As of this posting, it’s July 23rd, 2014. For some people, the number 23 holds a special meaning. Otherwise known as the ’23 Enigma.’
It’s been a very long time since I’ve done anything, art or writing wise relating to 23. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything relating to esoteric for that matter. (Stopped being active back in 2009) When I first started putting together my own self publish comics and illustration, I threw in a lot of symbolism. The number 23 was occasionally used.
I first heard of the 23 engima thanks to Re/Search Books back in the early ’90s. My first Re/Search book was ‘Modern Primatives‘ which talked about body modification and tattoo culture. This was way before the two subjects hit the mainstream. Inside the book was an interview with Genesis P-Orridge and his then-wife Paula P-Orridge (first wife). Genesis mentions the number 23 and the William S. Burroughs connection within this interview. This interview was also the first time I had learned about Aleister Crowley. So in a way, this was a portal of sorts.
Subconsciously, I noticed the number 23 more. My curiosity got the better of me, so I requested some information about T.O.P.Y. This is dating back to 1991 or 1992. When I received the magazine sized zine, it came with instructions on how to join TOPY. However at the time, despite the fact that I had already self-taught myself how to read tarot, and had dabbled slightly, this particular information was all a bit too heavy for me to deal with. My interest in anything occultist was pushed aside my until the early 2000’s.
Fast forward to the year 2006. I was in Lawrence, Kansas where William S. Burroughs spent the last ten years of his life. On an impulse I got a small tattoo of the number 23 on my inner right wrist.
These links might help explain the 23 enigma more here and here.
Ending this post is are old sketches. The first one is from 2005, very Psychic TV/TOPY influenced. Looking back, I regret not initially going forward with the early instructions. Then again, I just wasn’t ready.
The second one was started in 2007 and completed in 2008. Believe this was published by AIN23 in 2009 or 2010. Would have to check up on that. In the meantime, enjoy and happy 23.
The Historia Discordia website, named after the book ‘Historia Discordia: Origins of the Discordian Society’ written by Adam Gorightly, not only focuses on the book, but on Discordianism itself. What the hell is Discordianism you ask? Well, you can read about ithere,here, andhere.
Still scratching your head I see. Well nevermind.
You still order your own copy from RVP Press via Amazon, and be one of the coolest kids on the block. I have an illustration in that book as well. Oh yeah, and this book also has a Facebook page. So get on it. Fnord.
Submitted another sketch to the blog Sketch Lottery. This time of Drizzt Do’Urden. Prior to this, I was not familiar with this character at all. He’s associated with the Dungeons and Dragons realm, as this site might explains Drizzt’s background. Never played Dungeons and Dragons, not ever. Yet I’m always up to drawing new things, so this was considered somewhat of a challenge.
Here’s the link for my version of Drizzt, as done for Sketch Lottery.
Sketch Lottery is an open sketch blog which encourages artists of all levels to participate. Once a week it picks a well known pop culture character, and people submit sketches backed on the theme. On this round, the main character from the comic ‘My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer’ was picked. So I sent in a jpg of my sketch done mostly in black and red ink.
So far Sketch Lottery has done characters such as Tank Girl, Alf, Rat Fink, King Kong, and many more. I’m hoping Buddy Bradley from Peter Bagge’s Hate will be in the roll call again. If you want to try your hand at this, just make sure you read the rules, which are pretty straightforward.
Back to the comic My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer. Written and drawn by Ken Knudtsen, the plot centers around a boy monkey forced to be an annoying girl’s pet while wearing dresses. It was published by Slave Labor Graphics in 2003 and 2010.