Today, 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.
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.
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].
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Whalen, local DJ. Check out his music here.