sinuousfootprints asked: So, I just read your letter on here, about how you created "Keep Calm and Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" (incredibly clever btw!) and I was so surprised to know that there's a t-shirt being made of it. Honestly, I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way or not, but I think whoever's making those t-shirts, should give part of the profits to you, for coming up with that idea. Then of course, the rest of what gets made, should go to the Selena Foundation to help run the Selena Museum, and Q-Prod. :)
I really would never ask or want profit from it. It’d be nice to be acknowledged for having a good idea though! That would mean the most to me. Even if I never get credit for it, I guess I will think it of it as an honor anyways to know that my idea is now on a shirt that officially represents Selena.
I’m not writing this because I want anything. That is the last impression I would ever want to give anyone. I’m just writing to let you know that if by chance, you ever need the story to go along with how “Keep Calm and Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” came to be, well..here you have it.
It was the Summer of 1995 that I heard “I Could Fall In Love” on the radio for the first time, as I was just about to turn 8-years-old. I told my parents that Mariah and Whitney were my favorite singers of the past, because I had found a new one. Her name was Selena.
Unfortunately, I soon learned that the sad story I watched on the news in March earlier that year had a huge impact on my newfound favorite singer in the world, and why it meant that I would never be able to see her in concert, attend her autograph signings, watch her on live TV, or do any of the other things that fans normally love to do to support their favorite artists.
It didn’t affect her place as my favorite singer, because she left her gift of music to her fans. There was something magical in her voice. It was something that I had never heard before, and that something, inspired me. It inspired creativity, it inspired me to hone my musical craft, it inspired me to dream- to feel that anything is possible. It inspired me to try to learn Spanish! (I even took three years in high school- senior year project, guess who got an A?! Guess who my project was about?! Yep- Selena.)
And so while my peers had the Spice Girls, I had Selena, and then when they gravitated to Britney Spears, my favorite was still Selena. I think my parents grew exasperated with the amount of money that they spent on Selena CDs and VHS tapes. When the movie came out, I must have made them take me 3 or 4 times to the theater to watch it, and the number of times they watched it after I owned it on VHS? Countless. If there were to be a biography written about me someday by any of my family members, there would be a chapter dedicated to my steadfast loyalty as a Selena fan.
It’s now been over 15 years since the movie came out, and close to 17 since my dad bought me my first Selena CD (Siempre Selena, because he didn’t know what the Dreaming of You album looked like. I finally forgave him for this travesty, after he bought me the Dreaming of You album.) I still remember what order I got all of her albums in, but that’s beside the point I suppose. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if I had to pick one person in the entire world, that I never met, but who I can honestly say changed my life for the better, I would say have to say Selena.
Last year I bought a domain name (dreamingofselena.com) and started a Tumblr blog to just create a site that would pay tribute to her. I posted in my spare time, and if I had time, I created original graphics for the blog so that there was something “new” out there. I was always trying to think of ways to be innovative and progressive while respecting and paying tribute to the gift that she left us, her music.
One day in June of 2012, it popped into my head “Keep Calm & Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” It was so catchy. It went so well together. I was so excited as I was making my “Keep Calm” Selena graphic. I was excited to share it with other fans. We cling to photos of yesterday, but there’s only so many of those, so putting something new out there for other fans to share and like..it made me happy.
Everyone loved it, but I guess some people loved it too much, because they took it, and then they took another photo from my blog. They merged the two photos together and called it their own. AB ended up tweeting their version. I felt a pang of anger/jealousy, I will admit. Who wouldn’t? It was my idea, the whole point of tumblr is reblogging original ideas, not stealing them. I mentioned it once on my blog. The dates are there as proof, the proof is in the pudding, and only someone petty and childish would go that far to prove someone a liar…and I’m grown with a job and bills, I do not have time for drama, let alone petty, childish, internet drama.
So today, it was a big surprise to see Suzette wearing a “Keep Calm and Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” shirt, and then to see that they would be for sale as official Selena merchandise. It’s inexplicably awesome to see your own idea being used to represent someone that you’ve spent more than half of your life looking up to. At the same time, it’s disheartening to know that your idea is no longer your own, but such is life.
So I’m writing this to tell you it was my idea. Mine. And it came to be because I was trying to pay tribute to Selena, by trying to merge her past with this generation’s present- to make her feel a little more current, a little more here…a little less gone.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! ALL I WANT IS SCREAM RIGHT NOW! LOL
AB posted my photo on his Twitter and his Facebook. I’m so glad! I never imagined how long this simple photo would be!
Thank you all the Selena fans that rebloged it!
No thanks to DreamingofSelena for making the graphic you layered the picture ontop of and cut our logo out of? :(