I'm back. Sorry It's been so long. Been touring and lots of other cool stuff. The shows went very well thank you. All my fears were all for nowt. I had a brilliant time. I've been doing some pictures this week to make some art prints. I was encouraged by some of the comments on here and Ian has been a big time supporter of my art for a long time, and he has pushed me to do it. He said he"ll showcase them on his "made in hell" site. I'm dead excited because the paintings came out Rad. I'm so excited and had so much fun working in a new style and format. If they ever do come out I hope you'll enjoy them too.
Christy: "Loving the fact you're painting again but when I asked you in a Kerrang mag Q&A thingy last year you said you hadn't painted for 6 years, you are committed to the band and if you had time to paint there must be a problem. Stu then said if you picked up a paintbrush you would be thrown outta the band. I assume you are still a Losprophet, not heard otherwise. So why are you still in the band? Is there a problem?"
Good point! Still in the band. Here's to having things I once said come back and bite me in the ass...haha.
It's a weird one, I guess its and age thing, and its more a response to working on new songs for over a year, like a need to express in a different way, so I can re approach music from a different perspective. Stu was kidding I hope. The other guys have also felt the urge to work on other things too, but not as an escape from our own creative song writing but more as a means to bring something new to it. Recently, I have felt that creativity breeds creativity, and by diving deep into it, it inspires and charges all the avenues of my creative output. Focusing too long on just one thing like writing songs can grow stale and tiresome, but I feel that drawing and painting has rekindled my creative flame and that impacts my expressive drive across the board. I get the impression that this is also the case with stu and mike in their producing, they always come back to writing pumped and charged up from working with other bands. So, on the contrary, there's no problem, and my commitment to the band is not wavering, by painting I feel is enhancing what I can offer to the music.
Alex "i recently got an angel tattoo to remember someone close to me who died, and i love it so am thinking of getting more angels, i know your tattoos feature angels...
i did a bit of research and found out you were an atheist...
so are the angels there to represent good versus evil, as opposed to any belief in god?"
The angels are indeed more symbolic than literal. My tattoo of the Pieta, (Mary holding a dead Jesus) is probably the best example of what it all means to me. I've never questioned whether a guy once walked this earth with an amazing ability to communicate some very positive ideas about life and love. I believe Jesus was an outstanding man who was incredibly influential but a man nevertheless. The tattoo is a homage to humanity and respect to how one man can make a difference. It gives me hope that someone could come along and clear up all the mess that we've made of what was he may have said. My problem is less to do with spirituality and more to do with the definitions within religion and the manipulation of power within organised religion. Therefore my Angel tattoos represent, as you said, my issues and ongoing studies of human ethics and morality. Saying this though, I do have a fascination with angels. Mainly because I understand and accept my instinctive desire to believe in something more than me, and immortality. It's a simple and obvious natural desire however its clarity is very much overlooked in most walks of life. So, though I feel the pang to believe in something bigger than all this, I understand from a learned psychological perspective why that desire is in me (us) and how it came about. (see "The god part of the brain" Matthew Alper...a basic read but a good example) Anyhoooo, hope that touches upon an answer....time, gotta go check out a new fly fishing rod now...hehe