Tattoo Two Design – 1st iteration
Elsewhere in this weblog I’ve written about how much I admired, and continue to admire, R. Buckminster Fuller. Though radically different from each other, I hold him and Robert Anton Wilson in equally high regard.
I’ve long said that I’d eventually get a tattoo inspired by Fuller, just as I got a tattoo inspired by Wilson. I’ve been thinking about this for a few years. In my ruminations I decided that there were a couple of design elements that needed to be included. One necessary element, a depiction or reference to geodesics. I thought about domes, tensegrity towers, Dymaxion cars, Buckminsterfullerines…
I’ve finally settled on an Icosahedron, framed with one of my favorite Bucky quotes, from his book, “I Seem To Be A Verb.”
The quote? “I am not a thing, a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process, an integral function of the universe.”
I like it. When will I get it? Sometime next year probably.
Tattoo Two Design – Updated
After seeing someone else with a platonic solid tattoo, I’ve decided to remove the shading from the icosahedron, leaving just the edges and vertices.
It should be much easier to tattoo and it should be much more legible.
I’m still not sure about the font and the spacing between the icosahedron and the text.
So, this past Thursday, I had my final session with Troy Talmadge an incredible tattoo artist in Lynn, Ma. Troy is fantastically easy to work with. He’s an artist with a unique, lyrical vision. I highly recommend him, but I will warn you, because his work is high quality, you may have to wait a bit for an appointment. It’s well worth the wait. I already have another one in mind. I don’t think I’ll work on this design for 20 years though.
I’ve had this design, in various incarnations, in my head for over twenty years, since, while in the deepest, darkest part of my life, I stumbled upon the works of Robert Anton Wilson.
As I wrote here, I truly believe Wilson’s works saved my life, or, more accurately, enabled me to save my own life.
Why the tattoo? It’s partly commemoration, partly a reminder of truths easily forgotten, partly a wake up call. Perhaps it’s a sigil. Perhaps it’s a link to archetypal power. Perhaps it’s there just to confuse the enemy.
23 skidoo, baby, 23 skidoo.
Oh, and so far I have 40 pages of my script done for ScriptFrenzy. I’ll update my page count Sunday evening, after I put the next block of dialog in.
“We’re living on the Planet of the Apes. Is that funny or serious?” – Robert Anton Wilson
Robert Anton Wilson left his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11.
All Hail Eris!
At one of the lowest points in my life, at a time when I had lost nearly all confidence in myself, I came across the books of Robert Anton Wilson.
They saved my life. Really.
Through them I came to allow myself to become more self confident, to recognize my own intelligence, to flip my point of view from misanthropy to philanthropy, to see the walls of my own reality tunnel and the courage to keep poking holes in it and make it broader.
The Illuminatus Trilogy. The Schroedinger’s Cat Trilogy. Prometheus Rising. Masks of the Illuminati. Cosmic Trigger I, II and III. Right Where You are Sitting Right Now. Coincidance. I ate up his books. They nourished me and I thrived. I changed the direction in my life, just by knowing I could do so.
Thanks RAW for feeding my head.