What do you get when you Invite me to your corporate conference, Fly me to Vegas , provide a suite at the cosmopolitan hotel, give me a 12 hour deadline, 300 head shots of your attendees, a combined 60,000 lumens of projectors, Allot of money and an equivalent amount of pressure? if your Lucky you get something close to what I delivered to the Jive World team at the cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas last October.
video and photos from Jive World 2013 Vegas
Today I am introducing two new additions to the androidjones universe,
Thanks to an Art collector of mine named Jonas I accepted my first bitcoin payment last week in exchange for artwork . Exchanging digital art for digital currency felt like a great fit. Lets face it Fiat currency is historically unsustainable , However more importantly than an electric investment I see using bitcoins as a political statement that takes power away from our dependency on the Federal Reserve.
I have also introduced Gift cards, they can be purchased in multiple denominations and do not expire,
combining Bit coins and androidjones gift cards represents an action towards experimental currency. I began a small Printing business because it was an amazing way to translate my love of making art into a physical product that has immediate value, Electricity,Technology, ink and canvas are almost magically transformed into an object with the potential to inspire and bring joy to another human being.
The artwork I create is a type of currency, and its value is backed by the energy and effort i put into my art every day. Making money is easy, creating Value takes work. I do my best to keep the quality high and print runs low. I am so grateful today for the trust and support you have extended to me. And I look forward to making your investment as valuable as I possibly can.
you can check out the giftcards here
if you want to know more about incorporating bitcoins read this https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/How_to_accept_Bitcoin,_for_small_businesses
I created these Original BitCoin Badges, if anyone wants to use these on thier site to start using bitcoins they are free and clear to adopt them (save as) and find them good homes, free and clear;)
if people like this I will make more, enjoy _
This image is now being used as the poster image for the Spectrum call to entries,
Spectum is one of the most comprehensive annual volumes of surreal, Sci-Fi and fantasy artwork, and they have been a big Android Jones supporter for many years. Visit their site for more information about the amazing work spectrum helps share.
This image also graces the cover of one of my favorite musical artists, Random Rab. Rab is an artist's artist. His work crosses many genres but always falls within the frequency of beauty, truth and goodness.
You can listen to some of his music and get the limited edition CDs here
During my recent pilgrimage in India, I was exposed to an unimaginable amount of new influences and experiences.
One day that stood out to me was the celebration of Shivaratri.
It is the Dawn of Shiva, where devotees and worshipers spend the celestial occurance chanting mantras of Shiva.
I know that having a "favorite " diety kind of defeats the premise of understanding that each diety is only a reflection of a facet of the infinite expression of God.
So in that case, Shiva is my favorite facet of the divine,
Shiva has always been a favorite of artists and there are thousands of different depictions.
After studying the Nivana Shatakam Mantra, I think I got my first glimpse into a better understanding of what Shiva truly represents.
One of the stanzas stood out to me in the description of Shiva:
Aham Nirvikalpo Nirakaara Roopah Vibhur Vyapya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanaam Sada Me Samatvam Na Mukthir Na Bandhah
Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham
I am formless and devoid of all dualities I exist everywhere and pervade all senses Always I am the same, I am neither free nor bonded I am pure knowledge and supreme bliss, I am Shiva,
I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.
The concept of Shiva is larger than I could ever truly represent, so I chose to form the likeness of the figurative Shiva by depicting his body made of the dark matter of the Universe.
On a more personal note during the creation of this image, my Father passed away.
In the Buddhist tradition, there is a practice for praying for the liberation of departed loved ones.
This practice involves choosing the deity of your choice and visualizing him above you in the clouds and petitioning its compassion to send down radiant light into onto the should of the departed being, in this case my father.
In my meditation, it was this image of shiva that I fixated onto my father.
I dedicate all the positive merit that this artwork generates to the memory of my father James "Rick" Jones.
It is my hope that this image of Shiva can help deepen the understanding to the infinite nature of Shiva and how valuable having any comprehension of what he represents can be to the human consciousness.
|Lyrics of Nirvana shatakam with translation..... Shivoham ! Shivoham !|
|1. Mano BuddhyA-hankara ChittaNi naaham Nacha Shrotra Jihve Na Cha Ghrana Netre Nacha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vayuh Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham||I am not mind, intellect, ego and the memory. I am not the sense of organs(ears, tongue, nose, eyes and skin). I am not the five cbvcuelements ( sky or ether, earth,b Mv. Mmq0 light or fire, the wind and the water). I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.|
|2. Na Cha Prana Sangyo Na Vai Pancha Vayu Na Vaa Sapta dhatur Na Vaa Pancha Koshah Na Vak Pani Padam Na Chopastha Payu Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham||I am not Prana ( energy) nor five vital airs (PanchVayu), nor the seven essential material( sapta dhatu ) , nor the five sheaths of the body ( pancha kosha ). I am not the organ of speech, nor hand nor the leg, nor the organs of procreation or the elimination ( anus). I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.|
|3. Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau Mado Naiva Me Naiva Maatsarya Bhavah Na Dharmo Na Chartho Na Kamo Na t Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham||I have no hatred or dislike, neither greed nor liking, no delusion, I have no pride or haughtiness, nor jealousy. I have no duty to perform(dharma), no desire for any wealth or pleasure(kama) , I have no liberation ( moksha) either. I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.|
|4. Na Punyam Na Papam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Veda Na Yajnaha Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham||I have neither virtue, nor vice. nor pleasure or pain, I do not need mantras(sacred chants), nor pilgrimages. nor scriptures (Vedas), rituals or sacrifices (yajnas). I am neither the enjoyed nor the enjoyer, nor enjoyment. I am the supreme auspiciousness of the form of consciousness-bliss(chidananda Rupah). I am the auspiciousness I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.|
|5. Na Me Mrityu Shanka Na Me Jati Bhedah Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mata Na Janma Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham||I have no fear of death, nor do I have death. No doubt about my existence, nor distinction of caste. I have no father or mother, I have no birth. I have no relatives, nor friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple. I am pure knowledge and supreme bliss, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.|
|6. Aham Nirvikalpo Nirakaara Roopah Vibhur Vyapya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanaam Sada Me Samatvam Na Mukthir Na Bandhah Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham||I am formless and devoid of all dualities I exist everywhere and pervade all senses Always I am the same, I am neither free nor bonded I am pure knowledge and supreme bliss, I am Shiva, I am all auspiciousness, I am Shiva.|
Inspired by the demonstrations happening now in turkey and all over the world
the reality we inhabit is a projection of our own consciousness that has one source.
we are forced to experience the illusion of separateness.
all forms of conflict are essentially two seemingly separate forces trying to express their love for each other, however our identification with our own egos get in the way. creative conflict is seeing yourself in the opponent and the realization that there is no other self.
tear gas, brutality, violence or injustice don't make this interaction any easier yet they still do not take away from the universal truth of oneness that each of us are a part of.
the expression of Love is one of the greatest mysteries and it manifests in a myriad of phenomena. Love is incredible, love is crazy, love is pain, and... Love is a Riot.
The reason I have an anxiety and concern about my friends and their futures, is that at the end, these financial pyramids are guaranteed to run out, and all of the people that are at the lower levels lose all of their investment.
there will be limited seating for this one day 7 hour workshop , register today to secure your seat
the time has come, im finally making my first journey to india, I will take the first 2 week to celebrate the Kumba Mela then embark on a month long digital art tour through the major cities,
you can register for the india workshope here