Peace Comes With Acknowledgement Of One’s Own Mortality.

It’s about knowing that life is finite, as is energy in any given form or shape. Energy flows out and in, to and from any vessel, and energy cannot be destroyed.

ROMA O MORTE (Rome or Death): Rome, Italy 2003 by Pete Ippel

ROMA O MORTE (Rome or Death): Rome, Italy 2003 by Pete Ippel


It’s the longing and the emptiness that allows for the kinetic and dynamic to enter. Harmony is false, because it denies flow. Being full is false, because it denies longing.

Openness allows for boundaries to exist, just as boundaries allow for openness…Thereby creating a vessel for energy. If there are no boundaries, there can be no peace nor present.

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Art Made During The Terrorist Attacks On September 11th 2001: AOL Instant Messenger “Away Messages” Collage by Pete Ippel

Flashback to September eleventh, 2001, I was just moving into the fall semester of my final year at Cornell University, when I woke up early for my nine am Spanish class just like any other day…My friends Cristian and Dan were already up watching the news as they were both from New York City.

That’s when we saw the second plane hit. Below are the reactions of my peers as posted on their AOL IM “Away Messages” throughout the day…

Get the full screen version: AOL Instant Messenger “Away Messages” during The Terrorist Attacks on September 11th 2001.

U2’s Peace on Earth can be downloaded from Amazon.

29 Ways To Stay Creative – Motion Graphics by TO-FU

In the midst of one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced, this simple reminder, that what I’ve been doing during my recovery from surgery is on point, confirms my path and the choices I’ve been making. 29 Ways To Stay Creative is a reminder to nourish ourselves, and prevent self abandonment.

This video has given me a great lift, I anticipate you will also find it affirming. My only substitute is green tea for coffee…

Thank you to my neighbor, Sean Tully, for the link to the video. He’s creative too. http://seantully.com/

Enjoy.

I’m cutting my favorite shirt in half. Join Me. ALLRISK

Greetings, friends, when was the last time you decided to fix something? How about the last time you destroyed something. Did you feel a sense of freedom after each moment? How were they different?

So today is a very important day, because it’s June 6th, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of ALLRISK. And what that means is similar to other ideas about “if you love something give it away”,”If it doesn’t please you, it’s distracting”…sort of pruning…it’s like tending plants.

So Today on the Internet I was using Twitter microblogging service, and I have that set up so that it pings everywhere, and today I proposed an action, because lots of things come out of action, like value.

Value comes out of action, and memory comes out of action, importance comes out of action. So today is important because approximately a year ago I took some risks and made some plans to change my life…to take risk for myself, and go after relationships or to take a flight that I didn’t even know if it would potentially happen and it ended up happening.

So this is about cutting up a shirt. This is my favorite shirt. It’s the shirt that I was wearing when I did the “Best Dressed Man competition” in San Francisco. This is also the shirt that I wore when I saw Maya about a year ago on that trip I was talking about to Venice.

I received a letter from her today and it was great. And it’s about not knowing what path you’re taking, being true to yourself and making decisions.

So I’m going to make this shirt better by cutting it in half.

And the reason that I’m cutting in half is because I already like it, and I think by performing this action something is going to change here. I’m going to use this shirt in a project, I’m going to make this shirt better. It fits with my Open Fashion concepts and makes a lot of sense to do it, and it’s sort of taking apart something that you value…and you can add more value to it by doing an action to it.

So there it is, it’s cut in half.

So now I suppose we can do some other modifications, but essentially everything that is associated with this, the memories, the actions, can be re-told and shared through it’s creation through its perceived destruction. But by actually destroying this object in some regard, I’m actually giving it an opportunity to have a new life.

So here we go, it’s in another piece here, the collar is already cut in half, so I guess we’ll do another modification here.

There we go it’s in two pieces, and I can easily make it three by simply undoing the buttons. So I’m going to keep modifying this shirt.

And I hope you can all understand the great number of metaphors that this is embodying both personally and for you, the viewer.

So there we are…ALL RISK.

If You’re Having a Tough Day, Read Brian Wilson’s Quote And Watch Heather Dorniden’s 600m Race

Brian Wilson gets it.

“You can’t be a pro unless you dive in,” Wilson said. “You can’t just put one foot in and say, ‘Oh, well let’s just test this out.’ You’ve got to dive in and you’ve got to swim around in your dreams. You have to go for it.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

“ALL RISK.”
-Pete Ippel

Maya And The Golden Hind Of Artemis

Near the region Udine lived a beautiful deer, sacred to Artemis…

Cerva di Cerinea by Maya Rota Klein

Cerva di Cerinea by Maya Rota Klein

Maya’s hair was red, horns were wooden with gold, and her hoofs of bronze (or silver, according to others). She fled, traveling the world without stopping, delighting those who pursued her. Pete considered dragging her into the beaches and mountains of California, from which She would never return.

Yellow flowers looking off into Carpenteria mountains

Yellow flowers looking off into Carpenteria mountains

Pete could not possibly hurt Maya the deer because she is sacred, the hero is merely chasing The Hind of Artemis. The frantic race lasted over a year, and Pete was defeated in every attempt to reach Maya. The only choice was slightly stun the nimble deer with a dart, and carry her on his shoulders to bring her home…

Maya And The Golden Hind Of Artemis I

Maya And The Golden Hind Of Artemis I by Pete Ippel

He shot for the sky…

Pete Ippel Studio Thank You

This thank you goes out to everyone who sent me a message, gave me a thumbs up, shared their energy, drove me to the hospital, smiled, laughed, held me when I cried, cut my skull open, taught my class, wiped my ass, showered me, fed me, stuck needles in me, listened to my story attentively, put screws in my head, broke my nose, sucked out snot and puss with a vacuum, scraped infected bone out of my sinus, put cream on my bed sores, stacked pillows under my back, rubbed my feet, cleaned up my puke, gave me motor tests, PT, OT, Cog T, Psy T,and dealt with me freaking out in the MRI…I love you all, and I’m going to keep surprising everyone…even myself.

Pete Ippel Studio Thank You from Hypermodern – Pete Ippel on Vimeo.

And here’s the text from the video

I have a big enough studio to walk around like this.

I have a big enough studio to jump like this.

I have a crazy enough hairdo to make my sideburns laugh.

I have enough room to SPIN!

I have enough room to walk and talk and think and be PETE again.

There’s nothing that’s going to stop me from succeeding.

I’m going to be fluent and I’m going to be beautiful and I’m going to be successful.

…and be an an artist, and be an athlete, and be a lover, and a dad, and a friend…everything I ever wanted.

And I’m going to do it because of people like you.

So thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.

I love you.

ALL RISK.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
-Martin Luther King