Self-Portrait (You are Glowing)

This is a self portrait-inspired by one of my favorite Charles Bukowski poems, "Bluebird." Here's what the text reads: 

This is a self-portrait and a poster to serve my own aesthetics and needs. Originally, I set forth with the hope of making myself transparent. I wanted to see what I perceived was beautiful (without any pretenses). "There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out." In the process of making this poster, I learned you must stand up for what you believe in. If you are not for yourself, who will be? You must trust yourself. A wonderful man named Theo Geisel once said, Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. These concerns feel hackneyed, and time and again, you find yourself falling. You look around. You look at the people—you look at their habits and their affairs—and once more, you are in love. You look at yourself and your little concerns are the slightest bit relevant, because you, Joe, are glowing.”

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