Are You A God?​

5/29/17

by: Tristan Risk

There are a lot of conversations happening these days with regards to a higher visibility of the LGBTQ community in main stream culture. It’s been interesting to watch the younger generation embrace this and allow themselves to explore more gender fluid options.

 

From Sea Monster To Granny​

1/27/17

by: Tristan Risk

Most people notice if their granny goes missing. This extends beyond the scope of species to include a large portion of the animal kingdom which has elaborate communal living, in which the matriarch plays a key role. A recent study of residential orcas off the coast of Vancouver found some interesting similarities between us and the denizens of the deep. It was noted that female orcas experience a slow down and halting of ovulation, resulting in menopause. This is a result of allowing the older female orcas - who can live up to 100 years - to assist their daughters in raising their calves.​

DEATH KNELL FOR RINGLING BROTHERS CIRCUS​

1/27/17

by: Tristan Risk

It's going to be weird for people to hear me say this, but good riddance to The Ringling Brothers circus. The famed circus, which has been an American institution since the days when Ulysses S. Grant graced the White House will be sending in the clowns for the last time come May.​

Held Hostage by the  Pharm Team

1/20/17

by: Tristan Risk

I am one of the few lucky ones who rarely is ever taken out by a cold. Winter comes, and brings the latest in mutated flus that circulate the population, felling friends and foes alike, and generally I am fortunate enough that these plagues don't plague me. However, I know I'm on borrowed time, between handling money regularly, a highly active schedule, and a habit of performing harm-inducing dangerous acts, that I am acutely aware that my luck will one day stop short, and I will find myself requiring some kind of medical attention​

Keeping it in the Family

1/11/17

by: Tristan Risk

I'm beginning to suspect that I'm the only person I knew who wasn't sexually abused growing up. Does that seem weird to anyone else? That everyone else I seem to know has, and that every day that I open up my inbox and newsfeed, that I see some horrible story.​

Serpent Medicine

11/4/16

by: Tristan Risk

Snakes have gotten a bad rap in Western culture. Our scaly friends have been tarred with a brush describing them as slimy and attributed a tricky nature. Let’s face it, nobody ever called a shifty lawyer a ‘bunny in the grass’. But you can bet that more than a few ambulance chasers have been called something more in alignment that speaks of the detriment to the snakes.​

From Page To Screen

10/17/16

by: Tristan Risk

At the risk of sounding a bit like an old fogey here, kid’s horror today doesn’t seem to be quite as scary as it was when I was a kid. Now, this is largely because personal experience varies from person to person, and when you’re a kid there is a wealth of things to be scared of - things in the closet, monsters under the bed, the fact that past generations have bankrupted the job market by the time you reach college age - but most kids like being scared by spooky things, and one of the best way to get them to read is a scary story. Sort of like an early literary version of clickbait.​

The Other White Meat

10/14/16

by: Tristan Risk

I’m a blissfully unrepentant foodie. I love food - the taste, presentation, the cooking process and all of the magic that weaving together individual components. But like so many things in life, there are people who get too damned carried away with the whole thing.​

Ants: Jerks Of The Insect World

10/7/16

by: Tristan Risk

It would seem that the skies have sensed that I am once again, back home in Vancouver, and have opened up their clouds for a welcome home weep. I’ve never minded a little rain (aside from the torrential downpour in Calgary this summer past) and it gives everything a bit of a freshness that helps to herald in the fall.​

Cats: Our Alien Overlords

9/13/16

by: Tristan Risk

The other day, I was sitting with my ginger house cat, Garfield, on my couch in my living room. I took leave of my reading to lay my face next to his, and when we made eye contact, he reached a paw forward, and touched my nose. I’ve had cats all of my life, and have even worked in a vet’s office, so I feel safe in saying that I’m fairly certain there is more at work behind their enigmatic eyes, and purrs.​

Ode to the Written Word

8/18/16

by: Tristan Risk

There is a strangeness in the air these days. I notice it when I sit waiting for a bus or train, and I notice it when procuring coffee from the shops. While it's become more prolific in recent years, I am of the generation (not to date myself, because I prefer everyone to think of me as timeless) that saw the Rise Of The Machines.

Immersion Therapy

4/12/16

by: Tristan Risk

As someone who regularly appears in films of the horror genre, I often get asked what is something that scares me on a personal level. My immediate response usually varies: conservative politics, homophobic/racist/xenophobic/misogynistic rhetoric, the oil industry, Big Pharma...

Green Rush

3/8/16

by: Tristan Risk

Vancouver enjoys a certain amount of notoriety. Given that we are one of the youngest cities in Canada, and the last to succumb to colonization from Europe we  are well aware that we are a unique coastal gem. We like to pride ourselves on maybe being a little younger, and a little hipper than our more stuffy Eastern counterparts over the Rockies. However, given that we are also a water locked city, space is something of a premium, and we've a penchant for tearing down older heritage buildings and replacing them with concrete and glass.

Felines and Ladies

2/17/16

by: Tristan Risk

It's no big secret that while I have always readily identified my Spirit Animal as Raccoon, I have had some more decidedly feline leanings. At a young, impressionable age when I'd settle down to watch cartoons on the Squawk Box and consume Oreos, I'd find myself drawn to a repetitive pattern in storytelling devices that I saw in different shows. These shows ranged in years between them, but it wasn't until I watch 1982's hyper sexual remake of Cat People that I had my 'ah-ha!' moment.

Its Raining What!?

2/4/16

by: Tristan Risk

As I write this, I'm looking out over the the cobalt blue of the South Pacific in New Zealand. The bright sunny weather is a stark contrast to the winter conditions that await me when I return home to Vancouver in February. This fact isn't lost on me, and yet I ponder how much rain is going to be up there. I asked a relative who is still on the Wet Coast and she replied with, "It's raining cats and dogs up here!" and sensing my immediate response she pre-empted me by going on to say, "Not literally, of course,". Well. no of course not. Not really... because it has never rained cats and dogs before, has it?

Scary 80's TV Moments

1/26/16

by: Tristan Risk

As a Millennial, there is distinct advantage that we have as a generation when it comes to nostalgia. In years prior to our advent, if there was a memory of something that scared you as a child (or vice versa brought you joy) you were limited to whatever medium you could find about it and commiserating your memories with others. It is the key that built the foundation for the nostalgia craze, with adults rediscovering old comics, toys and things they enjoyed in childhood. But now we are lucky that we have a digital window into that past.

Horrorfest 2015

1/13/16

by: Tristan Risk

I keep having these bursts, it would seem. I've always been more of a marathon, slow-and-steady type in my ways, but when it comes to writing, sprints are my forte. I find I'll write large amounts in short bursts then have a tempestuous relationship with my laptop after where I know full well I should be working on something, but I instead pass time by dumping precious moments into pursuing interesting cat videos or shitty paranormal documentaries

Hidden Career advice for Artists

11/30/15

by: Tristan Risk

October found me, in addition to convention-going, circus touring, record-breaking witnessing and so forth also kept me in the company of a very many modded people. Whether watching the lazy buzz of a tattoo gun for over fifty hours, or else meeting folks on the road showing off their own flesh alterations, I can't say whether or not present company causes me to notice them more often, or if these should just find themselves more drawn to our gravitational pull of weird. Regardless, I have noticed a great deal more folks with body modifications than before. Pointed ears, particularly.

Rise of the Elves

11/25/15

by: Tristan Risk

October found me, in addition to convention-going, circus touring, record-breaking witnessing and so forth also kept me in the company of a very many modded people. Whether watching the lazy buzz of a tattoo gun for over fifty hours, or else meeting folks on the road showing off their own flesh alterations, I can't say whether or not present company causes me to notice them more often, or if these should just find themselves more drawn to our gravitational pull of weird. Regardless, I have noticed a great deal more folks with body modifications than before. Pointed ears, particularly.

Top Six Witches

10/7/15

by: Tristan Risk

It's that time of year again: the trees blush in their leaves at the summer indiscretions they witnessed and drop their foliage in one last hurrah. Days grow shorter, pumpkin spice-flavored everything comes into vogue, and in Vancouver white chicks in yoga pants will talk your ear off about what they love about autumn. Or that could just be me, but I digress. One of my favorite things with regards to this season is, surprise, Halloween. With Halloween it's basically party month for myself and like-minded folks where we buy all our spooky home decor for the year, we wear orange and black with gusto and binge watch horror films. More-so than normal, anyways.

Life Imitating RPGs

9/30/15

by: Tristan Risk

So it looks like the RPG fashion has finally caught up to the rest of the world.  For those of you who may not be au fait with the term ‘decker’ it comes from the role-playing game Shadowrun, and describes the individual who has acquired a datajack in their temple to to access the 3D world of the Matrix. Most deckers shave the part of their head where their jack is implanted, thus imparting an oft-preceived punk look. They are usually not without some kind of keyboard or technological device on hand (much like an Apple product) that allows them to move more gracefully through this digital world. Or ignore people in coffee shops and on the bus.

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