I am the opposite of Hokkusai. I am the young man mad with art.
I walk through land mines, coal mines, and rip tides. If you cut me, I bleed art. I've earned the lines beneath my eyes, and can see that in others. I'm a talk show host, unsyndnicated, unscripted, uninhibited. I'd rather be thinking. I'd rather be drawing. I'd rather be stuck in a room with nothing, forced to preoccupy myself with my wits. I see past the skyscrapers, the paper jobs, the 9 to 5 deathtraps to the magic that underlies everything- to the old men on the streetcorners, to the children still satisfied with teddy bears, to the poets, armed with nothing these days but a musical instrument and a deaf ear for the word "no".
I'd be a cowboy, if I could ever get the hang of it. I'd be Japanese, if I could ever get a wish granted. I'd be famous, if I have it my way. Life is my library- I want to see it all, live as much of it as I can, and learn where others fail. I want to pretend I know nothing, and in pretending, eventually convince myself. I'm a drop of blood in a bucket of water. I fall faster than a ton of feathers would. I'm a film buff. I'm a comic buff. I'm a video game buff. I'm an anime and manga buff. I'm a music buff. I'm an art buff. I'm not buff, in general, but studies have shown that if you think about working out everyday you'll get a little bit stronger. I don't listen to doctors, dentists, or car dealers. I try to listen to teachers, when I'm not busy teaching myself.
I'm probably not paying attention to anything at any given time. I draw too much. I think too much. I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I don't spit in the wind. That's where I leave my cares. I'm young enough to still dream, and old enough to know where dreaming can get me. I'd rather be king for a day, than schmuck for a lifetime. I'm skipping the country come this September. I play drums, or at least, used to, yet the spirit of drumming is hardwired in my heart and not my brain. I believe singularity will occur. I fear the word "megachurch". I fear God. I fear getting caught up in the gears that make this country work. I fear waking up when I'm 45 to realize my life's halfway over and I've nothing to show for it. I feared having nothing to show for my life at twenty. I'm still working on that.
I believe strong language can lead to strong comedy. I believe in jazz, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Isaac Brock, John Coltrane, punk rock, country, rap, and baseball. I don't believe in watching sports-it gets you and the team nowhere. I do believe in playing sports, yet I am terrible. I believe in skateboarding and graffiti. I believe buildings bleed paper. I believe in people, but more importantly the person. You can fly if you run fast enough, dream hard enough, or just get enough velocity flowing under your wings. You can fall by losing sight of the sky. I'm not sure if I believe in aliens, which is odd, because I'm from Roswell. I don't believe in tourism. I do believe in mom and pop shops. I am some of these things, and so much more.