The following is text from an email sent by Garrett Demko:
If you have never heard of Felix Gonzalez Torres, he is contemporary artist who in the the 1990s died of AIDS. One of his more famous pieces are two identical clocks hung next to each other on a wall Untitled “Perfect Lovers”. It is the idea that at one point in time your perfect for someone, but as time goes on the clocks run out of sync. If one of the clocks battery dies, it is associated with the person dying. Also if one of the clocks moves faster, it connects to the idea that one person is moving faster in life than the other. He wrote a letter to his partner who was dying of AIDS, and basically stated that they owed time for meeting each other. On the letter he drew two sketches of clocks. I shrunk down one of the sketches and got it on my ankle area. I only got one of the clocks to represent the idea that you don’t need need another clock to keep ticking.
My thoughts on the permeant imprint topic, from your point of view, I would see it as a way to be connected to an individual and know you’ve had an impact worth imprinting. From my point of view, I see it as collaboration as well as a personal project. It is my body that will be imprinted, but influenced by you and your work. Since I arrived in Chicago, I’ve noticed how impersonal things are. There is no more letter writing, just wall posts over facebook. There are no more phone calls, just texts. I think people need to become more personal in the way they interact. Each interaction can change anyones course in life, so why do it through a text message? That is why I chose the idea of a envelope. It represents the idea of a letter and how things to me need to be more personal.
RESPONSE FROM ME:
Here are the first two drawings I have for you. I hope you don’t mind having your first tattoo on the web :) I thought that your photos were a must in getting a context for this tattoo and post. And I am a total fan of FGT. So, here we are, an envelope for you. While I was drawing it, I thought I would try to make it simple and classic, black and white to go with your first tattoo. I am not sure where you are planning this on your body, and I am excited to find out. I am a fan of the second option - the one with A.M.L. on it, I did some research on internet acronyms, and how they are changing the english language. I also am an avid user of acronyms, and somehow I have started using them when not text messaging and emailing. I am not really apposed to using them in real life, however, I am interested in how they are changing me, the world around us, and how we view correspondence and interaction. I like the All My love, because it is sweet, and generous, and something that you might actually sign a letter with, however not, A.M.L. You would take the time to write it out, I would think. There is also a bitterness to it - A ending of an era where people’s sense of time was much slower than now.
ANYONE - mostly Garrett, Let me know your thoughts on the topic - and I will take notes and change what needs to be changed.