Issue #2 Theme Revealed


Emma is the editor & creator (and occasionally writer) for The Messy Heads. She enjoys yellow curry, print media, and singing to herself.


I’m a rebel to the system cause the system sucks.

A rebel is a person who stands up for their own personal opinions despite what anyone else says. A true rebel stands up for what they believe is right, not against what’s right. It’s not about wearing leather, drinking till you’re rendered unconscious, or beating the crap out of anyone that crosses your path. It’s all about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do even if it means becoming an outcast to society. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality or personal opinion for anyone. They’re straightforward and honest and they will sure as hell tell it like it is.


The goal of the second edition of the messy heads is to inspire our readers to rebel against who they think they should be to discover who they are. It is about shedding the perception of society telling you what you can & can’t do and just be authentically you. The issue covers rebelling against society’s standards, posing articles focused on feminism, body image, gender, sexuality, the food system, fashion, paths in life, & more. Rebellion in this issue is not self destruction, property destruction, motorcycle riding, leather jackets, etc, it is just breaking all the right rules. Understanding that what you have been taught isn’t necessarily the reality that you have to live. this issue will feature rule breakers who are also fighting for a cause and have meaning behind what they are doing. Their intentions are to create change, provoke awareness, and catapult us into a more accepting world. Be a rebel with a cause. 


Submit your work to

Issue #2, Rebel Rebel is in the process of being made and we want YOUR work to be in it. Send your art, words, photography, thoughts, ideas, muses, inspiration, and everything else you can think of to us. If you are inspired by the theme in general and want to send something, do it, or choose from one of the contribution pieces we want below.


STAND OUT POLAROID: Do you or a friend have a unique look that is sometimes shunned by society? It could be tattoos, hair color, skin color, eyes, fashion expression, or anything else. What makes your look stand out? Snap a polaroid, scan it, and send it to us accompanied by a short quote from the subject, no more than 15 words. (think senior yearbook quote style)

FEMINISM IS…: What is feminism to you? What are you fighting for? Send us your thoughts

STAND UP IN PROTEST: Paint a beautiful protest sign with a message you want the world to hear. First get inspired by Green Peace, Feminist Rallies, Black Lives Matter Movement, etc. Paint those words bold on a wooden or paper sign and hold it proudly, have a friend snap a photo and send it to us.

STAND TOGETHER: Are you and a friend an unlikely pair? or are you two peas in a pod that feel like its us vs the world? Tell us about your friendship, your support system, and how differences bring us together & share a creative photo of you and your friend or your entire friend group.

Can’t wait to see what you guys have to say. xx



  1. Emma Shuemake says

    I emailed y’all because I am on the autism spectrum and I would love to explain how I break standards through art or photographs but I’m not quite sure how to. I would love to help get autism acceptance, not awareness out in the world.

    • my cherub I’m here for you, I can relate on so many levels, at work, school, home I feel like I’m in a jail cell from everyone else. Your project sounds so amazing and life changing!!!! XOXO

  2. anonymous says

    Hello! So I have a very old phone which won’t allow me to email you but I really wanted to share this so I thought I should comment. I strongly feel there should be a greater awareness about how different women’s bodies are and how no one should be ashamed of feel alone in how they look. I know that is pretty obvious but my main point is how not all boobs and nipples look the same. What many people don’t know is that not all nipples are small and erect or an “outie”. Many women have puffy, flat, or inverted nipples. Because all you see in social media are the basic small pointy nipple (like the kind you even have in pictures on this website) many women and girls are left feeling ashamed and thinking their body looks weird and can never truly be confident in themselves because they dont look like everyone else ( as far as they know). There needs to be more awareness so more women dont feel alone and upset with how they look, and so that they can have the confidence to go without a bra and be topless around others if they want. Sorry it was long and I could not email but I really wanted to share this!

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