“No judgement, no shame, compassion for all, is a personal mantra. I hope there’s a whisper of that philosophy under everything I create."

– Soma Snakeoil

Soma Snakeoil's Short Story

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I’m an artist, writer and activist. I spent much of my life immersed in the BDSM and sex positive community. Most recently I’ve been working in theater, developing a new musical called Home Street Home, about street kids. I also work on the street with another tribe of miscreants, activists and artists with a group called The Sidewalk Project.

I advocate for sex workers and their rights because I am a former sex worker. Likewise I stand with drug users as a former drug user, and the houseless community as one who has repeatedly been unhoused.

Everything I create is part of my own personal healing and for connectivity with others. I believe in art, love, compassion and passion as a community experience to heal and elevate. We’re better together. We’re happier together. Happiness grows as it’s shared.

I also believe we need more sex and intimacy. People are afraid of each other and becoming more and more alienated. The cultural effects are deeply damaging. Go make out with someone you care about! Get laid! Get consent, then spank a friend. It’s good for your brain.

No judgment, no shame, or compassion for all, is a personal mantra. I hope there’s a whisper of that philosophy under everything I create.

I like to think of what I do as “trauma art.” The bootstrap kind. As in, pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps regardless of trauma. Overcoming our shit. Rising above.

One of my favorite quotes:

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” -Viktor E. Frankl

I choose happiness and health. I choose to put my face to the wind and do things that scare me, because they scare me.

I choose love.

Enough of my hippy shit. Thanks for taking the time to look at my paintings and read my words. You’re rad. ❤🔥

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe