A Word with TalesFromLimbo Creator Ian Lindsay

14590476_10210784460310265_3511486459291211738_nToday, I’m honored to get a Word with Ian Lindsay who, with photographers Lia Nydes and Connor Kenworthy, are the creators of TalesFromLimbo–an artistic collaboration of poetry, flash fiction, visual art, and photography–all done entirely for Instagram. If you haven’t already, check out their IG profile @talesfromlimbo and get your contemplation on.

Introduce yourself!

My name is Ian Lindsay, and I am a writer. I graduated from Eckerd College with a major in Creative Writing, minoring in Literature and Journalism. I currently work as an SEO content writer, and substitute for Pinellas County schools. I dream of one day being a professor. And writing a novel of Faulknerian proportions. I write the content for TalesFromLimbo and transpose the content over the photographs.

What inspired you to start TalesFromLimbo?

I love reading, writing, and storytelling, and I wanted to embrace new technology and ways to broadcast language and photography for people to enjoy without sitting down to read a whole book or visit an exhibit.

My hope is that someone scrolls through their phone and some kind of evocation happens within that person. Maybe it makes their day better, or maybe gloomier, or maybe it just makes them appreciate the prettiness of the words and image.

But I think my true inspiration was the bathroom stalls in Fubar before they remodeled, back when there was graffiti adorning the walls, a gloryhole, and PBRs were still three-for-two on Tuesdays.

How did you come up with the name? 

We brainstormed various names that we would come up with, then agreed upon TalesFromLimbo. I like it. I hope others do too.

I wanted to name the project, “Gore. Lust. Succharose. Alchemy,” because I was reading Anthony Kiedis’s Scar Tissue when we first started, but we didn’t want people who use Splenda in their coffee to find some kind of perverse solidarity with our title. So we went with TalesFromLimbo.

Where would you like to see it go in the future?

I would love for TalesFromLimbo to grow into a platform local artists can use to get their craft seen. If you are an artist, poet, or alcoholic who can scribble pretty words and would like to collaborate, please let me know. I will buy you Black Crow coffee or a pickleback, depending on your poison.

I once paid a homeless man in tallboys to let Lia take a picture of him. His name is Gary “Ants in the Pants,” and he lives in the alley behind the Oyster Bar. If you see him, please be nice to him. He’s a good guy. 


Gary “Ants in the Pants”

Describe the creative process for a Tale. 

I can’t speak for Lia, but many of the early ones just kind of hit me when I would people-watch in the subway back when I lived in New York. I was pretty heartbroken and miserable so little prosaic nuances just kind of came to me. Now, I just kind free write, and if something dope hits me I always jot it down.

The mosaic ones are a little more thought out. Since Instagram posts with photos aligning in threes, a mosaic must have three, six, or nine stanzas. I use the photo as subject matter and then just stare at a blank page until the words are summoned and travel from my fingertips to the keyboard.

If nothing happens then I watch Snapchat stories and sign Joe Whalen [local DJ] up for spam emails.

You encourage collaboration from outside writers and artists on TFL. How can someone submit their own “tale”? And what type of work is welcome?

Anything and everything. I fucking urge people to shoot me an email [find Ian’s email below] if they would like to write content, draw, photograph, or model. We’ve had some people do all of the above, but personally I think my poetry is lacking, and would love to get some more accomplished bards on there.

What would you say to someone who wants to “be an artist”?

Fucking do it.

No, please fucking do it.

I have seen a lot of my friends make really dope shit and whether it is ostentatious or not to call it art–or to call them artists–is not really important. What is important is that if you have it in you to create something that makes you happy, and might make others happy, then Please. Do. It.

If you play guitar go busk outside liquor stores. If you draw, beg one of the local microbreweries to let you hang a few paintings up. If you write, call me and I’ll workshop you and post your work on TalesFromLimbo, or setup a WordPress for you. If you do photography than snap some pictures and email them to me. I’m lookin’ at you, Kirsten Ruginski [local artist]. verse48-2

What mark do you want to leave on the world?

A very hard question to answer without sounding like a pretentious 1st world liberal arts graduate, but I just hope I can convince people that reading is fun.

Imagine you’re 80 years old. What would you say to your children?

Get me a beer.

What did I miss?

I would just like thank my mom for pushing me, loving me, and believing in the nonsense I speak. I would also like to thank the Eckerd College writing department, particularly, and in no order, Tracy Crow, Jon Chopan, K.C.Wolfe, Scott Ward, and Sterling Watson. I would also like to thank some dead writers: William Faulkner, David Foster Wallace, Jack Kerouac; and one living writer, Don DeLillo. I would like to thank Lia Nydes, Connor Kenworthy, and Addie Pendergrast for their contributions to Talesfromlimbo. Lastly, I would like to thank anyone who is following Talesfromlimbo. Whether or not it’s your thing, I really do appreciate the support.

Intrigued? Check out TalesFromLimbo on Instagram @talesfromlimbo or online.

All Tales and artistic submissions can be directed to imlindsa@eckerd.edu

Lia Nydes, local conservation and environmental photographer, and photographer for TalesFromLimbo. Follow her on IG @lianydes or check out her website or blog.

Joe Whalen, local DJ. Check out his music here.

Kirsten Ruginski, local artist/photographer. Check her out on IG @kirstenruginskiphotography, Like her Facebook page, Kirsten Ruginski Photography, or visit her website.



Matt Flynn’s Tiny House

Local musician Matt Flynn, 24, is a recent graduate from Eckerd College. Though his degree was in Marine Biology, his recent efforts have focused on constructing his own mobile dwelling in his backyard using chiefly recycled materials. Though he estimates completing this house in a year, he sees tiny houses as a continuing aspect of his future. Here’s what Matt has to say about his project.

Introduce yourself!

Well, my name is Matt, and I grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts. I moved to St. Pete to attend Eckerd College in 2010 and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Marine Biology. Right now, I’m a musician, but I’m looking to get into a career in sustainable construction or conservation.

IMG_0072How did you land on this project?

I got the idea from my mom. She has been really fascinated by the Tiny House Movement for a few years now and has shown me some of my favorite YouTube videos and TedTalks on it. I became interested very quickly because it seemed like a lifestyle that I could live and also a great way to lessen my footprint on the earth.

Why is this project important to you, and what do you hope to accomplish with it?

It’s important to me because, honestly, I do not know where I will end up in life, so I want to have a place that I can take with me if I move. I also have student loans and rent to pay off, which is as lot for a musician! Above all, I just want to have my own space where the things that are important to me can live. Living small requires downsizing on material possessions, which I expect to be pretty liberating.

What inspires you?IMG_0077

I never grew out of my childhood obsessions with forts. I built a hammock in the rafters of my childhood house and, later, in trees. I used to think I would live on a boat…maybe I still will some day. My mom and dad contributed to this obsession: my mom built a trapdoor under our stairs where we used to hang out, and my dad built us a great tree fort. I suppose to some degree I was brought up to love forts and unconventional dwelling spaces, and a tiny house is really the ultimate adult fort. There is something so relaxing about having your own space, wherever it is.

“A tiny house is really the ultimate adult fort.”

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

In twenty years I expect to be heavily involved in sustainability with a focus on environmental conservation. I have used more than 50% salvaged wood in building the house so far, and eventually I plan to fit it with solar panels and rainwater catchment systems, as well as a composting toilet. I hope to still be living tiny in twenty years, but probably in a different tiny house, as I will likely get the itch to build another, even better one, after living in this one for awhile and getting the hang of things.

IMG_0068Advice you’d give someone your age now when you’re 80.

I would give someone this advice: if there is something you think you want to do, first decide for sure whether you actually want to do it. Try not to idealize it in your mind—think realistically of pros and cons. If you still want to do it, then don’t waste time! Decide to do it, and do it, or decide not to, and don’t. It’s that simple. Otherwise, you’ll waste time imagining all these cool potentials in life without ever seeing anything through. -WB



Want to learn more about the Tiny House Movement, sustainable construction, and people like Matt? Check out this TEDx Talk with professional builder Andrew Morrison (below), or the new HGTV Show, Tiny House Hunters!