There’s an old saying that if you name something that makes it yours. I know this power to be true because there was a name on my birth certificate, a baby name given to me by my family, and then there was the one I gave myself. There is power in the name of everything around us, except the things that house our hearts. "I'm going home," or "Come to my house," sounds like any other place with a roof. Naming your apartment lays claim to the soul living inside it. The name gives it legality. The Blue Bunker is not just a studio apartment here in South Bronx, but a marker for my life’s existence as an artist and writer.
A studio apartment is compact, made of nothing but walls and windows. It is a creative space typically occupied by a single soul. Visually, set for nesting, a studio apartment is the same as a cottage, tree-house, or trap-house. It’s a holding space for a worker. So as a writer, I knew full on that this would be the place I would use for writing. It is a womb for nestling the life of my characters and birthing them on the page. With books stacked crazily against my walls and velvet furnishings to offset the high feeling of being inside a warehouse, the room sort of gives you its own hug. I thought about the word bunker, which means an underground shelter or compartment for storage. How fitting for me to call it this since I am living in the city on a noisy street, surrounded by lots of people and traffic. It’s a place of refuge and solace.
The story: Over a bottle of wine with a close friend, we had joked about my blue color scheme. She called my apartment the Blue Room. I began playing with the idea of calling it that in my head whenever I was out shopping or speaking with friends about stopping by. Then another friend in conversation calls it a bunker. I put the two together, naming it confidently The Blue Bunker. Ever since naming my apartment, my friends make a point to visit me more in the Bronx (if you live in NYC you know how hard it is to visit friends in another borough). There is enough creativity in the Bronx to go around, my apartment feels like my piece to a bigger mural. Having given it a name, it has become it's attraction for my friends and family.
Here are a few benefits to naming your space: