Canadian artist Emmie Tsumura has had enough with the creepy men sliding into her online dating feed. Instead of blocking them, she's taking their gross messages and turning them (along with the dudes' pictures) into Instagram art.
She told Buzzfeed...
“I’m a curious person by nature, so feeling shocked, offended, or repulsed would be followed by something like intrigue or fascination. Who was this person and why did they send this and what should I do?! Part of me is saying, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?!’ Another part of me is feeling super sad and alone. Another part is saying, ‘This is hilarious!’”
She's right, it is, and she's sharing it all with us!
"I kept getting dick pics and other fun surprises and told my friend that I was done with online dating. But then later that night I drew three of these guys and texted them to her. She laughed so hard, and I knew I had to draw more."
"Creating illustrations changes the context and is meant to slow down the process of judging and swiping. It actually humanizes the experience."
"Like everyone else, I do sincerely want to meet people, so illustrating these images helped me to keep logging in. It feels more like an act of love and less like new car shopping."
Ultimately, Tsumura hopes these illustrations start a conversation...
"There is so much to talk about around the politics of race, gender, sex, and love in online dating. ok_cucumber is the first project I’ve done that, at its core, is meant to encourage conversation."
Don't worry Tsumura, you got us talking. Follow @ok_cucumber for more illustrations.