I am thankful for the ability to make people happy and to feel beautiful.
A few years ago I went to Amsterdam and had the most amazing week of my life! I met some really awesome people who were all very friendly and welcoming. One of those people is Sean. Here is a video of his work I recently found. *Note: Extreme content*
What Lou Reed Taught Me
A lot of people who’ve read Please Kill Me, the history of punk I co-wrote with Gillian McCain, don’t realize the book begins with a question from Lou:
“Rock ‘n’ roll is so great, people should start dying for it. You don’t understand. The music gave you back your beat so you could dream. A whole generation running with a Fender bass… The people just have to die for the music. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music? Die for it. Isn’t it pretty? Wouldn’t you die for something pretty?”
It seemed like the perfect way to begin a book called Please Kill Me, you know? I thought that would be a worthwhile question to pose, especially since the basis of all philosophies is, “To be or not to be?” I mean, why go on? Is life too shitty to continue? The history of punk is sort of an answer to Lou’s classic question.
That was the glory of Lou—he showed us just how shitty everything really is. Just listen to “The Kids,” off of Berlin: “The black Air Force Sergeant / Wasn’t the first one…” He’s always pushing me to go further into the depths of hell—to have all the experiences life has to offer, the profound and the profane—before making up my mind about whether to end it all. I’ve always been fascinated with people who’ve been to psychic places I haven’t been, like William S. Burroughs and Norman Mailer, to mention a few. Lou was someone who knew the true secrets of life, and tried to weasel some truth out of them.
I finished the vampire pinups from earlier today. In honor of Bela Lugosi’s birthday I’ll be tattooing either of these pieces for $100 this week! If you’re interested email me at email@example.com or text me at 609-742-4395. If you’re feeling especially brave just stop by the shop.
Sourpuss Pinup Wiggle Dress (by Sourpuss Clothing)
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Hair by Audrey Traum