Art, essay

Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence

Art, design, dogs, Food, Products

Wine O’Clock

Summer is nigh in the Northern Hemisphere, while here in Fiji, even though it's practically winter, the tropical vibes are year-round. If you're looking to spruce up wine o'clock this season, check out the wine chillers at my Society6 store, featuring my drawings. The one with my "Daydream" illustration can be found here, the black-and-white… Continue reading Wine O’Clock

House of the Rising Sun ATB
Art, Music

Press Play: House of the Rising Sun

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett "The House of the Rising Sun" is one of my favorite traditional folk songs. It's a dark tale of remorse, with a catchy melody. The most popular version is the one by The Animals from the '60s. My version is more stripped down. I tried to give it a haunting quality… Continue reading Press Play: House of the Rising Sun

Awakening to the Dead Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music, Products

Press Play: Row Jimmy

Awakening to the Dead. Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett Got a little something for you to listen to this weekend. It's my cover of The Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy." A lovely song that evokes the Old, Weird America in that particular way that the Grateful Dead's lyricist Robert Hunter did so well. If you like the… Continue reading Press Play: Row Jimmy