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March 11, 2014

I decided to ask my good ol internet BFF Merkley some questions about these wild portraits I started noticing on his Facebook. Then he answered them. So here they are now.

Hi Merkley, what the hell is going on?

Life is going on, and on, and on and on.. but eventually it will stop, for every living creature and there is nothing anybody can do about it. I suppose that is a good thing ultimately because it means nothing matters so may as well eat as many nachos as you want. Also, jupiter is going on too, but don’t go there, it’s not for humans.

What’s the meaning behind this concept?

I assume you mean the dress up party pictures. For me there wasn’t much behind it besides being allowed to make as big a mess as I wanted in someone else’s house without the obligation of cleaning up. I like that concept. The guy who created the series, which was apparently inspired by some other popular series, had some spiritual nonsense behind it but luckily I didn’t know about any of that part or I probably wouldn’t have shown up or at least I wouldn’t have had as much fun. Ignorance really can be bliss sometimes.

Is it like a funny idea you came up with while high with friends then was like, lets actually do it?

I wasn’t high, but it would have been fun while on mushrooms or something. Hell, it would have been nice if someone had thought to bring a little booze along. What a dumb day to leave the flask at home. Do I sound like I’m complaining? Well, that’s just because that’s how I normally sound on the internet because you can’t see my pretty little face making tiny movements that indicate what a swell guy I am and I forget to use emoticons. This would be a perfect place for an emoticon but I’m not gonna put one because now it’s too expected and not fun. I wreck a lot of fun things by talking about them too much.

Did you know I plan to reference one of our jokes in my next stand-up act?

I do now. I bet you’ll win an Oscar for it. Oh, wait, they don’t give Oscars for comedy. They don’t even have a category for comedy which is proof that the world makes no sense and there is no point to even trying to help it. I’m not trying to be clever here, I really am just trying to drive the point home that if you want to enjoy some nachos, you better do it now because time is running out and that would be a crying shame to pass on delicious things when they don’t even give Oscars to comedies.

ok that’s the end of the questions. did you know i have been making country songs every day? it’s fun.

oh wait. I just scrolled up. yes I told you.

Thanks Merkley bye!!!!!!!

CHECK OUT (SOMETIMES NSFW) MERKLEY! He makes legendary portraits!


Message from the artist of this series!

Hey, Just wanted to say thanks for sharing some of the project on this blog. There are hundreds more of these images. Hope you stay tuned. Thank you.

Concerning the spiritual aspects of the project: Yeah, this is mostly getting weird fun n messy with art. It is fun for me to act like I am 6 and imagine these guys as my own personal warriors and make them seem stoic and freaky. Like I am playing with action figures way cooler than Star Wars ones. It’s fun to just make up a story for kicks and present it. It’s why art is fun for me. Because I can do that. I guess that is a touch spiritual if that is what you mean. saahhhhrEE.

Oh and I experienced direct contact with some of these being in their ‘actual’ form while on DMT. Yes I know I was on DMT. I get it that they were not really there. So what! They were there and it was great. You can’t tell me otherwise. Try to. Is that spiritual? Maybe. But it was one of the strangest experience I may have ever had in my life. And then this project happened. Ok, maybe this project is spiritual. fuck!

Sorry about the no-booze part of the project. I use alcohol for other things like music.

I also I agree with Terence McKenna when he talks about how talking about psychedelics to someone who hasn’t really done it is like talking to an 8 year old boy about sex. The website and book should be coming out today. Here is a sneak peek of the website with a lot more imagery:

And I think this link should work for the book:


IN SUMMATION, this concept was actually technically conceived while high. Therefore, my hypothesis (HIGH-pot-hesis ahah HIGH POT HESIS!) is sound.

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March 5, 2014

Ready for more tunes? Ain’t time to tell ya why they’re good, but they are and you’re welcome.

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March 3, 2014

HERE IS SOME MUSIC I AM INTO RIGHT MEOW. Sorry I yelled. Figured if I’m too zonked to make blogging happen at the very least. This.

Hot off the presses (only as in I just heard this but I follow is a song of my bf’s and I’s… sigh). Obsessed with Lykke li too.

I sang this one out loud a lot today, and played air keyboard when I waited for my K-cup to brew. Then, I did air guitar rock stance.

Angry girlfriend anthem music. This helped me focus on some copy today. It’s all music to work in offices by. Work bestie and I send music to one another on the regular. When we finally have time for that music show we will never have time for I will let you know, but hey this is kinda like it now so, win!

On a hot chip kick right now too.

This song. This video.

Go to 1:00 and see him skate, it is beautiful and surreal. Just listen to the whole damn thing.

This one just gets better and better then it really kicks in at 1:45. Also, stands the test of time.

Beck’s new jam.

I am running out of commentary. I have a ponytail headache. Okay PEACE! I may add to this post so check back.

ps. That title is another raymi original.

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March 1, 2014

Raymi the Minx at Tranzac Tiki Room Toronto from raymi lauren on Vimeo.

This is me informing Dave that he has Lindsay problems.

This was a magical night indeed. Dave’s set was amazing, interactive and fun. SUPER funny. A good friend of mine critiqued my set as, “strangely wonderful” and a lot of others present for it, and not, have said it was solid. Sorry to possibly over-hype but I am now confident to move forward and be easy breezy and more wonderful and better at my comedy craft. Since Sunday, I have been catching myself “being funnier” and just practicing my material all over the place on any person, place, or thing with ears or eyes. Comedy isn’t necessarily always about being “on” or a try-hard. It’s a natural inclination and shouldn’t be forced. Everyone has their own style and thing. Anyway, hope you like it. Don’t care if you don’t too! Not like I’m gonna quit my day job or anything a-hyuk. My work bestie who cut my video said it was like a funny ted talk, a motivational thing. I have always wanted to be a motivational speaker and a lot of the audience were young so I just transitioned into that style of delivery naturally maybe.

That is totally maybe quite possibly of me.

Dave is my gay bestie meow, it’s offish. I’m his mentor too. haha

As for Damara, where to begin… she’s a practicing devout RTMite. She has a matching flower tattoo of mine. Don’t ever say I ain’t meant shit to no one. We were gonna hang today but I am tired. #CoolStory!

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Hey guys! I haven’t been blogging much cos in between all this internetting and working, I am reading hella magazines on Next Issue Canada‘s awesome magazine app. I is just a reader born to read, I is, I is. I guess you is too which makes me leaving you out to dry on RTM pretty, lame. Here’s some grabs I took of Miley in W magazine to make up for it.

How stalky does this make you feel?

click to enlarge to try and read it.

enlarge/click. I bet you’ve read it already though. Thanks Next Issue Canada for helping me deal with all my issues via read-therapy :) !

This post is sponsored by Next Issue Canada.

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February 25, 2014

Hey remember that time I was in a music video for the beauties (and I had no idea it was being shot, not until it had been up for 2 months!) and you saw me all these times within a minute?

And in a vintage Puma tee no less. That’s the owner of the Drake beckoning me, we were hanging with him Stew and Trish and I. Fun night!

And then I danced. Like I said, I didn’t know they were shooting a video! I had come from burlesque practise and was all YOLO on a Sunday night, as The Dakota was wont to be those nights yeah.

Full vid here. Good times.

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February 23, 2014

Doing stand-up tonight. Agh!

I have no idea what to expect, although I just discovered it’s a potluck and a lot of nice people will be there and I am going for a corporate asshole kind of dictator thing and you should definitely come!

It’s at the Tranzac at 7pm which is in the Annex 292 Brunswick Ave.

I might even discuss some of how party my Friday night was! You will have to stop filming at that part though.

Til then xo bro.

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February 19, 2014

Ready for more emo Europe? Well good then because that is what you are getting much to the chagrin of other shit I have to do and well, sleep. I just gotta do it. When you are a crazy writer and you don’t pleasure write, your words become poison inside of you and guess what the only release is? Pleasure writing. Like how I once said the antidote to men, is more men. Like a coin with two heads.

Licorice brains. I wanted to buy this for the office but it was so heavy.

Although in hindsight it’s so much more hilarious and possibly appreciated. My dutch clogs are sprinkled throughout the office, dutch clogs and mini porcelain pill jars (vitamins, tylenol). It’s like my tradition now to go to this one store and buy a pile of crap because I like lighting money on fire.

It’s pure junk through and through though, pure junk squared.

Goodbye my friend. Impatient bf was like come on wtf hurry. Um, it’s just, oh I don’t know.. beautiful! No you wtf! I feel like my life is a non-stop dialogue cross between New girl and 2 broke girls. Oh, also, that show Girls too. AND LAST NIGHT, NEW GIRL QUEEN BEE Zooey Deschanel RETWEETED MEEEEE BTW!

Don’t worry, I know what my follow-up is gonna be. With a 35% chance of tankage.

Last night, or one of them. Three last nights count as your last night. Compliments of the house. Everyone when I instagrammed this photo was like OMG WHAT IS THAT “Yum” and OMG TELL MEEEEE NOW! Uh, relax bro it’s just mustard.

He made me bartend for him/us for a laugh cos I was requesting music so much, backfired though cos I sucked and had no idea how to respond to Dutch directions plus was drunk. He was going to the Caribbean in a few days so had island don’t give a sh– brains plus is awesome in general. Students came in for RUSH or whatever and their leaders told him to make them do bar work and he made them clean LOL. It’s one of my favourite bars and we’ve only been a few times but he remembers me and knows my bf/our friends/and sister too + he squeezes my arm while laughing exceptionally loud and crazy after making whatever joke he just made about me/us/it/that and everyone else immediately laughs too. Meanwhile, all these crazy things are happening around us at the time PLUS you can get free postcards there. And well look at him. Awesome.

Ehhhh. I instagrammed this and it is just as bad there. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE.

OH BEHAVE LAST DAY EMO. Oops caps. It still stands though.

We went to Germany on a Sunday (I believe) as one of our last milestones to do, to a restaurant we’ve been to many times but never before at night. It felt more magical that way.

I am the only English speaking person for every 5,000 so that lends a bit of intensity to the experience too.

Germany is cheaper than Holland to eat. However, your dollar does no go as far there.

Have a sweet night or something like that, can a German person translate thank you.

Bread for my ducks which we ate later on at home instead

I love everything about this place. In the summer time we rented a paddleboat out back. We became one with our duck and water fowl friends, it got intense!! I had to use my flip flop for protection and we were both in bathing suits.

I’d say this would be The Drake if they had a summer time Muskoka place Except this is in the middle of nowhere in Germany, a hotel resto with a lake and palm trees. A fireplace indoors and so much seating space, heat lamps and a dining are down below. I should be writing restaurant copy.

Huge bowl of bread you didn’t order, perfect for olive oil dipping at home. You order a salad cos you want to eat light then they bring you a bakery. We also eat it with salami later on.

I love baked things but they take ten yeas to cool down. You always burn your lips and/or insides of your mouth though.

This is what I like to call it’s a hotel thing. Decor is infinite.

Omg I spilled the beans. Oops. Psh. (it works though).

This drink was fabulous though.

Darling croquettes. Brought with mayonaise in teeny ice cream cones. WHATTTTT?




Oliver Twist was here.

It looks like a cruise ship.

Aaaaaaaand cut to Amsterdam. Weirdest upload ever, scattered, why I’ve avoided doing this.

Good times though. This fudge I bought was so weak, stale. I got Scamsterdammed.

By a palace of some sort.

Xmas lights. sigh

Honk honk ooh sassy.

I have a sinking feeling.

This store was out of control.

And yo were not allowed to take pictures. I did anyway.


These stalls to my right are special Christmas things. Charming. Fun.

My first xmas abroad.

Epic wine boxes.

Yikes and goodnight LOL. This is my Hunter S Thompson-ing.

Ski chalet beer garden ftw.

UFO heat lamp.

To be continued. ps. no-kay is a word I invented bye.

(I’ll edit this tomorrow).

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