A gift for our friends, fans, and anyone else who needs a boost… <3

If you’re feeling down this weekend, or feeling hopeless, or feeling like your world is coming down around you, we all hope that this new songĀ helps you remember that you’re not suffering alone, and you’re not going to fight alone either.

There are so many other people out there who feel the same as you, so please… please don’t give up.

Download the song for free here.

Kieran, Dave & Arnell
Kieran Strange & The Chaos

Lyrics under the cut… *click*!

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Adamantine Arts: Price Adjustment

Hey, everyone!

I spent last night adjusting many of the prices on my Etsy site, Adamantine Arts. There were a couple reasons for this, most of them legitimate and rational, one or two silly. The election season and the fact that people are concerned about spending was definitely a factor, so I decided to look at where I would be able to squeeze in a little bit of a cut so that I could lower my prices as much as possible. Whatever the reasons, I have some new prices up for the adamantineartsbuttons and other merch items I have designed on my Etsy. Here’s a couple examples of how the pricing has changed…

Old Price –> New Price | Pronoun & Activist Price
1 x pinback button: $2.00 –> $1.75 | $1.50
3 x pinback buttons: $5.00 –> $4.50 | $4.00
4 x pinback buttons: $6.00 –> $5.50 | $5.00
7 x pinback buttons: $9.00 –> $8.00 | $7.50
etc…

I’ve also introduced (as you can see) Pronoun & Activist pricing. These are for buttons that I want to get into people’s hands because of the message they represent, and so I take a profit cut in order to give people more of a deal on the price. It means I take a fairly big loss, but it’s worth it for certain designs.

Anyway, feel free to check out my store! Share it around, show your friends. All of the proceeds go into either our RECORDING FUND or our TOURING FUND (which gets us out to conventions and the like), so every little helps!!!

The link is: etsy.com/shop/adamantinearts

Thank ye!
Kieran xo

#HATEISNTGREAT

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PSA: A RECENT INCREASE IN HATE CRIMES HAS MADE PUBLIC SPACES A MUCH SCARIER PLACE TO TRAVERSE FOR A GREAT MANY PEOPLE. :[

Wearing a simple safety pin on the left side of your chest or on your collar has become a silent symbol of unity, used to inform members of ethnic and social minority groups (who may be concerned about being targeted by offenders) that you will stand up for them should they need you to.

Along the same thinking, Kieran created this hashtag to:
a) help spread a message that hate or abuse of any kind directed toward any group of people is not only unjustified and unwelcome, but goes against the exact same sense of “greatness” many of us are striving for these days: After all, how will spewing out and basking in senseless hate make ANYTHING “great” again?
b) help create an online network of support for people who genuinely feel like you have no one on your side right now. A number of people have criticized Kieran for how vocal he has been about the US election, but regardless of distance, he believes a sense of unity, comfort, understanding and support can effectively bridge any number of miles.

Through the #HATEISNTGREAT message, Kieran hopes to spread a method of thinking where both allies and would-be allies are encouraged to stand up and intervene *peacefully* on behalf of the victim when they see others being bullied, harassed, or abused in public or online, and hateful speak is not only discouraged, but is addressed when it occurs with civility, kindness, pity, even a sense of understanding, but never with rage or hate in return. We aim to create a sense of community and a feeling of unity within a very, very disenfranchised and disenchanted world.

So feel free to use the hashtag on social media to meet others, as well as take this message out into the world. And remember…
>>> STAY SAFE. Always keep personal safety and the safety of others as your top priority.
>>> STAY STRONG. Always keep your head up, never let the bastards grind you down.
>>> RISE ABOVE. Don’t return their hate and ignorance with hate and ignorance of your own.

If you see someone harassing another person, the most effective way you can both be an ally to the victim and diffuse the situation is the peacefully make your presence known. Sit down with the victim and engage them in pleasant, polite conversation, calmly ignoring and not engaging the harasser at all. Remember: your solidarity is the most powerful thing you can offer!

While I recommend everyone wear a simple safety pin, as it’s the cheapest option and everyone usually has one lying around, I do also have some cute safety pin inspired buttons for sale. I’ve thrown a couple on my jackets and toques along with my safety pins. If I end up making more than $50 in profit off of these though, I’m going to look into donating a good portion of the proceeds to a charity that seems to fit the theme. Thanks!