tools are everything.
tools make tools.
yesterday i got the greatest christmas gift a cat like me could get. tools.
not the “i’m-a-he-man-can-cut-wood-build-an-ark-power” type tools. artist tools.
the thing about an artist tools is that they are special. very unique… like fingerprints or dna; both start out the same, are built with the same raw materials… but through use (how much and how hard) and just time, they develop their own unique appearance and personality.
looking at another artist’s tools, holding them in your hand is almost more descriptive than an interview or a photograph. you have a moment— especially when you know that artist will never do anything with those tools again. in all likelihood, those instruments were with the artist more than any other person—spent more time with him/her, were more intimate with him/her— intimate on a plane that no other separate human could be. they can love you or they can hate you.
the tools you use hear your thoughts. they allow you to move forward and can send back packing your bags. a new expensive tool is no substitute for an experienced mind—it’s those old, work out, off the rack ones that move me… that give a level of comfort no easy chair or tight, warm embrace can do.
tools are cool.
” …the path to one’s own heaven always leads through the voluptuousness of one’s own hell.”
nietzsche wrote that over 120 years ago. i think that his eyes were somehow opened more wide than others. we spend our days toiling away at something in order to get something. some learn to love the toil…the process of toiling, the feel of toiling, the sound and smell of toiling— in order to get themselves through the day… to start the process all over again. are they working toward a goal? and if they get to that goal, then what? another goal? when does it end?
when do the goals that we set for ourselves cease to rule our existences? how would we think and act if we as a species were not goal oriented? it seems as though that without goals, without problems that need to be solved nothing would get accomplished…diseases wouldn’t be cured, bridges wouldn’t be built, food wouldn’t be produced.
we’d all become house cats…waiting for someone with a thumb to work the can opener.
i’ve uploaded two new bob t-shirt designs… i replaced the got nuts? one with something similar… it’s a little more tamer, but the sentiment is still the same…
get yours before the holidays at the BOB STORE!
i have to thank nikki malone for shoving me down memory lane this morning…see if you can pick me out…sixth floor hallway of mohawk tower, SUNY Albany… freshman year. also in the pic are brain markley, matt goodman and ethan baum.