...Warriors are good at some things, like smashing things with an axe and using all kinds of weapons, and wizards are good at others, like casting spells and knowing a lot about things you may come across. Every class has its own specialties and affinities, and a group needs a diverse set of characters to be able to tackle the challenges ahead. As I playfully filled out character sheets with what I imagined my own stats would be, it made me realize-- “I've been playing the game of life all wrong.”Read More
I’m monster designer Ra Butler, and to celebrate the month of April and raise awareness about the diversity among individuals on the autism spectrum, I decided to create a group of unique creatures who embody a few of the different strengths and challenges of people with ASD. All of us are different and experience life in our own unique way, so these friendly critters were lovingly crafted to represent that.Read More
Let me introduce you to a figure from the folklore of Japan called the Futakuchi-onna. Her name means “two-mouthed woman,” and she comes from a country facing a crisis of self-care. In fact, at the end of last year, the youth suicide rate in Japan had reached its highest in thirty years.
The stress of a work-centric culture along with a strong stigma against reaching out for mental health care are thought to be major factors for the suicide rates in Japan. Most of us can relate on some level to the fear of those stigmas and the need to appear industrious and ambitious enough. Perhaps then, it is somehow appropriate that we can learn about the dangers and effects of neglecting ourselves through the story of the Futakuchi-onna.Read More
Author’s Note: Hey monster lovers, Ra here! I’ve recently been asked to be a content creator for the blog, The Aspergian. This is such a huge honor for me, and gives me a great new avenue for sharing the message of monster love to more and more people. It’s a blog created by neurodiverse people who I am happy to be one of. So, without further ado, here is my first article, “Forming Myself in Their Image: A Tale of My Shoggoth.”Read More
Great news, Monster Hearts!
The Monster Heart Mission is hosting its first art show and open mic night! Drop by for creepy cool art including original art, vinyl stickers, bows, jewelry, and more by members of the MHM. You’ll get to hear us present our poetry and then let us hear you take to the mic! You can come dressed as your favorite monster (I know I will) and mingle with other monsters like you. We can’t wait to see you there!
Blood and Kisses,
Having a voice is important to me, and I feel like I'm ready to speak more about myself through my work. With this in mind, I decided to give shape to a new creature woven from a part of myself that's often very difficult to express. This new being represents my Autism.Read More
Are you ready to get crazy in Kansas City? This Saturday, March 31, I'm going to have an ArtsAflame booth at the Oddities and Curiosities Expo at the KCI Expo Center! Tons of great vendors are going to be there, including Monster Heart Mission Advocate, Kayla Jurinak of Dead Darling Boutique! I've been working like crazy to get ready, and you can expect to see the posters, stickers, and buttons you know and love, plus plenty of brand new merch!Read More
This is the new hub for all of my work. Want to know more about events I'll be at? Check here. Want behind the scenes looks at my works in progress? Check here. Want to know what new stuff I've got coming down the pipeline? Check here. Want to read me blog about things (vaguely) related to my life and work as an artist? CHECK. HERE.Read More