Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cold Hands, Warm Heart: A Holiday Letter from J.J.


   I liked your message about my life, and at the same time it has me experiencing a kind of rude awakening, similar to one I had twenty years ago.

The beginning of summer in 1990, I attended a friend's wedding in Iowa, and I was one of the few guests that wasn't married, and the only one who attended alone. Another married couple invited me to their room, but I declined.

Single people often say that all the good ones are taken, but I was forced to consider that maybe I was the problem. Since that event, my relationship goal shifted from "quantity" to "quality"; I wanted to be monogamous and in love with a woman who felt the same about me.

Jenna and I got together a year later, and I never thought about "diligence" again. After Jenna died, I know why I rushed into the relationship with the psycho I was dating last year.
I guess this raises the question of whether or not a faithful relationship with a woman that has multiple personalities is technically a monogamous one.

My point is that I wanted that special feeling of intimacy again, but now I know it will never feel the same.
I responded to your text about diligence with the reference to the Lucinda Williams song Essence, because it's one of the most sensuous and emotionally charged songs of romantic desire I've ever heard, though it also sounds a lot like textbook sexual addiction and obsessive relationship with strong analogies to heroin usage.
Whatever... it's hot.

Remember at the beach when we were talking about the emotional growth you achieve by listening to the lyrics of the song and make that connection between your own feelings and the feelings of the person who wrote the song?

For me, the first song where that happened was the Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby song Heart Of The Matter. It really hit home during a breakup, and I had a couple of bad ones around when the song came out.
Since then, the song Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon did a lot to help me deal with Jenna's death. The song We Belong written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro for Pat Benatar helped me deal with my pain during the weeks that Jenna was dying.
The Fire Inside by Bob Seger has lyrics that put life into perspective when you're alone, walking through every day as you suddenly find yourself older than you'd ever imagine you'd survive to be.

I just wanted to pass this along, I think I have a compulsion for making lists.

The combination of watching Persepolis on Saturday and talking with you about it on Sunday have just stirred up all kinds of feelings that I want to share.
I am not bashing Islam, or intending to cause any offense, but hearing the speech in Persepolis questioning why women must appear to take all responsibility for the feelings of men made me think.

So here it is: I think Mohammed was the Oprah Winfrey of his day, depending on how radical any given branch of Islam may be.

I know I am making an over-simplification of something that I know very little about, but that never stopped Sarah Palin.

From what I've been told, Mohammed preached that the greatest suffering anyone can endure is the rejection that a man can receive from a woman, and one of the reasons that Muslim women wear the veil is so that no man will be tempted to fall for her and be so vulnerable as to experience the unbearable torture of heartbreak.

Compare this to Oprah, who has on occasion put men in the metaphorical television version of the stocks in the town square for being unfaithful to their wives. Held up for public ridicule and punishment.

It seems to me to be a grand display, for both Oprah and Mohammed, of "he said, she said." Each trying to put the feelings and natural behaviors of men and women in a position of dominance over the other.

I'll admit, the last time I saw an episode of Oprah was when I had no choice in a hospital waiting room in September 2003, so maybe I'm not being fair to Oprah.
Whatever, I remember what I saw very vividly.

So here's where I'm going with this:
I wonder if recent regimes have banned rock music because there are two songs that really need to be heard: The Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want, and Elvis Costello's Peace Love And Understanding.

Of course I'm biased because I've lived in this world and not that one, and maybe being prisoner of the veil is no worse than being a slave to fashion and public images of ideal beauty. But isn't it better to have the freedom of expression and choice?

Last Sunday you asked if I was looking for a new girlfriend, and I remember almost chuckling.
Yes, there's everything I said about completing the grieving process, which I know is still ongoing, but after the psycho I don't know if I can ever trust again.

I feel like a trust you. I'm grateful our artistic collaboration is evolving into a friendship, and I hope we stay close through the ebbs and tides of our individual futures. I am so amazed at how there's rarely a lull in the conversation between us, and when there is, it's OK, and your tolerance for my non-sequiturs, and the history of bizarre cinema that we share.
Now I feel that I am definitely at a turning point, living a new life of diligence, in both latex and emotions.

If you don't mind, I want to ask you about something personal and share something personal of my own, more personal than body hair grooming, more personal than going to the queer-positive sex shop, and more personal than setting ground rules, limits, and expectations for group activities...

What do you do for the holidays?

What are your fond holiday memories, your preferences or traditions, and what do you most look forward to?

I ask because you and I seem to connect in so many ways, and that time of year will be here soon, and for another reason that I'll get to after some specific questions.
Do you go back to Indiana, PA on Thanksgiving and Christmas?
If so, do you make an exception to the vegetarian thing for turkey?
Are you with divorced mom and dad separately, or together?
You and I have already discussed religion (Oprah), but is your family religious and do they get together for church things?
I've told you so much about my nutty brother that I don't remember if you have siblings, and how close you are...

OK, here is why I am asking.
As I am sure you're aware, the time between Thanksgiving through the Superbowl is the time of year when suicides spike. When people have the highest expectations and the greatest disappointments, usually because they are depressed or alone.

Holiday depression is intense for me because Jenna was really into Christmas. She was diagnosed just before Christmas 2006, and died on Thanksgiving 2008. I lost Jenna and her family, which meant I lost half the holiday events that I was used to for nearly twenty years, and on top of that all the loss was during the holidays.

Last Thanksgiving and Christmas I was so preoccupied with being unemployed and breaking up with psycho-ex, it just blew past and I didn't think about it much. I made dinner both holidays for my mother and brother, and just immersed myself in job interviews.
This coming Christmas, assuming something else devastating doesn't happen, I am going to be alone and vulnerable to dwelling on all that I had, all that I've lost, and all that will never be for me.
I want to try and channel all my feelings into art of some sort; writing, drawing, photos, etc.

I know I'm not alone in this sense of loss and isolation, so I'd like to try to create something to help others like me deal with it all in some way that isn't destructive. Whatever medium that I choose for my artistic expression, I have a feeling that the best start would be with poetry, and I suck at poetry.
You're a better and more experienced writer than I am, and I've got all the angst and issues of loss and madness, so I am hoping that we can collaborate.

That being said, I don’t want my gloom and ambitions to ruin the holiday for you and your family; these times are too precious.
In a way, I guess I am setting ground rules, limits, and expectations for a different type of group activity; a creative and artistic one. If this is going to be too much, and you’d rather not, I understand.  If you’re interested, then let’s start with my questions, do some brainstorming, and maybe get the ball rolling by going to a poetry slam...

What do you think?

Saturday, November 16, 2013


In the night of my own city, where the lights and the trees curve their curls into vision wide and, to me, flawless- I aim a cosmopolitan gaze thru my high window and the thinning leaves, toward downtown.
At the highest point of the tallest tower- beacon blinks a bright lonely blue.
A searchlight, a warning.
A companionless, tireless signal. The single letter it speaks it never stutters.
It is the jewel in the top of the crown and its job is to rotate a glisten. To remind living things to try and wager the realities of themselves as best they are able.
So, light, man-made- you are never unseen once you have moved your lamp to address a human being.

what about the paradise of nothing to do?
Moving amongst the grey masses all on their caged tracks and you with nothing only with time to pass in a new circle. Friends to make beyond range of the usual activities. Fresh excitements are a matter of one deep breath after the next.
Unscheduled. Free. Shaken loose from your penciled-in bonds for a short while. Long enough to feel ready for the pull of it again. When it gets close. But that's a while from now.
Now. The beginning of gone. And not where you thought you were going. Not sorry, or disappointed, really. You work thru feelings like that pretty fast. Faster, you think, than others you know. You think.
Here you are with time and money.
All the things you could wish for graspable.
All possibilities where they could possibly find you. Found.

Friday, October 25, 2013


College. Third year. Winter.
After homework around 9pm, I decided to go catch the end of free swim at the pool.
Opting for a straight shot I rode my trick bike too fast off the sidewalk onto the wide lawn. Hi-siding right onto my back.
I lay there- relieved and aching but unhurt really, and exhausted and exhaling frozen air, motionless except for deep breaths.
For the next 40 minutes instead, I watched the stars.

The Irreducible is the fastest walk on the finest line of your netted awareness to beauty.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Eavesdropping The Fall

"Please, would you please tell me what this says?"

-Ah, hello reader. Voracious student of literature.
Woman sending photographs of the future of words to herself across past minds.
Underliner. A turner of pages, pausing, laughing, pointing then laughing again.
A reflector, introspeculator, internalizer. Child of learned expressions. Observer, going on to penetrate the subservient image.
Sly dancer attracted, welcomed by the sexuale optique. Opiated oracles maneuvered to channel dead poets alive. Suffering again to remember. A re-collector- sporadic as space as hungry for the exotic.
A revelle. Cautioned and encouraged by words. Titillated by the unfamiliar and the occult.


"Daddy, how hot is the sun?"

-Son, you are a daughter and mothers count you lucky. Wishes on you go up and down. Rings of smoke, rays of light. You are.
Imagine yourself bigger than me. Imagine yourself completely gone. Both of you are. But you never ask if the moon is cold and how cold. You never ask if you will have another father, or how much father you have in you.
The sun is not hot. It is not a pebble in space or crust on the dust shed by the pebble you are. You are right to ask the wrong question. I am the son, now you are the sun, now you are. As hot as you want to be is how hot you are is how hot the sun is.


"Hey, Hey! That pawn shop open?"

-For what reason does your heart demand it? You do not know that he who stands stillest goes furthest. Your stainless modern figurines. Your small and ever smaller machines and all that soft dry gold. They are not introductions to a philosophy beyond a viseral and disgusting now. A mismanaged today and the giant and intricate rubble of time... Not instructions for a future bondage-free.
The answer is yes. The pawn shop is always open- like a pit. Like the gates to hell. But you are across the street, not yet looking in.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

H O M E F O N E.

b r e a k f a s t.

m o d e l.

s o n g s p o t.

a n t i q u e s.

g l a s s e s  w i g  b r a c e l e t  g u i t a r.

k e e p s e e i n g t h i s.

g r a f  i n  c o n t e x t.

n a m e  a s  e y e.

g r a f  o u t  o f  c o n t e x t.

b i k e r a c k.

l o v e r s.

o l d  l i f e.

s t r i p e s.

d i v e r s e y   a v e n u e.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Little Red Writing Nerd - A Short Notebook

- It's so simple: the world gets easier to live in in proportion to how effectively you wash your hands.

- I give up on the notion that I will ever find a book that will lead me to the conclusion I must write a novel. Things, pieces, become novels, I think.

-You wouldn't think it, but you can meet some real people when you go running in the rain.

- When we talk about politics now, we are talking about our corporate masters, plain and simple...
I have every intention to decriminalize my life.

- Recently I found some hi-tops in decent condition. When I wear them, they make me want to go skateboarding.

These Shoes Have to Last One Summer-

These shoes have
to last me one summer.
Every warm hours walk
until they grey and wear.

These shoes must endure the sweet
stunt of August. July, June.
The wet of the pool,
The fireworks flame.

They must slip on quick
when my friends arrive
and slip off quick
when the beach calls my skin

Practical certainly,
Durable, maybe
At least not for long
but please into September.

These shoes shall endure
a marked season
melted and crisped
to cicada sounds.

Not chosen for mileage,
but miles come anyhow.
Miles and miles on
city and trail.

All I need from these shoes-
a single summer.
When school starts
Ill permit them a tear.

Another pair
in another summer.
I cannot demand more
than what's only fair.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Started using SoundCloud under DjDMJ. A few of my tunes and samples are up there. More to come!

Happy June, ya'll!

Friday, May 17, 2013


To the song a grey cat makes
I reopen a memory
I have a long edge that cannot be spread further
I make it go
we make it do
your push is not love
Please-to shrink me with hot kiss
is to make me on backwards
maybe you are being pusillanimous
about this maybe you are looking for colorless music
too bad your island has a boundary
which cannot help but live with mine
I try staring
from staring back
into your ice blue eyes
unforgiving waves
will I give up saying
I love you
Will I stay away
Out of the place
turn the chair to the wall
for privacy with my gaze
too bad
for our islands could be
balanced close enough
too bad
you crave too close
what kind of punishment
is this love I seem to have asked
for myself for you too?
Too bad this
island of love
requires a new boundary.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Truce, Boston (Long Weekend)--

Oct. 2011
Friday night-

If it starts with a plane it's usually at the airport.
Today we're on the jet as we begin another city misadventure.
Complete with dry contact lens, crying baby up front. Snoring and coughing to my immediate left, and somehow thru a nervous post-smoke stomachache i find it a good idea to order a vodka and coke. My first ever drink on a plane!
And this too after at least 15 minutes on the ground taxiing about as if on a joyride tour of the runway system.
The funk on the walkman kicks in. My shoes are off. It's that time... whatever time I feel like.
The tele glitches before I get in the bird. Reading just after one am tomorrow. Not quite there just yet.
Ketel One is some strong stuff. It mellows out, but not at first like Skyy, which is a favorite.
I talked about it tonight with the boy as we stood by terminal 2 so he could smoke and I could stretch, and we could joke in the indian summer air one last time before I disappear into O'Hare for some recycled air and he back into the CTA for home. His blue eyes and smile flash in the pink sunset post 5pm.
On the way to the bird depot he lets me play with his electronic device. I try the games and make a hilarious to-do list for him to view after i kiss him again near the sidewalk and make tracks.
I'll miss him, but three days away will be perfect.

Immediate right is reading total celebrity trash as I pour in the second vodka over the remaining ice and start my contributions to the burpy gaseous emissions party this airship cabin has so far become to the rock soundtrack out of a music player chalked up with tunes I hope to share with miss Steph, in hopes also of loading on in exchange some of her fave tracks.

Spirit Air does not have an airline magazine or any complementary drinks. The seats and interior furnishings appear torn and old. Repurposed 737? Shit. I've got to get another vodka on the trip home.
I remember again visualising the Dalai Lama's face on take off. It always inspires a pleasantly duped smile.

Sip. Sip. Think... you only brought one pen lady. Maybe they have pens in Boston if you're lucky.
Here are other things you'll do in the hours:
Stretch and get all yogic.
Finish writing in this book. Yeah, easy.
Be lavish with lotion.
Take shots on your new digital (polaroid) camera.

Note: turbulence in 16E. The fashion seatbelt sign is not on.

Saturday Night-

Freshly showered... I clean up real nice.

A gorgeous day has unfolded. And as I write this- hair wrapped in a towel, my "metal heads have more fun" bedtime shirt sported post local watering hole browndog ale to Stephanie's vodka cranberry, I dim the living room lights and sit up on the 2nd futon.
Grab a pen from Alex's (Steph's BF) desk and listen to a siren spin a loud loop somewhere up Cambridge street toward Harvard University.

Yes. I am not in Boston proper, or even Sommerville, where the Stephanoid has dwelled before.
But Cambridge. Near the train trax on Max ave where the #69 branch of the "1369" Coffee shops held me for long enough to drink water and take in more of my book before S got out of her tutoring session and back into the 86 degree day.

The neighborhood reminding me, oddly, of San Francisco in its general building structure. Only a slight slope to the land noted here, however.

Around 4pm after some comedic TV vegetation, we head around the block to a Broadway and a plaza with a hospital and a Marriott featuring a rooftop garden attached to a parking garage. Very plush. We talk as a bride and her maids get photos taken and a grey jay surveys the areas- spinning in the air and ducking with his friends into the bushes, chuckling.
We agree it's time to make the apple pie after this. It is done with pears included.
This and a veggie calzone have been the main staples of the day.
Fortunately, there always seems to be delicious food in Boston.

Sunday Night-

Quarter to nine and we are brains scorched by another day of 86 degrees and sunny and a perverse amount of exposure to the idiot box.

Over the last of the apple pie we made, we watch cooking shows and stretch like cats on the futons.

I poke the internet enabled electronic device for awhile as this goes on. Thinking I should try and listen to some music.

This morning was CBS Sunday programming over "indian toast"- the savory answer to french toast, and then another trip out the door, before noon thankfully, with no destination in particular, but did result in a fantastic visit thru Sommerville, past Steph's old place, to Fresh Pond- the public watershed. A gleaming lake with a ring of bike paths all around used avidly by pet enthusiasts.

One short red line ride from Alewife to Davis Square puts us near Tufts Univ campus and a fantastic Irish pub called the Burren.
Live music just appeared at 3pm- 2 fiddles and a piccolo and accordion, for practice.
Also materialized Steph's pals Gabe and Patrick- Pat being one I hadn't met yet, Gabe's latest beau of a little over a year.

Finally kicked a headache I'd been having on and off for a couple days with 3 aspirin.
Overall I feel good and rested. One more full lovely day in greater Bostonia ought to mellow me out but good.

Another trip to the rooftop garden perhaps- or another comparable park-like green space?
Now that I've taken a bunch of pictures and have a pretty good handle on the camera and its commands and prompts, it occurs to me to grab it up and out of my pocket and take the shot. Great zoom. Got some portraits with the timer and am still investigating the flash and lighting settings.


A holiday (Columbus). Gorgeous and clear and begun at 9am. The day blinks away as I decide to forgo a tattoo for now. and focus on spending time with miss Stephanie in the form of walking along the river and talking and watching more of "the f word" (cooking show) as well as darning my socks, updating my blog, taking a call from my beau and my bro, and briefly again visiting the rooftop deck.
The carillon next door sounds again odd#s of chimes at the hours. And a passenger train as well as freight liners come by, surprising Stephi.
She is yawning by 630 and so I get her to take me for walkies to the grocery plaza.
Chicken, cheese, soda.
A short, shameless (hers) list.
Here's hoping that tomorrow bodes an easy trip to the airport- warm, unhurried, inexpensive.
My charlie card is good until the 14th after all.

Tuesday morning-

The first cloudy one. The sun still shimmies brightly thru skylights and window cracks.
Stephanie leaves as it is still dark- 6am.
Now, after 8, Alex is gone and soon I'll down some instant oatmeal and make myself scarce too.
A long walk and one last train ride and its back to Chi where home is.
Where I know my way around and where my love is.

A clean-up and 3 pieces of cinnamon raisin toast later, I've left a note and am out the door, walking thru and taking a final glimpse at the neighborhood before arriving at North Center and doing the orange-to-blue line jog out to Terminal B.

If I remember correctly, the T used to be a bit grittier, louder, dirtier. More like a trolley than a subway. But maybe that's just the green line.
Last stop on the blue: Wonderland.
Sounds almost fantastical. I'll be left to wonder what's there.

Ive noticed here too, more than ever, and even in Steph's apartment, discarded lotto scratch cards like cookie wrappers or crack baggies, Just everywhere! Makes me think pieces of them might do a decent collage.
I lick prompts off of my hand and listen to a kid scream his head off near my gate. One more ride and I'll try to reconcile an overpriced drink from the last one. The lo-mein at the Chinese food court bucket is actually OK. I put mustard and duck sauce on it for the first time like I know it'll be a tasty blasphemy.

Wisps of clouds curve gentle dimensions into the periwinkle of the sky over Logan International.

A good, relaxed visit in a walking city. Happy and dirty enough to be almost anywhere in America.

A good truce.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

90% Of Art Is A Prank - Portfolio and Notes

Dreams are a plague...

If they lie to you, it's because it's still none of your business...

 An equation: Art < Beauty >Truth


No War No TV No Taxes No Banks...

Never fake a seizure just because you want a kiss...

This is the end of the book.
The last chapter.
The last page.
The final word...
Blanks off into two extra pages of nothingness bound together.


Sunday, March 3, 2013


For a week at the beginning of November of 2012, I paid a visit to Montego Bay and Negril...


Last night I stood outside and listened to music with the local boys while they drank a little rum and danced and talked. It made me smile to watch them.
Locals pack the hostel court at night along with the strut of black marbled pigeons.
Grooves can be heard from local parties going on well into the night. I didn't go to Pier One, where the big friday bash is in Mo'Bay, instead I rode around with Carlos (a driver with a sound system who loves anything with a beat) up into his neighborhood called Melbourne. Quiet and dark except for pockets of local parties and people dancing. We laughed about how they thought I was a boy (my head recently shaved) at the local shop while getting "Wissla" (long rolling papers for smoking with the name "king weedie" on the side) and Red Stripe (never a hangover) and some drink that comes in a tiny bottle and tastes super sweet like cough syrup.

Old school. The way people do things is the way they do, until something comes along that makes them want to do it differently. Jamaicans understand this.
The whole place scares the hell out of me, but I'm getting used to it. Maybe even liking it a little bit: that terror that means you're beyond your comfort zone for the moment.
Thinking about where to go and how to get there and how much cash to bring along sometimes tires me out. Or I just wish my hostel had more couches...

It was explained to me by a high-all-the-time professional JUTA bus driver that "there are 3 classes of citizens in JA. Rich (who keep getting richer), Middle (majority taxi drivers and other service workers), and Ghetto- poor-as-dirt, "Real Rasta" slum-dwellers.
He talks further about clocking a drive to Kingston in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Unbelievable. It should take 3. 2 hours is how he usually does it, he says. One time it was dark and a bicyclist came out of nowhere. He hit him. Heard him hollar, but he didn't stop... and that's the protocol.
"You don't stop. If you hit someone and stop, they'll kill you or fuck up your car. You just continue on and go to the police station."
That night, he went home and went to bed.

They have a phrase: "Left is right. Right is suicide!"
Somehow, as absolutely nutty as drivers and driving is here, it is comforting to be in a car.

Taking lots of pictures here has been a goal.
Behind the little enclosed neighbor dome of the Mt. Salem housing project is a ghetto hill country with unfinished houses, beautifully shaped nonetheless. Most of my photography constitutes architecture, since I don't want to impose my giant lens on local folk.
I hang with some people from my hostel: a sky-diving German who talks it up about being a greaser in Hamberg, and a Czech accountant with a Cuban girlfriend younger than his youngest son. Both of them smoke like it's going out of style, and are drunk by sunset.
Learn my lesson with that one. We are white people. Therefore we are always about 5 seconds away from a jam when we go out and about here.
I practice never abandoning my drink.

Clothes lines flutter everywhere. A teeming slum, writhing and colorful and filthy. Potholes so big they put Chicago to shame. Jah mon.

Mighty fruits hang like ballsacks from the tree above the long picnic table where I work and spy my first Jamaican skink skurry up to a shady ledge where he can lounge out. Draping his legs over the cool painted concrete and keeping out of the purrview of cats.

The sand is very coarse and the stormclouds are fickle as the afternoons approach. All was well, very relaxed and quiet at Doctor's Cave Beach yesterday.

Boring, yes, but so worth it for the relaxation of a bouyant float and a canopy by which to stay out of the sun.
I never want to get out of the water for how much it feels like a bath.

50 years independent this year. The breezy day in the Caribbean glimmers with light... Irie, Irie.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Milk, Milk, Lemonade - 3 Poems

True Story-

We sit in powdered down furniture
to keep the bugs away.

The candles were lit from stolen lighters.

Dishes are clean, and away,
but the peanut butter is out.

All days


Self Portrait, Evening-

One light.

Paint from earlier
dried on my arms.

Some white wine
on the night table
and a kind of
holding pattern.

Book unfinished.
Shower untaken.

This movie has great music
River Phoenix.


Eleven and Seven-

Your heartbeat is shaking the bed.
Sniff, shift,

Your heartbeat is shaking the bed.

I suppose you think
it's going to cry
for you.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Brief Discourse On A Black Square

Tattoos are keys... and curse. For every new key, you may have to find a new lock...

After the ink was set in Hemet, California in 2004, it was not long before the name Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) came up.
A Russian "Suprematist" who believed in extreme reduction: "The object in itself is meaningless… the idea of the conscious mind are worthless… I want the supremacy of pure feeling." 
Images that spoke to him offered no reference at all to a particular reality, and yet were everywhere in reality. He wanted non-objective objectivity/representation. Attached to nothing, and larger than art.
This man's philosophy and other's like it were not the direct inspiration for this work- a 2in. x 2in. solid black square- yet the very unique obstacle that inhibits an explanation of this tattoo from being "brief" perhaps, is the same that offers it the appeal and intrigue of something timeless.

By nature physically small, occupying little space and offering only basic details. The only important detail, is that it has the ability to have as many or as few details as it likes. Hence the fluidity of something solid, forced to move thru time.
2x2 inch solid black square turned rectangle with the stretching of skin caused by the lowering of my right arm. Offering a mercurial portrait that accompanies fascination and illicits curiosity. Strangers ask why and receive at best a loose understanding of the inherent ideas that drive this tattoo's renewed impermanence and fresh imperfections.

Located on my writing arm, the tattoo is meant to reflect in part the great openness revealed to me as a writer. (Vacancy or gap- paradoxically represented by the blank white page.) A welcome return and a belonging to a world which exists only in my vision, and perhaps then only to satisfy a need to create and by creating, destroy.
The breakdown of this theory offers an illustration of the duality of non-existence. "Something is nothing, nothing is something."

As the philosophies of ideas, knowledge, and science weave remarkable patterns within and beyond themselves, the simple becomes the complex becomes the simple again, and thus the impossible possible.

Humans experience, on this vast and remote island Earth, pressures and burdens that dominate but do not necessarily inhibit their daily lives. In everything from the near 15 lbs of atmospheric pressure exerted on them at sea level for every square inch of their bodies, to the invisible, often heavier palpable emotional weight associated with our love for and duties to one another.
Each force finds a way to balance the others.
Among these seemingly esoteric ideas, a universal and uniting constant remains. Deeply rooted in a cosmologist viewpoint, the belief that our origins began from the largeness (relative to us) of stars and nebulas and galaxies, and the combining of the elements made inside them to create the innovative soliloquy of the human race and of all things we ourselves encounter and make...
It is that we are a stardust microcosm, and being such, we are bound to return to the fold, even amidst its continued great expansion. The infinite is to be discovered in the infinitesimal.

Tattoos done with intent have no choice but to sink close to the soul, seeking both a way of embracing without capture the life-affirming zen-like tenants of unattachment and impermanence; and of faith and healing- the giving of oneself to the knowledge that all will be returned to its rightful place in the "end", when, what and wherever that may be. Toward knowledge gone unobtained, yet exposed and available to the opened mind, go notions soon made manifest.
No good ink goes unlived.