Breathe Resist

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
A few says ago I had the utmost pleasure of interviewing Jess Five the incredible artist from Breathe. Resist. I was just strolling through Etsy when I came about this shop. It is a punk patch shop that promotes social justice. I mean it doesn't get much better than that. I as so interested in her shop that buying a patch as not enough. So I reached out and asked her a few questions. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Jess Five and I am the artist for Breathe. Resist. - breatheresist.com - and I am an one-person band called Morningstar Rising.  I like cats and vegan chocolate chips. My personal motto is, "Change yourself, change the world."



It is so incredible that you have a shop that promotes veganism. When did you become a vegan? 

Thanks!  My story starts when I had an epiphany about 10 years ago that I didn't want to be another creature's food.  So, I extended that courtesy to all sentient beings as they probably didn't want to be my food either.  With that insight, I went vegetarian.  After two or so years of being vegetarian, I realized that it wasn't enough as animals were still being abused. I quickly went vegan as I wanted no part in their suffering.  That being said, I've never considered being a vegan an act of activism.  Rather, it is an act of standing in solidarity to end all forms of oppression.  For example, someone who goes to a feminist event doesn't go home and start making homophobic remarks.  Even if it isn't their battle, they are still an ally to that cause.  So, why is it acceptable for people to go to a human rights event and then go home and take part in animal exploitation?  There is no difference between the two scenarios yet the latter is socially acceptable.  I hope through outreach, that that situation will change and more people will be an ally to stop the torture of animals.


I really enjoy that you bring up other very important social issues within the patches you create. How did you involve yourself in creating patches that send out such critical messages?
I started making patches while I was attending art school in New York City.  While at school, I fell in love with the DIY punk scene in the lower east side at Abc No Rio and was very involved with helping to put on shows and cooking with Food Not Bombs.  I somehow found out there was going to be an anarchist book fair and at that time I was taking a silkscreening (silkscreens don't use silk anymore) class.  I signed up to vend the book fair and the rest is history.  




What are some future plans for your shop?

I have big plans for the shop in the future.  Most notably, I will start making buttons in the upcoming month or two.  Plus, I have some real rad new patch designs in the works.  On the music side, I am hoping to release my first full length LP online for free in the fall.  I also have a few tricks up my sleeves so please "like" the shop at facebook.com/breatheresist or follow me on Instagram: @breatheresist to stay updated.

In closing, I'd liked to thank Why Choose Vegan for taking an interest in my art and shop.  It is blogs like this and readers like you that are the reason Breathe. Resist. exists as everything I make - I make for you.  Your support is everything.  Thank you.



I got these two patches! I will have the left one and Zac will have the right one, we are so excited to put these on our backpacks!

I am so glad that there are wonderful artist out there like Jess who can spread amazing messages through their passion. 

A few says ago I had the utmost pleasure of interviewing Jess Five the incredible artist from Breathe. Resist. I was just strolling through Etsy when I came about this shop. It is a punk patch shop that promotes social justice. I mean it doesn't get much better than that. I as so interested in her shop that buying a patch as not enough. So I reached out and asked her a few questions. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Jess Five and I am the artist for Breathe. Resist. - breatheresist.com - and I am an one-person band called Morningstar Rising.  I like cats and vegan chocolate chips. My personal motto is, "Change yourself, change the world."



It is so incredible that you have a shop that promotes veganism. When did you become a vegan? 

Thanks!  My story starts when I had an epiphany about 10 years ago that I didn't want to be another creature's food.  So, I extended that courtesy to all sentient beings as they probably didn't want to be my food either.  With that insight, I went vegetarian.  After two or so years of being vegetarian, I realized that it wasn't enough as animals were still being abused. I quickly went vegan as I wanted no part in their suffering.  That being said, I've never considered being a vegan an act of activism.  Rather, it is an act of standing in solidarity to end all forms of oppression.  For example, someone who goes to a feminist event doesn't go home and start making homophobic remarks.  Even if it isn't their battle, they are still an ally to that cause.  So, why is it acceptable for people to go to a human rights event and then go home and take part in animal exploitation?  There is no difference between the two scenarios yet the latter is socially acceptable.  I hope through outreach, that that situation will change and more people will be an ally to stop the torture of animals.


I really enjoy that you bring up other very important social issues within the patches you create. How did you involve yourself in creating patches that send out such critical messages?
I started making patches while I was attending art school in New York City.  While at school, I fell in love with the DIY punk scene in the lower east side at Abc No Rio and was very involved with helping to put on shows and cooking with Food Not Bombs.  I somehow found out there was going to be an anarchist book fair and at that time I was taking a silkscreening (silkscreens don't use silk anymore) class.  I signed up to vend the book fair and the rest is history.  




What are some future plans for your shop?

I have big plans for the shop in the future.  Most notably, I will start making buttons in the upcoming month or two.  Plus, I have some real rad new patch designs in the works.  On the music side, I am hoping to release my first full length LP online for free in the fall.  I also have a few tricks up my sleeves so please "like" the shop at facebook.com/breatheresist or follow me on Instagram: @breatheresist to stay updated.

In closing, I'd liked to thank Why Choose Vegan for taking an interest in my art and shop.  It is blogs like this and readers like you that are the reason Breathe. Resist. exists as everything I make - I make for you.  Your support is everything.  Thank you.



I got these two patches! I will have the left one and Zac will have the right one, we are so excited to put these on our backpacks!

I am so glad that there are wonderful artist out there like Jess who can spread amazing messages through their passion. 


Documentary || Welcome to Leith

Friday, May 20, 2016
Shocking does not begin to describe this documentary. Growing up in rural parts of the south I have witnessed and experienced my fair share of racism, but watching this documentary opened my eyes up to a whole new realm of thinking. Welcome to Leith tells the story of how Craig Cobb, a white supremacist tries to take over a small North Dakota town. It sounds so outrageous it kinda sounds made up. This is a must watch. What this shows is how these racist ways of thinking are taught. We are not born hating, we are not born discriminating. We are taught to think that one race, one gender, one sexual orientation is better than an other. We are responsible to teach our children other wise. If we teach our children to have compassion, to show kindness, to show respect for one another that's the world that we will create. Young people follow by example. We must set the example for future generations follow.  



Shocking does not begin to describe this documentary. Growing up in rural parts of the south I have witnessed and experienced my fair share of racism, but watching this documentary opened my eyes up to a whole new realm of thinking. Welcome to Leith tells the story of how Craig Cobb, a white supremacist tries to take over a small North Dakota town. It sounds so outrageous it kinda sounds made up. This is a must watch. What this shows is how these racist ways of thinking are taught. We are not born hating, we are not born discriminating. We are taught to think that one race, one gender, one sexual orientation is better than an other. We are responsible to teach our children other wise. If we teach our children to have compassion, to show kindness, to show respect for one another that's the world that we will create. Young people follow by example. We must set the example for future generations follow.  




Lite + Cycle

Monday, May 16, 2016
Our house is finally starting to feel like home now. We are finishing up all the little touches and what better way than with a candle. I was on a quest to find a candle that was of course vegan but also eco friendly and smelled great. I found Lite + Cycle. There shop took me by surprise not only are their products unbelievably beautiful but also environmentally conscious. I couldn't ask for more. 

Just looking at the label on the candle make me want to just do a little dance of joy. I have always wanted to get the safest and least toxic products out there, but now that I have a little one inside I am even more aware of what I am putting in my home. There are so many great smelling candles that have horrific chemicals in them and they just spread those around your home. I find myself enjoying even just the process of finding these products because I know that I am providing my home with the highest quality materials. 


Finding a candle that can beat the ethical, environmental and health concerns that I have how Lite + Cycle does is hard to beat. Find their page here and show them some love. Remember that every product you buy, being food, bath and beauty or home goods is a vote in what ever direction you please. Always do your best to support quality ethical brands. 

Our house is finally starting to feel like home now. We are finishing up all the little touches and what better way than with a candle. I was on a quest to find a candle that was of course vegan but also eco friendly and smelled great. I found Lite + Cycle. There shop took me by surprise not only are their products unbelievably beautiful but also environmentally conscious. I couldn't ask for more. 

Just looking at the label on the candle make me want to just do a little dance of joy. I have always wanted to get the safest and least toxic products out there, but now that I have a little one inside I am even more aware of what I am putting in my home. There are so many great smelling candles that have horrific chemicals in them and they just spread those around your home. I find myself enjoying even just the process of finding these products because I know that I am providing my home with the highest quality materials. 


Finding a candle that can beat the ethical, environmental and health concerns that I have how Lite + Cycle does is hard to beat. Find their page here and show them some love. Remember that every product you buy, being food, bath and beauty or home goods is a vote in what ever direction you please. Always do your best to support quality ethical brands. 


Fab Deo

I am fab! Okay I'll stop. Haha. But these deodorants really are! I got the pleasure of getting some awesome goodies from Fab Deo an unbelievably awesome shop. They are metal free, vegan and cruelty free! 


These awesome little dudes are hand made in small batches by the lovely husband and wife duo that run Fab Deo. These deodorants can really pack a punch. I know because I not only tested them on myself but also my husband (a remarkably sweaty man haha). With many natural deodorants they can small great but can't really help with the smell, these on the other hand work fantastically. Zac and I spend about half of the day inside and half outside and Louisiana heat/humidity ain't kind. So for a deodorant to hold up to that it means business!


As many of you may know conventional deodorants come with some down right scary ingredients. What's most terrifying is that many of the chemicals in conventional deodorants have been links to various health conditions. I try my hardest to find the safest products for my family, that's why when I find companies like Fab Deo I get so ecstatic. It brings me such great joy that there are small businesses with the same values as me. 


Oh yeah and also they've got lip balm! My all time favorite is def the cherry, I think it's because it reminds me of borrowing my mom's chapstick as a kid. The same incredible smell without all of the scary ingredients. One of the best things is that they are not overly greasy, they leave your lips feeling moisturized not like you just ate a large popcorn at the movies. These lip balms are a must have for those dry summer lips. I'm packin my cherry one in my back pocket right now! Haha.


Check out Fab Deo here. Show this amazing company some love and get you some vegan cruelty free deodorant and lip balm!


Hope everyone is having an awesome day!

I am fab! Okay I'll stop. Haha. But these deodorants really are! I got the pleasure of getting some awesome goodies from Fab Deo an unbelievably awesome shop. They are metal free, vegan and cruelty free! 


These awesome little dudes are hand made in small batches by the lovely husband and wife duo that run Fab Deo. These deodorants can really pack a punch. I know because I not only tested them on myself but also my husband (a remarkably sweaty man haha). With many natural deodorants they can small great but can't really help with the smell, these on the other hand work fantastically. Zac and I spend about half of the day inside and half outside and Louisiana heat/humidity ain't kind. So for a deodorant to hold up to that it means business!


As many of you may know conventional deodorants come with some down right scary ingredients. What's most terrifying is that many of the chemicals in conventional deodorants have been links to various health conditions. I try my hardest to find the safest products for my family, that's why when I find companies like Fab Deo I get so ecstatic. It brings me such great joy that there are small businesses with the same values as me. 


Oh yeah and also they've got lip balm! My all time favorite is def the cherry, I think it's because it reminds me of borrowing my mom's chapstick as a kid. The same incredible smell without all of the scary ingredients. One of the best things is that they are not overly greasy, they leave your lips feeling moisturized not like you just ate a large popcorn at the movies. These lip balms are a must have for those dry summer lips. I'm packin my cherry one in my back pocket right now! Haha.


Check out Fab Deo here. Show this amazing company some love and get you some vegan cruelty free deodorant and lip balm!


Hope everyone is having an awesome day!


Documentary || Africa

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Started watching this incredible series called Africa. I absolutely love shows like this and really enjoy watching them with my little sister Jes. We hear the "zoo argument" all the time as vegans. "Zoos are a place for education." That is just some shit. Zoos (not all of them, some of them are certified as sanctuaries and as places of rehabilitation) are a business. These animals are trades as products from place to place for a profit. That's why I believe that shows like Planet Earth and Africa are fascinating ways for adults and children alike to learn about these animals. In these shows the animals are in their natural habitat, doing what they normally do, with their families. Not trapped in some cage, laying there. That is not the life that those animals deserve. With these shows we can feel like we are up close and personal and see what they do on their day to day lives without having to destroy their lives. Not to mention this show is super bad ass. Really recommend it to anyone wanting to watch some killer fight scenes. 


Started watching this incredible series called Africa. I absolutely love shows like this and really enjoy watching them with my little sister Jes. We hear the "zoo argument" all the time as vegans. "Zoos are a place for education." That is just some shit. Zoos (not all of them, some of them are certified as sanctuaries and as places of rehabilitation) are a business. These animals are trades as products from place to place for a profit. That's why I believe that shows like Planet Earth and Africa are fascinating ways for adults and children alike to learn about these animals. In these shows the animals are in their natural habitat, doing what they normally do, with their families. Not trapped in some cage, laying there. That is not the life that those animals deserve. With these shows we can feel like we are up close and personal and see what they do on their day to day lives without having to destroy their lives. Not to mention this show is super bad ass. Really recommend it to anyone wanting to watch some killer fight scenes. 



Documentary || Documented

Monday, May 9, 2016
Documented is a documentary that shows and exposed the life of Jose Antonio Vargas, an extremely successful American journalist. Jose was brought over from the Philippines at the age of 12 to live with his grandparents. He is by all spirit an American, who lived the American dream. He has been a very well known journalist who has written for The New Yorkers, The Washington Post, among many other reputable forms of print. His secret: he is an illegal immigrant undocumented American. He is not alone. He is one of 12 million undocumented Americans. This is story that really hits my heart being that my family is from El Salvador. People will say "Well why don't they just come here legally? Why don't they just get their papers?" The answer to that is it's not that simple. Many of these undocumented Americans came over at a very young age, they have grown up with American ideals, in American school, living the American way. Much like Jose's story, these people can't just "get legal." This documentary shows the great fear that undocumented Americans have to live in. It is a must watch.






Documented is a documentary that shows and exposed the life of Jose Antonio Vargas, an extremely successful American journalist. Jose was brought over from the Philippines at the age of 12 to live with his grandparents. He is by all spirit an American, who lived the American dream. He has been a very well known journalist who has written for The New Yorkers, The Washington Post, among many other reputable forms of print. His secret: he is an illegal immigrant undocumented American. He is not alone. He is one of 12 million undocumented Americans. This is story that really hits my heart being that my family is from El Salvador. People will say "Well why don't they just come here legally? Why don't they just get their papers?" The answer to that is it's not that simple. Many of these undocumented Americans came over at a very young age, they have grown up with American ideals, in American school, living the American way. Much like Jose's story, these people can't just "get legal." This documentary shows the great fear that undocumented Americans have to live in. It is a must watch.







I am Pregnant!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

That's right! I am gonna be a mama (well a human mama now). I can't even begin to explain how incredibly excited I am for this insane journey ahead of us. We just moved into our home, so the timing was pretty spot on haha. I kept it traditional and wanted to wait a bit before telling everyone (SO DAMN HARD BTW), but now I cannot wait to share our story. I also cannot wait to make mom friends that I can learn from, so if you are a momma please feel free to email me to chat about your experience with motherhood! Well Happy Mothers day to all the lovely mamas out there! 


That's right! I am gonna be a mama (well a human mama now). I can't even begin to explain how incredibly excited I am for this insane journey ahead of us. We just moved into our home, so the timing was pretty spot on haha. I kept it traditional and wanted to wait a bit before telling everyone (SO DAMN HARD BTW), but now I cannot wait to share our story. I also cannot wait to make mom friends that I can learn from, so if you are a momma please feel free to email me to chat about your experience with motherhood! Well Happy Mothers day to all the lovely mamas out there! 


Pure Vitality Beauty Nail Polish Remover

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Finally! I found a natural finger nail polish remover! I have been searching for ages and let me tell you it was not easy to find. Then I found Pure Vitality Beauty 100% nail polish remover. This incredible nail polish remover is plant based! So I know that with natural products they might not be as powerful as their chemical laded counter parts but that is no biggie for me. Compared to the regular polish remover that you would get from the store this one must be left on for a longer time, but when it comes to toxic chemicals I don't mind waiting a little bit longer in my nail polish removal process. And the cherry on top is that it is made here in the US. So if you are looking for a quality, non-toxic, plant based nail polish remover I would totally suggest you guys check Pure Vitality Beauty. You can find the nail polish remover here



Finally! I found a natural finger nail polish remover! I have been searching for ages and let me tell you it was not easy to find. Then I found Pure Vitality Beauty 100% nail polish remover. This incredible nail polish remover is plant based! So I know that with natural products they might not be as powerful as their chemical laded counter parts but that is no biggie for me. Compared to the regular polish remover that you would get from the store this one must be left on for a longer time, but when it comes to toxic chemicals I don't mind waiting a little bit longer in my nail polish removal process. And the cherry on top is that it is made here in the US. So if you are looking for a quality, non-toxic, plant based nail polish remover I would totally suggest you guys check Pure Vitality Beauty. You can find the nail polish remover here




Documentary || Prescription Thugs

Monday, May 2, 2016
Prescription Thugs is an incredibly powerful documentary speaking up about a very critical issue, prescription drug addiction. To some this may seem like a non-issue because it is totally legal and doctors are prescribing the medication, how could this possibly be a bad thing, well that is the wrong way of looking at it. The sheer number of people who die due to prescription drug addition is outrageous. It is a problem that needs very open lenses to find the solution. There are so many angles to this problem that it is a little nerve-racking. It is a must watch documentary that shows the true dangers of prescription drugs from a very personal angle.


Prescription Thugs is an incredibly powerful documentary speaking up about a very critical issue, prescription drug addiction. To some this may seem like a non-issue because it is totally legal and doctors are prescribing the medication, how could this possibly be a bad thing, well that is the wrong way of looking at it. The sheer number of people who die due to prescription drug addition is outrageous. It is a problem that needs very open lenses to find the solution. There are so many angles to this problem that it is a little nerve-racking. It is a must watch documentary that shows the true dangers of prescription drugs from a very personal angle.



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