darkest art

Beyond the Well Podcast Interview

I recently did a podcast interview with Beyond the Well Podcast's Alex Smedley ...

" Artists come in all forms, from those that write with a pen and those that stain skin with a needle. Join host Austin Smedley and guest Patrick Duggan as they discuss tattooing, Nietzsche, and modern art.

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You can listen to the full interview here  

http://www.thebreezepaper.com/podcasts-2/2019/6/19/beyond-the-well-patrick-duggan

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Tattooing as Medicine

Throughout human history tattooing has being closely associated with and often synonymous with shamanism and medicine work. Tattooers through their work, much like bar tenders, often serve people in thier most extreme moments in thier lives, such as times if great loss, desperation or great happiness and celebration. I feel very honored and fortunate to be able to engage in this ancient ritual tradition to help others heal through their traumas.

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Not long ago I performed my first ever piece to cover up and hide a woman's mastectomy scars and give her beautiful flowers to celebrate her survival of cancer and new dawn. I've been honored to turn self harm scars into beautiful art, giving a powerful and creative outlet for another's pain. In this photo from three years ago I tattooed my friend Jon who lost his arm after falling in front of a train, employing humor, one of the oldest and most natural of all human medicines for healing.

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The Crucified R. Crumb and 'Annoying' Outrage Culture

https://reason.com/2019/04/29/cancel-culture-comes-for-count/


'the social-justice re-evaluation currently sweeping comedy, film, and literature has arrived at the doorstep of free-thinking comics...'


-Gavin Mcinnes podcast where he discusses this

https://youtu.be/7G7-TE7Ykss

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Darkthrone 'Hardships of the Scots' Single (first listening review)


Darkthrone just realised the first single off their up coming new record via Peaceville records. I give my thoughts...

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Prolonged Winter: The Starving Artist

There are seasons of the year just as there are phases of life. The tortured, starving artist is a infantile winter state in which rapid and dramatic internal growth can be achieved, (katabasis, negredo, shadow work.. ) though extreme pain and suffering can be inflicted as the artist is subject to growing pains of having to adapt and evolve so quickly or perish, more often than not to the submissive world of ' normal ' work, such as a coffee shop or a art supply retail chain store. The starving artist state makes or braked an aspiring artist, just as winter often weeds out the weakest. Only in chaos, adversity, in trial, do we create a stimulus for growth.

The phase of the starving artist is so romantic and pure to us in our modern mythology for many reasons. Firstly because there is drama and excitement in the austerity and forced evolution. Secondly, modern man has been led to believe that only through misery and submission can true 'work' exist. Basically, if you enjoy it, it's not work, which might be one of the bleakest and most destructive axioums of this nothing diwngoing kali yuga age. Thirdly, the modern man is confused in his spirit and doesn't understand the value and place of art and artistic pursuits and how it can have any meaningful affect in the modern world of technological advances and smart phones and television screen and the ten thousand other things. And lastly, society is without its shamans or its meaningful aesetic archetypes. The modern man has put the man of aesthetics, often wrongly sometimes rightly into the realm of the aesetic. This infects the aspiring artists mind as well and sentences his future to a frustrating shamed existence of trying to make a living while adhering to a ill-defined ethical and moral code that was unconsciously thrust upon the arts to have a unhealthy relationship with abundance and wealth.
It is true, You must be willing to suffer for your craft, to do the necessary work both inner and outer to become an 'artist', though this certainly does not only apply to the physical arts of drawing and painting ecetera, but really any sort of creative pursuit that breaks the institutional societal norms of what most accept as a ' career ', ' job ', ' occupation '. Any magickal act!

Often times I believe artists get stuck and artificially try to prolong or cling to this starving, famine season of thier artistic journey for its precieved purity, if only often mentally and subconsciously,  manifesting through a bad and ineffective relationship with money. The answer to this can be seen in tantric and zen schools as well as the traditionalism of Evola and Nietzsche l, all of which we can find this idea of living in this world but not being of it, 'Riding the Tiger', 'Surfing the Kali Yuga'  Artists need to but be wise enough to know when it's time to fall into predictable routines, and simulate a sort of womb like  protection from which they can grow over a greater period of time at a slower pace, :f:inding sanctuary where they can refine and do quiet work for a time, introducing more controlled forms of chaos to elicit progression. Both can create different forms of growth and are needed at different points along any artists maturation. We sometimes need a Shakti and sometimes we need Mahakali.

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