On Bourdain

There’s a lot being written on the suicide of Anthony Bourdain. It is obvious his death—and impossible-to-know reason for it—has affected many. For many Americans, he represented the two main projected values of American society: he was both his own man—a good man, at that—while also being a massive commercial success story. “The American Dream,” as it were.

What breaks my heart about all of this is how the questions that remain all exist within the framework of the American part of that dream, whereas dreaming is far more important than America. When tragedy happens, proposed solutions always apply first to maintaining America’s existential structure before actually helping those in need. When a successful celebrity takes their own life, is it call to focus on mental health? Or is it that our nature of capitalism and individualism has created a system to which even the most successful still feel stuck at the end of an isolated road of despair?

To many Americans, Bourdain ‘had it all’ and so for him to die in this fashion is an overwhelming tragedy. Yet ‘having it all’ is exactly the problem: our root idea of that excess in wealth—of material success and individual celebrity—are parts of a valuable life is a grotesque and anti-social concept. Capitalism relies on the kind-hearted success stories like Bourdain to re-affirm there are ‘opportunities’ for good people under its boot, when really our disdainful culture does little to nothing for most of them.

He was one of the few lucky souls who was able to explore the world, and he knew it. For whatever reason he believed his time was up, we will never know. But I am growing weary of so many ways to ‘help’ the ill within an increasingly narrow American value system whose primary goal is to separate and commodify people. He was a profound man but his loss is not if our society simply goes on reinforcing the culture of the individual that his work so consistently showed to be a falsehood.

Posted to Social at 07:57 on 9 June 2018

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A Constant State of Disappearing

Alex / Zak / Rose

Leandro / Sophie




Sebastian / Louis

I have been meeting people for somewhere between hours and days for weeks and their influence has been nothing short of profound. I’m honestly pretty glad I don’t have Facebook—a few I see on Instagram from time to time—because I would begin to know them more from that context and less through the rather intensely shared experiences of intersecting in various parts of the world.

Posted to Personal at 17:24 on 8 June 2018

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Around Toulouse

Lost Laundromats

You’re Telling Me, Kid

The Garrone Descends

Japanese Gardens

The south of France seems to have a bit more edge to it than the north.

Posted to Personal at 09:33 on 5 June 2018

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Summing Up America

While I haven’t been really following the news cycle at all during travel, sometimes I check out The Guardian just to get an overview of the big headlines. This … I mean, I think this just sums up America versus the rest of the world pretty well.

(Also yes, I’m very well aware I needed to charge my phone.)

Posted to Social at 09:28 on 4 June 2018

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Golden Hour

Posted to Personal at 09:07 on 3 June 2018

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For the summer of 2018, I'm working my way through various European cities and towns while practicing more traditional methods of painting. Hopefully I'll be online only to post various scribbles from the road here and at The Post-Local. New & featured projects will return to regular updates in the fall, presuming I return to the States.

Thanks & good luck out there.


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—Colin Smith. Born 1982. Some punk rock kid turned multidisciplinary artist & graphic designer-type. An Alaskan in the wind by way of Oregon, New England, Georgia, Texas and California looking for an idea of hope and home. I work in the various languages of truth, systems and identity.

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