It’s not everyday we all get to be honored in a featured story in our Universities newspaper. This past week, Trine Universities Triangle Newspaper posted a story about me playing football. The reason being is because my team recently played in the championship game at Trine and they wanted to feature this story since an Alumnus was coming “home” to play football. It was an amazing experience for me, and it was definitely a way to end my football career, especially since we won!
I’m not sure how many other Alumni is going to get the chance that I did to go back and play on Shive Field, but I hope they get the same experience I did. If you want to read the story that they have posted online, and the article that will actually be in there newspaper, go here
Fashion Wrap Up is an online fashion magazine dedicated to all of fashion trends, what’s hot in the celebrity world, and accessories to rock your fashion. The great thing about FWU is that its local!!!!!!
I’ve been browsing around the past few days on this site, and it definitely delivers great information about fashion, and there are great links taking you to sites when you can get your next idea for your next outfit. I’ve had the honor of meeting Chirsty Pastore, owner of FWU, and her team, and they are great people. I definitely hope that I have the chance to work with FWU in the future, and I can’t wait to see blogs about their upcoming events!
If you want to read the latest event they were involved with go to FWU blog spot here: http://fashionwrapup.blogspot.com/
This weekend was a huge game for me with my football career. It was the championship game for the IFL, my team (the Indiana Generals), versus the Battle Creek Blaze. Words cannot express how important this game was to me because one, my team lost by one point last year in the championship game, and two, the game was being held at the University I graduated from.
In the first quarter, we had somewhat of a scare, the Blaze was shutting down our offense, and thier offense marched into our half of the field. Thankfully, our defense was able to shut them down and keep them at bay until we scored the first 6 points! After that we went on to score 14 more points in the second quarter with them only scoring 7 to make it 20 in the half. The second half was total Generals domination on offense, deffense, and special teams. At the end of the 4th quarter, Generals had secured their FIRST championship with a score of 51-14!!
It was an emotional win for a lot of us that have been struggling to secure a championship for a few years. After holding the trophy and being on my Universities field, I decided that this would be my final game. After 3 years of being on the semi-pro stage, and 15 years total playing, I decided that I’d go out on top. This is definitely a hard decision, and I am really going to miss playing this game, but it is for the best. I made some great friends on this team, and there are so many memories I will have from this team. Thank you Indiana Generals for an amazing three years.
In October 2009, I debuted for the first time in an art gallery down on Mass Ave at the one and only Art Bank. This was such a HUGE event for me, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I was all set up in this little corner, and I really didn’t know what to expect. Majority of my family came, but there were some really close friends that came to see me (Erin, Boston, JK, Elise)…that was made me feel pretty damn good.
So my debut came and went, and then from then on it became pretty routine. Make a new piece here and there put it up in my little corner of a wall space. But then in January 2010, I got a bigger wall space, however, I didn’t quite have enough art work to fill the wall! So I framed a bunch of work, got the wall all setup, and it was like a debut all over again. I was really excited, but this time, not too many friends showed up. But whatever, it was all good because I still had people there supporting me, and the most important thing was that the artist at the Art Bank were really supportive.
A month or two went by and I started getting the idea of becoming the featured artist. One day I came into the AB, and told the manager I’d like to be the featured artist in June. So i got the spot and then procrastinated to the very end getting my series “Back To Natural” finished. I worked hard on that series, and I promoted my butt off. I was sure with all the other events going on at the AB and all of us promoting it, I’d have tons of support come in. Day of the event, there were tons of people. My family, and friends of the family came out to see my stuff, hell even my personal trainer came out to see me, even a new girl from my work! But…the people that I really wanted to see there were Mofos. I do have to say to Shawn and Jen Smith, thank you for coming out, that was surprise and i didn’t know you were coming. But, when I got text after text from people saying they weren’t coming, or people just didn’t really care at all I got pretty let down.
I didn’t let it bother me at the time, but when I got home that night and looked at the empty forums, the empty roll call, the 20+ something people that RSVP on FB, and none of them came, I got pretty angry and upset. For 9 months I was in the AB, and I struggled each month to get people to come out. What’s sad is that there are some of you that I think are pretty close friends that never once came to see my stuff or just even came to support me. Well, I’m sorry to say, you won’t have that chance now because on June 30th, I’m taking my stuff down from the gallery.
It’s not really because of the lack of support, but it’s more because I need to spend more time developing my skills and maybe comeback as a stronger artist. However, it did suck the life out of me when I was the featured artist for the First Friday Art Walk a day before my Bday and I didn’t sell a thing. 5 artist that day sold stuff, and that hurt more than anything. Not to many of you know what that feels like.
Well, anyway, if any of you are interested in what I’m doing from time to time, check my website: www.crpierce.com for more information and new art when it comes out.
Casey “KC” Pierce
Friday, June 4th is going to be a huge day for me. On this day I will be making my very first Featured Artist appearance at the Art Bank during the First Friday Art Walk. During this featured spot, I will be unveiling my new series called “Back To Natural”. This will feature some of my old naturalistic paintings, but a lot of new ones.
For me this is one of the biggest events of my life. For years I dreamed of being in a gallery, and now that I’m in one, and to be the featured artist for the month is definitely a dream in the making. I’ve had a lot of support of the years and I’m really hoping that I see a lot of Mofo’s on June 4th. I haven’t shown all of you all of my new stuff yet, but I’m sure you all will be surprised how fast I’ve developed (Thank you Boston for noticing that!).
Here is the background on my “Back To Nautural” series:
Casey first started painting in 2002, learning the basic techniques by practicing floral painting. In college, heavily influenced by Wassily Kandinsky, he began a journey of abstract expression. His first series, “Color In Motion,” was a study of vibrant colors juxtaposition against soothing shapes, which led the eye on an intriguing journey across the canvas.
Fast forward to 2009. Casey found his way to The Art Bank, where he was inspired and motivated by new artists, new styles and new surroundings. He reconnected with his original passion for the art that surrounds us. Natures art. The time had come to re-explore this natural art, the landscapes, botanicals and all things found in nature. “Back To Natural” is the culmination of this exploration.
Okay, so a lot of you have been asking how I transformed myself in 6 weeks. Well, it wasn’t easy, as a matter of fact it was probably one of the hardest things I’ve done. It took a lot of discipline, dieting, and working out almost 5-6 times a week. I’ll first start off with the diet, then the workouts….
All of hear about diets and that you should watch this, watch that, cut carbs here, eat fiber, eat whole foods, watch your caloires, etc. Well the only way I knew that I was going to get quick results was to do a bodybuilder style diet. This diet is actually extremely bad for you, and I would not suggest doing this for a long periods of time, if at all. The way I did my dieting was to watch the macronutrients. Those would be your Protein, Carbohydrate, and Fat grams. These three macros are what make up your calorie count. Instead of just watching my calories (big picture) I watched the macros that I took in each day to ensure weight loss/fat loss while working out. The way I did this was to take an average of a 10 day calorie log, and then divide the average among the three macros (Protein = 4 calories, Carbs = 4 calories, fat = 9 calories). I ensured that I was intaking more protein than anything else, so my starting out numbers were 140 Protein grams, 90 Carbs, and 25 Fat. For three weeks I made sure that I ate food, and drank protein drinks that did go over these numbers, and I ate on a regular bases by eating 5-6 times a day!
Now the food part was pretty easy. I ate a lot of food that was low in carbs and fats during the day at work, and then I fed my body the carbs and fats it needed after my workouts. So I ate everything from chicken, egg whites (egg whites have 4 grams of pro, 0 carb, 0 fat), fish, shrimp, broccoli, carb master yogurt from Kroger, baby spinach, vegetables, no salad dressings, no butter only parkay spray butter, and so on (I think you get the picture). I used sites that had low fat recipes such as diabetic site, which has great recipes, and I just found new ways to spice up food at home. Another thing I did was stop going out to eat and bought all my food. Lastly, NO POP, NO JUICES, and ABSOLUTELY NO DRINKING! I drank majority of water which actually staives off hunger and feeds your body nutrients. So basically for three weeks my numbers were as described. The 4th and 5th week, my numbers dropped to 140/80/20. This was so that my body would start the lean out process even more. I still jotted down everyday my macro intake, and made sure I wasn’t going over my numbers. During these two weeks, I started to write down how much sodium I was intaking per day as well.
Now the reason why I kept track of the sodium intake was because during the last 6 days of the 6 week fitness challenge I was in, I did a sodium depletion as well as dropping my macro numbers again. 3 days before I started droping my sodium, I started drinking 2 gallons of water everyday. Once the sodium depletion started, my macro numbers were at 135/70/20…now this was extremely difficult. Not only did I have to eat low fat and carb foods, but I also had to eat low sodium, especially since my sodium levels went down by about 250mg a day. During this I drank 2 gallons of water for the first 3 days, and then 1.75 gallons the rest of the time. This was so that it would flush out more sodium, but also to protect my kidneys during this time. Lets just say, wheat tortillas, tuna, lite miracle whip, and other ingredents to make tuna salad was a savor, along with yogurt and sugar free jelly.
Now that was pretty much a summary of my diet during that time. The workout part was definitely the focus. My workouts were very intense, hard, and it got harder as the competition went on. The first two weeks, I really concentrated on toning and getting my muscles ready for the next 4 weeks. THe first two weeks involved very long cardio sessions, with short intense isolation lifts. All throughout the competition I did HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions. This involved riding a bike for 10 minutes, pedaling light for 45 seconds at a high resistance, to droping the resistance down about three notches and pedaling as hard and as fast as I could for 15 seconds. Then I would walk on an inlcine on the treadmill for 35-40 minutes, or I would lightly row for 10 minutes, then got back on the bike and did the same thing as the first time. If you want to know more about this let me know and I can give you an in depth explanation of the idea behind HIIT. During lifting I concentrated on different areas of the body on different days. I did about 3-4 exercises per body area, and then did a 7 set, and rested 30 seconds between each set on the 7 set exercise. This is known as FST-7 (www.FST-7.com < --sorry the link button is not working for some reason). So after the first two weeks, I measured my body fat....let me tell you, I was behind on where I needed to be. So I increased the workouts, and made the cardio more challenging. During the rest of the time of the competition, I lifted heavy weight, and then fluctated with lighter weight. But something I always did was to esnure that my reps were between 8-12. However in the very last week when I was doing a sodium depletion, I only did cardio, because during that time, your body becomes very week, and you can hardly lift like you were just a week ago.
(Now of course I’m summarizing my workouts because I don’t have thatmany characters to write out my entire program…butif you have a lifting schedule and you think it it helping you build muscle and lose weight, definitely keep doing it…but if you need some help, let me know and I can definitely give you advice, and even for a small fee I could train you as a workout partner.)
Here is how I did my workout splits:
Day2: Arms – bicep and tricep
Day3: Personal Trainer day – Core, then I did a workout on my own doing shoulders
Day6: Cardio/lifts I didn’t do during the week
During the first 4 weeks, I was doing abs every other day, and doing cardio everyday. Then in the last 2 weeks I was doing abs everyday and cardio everyday with my lifting.
Now of course lifting is going to help build muscle and get you stronger, but what really leans you out and makes you looked ripped is Dieting. My whole transformation was 70% diet, and 30% working out. Now for the look I want, which is lean and thin with great muscle definition, I did cardio a ton. That was pretty much hand and hand with my dieting. Now if you want a bigger look, don’t do as much cardio. Cardio will lean you out, and it is the 2 most important thing to do if you want a 6 pack. The number one factor in a six pack is dieting, not doing a million crunches!
So yea, basically in the shortest summary I could, that is how I look like I am now. Since the competition, I have gone to a more healthy calorie level, but I’m still going to be losing weight because I am going to be intaking a calorie count 500 or so calories less than my DCML (Daily Calorie Maintenance Level). I feel great, look great, and I did it naturally with no fat burners, no gimics…just eating right and just worked hard in the gym.
First Friday Art Walk is always a great way to get out and see Indy in a different kind of scene rather than bars and clubs. 2010 is kicking off with the first Art Walk sponsored by IDADA.org, an organization dedicated to supporting artist, galleries, and art lovers of the sorts. This is a great event to meet tons of new people as well as see some really impressive artwork, and who knows, possibly to buy it?
The major locations for the artwork are Fountain Square, Stutz Building, and Mass Ave. If you want a chance to see a mofo out and displaying artwork at one of the many galleries on Mass Ave, you can come visit me at the Art Bank! Since there is already an event going on downtown, why not kickoff your night with some culture? Hit up Mass Ave, and you can still kick off your night right with some gallery hoping from 6-9 and enjoy some amazing food, alcohol, and social life at one of the many bars/pubs/restaurants. There really isn’t a good reason for you to miss this great event!
Definitely hope to see you all out on Friday night!
PS Art Bank is located on the corner of Mass Ave, St. Clair Street, and College Ave. There is a parking lot right next to the building off of St. Clair
The Art Bank has truly become the home of my art work. For years I worked on different pieces only to put them in a protective carrying bag and they were never seen by anyone except close friends and family.
Now, with my involvement with the Art Bank, I have a chance to showcase my work to art fanatics and lovers of fine art for the second time at the November First Friday Art Walk. To me, if I sell my work, or if it just hangs there, I feel like an accomplished artist because not many can make it to this level. I know that there is one more level after this (owning my own gallery), but that is years away and right now I’m really having fun with this.
I know that I’ve posted about the art walk numerous times in the forums, and you all have seen FM messages about art. I only do this because I want to share my love of art to all of you. I want all of you to feel the passion that I do. However, I know that some of you don’t understand art, and don’t get it. But the best part about that is, you don’t have to! I know some artist put hidden meanings in their master pieces, but really it’s what you feel!
I really hope that I see more and more Indy Mojo people out at this event. I know that I’m competing against Dodge ball, an event at Krazy Street, and so on, but this is a great opportunity for everyone to meet new people and have new experiences. Isn’t that why you joined Mojo in the first place?
So this Friday I am going to be in the Art Bank Gallery located off of Massachusetts Avenue, and College Avenue. This is the first time that I’m going to have my art work displayed professionally, so I’m pretty pumped about it. I know one thing, if I wouldn’t have gone to one of these event in the past, I would have never gotten my foot in the door.
I definitely hope to see some mofos there Friday night, I know the Art Walk Event is competing against ladies night at the Mosaic, but the art event starts at 6!
If there are any other artist out there in the Mojonation, you should definitely come to this event and check out what its all about!
This is just one of about 8 pieces that I will be showing:
The Grapes picture is something I did for my mom!
I have the freedom, the right to be anything I want, do as I please, and believe in whatever I want. I don’t make people do self checks of who they are as individuals, truth tests, and make them take reality checks. I constantly have to prove myself, I constantly have to fight rumors and drama, and I always have to overcome decisions I made for myself even if it hurt other people. The best part…when I finally rise above all of that, I get let down, lied to, shit on, and burned. I’m sick of this shit. I am who I am, and I have made decisions that has lead me down paths just like other people. SO BACK OFF.
Why do people constantly have to test me? For those of you who see me for who I am, this does not apply to you. Those of you who constantly doubt me, lie to me, cross me, criticize me, why? What are you trying to prove? What are you trying to get out of me? I will prove nothing to you except your own faults, I will not give you information to use against me. Instead, you’ll get nothing from me as you fade out of my world. I told you all before in my profile, if you aren’t down with me, then fuck you, I don’t need you.
I can be the nicest guy, give you friendship, give you loyalty, be a shoulder to cry on when you need it. But don’t think for one minute that I won’t take all that away just because you feel that you can take that for granted. I’m a nice guy yes, but not a pushover that will stand by as you constantly try to point out my mistakes and bad decisions. We all make mistakes, and I guarantee I have done more good things over time than bad.
You know, that’s a funny thing though about people. They always remember the bad stuff more than they do the good. For me, I personally try to weed out the bad, and focus more on good. Why? Because the more you concentrate on the bad, the more clouded your mind gets about that person. That person then doesn’t have a fighting chance, and no matter what he/she does, you’ll never let them rise above a mistake. REMEMBER: You are not infallible! I bet all of you have inner demons that you want to forget. So why continue to not let others live it down? Any of you know the Lord’s Prayer? Remember the line, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”? Don’t you think it’s time to forgive?
Look, I am who I am, no more and no less. Yes I have lied in the past, yes I have hurt some people in the past, and yes I am sorry for that. Shit happens, and there is nothing I can do about it now. Stop judging me, and definitely stop talking shit about me. Because believe me, I have lots of information on people that cross me that I could do some serious damage. If you don’t think I do, try me. Believe me, I’m not too proud to stoop to your level to even the playing field.
Yes this is an angry post. This is what happens when a NICE GUY gets treated like shit. We lash out in a very loud way. So I’ll tolerate all the BS for a little bit longer, but trust me, that clock is running out fast.