Posts Tagged ‘impression’

Good ol’ Geaorgie boy Carlin! George Carlin was a comedian, known for his observational comedy and the use of language, and author. He also played Mr. Conductor on the children’s series “Shiny Times Station.” His work spans over 5 decades, over 20 CD’s, 15 comedy specials, and 6 books.

I grew up knowing who George Carlin was. I saw him on Shiny Times Station before I knew of his work in comedy. I watched some of his stand up when I was young, but I didn’t understand it. It wasn’t until I was much older that I got it and he really made an impact on me.

Artists typically see the world differently than most people. A good comedian will have you think about something in a way you never thought of before and leave you thinking about it. They are only conveying how they see the world, with a little humor mixed in, and often exploit ideas we take for granted. Carlin was a master of this. His “bullshit meter” was always on auto-detect and he had no problem letting you know how he felt.

I’ve always been a very inquisative and skeptical person. I like knowing the fundamentals of things, especially ideas and thinking. Carlin showed me the world in such a different way that I now can’t stop openly questioning things. I feel that I would rather be inquisitive of things than gullible. George Carlin was also the first open atheist I had ever known. I’ve been questioning the church and religion since I hit the age of reason, about 12, and had always been alone in the matter. I always felt I would be punished for talking openly about my skepticisms. Not believing in a god is a social taboo, and coming from the environment I grew up in it was more of a social suicide. When I saw how he backed his thinking with logic and did so with confidence, I felt the mental chains I placed on myself snap. I was alone on this journey for the longest time and here he was in front of the world saying what I was afraid to. I had never felt so empowered before. George Carlin really kickstarted my mind to openly question things as an adult. I began to see the world the way he did.

I actually read 3 of Carlin’s books before I saw a full comedy special of his. I feel like no one can read his work and not think about the world a little differently. Thank you, George, for opening my mind to thinking more deeply about how we operate in this world.



Jean-Michel Basquiat was a neo-expressionist painter and graffiti artist in the late 70’s up to his death in the late 80’s. He grew up a gifted child and his work shows the brilliance of his mind. Sadly, he suffered the same fate as many young artist.

I first learned of Basquiat when I saw a documentary, The Radiant Child, created by some his closest friends and aquaintences. Never in my life had paintings spoke so much to me. I didn’t have any interest in painting before then. I grew up drawing cartoons and comics. High art, let alone painting, didn’t interest me. Jean-Michel not only conveyed the depths of his mind in his work, he opened my mind to wanting to do the same.

I had no training in painting, never bought supplies, and I still don’t know the technical side of the art, but I do it anyway. I don’t need to know that stuff because art is the best way to really let people know what’s on your mind. That’s all I do and I’ve never felt so free to express myself before. I feel like we have a mutual understanding of each other (even though he died when I was 1). The crown is a symbol he put in his work and it’s a symbol I hold very close to me. It’s in a lot of my work. It’s a symbol of individuality, freedom, brilliance, and radiance.

Seeing Jean-Michel’s work and learning of him through the accounts of those who loved him really empowered me to dig deep within myself in a way I’ve never done before and bring out something I didn’t think I had. I thank him for that. Now I try to do the same for others through my work. I want everyone to reach down in themselves and express any and everything they possibly can. Who cares what it looks like, that’s your stamp on humanity.