Shawn Mendes Shows Atlanta Fans How Much They Mean To Him

Shawn Mendes Shows Atlanta Fans How Much They Mean To Him

"Welcome to 'Illuminate.' Your journey begins here."
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18-year-old Shawn Mendes is the youngest artist since Justin Bieber to have his first two albums earn a No. 1 spot on Billboard 200. If you're familiar with Mendes's music - or his fanbase - this will not come as a shock.

Mendes's newest album, Illuminate, is packed with feel-good love songs and guitar-driven ballads. When he stopped at the Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta for the Illuminate Tour last Saturday, he played almost every song from the album as passionate fans screamed every lyric at the top of their lungs.

Up-and-coming pop artist Charlie Puth opened the show with his biggest hits, which included "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "Attention." He opened with an energetic "We Don't Talk Anymore" and then played the keyboard for almost the rest of his set.



Although the fans were mostly teens, they effortlessly blew the roof off the arena. Their collective screams were as loud as the music itself. They filled the arena with passion and let everyone know how much Mendes means to them.

To say that Mendes's fans are dedicated would be an understatement. He first gained a following in 2013, when he began posting six-second covers of songs on Vine. He accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers in just a few months and quickly became one of the top five most followed people on Vine. Since then, Mendes has made a point to develop a close relationship with his fans.

When he got signed to Island Records in 2014, he released his first single, "Life of the Party," which made him the youngest artist to ever debut in the Billboard Top 25. His third single, "Stitches," was picked up by Top 40 radio stations. From there, he toured with Taylor Swift and headlined two world tours, including a stop at Madison Square Garden, which sold out in five minutes.


No artist in the music business would be where they are without fans, but not many artists acknowledge them as much as Mendes does. From his first song ("There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back") to his last ("Treat You Better"), he interacted with fans the entire time. Mendes thanked them frequently and spent a long time holding their hands. Right before "Never Be Alone," he played a video featuring a montage of fans with a voiceover saying "What we have is special."


Towards the middle of the show, Mendes performed four songs from a B-stage beneath a moon, surrounded by fans on all sides. After he covered the chorus of Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill," he played a stripped-down version of "Life of the Party." This song means a lot to fans, not only because it was his first single, but also because it inspired DoSomething.org's campaign, "Notes for Shawn," which helped people with low self-esteem. He spent all of "Roses" holding as many hands as he could.

Shawn Mendes couldn't have treated his Atlanta fans any better on Saturday night. Even if you've never heard his songs, you must make a point to see him in concert for an experience unlike any other.

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Cover Image Credit: Sophie Harris

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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Poetry On Odyssey: 'Surround'

Inspired by Surround Yourself, an exhibition by Jordan Wilshaw at Eastern Michigan University in April of 2018.
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Sound yourself with the doers.


Surround yourself with the movers,

the shakers,

the believers,

the winner,

the crazies.


Surround yourself with the the dreamers.


Surround yourself with the “good ones”.

Surround yourself with the people who just get it — whatever “it” is.


Surround yourself with people you love.
Surround yourself with those who love you.
Surround yourself with love.



Surround yourself with art.


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For more art by Wilshaw, see their website here.

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