Friday 25 September 2020

 and dropping a barbell, he points to the sky saying "the sun's not yellow it's chicken!"

i got my very first tattoo today and I have to say I'm suppperrr happy with it. I worked with a very talented artist by the name of Mon Abella (Gilt Moth Tattoo) to draw up the design and she tattoo'd it in her individualistic dot-style.

the idea comes from Bob Dylan's 1965 song Tombstone Blues, featured on the album Highway 61 Revisted, in which Dylan quotes the line about the sun not being yellow but rather, chicken. I had been playing with the idea of getting a tattoo for a few years but never saw a design that really resonated with me. Then listening to Dylan one day (as I do almost every day) I realised how amazingly interpretive a lot of his songs are. The lyrics invoke so much imagination and make you conjure up so many different images when you hear them. I started exploring a number of his most poetic songs trying to come up with the perfect tattoo idea. It's Alright Ma, Visions of Johanna, Buckets of Rain, Desolation Row were a few I went back and forth between, but I really felt that this line from Tombstone blues perfectly encapsulates Dylan's music between 1965 and 1966 when he famously "went electric", where so many lyrics are like a textured acid trip into the mind of someone speaking with absolute creative freedom.

there were some other ideas I had which were close contenders but who knows, maybe save those for another day.

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