over 50,00 dollars worth of abortions. They have a couple of annual events that they do, one of them is actually happening this month. It's called the bowl-a-thon (now a game-a-thon). This consists of people creating fundraising teams in March, and they reach out to all their friends asking for donations. At the end of April they have a big party to celebrate. Their goal for this year is 10,000 dollars.
Every August the West Fund organizes the taco or beer challenge. Here, you either eat a taco and/or drink a beer and take a selfie and donate to your local abortion fund. This is a big social media campaign, and the West Fund has a little event where they have tacos for everyone and people help with donations. They also have many little events throughout the year that you can attend.
There are lots of ways to get involved with the West Fund. They always need help taking calls from people around the city, as well as outside the city, when they look for help. You can help them fundraise year round as well as helping with the organization of events. The West Fund also receives help with writing, they need people to share their stories with anything involving reproductive rights. They are currently offering paid internships for the summer and the fall (you can apply by going to their website!) Anything that anyone can contribute is always very welcome at the West Fund, and they are happy to work with you.
How you can make a small change today:
- help destigmatize the word abortion
-donate (even the smallest amount helps!) to your local abortion fund
-VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! (don't forget about your local elections)
If you need help you can find their funding process and their hotline in their website! Don't be afraid to contact them!
You can find them at www.westfund.org
I am glad I walked the Proper Printshop a month ago otherwise I would have not meat local artist Jazz Torrez! I love her illustrations. A lot of the people who went to the Selena event last week will have recognized her art. She sold plenty shirts with an illustration of "Quuuueeeen" Selena on it. She describes herself quiet and shy, but she is full of talent. Artists that have inspired her throughout the years include: Egon Schiele, Raymond Petition, Michael Beitz and local artists like: Kt Neely, Anne Quiñones, and Chris Trian. The following conversation took place in a hip coffee shop , Eloise.
Jazz has interesting illustrations! Some serious, some fun, and some Selena!
How long have you been doing art? What made you get into it and eventually publish?
“I’ve been drawing and making art since I was 5 years old. I am an only child and my parents would leave me to draw and as time progressed I was put in lessons and I learned more. I fell in love with it and I decided to got to college and major in art. I got my bachelor’s in art and art became my everything. I express myself and communicate through art. After I graduated I focused on developing my style of art.”
I see that you have a unique style. Why did you decide to go with illustration?
“I started out as an oil and acrylic painter. It definitely takes longer. I fell in love with illustration and saw that it is something I can do anywhere. I also enjoy drawing humorous things. That is something that I stuck with, which is why I love illustration.”
Knowing that you also teach Kindergarden, have you ever gotten frustrated with art or have even thought, “This will never happen?” What inspires you to keep going?
“ In college, I had a great experience with art and the message behind it like what you are trying to convey. Going there, you learn to be a fine artist and find a meaning in everything you do. I don’t draw like that; I draw what makes me happy. When I came back to El Paso, I started teaching art to kindergardeners found it to be therapeutic. I found that I didn’t just want to be an artist, but also an educator. I incorporate art into lessons. I try to be creative. It transfers over to my professional life.”
Is there a favorite illustration that you have done?
“The sticker I gave you. It’s called: I don’t see me that way. It is a hand projecting a wolf. I like the message behind it “
“The Getty museum is one. It is beautiful. The Dallas Museum of Art is amazing as well. There are also two museums in Roswell I love. One is very contemporary.”
Coming back and living in El Paso has been great. Coming back made my art better and gave my art heart and soul. I appreciate my city more.
Her instagram: jazztorrez