Bookporn – I Realized my Top Shelf Is Actually Pretty Awesome

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I was cleaning up around the corner and took a minute to take a look at the good old bookshelf as I was shoving the “Minions Operation” on top of the shelf. I realized my top shelf was pretty good and simply felt like sharing it with the internet. And quite frankly, with the loads of crap running around the web, I think we could all use a bit of smart reading for a change.

 

From left to right, front to back :

Eldridge Cleaver – Soul On Ice

Ray Bradbury – Farenheit 451

Sun Tzu – The Art of War

Collectif  – Le Refus Global

George Orwell – 1984

Faulkner – The Portable

Kevin Toolis – Rebel Hearts, Journeys in the IRA’s Soul

Thomas King – Medicine River

Joseph Heller – Catch 22

Henry Rollins – The Portable Henry Rollins

Charles Bukowski – Post Office

James Baldwin – Giovanni’s Room

Charles Yale Harrison – Generals Die in Bed

Charles Bukowski – Hot Water Music

Beth Lahickey – All ages – Reflections on Straight Edge

Chuck Palahniuk – Fight Club

Maya Angelou – Tant que je serai noire.

Haruki Murakami – 1Q84

Ernesto Che Guevara – La Guerre de Guérilla

Collective – We Owe You Nothing – The Punk Planet Collected Interviews

Henry Miller – The Tropic of Cancer

Faulkner – As I Lay Dying

Truman Capote – In Cold Blood

Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

It’s also uncanny how much that photo is representative of my writing style and political views : lots of satire, plenty of punk/hardcore, a bit of literary and a bit of noir, enough minority rights to be aware of things going on in society, some military strategy and distopian novels, completed by a heavy dose of working class books.

 

Perhaps missing from this image but among my favorite works :

David Fennario – On The Job

David Fennario – Balconville

William S. Burroughs – Naked Lunch

Dennis Lehane – Mystic River

 

 

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Tattoos!!!!!

The very first tattoo I got was the red and black nautical star on my left wrist. It doesn’t really mean anything, but I do remember I got tattooed because of that Sublime video, Wrong Way. Alright! Alright! I admit it, I was a young man influenced by a video. I wanted to get tattooed because I dug the way the skateboarder looked in the video. So that was that. I don’t even remember the name of the girl who tattooed me, the shop closed down years ago.

integrity

But then I grew up (like most of us do) and as I researched punk, hardcore and tattoo in general, I learned about the history of the different cultures of tattoos and etc…

My next project was my left sleeve, I wanted the word Integrity on my forearm because I’m Straight Edge. That was probably ten years ago now. I don’t regret it, but I guess I was young and I wanted to be “in your face” about it. I’m still straight edge, but nowhere near as confrontational about it as I used to be.

left forearm

I was still “at risk” concerning suicide until I decided to get “never again” tattooed on my forearm along with the razor blade where I would have cut myself with if I had decided to kill myself. “Never again” was a promise I made to myself that I was gonna purge out any self-destructive behaviours from my life (drugs and alcohol were one, but I also consider hatred and anger to be self-destructive).

right arm

Both Arms were done by Ollie XXX who now lives and works in Edmonton (I don’t know which shop, you could probably google him). You can see some of the Japanese traditional art around the razor blade on the left arm. My right arm is fully Japanese, however, I don’t think we could call them “traditional”. They are probably very close to traditional Japanese tattoos, but they have very modern lining and coloring. Overall, you are supposed to balance symbols of strength with flexibility. In my case, I have cherry blossoms and water (impermanence – flexibility) with rocks and Koi fish (stability  and strength) I also have lanterns, a lotus flowers (symbolising how something beautiful can grow even in an hostile/murky environment) and a peony, which is really just something beautiful.

collar lowfi

My collar piece says “Struggles and Hopes.” Which is the dichotomy of my life. The lettering is inspired by chicano art which is something I respect and enjoys as visual art. (also done by Ollie XXX) I expect to fill the next and shoulders with both Ganesh and Shiva on both sides of the neck with appropriate background art.

born free

On my knuckles is written “Born Free” which was inspired by the Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau meaning that when we are born, we are not limited by society, church, religion, politics or economics, that means that if we were to change social structures that limit our emancipation as human beings, every one of us, regardless of origin, could achieve their full potential. The knuckles were done by Gen @ Tatouage Royal.

I do have something planned for both of my legs (my wife and daughter as sugar skulls) and my back will be a meditating Buddha in traditional Japanese garment (there is an artist in Montreal, Cat Bijou, who went to japan for a few months and came back with these AMAZING kimono patterns that she learned how to tattoo, she worked a little with them on my wife’s arm and the results are really impressive. It’s a slow, long process and If I was rich, everything would be done already, but we’re getting there.

That’s pretty much it,

Take care,

Ian

OH! And the only two tattoo shops you should visit in Montreal:

Tatouage Royal: http://tatouageroyal.com/ (they speak English, don’t worry – half of their artists are ladies, which I think is nice)

Tattoo mania: http://studiotattoomania.com/

A Teenage Suicide’s cover is here!

Hey everyone, here’s the first of four covers for my upcoming novel, A Teenage Suicide.

 

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Photo by Mary Lee Maynard, I ended up being the model because the previous shoot with Vincent Harnois didn’t turn out fit for print (not enough sun). The layout is by me.

The launch so far is planned for September, with a “paper” launch in Montreal and ebooks worldwide.

I still got two more photo shoots to do plus one cover to edit, I’ll keep you posted.

take care,

Ian

Five People Who Have Helped Shape My Identity

So,

I haven’t simply blogged lately so this one’s as much for me as for the rest of you.

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am, where I’ve been and “how far” I’ve made it in life. I’m 30 now and I don’t want to buy seasons tickets, fancy beer or a larger-than-large television to define my existence.

So I’ve been thinking and googling past heroes of mine to see what they were up to. Some are still active, some are not… most of them have done great deeds regardless of what they’re still doing now.

These five guys have been the core influence in my life, the biggest influence on my ideals of morality and intellect and here they are:

1-Russ Rankin

I’ve discovered Good Riddance by randomly buying punk albums when I was a teenager and boy did I land on something good.

Russ was a positive influence in my life, through his lyrics and how ‘nice’ he was on stage or in interviews. He’s the reason I turned vegetarian in the first place with the song “waste”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbuI9AMMUx8

2- Greg Graffin

The (often overly) intellectual lyrics of Bad Religion have been a basis for most of my work in political science when I was in College. Greg Graffin proved to me that you can be smart and be punk. I discovered them with “Stranger than fiction” and well, I’ve decided to post that song as well here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCnKG8ug4Ow

3- Toby Morse

I had a lowpoint in my life, I think I was seventeen at the time. I was depressed and often thought about suicide. One day my dad just gave me twenty bucks and said “go have fun or something, alright.” I took that twenty and headed to the used CD store I liked best. I rea rummaging through the punk section and there were two albums I wanted. The first one was Millencolin’s For Monkeys and the second one was H2O’s FTTW. Although I picked the Millencolin album and it had a huge, positive impact on me, a week later or so, I went and picked up the H2o album and I was hooked ever since.

I picked “Helpless not hopeless” for you to listen to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-K0JNNOiwU

4-Daryl Taberski

I discovered Snapcase with “Designs for automotion” – I quickly discovered “progression through unlearning’ as well and that’s pretty much what I did. I spent the next 18 months questioning everything I was doing or everything I believed in in order to re-validate or invalidate what it meant to me, why I was doing it or not. It was a hard time in my live, but it was incredibly liberating. I also credit Taberski for inspiring me to live more fully.

Here’s Energy Dome

5- Ian Mackaye

So, most of those guys I like were Straight Edge and I didn’t even know what straight edge was back then. There was no such thing as wikipedia and only some obscures websites were talking about Straight Edge or so. I ordered the Minor Threat complete discography and read the lyrics. They also had this VHS documentary at one music store I liked and I picked it up (Yes, I said pre-wikipedia and VHS in one sentence) I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the music (even Fugazi – I’m sorry Ian) even if I really appreciate the man for his spirits, attitude, intellect and overall life.

Here’s “Minor threat”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaOzbsv2ZB0

thanks for reading

have fun

Ian