Tuesday, July 12, 2005

you smell

why is it that artists inevitably think they have cornered the market in self righteous introspection?
Is that part of art school? Do you take a couple of art classes and they teach you to stop shaving, showering, wearing clean clothes...then start rambling in a monotone whisper about "asking the big questions, man, and seeking answers from great experiences." That one must embrace the bohemian lifestyle in order to splash paint on a piece of canvas is one of the most insane truths of popular culture.

You cannot be a legitimate artist and simultaneously live in a boring, responsible fashion. (your paint splatters would be boring, duh!)

In fact here is a list of things you must do if you are to be an "artist."
1. stoned
2. dishevelled--not exactly hung up on your own appearance or cleanliness
3. broke and unemployed
4. a complete lack of ambition or marketable skill or education
5. not materialistic about certain things (houses-cars-etc), and simultaneously your entire life revolves around the creation of "stuff" and appearing like an artist--yet you are completely unaware of the paradox
6. absolutely self assured in your ability to decipher the great truths...
7. really enjoy hearing your own voice


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you confused artists with hippies, man. In response to your points, I will reply, by number:
1. probably. Good acid makes good art, maybe.
2. This is because artists who make art, instead of marketting art, are poor mofos.
3. Art is a job, for some. For others, it's a way to pass life with an excuse.
4. Good artists have a lot of ambition, I think, and are very marketable. Bad ones, on the other hand....
5. everyone is materialistic. Even hippies. They cherish their bags of herbs that they smoke, yet complain about people who cherish things....
6. the same can be said about all people..
7. (I know you have, but I'll say it anyways) have you ever talked to a politician? Hardly an artist, but stil on the same level. Sometimes (much) worse.


11:53 PM  
Blogger djobe said...

You are right...some of those descriptions fit both bad artists and hippies, which is probably exactly who I was hanging out with that prompted my post...

11:46 AM  
Blogger Amanda Brightwell said...

Some people are just nuts... dirty skanky people are nuts... and lots of times people that are nuts have delusions of grandeur... people that are nuts also tend to have a very strong creative side... hence bad artists needing the classic Seinfeld elephant shower attachment.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kinda agree with Amanda.

All I;m going to say is "Gary Busey". If you know who I'm talking about, you'll appreciate it.


11:22 PM  

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