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« on: May 22, 2008, 06:42:49 PM »

the first time i met daniel (documented here: http://boxingduck.blogspot.com/2007/10/meeting-daniel-johnston.html) he drew me a picture, since then i have used it as the logo and name for my music blog: http://www.boxingduck.co.uk and today i got it tattooed on my wrist.

daniel's (good guy) boxing characters carry with them strong messages of good vs evil, happy vs sad etc which is why i got this scraped into me for ever and ever, i know i'm not the only dude here with depression  grin












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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 07:06:53 PM »

OUCH man. did it hurt?
Looks good, I'm depressed but not into pain.

Thanks for sharing.
Your name sounds familiar...are you the photographer?

ahhh yes you are I asked before I clicked.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008, 07:08:39 PM »

Looks awesome! Congratulations.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 07:15:33 PM »

"the photographer" now i do feel special!  grin

it only took a few minutes, it hurt a little bit as expected but its relatively easy to block pain out really by not focusing on it, i'd recommend getting a tattoo before you die on a remote mountain and becoming another "who was this mummy" documentary on the discovery channel, at least give them something to talk about  wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 09:08:28 PM »

i believe you just talked me into getting a tattoo.  grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2008, 08:12:03 AM »

that's one ducky tatoo!
excellent choice for a life companion!
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2008, 09:32:38 AM »

Nice! It's good to have that exchange of energy forever documented on your flesh...a daily reminder of who you are and what you're committed to.

I love the story on your blog as well. "Quack, quack, POW!" grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2008, 09:43:39 AM »

That story breaks my heart whenever I read it.   cry
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2008, 11:41:00 AM »

i have these silver jews lyrics (handwritten by david berman himself) on my other arm:



now i can't look anywhere without the constant reminder that life sucks but a) i can fight it and be happy one day or b) one day i will be dead and free of the misery shocked
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2008, 11:54:14 AM »

To quote a line from Gummo:

Solomon: [voiceover] "Life is beautiful. Really, it is. Full of beauty and illusions. Life is great. Without it, you'd be dead."
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2008, 11:57:25 AM »

but he also goes around shooting cats, so i dunno whether i would listen to him rolleyes
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2008, 11:59:47 AM »

Ha! Good point...

Here's mine:


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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2008, 12:02:06 PM »

what does it mean? its pretty cryptic!
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2008, 12:47:13 PM »

It's called "The Golden Chain of Homer" or "Annulus Platonis" from the "Aurea Catena Homeri."
It's an alchemic code describing the cycle of Nature as an eternal outflow and return of the World Spirit.
I see it as a visual poem to understanding the workings of universe, or the perfection of the self, if one can translate it correctly.

Its symbols deal with Chaos, Spiritual Bliss, Spiritual Stagnation, as well as the various energies of the Animal, Vegetable and Mineral (and Human) kingdoms. Yeah, I guess it is kinda "cryptic!" grin

It was documented and published by the Austrian Alchemist and Doctor A.J. Kirchweger back in the 1720's, but I believe it's symbolism appears way before that date in various states of completion. I refined the imagery, made it a bit more graphic and less elaborate, and use it in many of my paintings and works on paper. I see it as a source of contemplation and inspiration. It's a very balancing image for me.

Goethe was influenced by it, in the late 1760's I believe, but I won't go into detail about that here.

On my right arm are 37 4-letter words ((FORM, POEM, MYTH, TRUE, CURE, DUST, etc.)) chosen at random. I'm not sure what that means, but it's there forever in case I need it.
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2008, 01:06:23 PM »

i have a tattoo of a duck  grin
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