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Joe Average Biography

If Joe Average's artwork reflects his personality in any way then he probably whistles in his sleep and skips instead of walks. His bright, upbeat work has been in Vancouver's International Airport, in bus shelters, on the side of Food Bank vans and flapped in the breeze as banners on Robson Street in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Finding Your Passion

The 53 year-old always liked to draw. "I've been drawing since I was a kid," says the soft-spoken artist. "I'm dyslexic and usually dyslexic kids find an art they are good at." Joe Average's been a professional artist for about 13 years. "The turning point from doing my work as a hobby was when I was diagnosed HIV positive. It was what inspired me to see if I could make it. When I was diagnosed the doctors didn't know if I had three months, six months or a year to live. I've been doing art ever since."


Fighting The Good Fight

Joe Average, who describes his artwork as playful, fun, colorful and happy, has obviously impressed a lot of people with his work. In 1996 he created the "One World, One Hope" image for the 11th International AIDS conference in Vancouver. That image was picked as the first AIDS awareness postage stamp. Kidzworld founder Allen Achilles, whose name is actually Alasdair Achilles, has been a fan of Joe Average for many years and has been collecting his artwork along with that of fellow Vancouver painter Tiko Kerr.


Joe Average has become somewhat of a celebrity for those who have anything to do with HIV/AIDS. He's also well known for his generosity. His artwork, most of which he's donated, has helped raise awareness and money for a long list of charities. You can find Joe Average's artwork on T-shirts, posters and canvases he's donated to organizations like AIDS WALK, Friends for Life Society, the Canadian AIDS society and so many more. He also goes to schools and tutors and hangs out with the art classes.


Words Of Inspiration

For those of you who want to be a painter like Joe Average, a cartoonist, a photographer or ANY other kind of artist - Joe has some advice: "Do it. It's a great job. Very rewarding. It's tough to make a living but if you're passionate and it's what you want to do most in the world... If it's all you want to do, pursue it as far as you can." Listen to Joe. He knows what he's talking about.


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Bella: A brown haired highschool junior who meets a pale, sparkly vampire. High jinks ensues.
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[I hope you are proud of how terrible these characters are. I have even gone to the painstaking level of making terrible art of them and writing this in bad grammar. This has caused me so much pain and torture, and I hope it will do the same to you who read it. >:3 *why did i even try and make a form for these monstrosities*]Name: Datenshi Nokibo (Fallen Angel of Hope)Age: TwelveGender: FemaleFandom: DanganronpaUltimate?: Ultimate ???, but actually Ultimate Hope. (so sUGOI DESU)Appearance: I drew this myself and yes i used a base doNT HATE ART IS HARD. AND I KNO SHE HAS NO WINGS BUT SHE CAN HIDE THEM BC SHES A KAWAII SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE.Personality: Datenshi is really kawaii and amai and loves everyone!!! She is bestfriends with all of 77 class and 78 class because she's so kakkoi~ and shes really good at every talent because shes the ultimate hope and has no flaws because she wouldnt forgive herself if she had any!! Flaws are for bakas!!! Shes super depressed tho and gets rlly sad but her friends always cheer her up!!! History: Datenshi was sent to earth from heaven as a fallen angel because her parents didn't love her, so she never met them ever!!! She lived in an orphanage her whole life and people bullied her because she was so sugoi and kakkoi and an angel and not a silly baka like those bullies. She got really depressed but then hopes peak academy found her and let her join to be the ultimate hope!!!!!!! Then she became super kawaii and popular!!!!!! Relationships?: Shes bestfriends with Aoi and Sakura and Ibuki and Peko and she likes Celes and Junko and Hiyoko and Sonia!!! She is dating Byakuya and Chihiro and Mahiru and Mikan bc she loves them all~~~~~!!!! Her enemies are Sayaka and Toko bc Sayaka is super jelous bc she isn't as pretty as her and Toko loves Byakuya but he loves Datenshi!!!!!! >_<Other: Datenshi is a sugoi-kawaii fallen angel!!!!! And she has majikku powers that make her control all the elements!!!! :3 Sugoi, nee~ Name: Arial Age: 1 million human years, looks 13 Gender: Female Fandom: Undertale Species: 1/2-Skeleton, 1/2-Ghost, 1/2-Fairy, 1/2-Vampire, 1/2-Demon Fox~~~~~. Powers: All of sans's powers like Bad Time mode!!! She is more powerful than sans and asriel combined~!!!! Appearance: Yeah i drew dis myself again and I KNO SHE DOESNT HAVE HER EARS AND WINGS AND FANGS BUT SHE CAN HIDE THEM SHUT UP STOP HATING ON MY KAWAII OC. Personality: Arial is super-super-super emo and hates her life and everyone. She will try to kill anyone who goes near her who she doesn't like and succeeds because she's super powerful. Shes really depressed bc of her overly-tragic backstory and thats why she hates everyone. She gets really sad about it and cries about it. But everyone loves her because she's amazing and everyone wants to be her friend~~~~~~~~!!! History: Arial was born on the surface but her parents were killed by humans and she was almost killed her whole life!!! She killed the humans who killed her parents but she almost died!! She was banished down to the underground and lived there with the other monsters and she hated all of them but all of them loved her unconditionally because she's absolutely perfect with no flaws ever at all. Relationships?: She is bestfriends with EVERYONE!!!! Even tho she hates the other monsters. she is dating sans and mettaton and undyne and asgore but loves sans more. She hates ALLL THE HUMANSSSS!!!!! >:c Other: Arial is the most popular monster ever even tho she doesnt like many people but they all love her~~~~!!! [I regret everything end my misery please]
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"XxRuby_PhoenixxX" wrote:I had gone to a Christian school for...   *counting* 1..2..   4 years.   Never learned about LGBTQIA, so I doubt a 6 year old would know about it. You'd be surprised. Some schools are teaching children about these issues in Kindergarten, and a lot of young kids have unrestricted internet access.
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I had gone to a Christian school for...*counting* 1..2..4 years.Never learned about LGBTQIA, so I doubt a 6 year old would know about it.
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How is this even a debate?
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