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User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jun 9, 2012 7:47 PM (UTC)

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User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 20, 2018 3:02 PM (UTC)
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TODAY 👏🏼 WAS 👏🏼 FANTASTIC 👏🏼 🇮🇩 Got caught in a rainstorm with nowhere to hide 🇮🇩 Listened to a local sing Beyoncé to me 🇮🇩 Jumped into Chinatown with both feet and found the sassiest peppered chicken I have ever tasted 🇮🇩 Bought the 📷 I’ve been dreaming of for months 🇮🇩 Rode taxi, tuk tuk, bus and walked from one end of this endless city to the other 🇮🇩 Shared it all with the incredibly intrepid @terencebrasch who also snapped this photo 🙏🏼
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 17, 2018 9:09 AM (UTC)
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He’s here!
First visitor from the homeland and YES it does feel good. Let’s go buddy!
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 14, 2018 10:34 AM (UTC)
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It’s a small rainbow, but I’m building it piece by piece. I found a hole-in-the-wall family run shop that sells blue LED bulbs after much searching all week. Watched a thunderstorm from my office, followed by an eerie sunset. Patiently, quietly working my buns off in preparation for this year. The year I make the best work of my life. 🙏🏼🇮🇩
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 12, 2018 1:36 AM (UTC)

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#tbt to the most iconic, generous and radiant woman in my life. Keeli agreed to be photographed for my One Dangerous Queer series last year, and she arrived in bead work she made by hand. You inspire me in so many ways. Following Love Leaders like you is easy 🙏🏼 and the entire Indigenous leadership movement is blessed by your patient love.
Produced by @klsyjean 🙏🏼
PS posting this from Asia where it’s actually Friday blows my mind a little bit, because it is and it isn’t a throwback. UGH 🤯
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 9, 2018 12:47 AM (UTC)
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Today I forgave the woman who for years was my gay conversion therapist. I set her free. I embrace all that she is, all her hopes and dreams, and let her drift off into the cosmos.
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For years I sat in her office and let her try to pray away the gay demon inside of me. I listened to sentences like “your brand of love is inauthentic” and “i know this is hard to hear but this love is not real” - and endured two exorcism attempts where she cast out said demon. The little boy in me hid for years from these memories, traumas and abuses. But not today. I sat in this chair and remembered every feeling I had during those times. And I am happy to share that I feel like I’m walking through a field of light, surrounded by people I love. 🙏🏼
I am not an abomination, I am a Sparkle Daddy! Maybe one day I will see her again and give her a heart sticker, lord knows we all need a little heart ❤️
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 8, 2018 9:52 PM (UTC)
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I used to feel guilty for requiring my life and work to sparkle. ❤️
It’s ok to have incredible days, followed by more incredible days.
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It’s ok to celebrate what magnetizes and excites me.
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It’s ok to embrace childlike enthusiasm for literally anything I want to be excited about.
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It’s ok to be multi dimensional and impossible to define.
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It’s ok to tell myself I have unique value in the world despite the world telling me the exact opposite.
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It’s ok to forgive everyone who has ever wronged me and follow it up with deep compassion for myself, and my ability to love without cynicism or fear. ❤️❤️❤️
Taken by @terencebrasch 🙏🏼
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 7, 2018 12:16 AM (UTC)
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New Year’s Eve was a meditative colorful and vibrant day. I kept imagining a future where we are all flying through beautiful nebulas, like glittery comets, free from negativity, fear and oppression. A future where our inner sparkle matches our outer cosmic splendor. That future doesn’t seem so far off some days. Like today, I was lucky enough to climb inside a metal tube and speed through the atmosphere overnight and wake up on a different continent, on a different day. It’s happening fast guys, and I’m so glad to be here with you.
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See you on the other side of a crystal wormhole, I’ll be there waiting for you with a big fat smile. ❤️❤️❤️
Taken by @terencebrasch
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 4, 2018 4:36 AM (UTC)
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Tomorrow I’m getting on a plane and not coming back to this country for many months. I am ready to participate in the art and cultural explosion taking place in some of the most incredible cities in Asia + the Middle East. I am ready to surround myself with world-class professionalism and heart-rendering compassion. I am ready to make the best work of my life. Packed, heart strong, excited. Thank you for all the support each of you has given me, it means the world to this little guy. Let’s GO ❤️❤️❤️
Taken by @terencebrasch 🙏🏼
Proudly wearing pins from @fruitsaladclub @katebingburt and @fromthebureau
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 2, 2018 2:55 AM (UTC)
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Here we go! The rainbow room has been many things over this year, it held me, nurtured me, and set me free. Thanks to all that have come to this place to bathe in color and radiant love.
Taken by @terencebrasch
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Jan 1, 2018 7:41 PM (UTC)
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All good things have a beginning, I love you guys! 🔮
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:01 AM (UTC)
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You have incredible, unique value in the world. The weight of this century is on your capable shoulders, angel fish. You are right on time for love, you cannot know how many people are depending on you to love them right now 👨‍🚀🧜🏼‍♂️ Taken by @terencebrasch 🙏🏼
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 25, 2017 1:39 AM (UTC)
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ROGUE ❄️ SNOW ❄️ FLAKE
Sparkle Daddy wants to you feel radiant love today, my sweet angels. Go stand in the street and sing songs, nobody cares!💋
Taken by @terencebrasch
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 22, 2017 11:57 PM (UTC)
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User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 21, 2017 10:47 PM (UTC)
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1 year ago I was completely disconnected, upset by the election, stagnant in my career, isolated and frustrated. So I took a handful of hearts to Art Basel in Miami, Havana and Mexico City and all of those things changed.
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I don’t know who this person is, but we had just met seconds before, she was selling tickets to @satelliteartshow... about 5 minutes later I met the legend @jasondereknorth who enabled me to show at @satelliteartshow this year. I gave him a heart sticker also. 🙏🏼
Sometimes...sometimes guys, a little heart can change ya life. ⚡️B-B-B-B-Big love from a small man. I love you all ❤️❤️❤️
#sparkledaddy
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 21, 2017 1:36 AM (UTC)
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User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 20, 2017 7:44 PM (UTC)
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@adrianx___ before performing, outside the Ocean Terrace Hotel, fully slaying all of North Beach Miami...this is what compels me, people fully presenting their singular creative vision. See art in person plz, you have no idea how it’s going to hit you and alter your world view...what ALSO compels me is when one treats ones body as the work of art. Whoa. Heart beating like a drum 💔
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 18, 2017 4:55 PM (UTC)
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Living my bedroom fantasies for as long as I possibly can 🌈💍 it’s incredible what color, scent, reflectivity, refraction and music can do for you in a small space. Direct portal to love ❤️
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 15, 2017 6:34 PM (UTC)
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Aaaand she’s back! In six weeks this lil hobbit flew around this planet and learned exactly how much I don’t know about the world, which is A LOT, let 👏🏼 me 👏🏼 tell 👏🏼 you 👏🏼. I’m a lucky little man, and have come home inspired, confident and ready to roll on all the impossibly possible projects that were set in place. ❤️🌎❤️
2018 darlings, Sparkle Daddy has dried his nails and is waiting patiently for you. Taken by @terencebrasch 🙏🏼
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 11, 2017 11:46 PM (UTC)
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Alright so this couple of art wizards named Lucy & Jorge Orta showed at Art Basel and let me tell you why I’m here for it: ❕❕❕
They didn’t use trendy art materials which are pervasive at most art fairs, yet this work feels contemporary and (my favorite part) confusing. This is the delight I travel for. The paintings are flanked by objects that confound AND support the canvass (is that a ladder? Are those ceramic barnacles?) - but then they continue the sculptural support with blown glass that feels like the painting also - same vibe, different execution. And that for me simply places this type of work head and shoulders above framed hangings - which have value, no doubt, but I’m here to be pushed. I’m here to break my brain in two. I’m here to experience contemporary minds. Each year I see artists curating an experience more and more, and of course they are. Markets are demanding much more than pretty images. I want to feel the work, not glance at it and move on. Disrupt my space, make me walk around something. Give me reason to feel my heart race and question what I think I know about what art even is 🙏🏼Thanks guys. See you in 2018
User Image aaron.c.rayburn Posted: Dec 11, 2017 5:27 PM (UTC)
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Sunrise art tour completion ceremonial beach moment captured by @terencebrasch 🍾 and now we sleep