I’m sure you have all noticed that things seem to have sped up immensely in our universe. Just as you have gotten used to one change, a new one is mixed into the field. Interesting times.
Obviously, proper ravers have been training for these conditions for their entire existence, since we prefer our lives to run at 140 beats per minute and beyond anyways…
…but surprisingly to some, we are experts in slowing down, too.
And here’s the thing: The only way to thrive under these new conditions of the cosmos is to slow down. And if you don’t figure out how to slow down your life on your own, the universe will do it for you. And that can be a bit unpleasant.
So let’s avoid that: Take the wheel and slow down everything on purpose. Yup, I know it’s difficult, and I still practice it on the daily.
To help you out, I have gathered some photographic inspiration from all over the rave-o-sphere: Here’s a sweet selection of ravers slowing down in the middle of everything like proper experts. Enjoy it! (slowly).
Right, so that was proof that ravers are, in fact, experts at slowing down, even in fast-paced situations. Always look at what proper ravers are doing if you find the times we live in confusing and troubling. Ravers are always doing the right thing. We all wish more people knew this.
DO YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
Do you want to slow down some more? Here’s a genuine recommendation: Get yourself a yoga mat and get started!
Those dancing muscles shaped by endless techno fun need to get stretched. And your sitting-down-in-front-of-a-computer-screen-all-day-because-of-work-muscles need stretching EVEN MORE!
If you, like me, want to be visually entertained (and motivated!) while doing yoga, check out my hand-painted yoga mats right here and choose your favorite (maybe even for Christmas): Which one of my hand-painted yoga mats is perfect for you?
And no, I haven’t painted directly on the mats. My paintings (acrylics on canvas) are printed onto the mats by mat-printing experts. The one I’m practicing my backbend on is ‘Island of the Gods’ which I made specifically for hot yoga. The hotter it gets, the better it is. Like a junglist.
All the paintings (and all the yoga mats) are right here.
- Curious about that Jungle Bells party with the Free Grooverider vibe? Understandable! Check out aaaaaall the photos right here: Blasts from the Past: Jungle Bells! – the Grooverider Edition
- Curious why Ronin has to rest on Lewis’ shoulder at the RAW After After Party? Check out the rest of the pics (a beautiful selection!) right here: Blasts from the Past: The RAW After After Party
SEE YOU TOMORROW!
Do you want a canvas art print of my latest work for your wall?
The video below features me and the art print on canvas of my newest painting, WipeOut, on a wooden frame, ready for your wall. 60 cm x 60 cm x 1 cm. For sale!
WipeOut is your very own meditation portal on the wall: Hypnotic and meditative.
WipeOut took me 57 hours to paint (acrylic on canvas), with 51427 small decisions along the way (a huge puzzle!) It’s inspired by light machines, moving techno visuals, the amazing powers of our brains and playing WipEout in virtual reality with my nephew and niece.
The art print is signed and numbered on the back of the canvas.
You can also buy it as an art print on paper (instead of on framed canvas) at a reduced price.
Link to my shopify page with more info: chriszka.myshopify.com
Oooooh, do you remember those joyous days of the past, where you could go to paradise regularly and have the time of your life (guaranteed) with 70.000 other people?
Crazy stuff happened back then, you wouldn’t believe… Sometimes people drank from the same bottle.
Aaaaaah, the good ol’ days where people just pressed their faces against each others faces.
And do you remember all the kissing? So many raver kisses. Because that was just a normal thing to do.
Today, I saw a big, ugly sign on Istedgade saying “God jul og god afstand”. Read that again. That is offensively annoying. I need three raver kisses to recover from such an assault on my sensibilities.
Recently, Sune saw this horror of a sign (see below) in Copenhagen and took a photo, just to remember Dystopia.
We need three raver group hugs to recover from this.
So…. how do we squeeze something good out of 2020 – the most raver-hostile environment ever?
Well, here’s an absolute certainty: The parties are going to be EXCELLENT when they come back! Great music is made in dark times, and once we are allowed back on the dance floors, it will be like reuniting with the cosmos and a thousand friends and your own innermost self all at the same time.
We will all look and feel like this:
And just to put things into perspective, this is what Tim Driver said about his early early days of raving – back when proper techno parties were few and far between:
“Back then there weren’t that many parties to choose from. A month could easily pass between one techno party and the next. So when a techno rave was on, everyone showed up. It didn’t matter if it was techno or house or jungle or goa trance or whatever it was. It was just ”Let’s go!” no matter what.”
Words to remember in 2020….. AND you can use them as a fun thought experiment or meditation practice or whatever you need to lighten up these last (and dark) december days of this anti-raver year. Imagine that first proper rave some time in the future… where everyone shows up! 🙂
Alright, I have run out of time and stamina. I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Forbidden Pleasures of the past. And I hope you are looking forward to indulging in them again.
If you want to celebrate my birthday some more, digitally… please enjoy my Blasts from the Past: Birthday Bash Edition.
And I think this would be a perfect time for you to read a few pages from my diary about my early years of raving. This is one of my personal favourite JUngLEkalender posts: The Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe
Need more Forbidden Pleasures? I recommend Jungle Feelings. The Group Hug Special.
And the Jungle Feelings: The Love and Kisses Special
Or one of my favourite selections: Jungle Feelings: Magic on the Dancefloor
Need some proper psychedelic vibes? Join me for a trip to Ozora!
Did you like the photo of Tim Driver, Babyface Version? Read about Tim Driver’s first rave experiences here.
And enjoy an entire selection of babyfaces in the Babyface Special.
If you missed out on day 1 of this 2020 edition of JUngLEkalenderen, jump right in: Blasts from the Past: Back When Masks Were Fun
All these corona restrictions and lockdowns and the never-ending labyrinth of rules-and-regulations are not fun for anyone. But they are PARTICULARLY NOT FUN AT ALL for junglist and ravers!
Because this is what we like to do:
“Restrictions” are the opposite of raving.
Here is a photo of the spirit animal of all ravers during these restricted times, looking at what we have lost:
We also know that this entire corona thing would be a LOT more fun if ravers were in charge (of the mask thing, for instance). Because ravers are just a thousand times better at it.
Speaking of enemies, we also know that ravers have been preparing for the apocalypse for decades. Junglists have been expecting dark future time lines pretty much always, twentyforseventhreesixfive.
If you need proof, check out my junglistic Pandemic Playlist. The track titles reveal the truth: “Sick Note”. “No Cure”. “Half-Truth”. “Happy New Fear”. “Bacteria”. “Gas Mask”. “Lost Civilization”. “Manipulated Living”. “Panic Attack”. “New World Order”. “Breathe”. “Mindgames”. “Toxin”. “Isolation”.
Psytrancers have also been preparing for the apocalypse since forever. By building awesome, self-sufficient, ecological party utopias far away from rules and regulations (and cities), out in nature, dancing under the sun and the stars 22 hours a day.
But unfortunately, even though ravers would be super good at running the world, they have been forced to shut down and abandon all creativity and awesomeness for nine months and counting.
Are you ready for the dark plot twist?
It seems that Justitsministeriets Propagandaafdeling thought that ravers were the problem as much as eighty years ago – way back in 1940.
Are you ready for some more time machine confusion?
Coming up is photographic proof that maybe All Our Troubles originates from the mainstream house party. Obviously a place to avoid at all cost, if you can. Just check out the corona style deco at the Sensation White Party back in 2008. That party was quite a scary experience. Some of the 27.000 people attending had even paid 40.000 dkk for a ‘platinum table’. I will call this ‘unhealthy vibes’ and leave it at that.
If you want to read what I felt about that event back in 2008, the link is at the end of your scroll, after all the pics.
Seriously, ravers should be in charge of everything.
For more reasons why ravers should be in charge of everything, I highly recommend that you read The Seven Best Things About Being A Raver.
For even more raver mask creativity, catch up on yesterday’s post right here: Blasts from the Past: Back When Masks Were Fun.
Want more wonderful moments from the past? Check out Blasts from the Past: The Pirate Party Pack.
Can’t get enough of junglists? Meet some excellent ones (and enjoy the old pics) in The Secret Junglists.
Were you at the Strøm concert with Mike Sheridan and Det Danske Ungdomsensemble in 2013? Travel back by reading my review right here. (I was VERY happy).
If you want to read my article on the Sensation White phenomenon in 2008, here’s my article, reporting from the front line: Finanskrisen skal festes væk.
See you tomorrow where things get WIIIIIIIIIIIIILD.
Do you need some relief from the continuous return of masks-on-your-face-every-winter? Time to travel back to better times, when hugs were plentiful and masks were fun, colorful and completely voluntary.
Do you want more Blasts from the Past? We highly recommend Blasts from the Past: Roskilde 2008 if you miss those festival vibes…. and Blasts from the Past: Ohoi! turns 6 or maybe Blasts from the Past: The Raw After After Party if you just miss hanging out with people you like.
Want to see lots of faces with NO masks? Check out the wild selection of very young-looking features in Blasts from the Past: The Babyface Special.
Enjoy your time travels and photos of people having fun in the past. Good thing we have a time machine, people!
PS: Surprise ending: In the true spirit of JUnGLEkalenderen, The Ultra Special One Off Edition will expand into a 3…2…1-countdown, ending on my birthday, probably. (It’s 2020, prepare for anything). So see you tomorrow, people.
Other recommended posts:
This is one of my personal favourite JUngLEkalender posts, a few pages from my diary about my early years of raving.: The Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe
And The DIY Test: Is Your Child a Junglist?
Shadow Work – my corona lockdown art piece – is now available in my webshop! (Right here).
This piece took me two and a half months to complete – and it was all made during corona lockdown.
The idea for Shadow Work – including the title – was completely clear in my head before I started drawing:
There was this woman in the foreground, completely absorbed in the interesting puzzle in front of her. And then I wanted to draw the complexity behind that manageable problem. How a thousand invisible and unconscious connections rise up and form a complex landscape behind the patterns and puzzles in front of us.
Appropriately, I started drawing the piece in March 2020. Perfect timing for shadow work for the entire planet!
And as the corona lockdown was enforced and the closure of the country gave us all ample opportunity to explore how the depths of our own psyche react under pressure and during unusual circumstances, this shadow work idea just became more and more relevant by the hour. Which, of course, made the drawing process even more fun.
It became pretty clear to me that when people are forced to stay at home by themselves, and are forced to get their information on the goings-on in the world through their screens and their internet connections rather than through their own personal experience, well, then what goes on in their heads is primarily a dance orchestrated by their own repressed shadows and their own unconscious automatic reactions. Not reality.
I wish more people would take the time to do some inner work instead of constantly REACTING and getting carried away by stuff on social media. Inner work is slow and laborious and time-consuming, but it is not just ‘worth it’, it is the only way.
Today is June 12th. Three months have passed (almost to the date) since the closing down of the country on March 11th.
Tomorrow, my favourite yoga studio reopens. JOY! So this is the perfect time for me to finish this drawing – which will be done in an hour!
My corona lockdown artwork.
The title is SHADOW WORK. I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the moment I started the drawing in March. I also knew what the title should be.
And I think “Shadow Work” turned out to be the perfect description of what has been going on for the past tree months.
40 hours of work in one minute!
What you see in the video below is the entire process from the empty canvas and the very first pencil sketchings to the finished painting.
The painting is inspired by the patterns and visions formed inside my head during a session with closed eyes in front of the incredible cyberdelic light machine, the Lucia No3.
My first meeting with the light machine was at the Breaking Convention conference at Greenwich University (here’s my article on the conference). Some months later, I was invited to meet up once again with the inventors of the light machine to test out some new functionalities (THANK YOU).
One and a half month after that, on Dec 31st, the painting was done.
Below: The progress video (press play). Soundtrack: Threesixty by Pan-Pot.
Finally a group photo! – of my three hand-painted yoga mats.
They are all available in my shop at chriszka.myshopify.com. Feel free to reach out with any questions – here, or on firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents of Copenhagen? Place your orders by email!
Which one is for you? Here are some keywords:
To the right: Endless Summer 🔥
Fire, enthusiasm, new ideas, peak performance and endless youth. For the easily distracted, the ones who get 17 new ideas while still in yoga class and need reminders on focus, balance and patience. And reminders, that big improvements start with very small changes. It took me 75 hours to do the drawing, so the pattern itself serves as a reminder (and it works!). This is the mat I have used the most, by far. Drawn completely by hand with pencil and ink. More info and close-up photos of Endless Summer.
In the middle: Backgammon for Aliens ⚡️🔹
This was the first one. Air, space, aliens, brainwaves! For those who want to enter the cosmic machinery and make their moves on the game board behind the visible world. For the playful lovers of technology. For those who want to turn their yoga practice into a party game: Twister! For those who love buttons, keyboards and deep thoughts but need a break from the screens. This is the one I have done the biggest amount of headstands on. Painted by hand with acrylics on canvas. More info and close-up photos of Backgammon for Aliens.
To the left: Island of the Gods. ✨🌊
The newest one! For the hot yoga and hot climate enthusiasts: The hotter it gets, the better the grip. For those, who want to turn their yoga mat into a cosmic surfboard of light and balance. For those who rediscover their equilibrium in the waves of both sound and water. For the musicians, the sound healers and those of us who needs a temple, a totem pole or a trip to the tropics. For the travellers! (But be aware that this mat is the heaviest of the three: It has a natural rubber base and weighs 3,5 kilos). And for reestablishing the connection to the earth. This mat is inspired by my visit to Bali, and all the fractal-like patterns on the island: the rice fields, the temples, the portals, the sound-healing pyramids, the surfboards, the waves and the electric sunsets. Painted by hand with acrylics on canvas. More info and close-up photos of Island of the Gods.
My new hand-painted yoga mat is ready! ✨ Perfect for the darkest time of the year where some of us NEED to turn our yoga mats into cosmic surf boards of light and balance.
This is my third hand-painted yoga mat – transformed from my newest acrylic painting, Island of the Gods.
The painting is inspired by Bali and all the fractal-like patterns on the island: rice fields, temples, portals, sound-healing pyramids, surfboards, waves and electric sunsets. And, of course, yoga everywhere.
Take a closer look at the mat at chriszka.myshopify.com – and order your own.