Life Lessons From The Land Of Selfie

Life Lessons From The Land Of Selfie


If you live in/near/have ever visited West Hollywood, you’ll know three things about the building on 8221 Melrose Ave. It’s the Paul Smith store. It’s an oblong slab of vibrant pink.

And it’s one of the most popular places to take a selfie in the world.


But the volume of human traffic that flocks to the site is such that local residents have gotten a little peeved with the increasingly disruptive naval-gazing.

This week someone took matters, and a can of grey spray paint, into their own hands and posted a message IRL. At the time of writing, both pro and anti-selfie lobbyists continue to tear each other’s throats out on this most important of issues.




Ever since it was made Word of the Year in 2013, people who abhor or are at least mistrustful of social tend to drone on about selfie culture being a type of Dorian Gray Syndrome, where extreme pride in one’s personal appearance intersects with a general ability to mature (in the positive sense of the word). Which might be true. But MotherZine finds truth and meaning in self-portraits; especially when they go slightly wrong. Time for ten of the best selfie mishaps with poignant quotes tacked on for good measure? You betcha.


Be careless in your dress but keep a tidy soul.




Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.



Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.



In looking back, we see nothing to regret and little to correct.



From the deepest desires often comes the deadliest hate.



When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.



Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.




We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.




May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.