Welcome to Fake and Basic!

Hey! I’m Marty. Welcome to Fake and Basic.

Here, I write about everything from unsettling dates with random strangers to why I love Tinky-Winky the purple Teletubby to existential thoughts I have before every one of my birthdays. I also post photo tours from my travels, productivity tips, and insights from the personal projects I do each month. Basically, I brain-dump all of my observations and experiences on here. Niches are overrated. ????

About Me

I’m a 23-year-old writer and photographer (he/him) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a kid, I carried a notebook everywhere I went (and went plenty of places I shouldn’t have in search of a good story). Growing up was rough, mostly because I had a lot of social gender dysphoria. I thought that art was “too feminine” to pursue and gave it up in lieu of being materially successful. In January of 2018, I came out as transgender and started to embrace the things I actually liked, a big part of which was being artistic and doing creative projects for fun.

I graduated college in May 2018 and moved to San Francisco two weeks later to begin a career in software engineering. It didn’t take me long to realize that I liked writing words more than I liked writing code. These days, I’m a technical writer at Google by day an essay writer at Fake and Basic whenever I can fit in the time. I also like to go on long, immersive adventures. A lot of these adventures involve planes. This screws up my sleep schedule sometimes, but I think it’s worth it.

About Fake and Basic

Fake and Basic started out as a fashion blog, then became a productivity blog, and is now a long-form lifestyle blog about literally everything my brain can think of. I have a lot of interests and you’ll find me talking about them all on here. 

As of August 2019, each month’s content will revolve around a cohesive theme. I’ll be exploring each theme through all sorts of content — confessional pieces, informational essays, rants, those song-inspired pictures I occasionally do. You can read more about themed series here.

If you have any theme or content ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy

I write about a lot of personal things on this site. Check out the official Disclaimer and Privacy Policy page for more information about how I handle others’ personal details, my political beliefs, what to do when you find contradictions in my content, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can view my FAQs here. If you have any burning questions that I haven’t answered, feel free to contact me here.