andalusia_
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My self-summary
Creative, self-aware, affable skeptic;
Sassy, foul-mouthed, & forthright;
Empathetic, compassionate, self-renewing;
Frequent user of colloquialisms, Spanglish, slang;
Dancing fool, amused by my own jokes;
Full of love.
What I’m doing with my life
"What is success? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; that is to have succeeded."

* In general, I try to live my life by this idea because nothing else really matters when you think about it. *

I am a freelance graphic designer and I'm currently working with a few interesting clients that are doing things I personally resonate with (I work with a local online magazine called Wear Your Voice that tackles intersectional feminism, social justice, and tearing down media norms). I also teach at the Berkeley Art Studio, which is a new thing that I'm growing to love.

I wasn't doing any of this, I'd probably be a therapist.
I’m really good at
Observing, creative things, avoiding math at all times, listening, giving some heart-felt advice, dancing, storytelling, art, communication, intimacy, saying too much, being late, making sound effects
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not other people, but I'm going to take a crack at this.

- Could be that I'm making a heinous sound with my throat because that's the only way I know how to scratch it when my allergies kick in
- Or maybe its that I'm smiling at you
- Or that I'm talking to a cat
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Reveries of a Solitary Walker, Generation X, The Metamorphosis, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Art of Seeing Sideways, The Alchemist, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Naked, anything by Brené Brown, and no I'm not sorry that I really loved reading Insatiable by Asa Akira. Starting to read a book about Cuban Anarchism, and just finished Modern Romance on audiobook which is really worth listening to if you are reading this profile right now (also, it's really hard to top Aziz reading his own book to you).

Movies: There's a ton of movies that I probably should see, and that I haven't seen so feel free to throw recommendations (or your DVDs) my way. Some favorites are Fight Club, Back to the Future, A Waking Life, Babel, Science of Sleep, Amelie, The Artist, Lost in Translation, Motorcycle Diaries, Blade Runner, Anything Miyazaki, Tarantino, Coppola, Anderson

Shows: BROAD CITY, OITNB, Portlandia, Arrested Development, LOST, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, 30 Rock, Jessica Jones, whatever is getting the most hype on Netflix.

Music: Eskmo, Clark, Amon Tobin, Nosaj Thing, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, M.I.A., FKA Twigs, Banks, Phantogram, Beats Antique, Grimes, Com Truise, Kendrick Lamar, Purity Ring, Childish Gambino, Glass Animals, Toro y Moi, Washed Out, Justice, Junior Boys, The Black Keys, El Guincho, Salem, iamamiwhoami, Little Dragon, Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, The Kills, The Smiths, Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Xeno & Oaklander, The Cure, Kraftwerk, Nina Simone, Buena Vista Social Club. Special places in my musical heart forever reserved for: mi reina Celia Cruz, and Bjork.

Also, I'm really into the local bass music scene/DJs and not above dancing ANYWHERE if the music hits me just right. Not afraid to be the only body on a dance floor either.

Food: Favorite? Cuban food. Let's not even kid ourselves. And no, there is not one Cuban restaurant worthy in the Bay, but I have an admittedly high standard since abuela's cooking is unparalleled.
The six things I could never do without
A place with beautiful weather most of year, a city, public transit, music, one really amazing friend, cultural diversity, nature/parks, a sketchbook
I spend a lot of time thinking about
WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE/WHY, design, sociology, what is going on in other parts of the world at this moment, the future, how office jobs should not be 9-5 but rather during the evening hours so we can enjoy the daylight, if that was an earthquake, how creepy abandoned buildings are and what they were like at the prime of their existence, how badly I want to sneak into said buildings, road trips, how sick I am of the phrase "twenty-somethings" and what it encompasses (I'm looking at you Thought Catalog), what drives humans to commit mass atrocities, how funny my inner dialogue is with myself, how everyone circle-jerks each other on social media, public transit etiquette and why many people fail at this, how to form a fucking good habit, forgiveness, privilege, impermanence, if I can recycle that, why I said that, why I didn't say that, "leaning in", sexy times, social justice, how to be a good ally, vulnerability, turning my life into a web comic, suffering, the prison industrial complex, my heritage, why ripe guava smells like B.O., palm trees and ocean breeze, getting the fuck out of here, how my dating life is way more interesting when I travel?
You should message me if
• You have a special place in your heart for self-awareness, introspection, emotional intelligence, body/sex positivity, and clear communication!

• You've never started a sentence with some shit like "I'm not racist, but..." 'Racist' interchangeable with sexist, ableist, etc. You know?

• You're thoughtful and understand that behind these profiles we are all complex individuals who are much more than just bubbles & blurbs on a screen.

• You're not going to be mean or give me a backhanded compliment - why do people do that tho?

* In the spirit of being more intentional with this thing, I'm absolutely positively only interested on going dates with people who see themselves as emotionally available and open to the idea of having a partner. If you already have a poly partner, want something "casual", or just got out of a long relationship, we should not go on a date. Filed under: Things I Don't Want To Deal With Again. *
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