PET SNAKE PHOTO
This was my neighbor’s python Rosie. She was my favorite pet. She would shed her skin and I would hang it in my room and classroom as decoration. My teachers were like “Hmmm, charming!” and that would crack me up. I think I’ve always wanted to do the opposite of what people expected from me. Girls hate snakes? I love snakes! People think girls hate math? I love math! I think that’s why I’ve never felt being held back by any stereotypes.
This is a kid electric guitar I used for my launch video. I have no idea how to play an instrument. I just really loved rock when I was a kid. I was very attracted to Slash from Guns & Roses. But not as a girl being attracted to a man, but a girl wanting to be that man. I never felt any gender barriers. I always saw people more as spiritual entities rather than defined by their color, age or gender.
SECRET CODE BOOK
I just launched an innovative children’s book 3 weeks ago, because I hate a lot of children’s books. I never related to stories about entitled white princesses frolicking in forests, even as a kid. I was raised in a big city loving computers and adrenaline. Why are there still no fun tech stories with badass girls, like Acid Burn in Hackers? 😉 So I decided to make one – the 5-year-old version.
This was my favorite Barbie. She loved rap and had edge. I believe your childhood influences who you become, whether it’s a logical continuation or a reaction to it. The character design I came up with for Secret Code was totally influenced by her. Black leather and pink accents. Cute and fun but also badass.
Every morning I wake up by spraying my face in bed. I don’t know why people get freaked out about it, it’s the best feeling ever! BUY ONE NOW. 😉
Painting of my dad
This is a painting I did of my dad. You see that drawing on the top right? He drew me when I was 5 years old. 25 years later, I wanted to return the favor. I love and owe him so much. He’s so smart, humble and different. He’s the one to introduce me to technology when I was a baby in the 80s, he made me love math, philosophy, introduced me to music like Metallica, Kraftwerk and Philip Glass when I was not even 5 years old, he taught me to be independent. “Papa, what does this mean?” “Get a dictionary. Find it yourself.” My parents taught me to be independent–and I wish all the girls to have that opportunity.
photo of Mom
My mom was a total feminist. Just look at her posture and leather pants. We loved each other SO much. She was always so proud of me cause I was a cool girl with straight As–until I hit high school, and I started being more interested in Cyberspace, parties and boys. Our relationship became a bit tense, and I could feel she thought it was her fault I wasn’t stellar at school during that time. She died when I was 17. I feel like my drive today has something to do with it. It’s like I want to prove to her she didn’t fail her job as a mom. I wonder if it will ever stop.