“The Psychedelic Man ” copyright 1970/2017 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE COUNTER-CULTURE ARTIFACTS
and quotes of the Stoned Intelligentsia
00individual offers another archival piece of art from the Cultural Archives of the Psychedelic Era; the Psychedelic Man.
Being indicative of 00individual’s future ’90’s and ’00’s profession specialty of hand-sculpting head likenesses for the action figure and collectibles market; the Psychedelic Man exhibits the DIY “folk art” of the time. So, despite his unrefined sculpting abilities in 1970, the Psychedelic Man’s eyes look really stoned – 00individual nailed that.
The transition from 1969 to 1970 seemed like a decade had passed in just one year. Momentous events historically and culturally had coalesced into a new decade where glorious expectations were met.
Along the way, philosophical concepts were discussed over bowls of Weed, Hash, and doses of Hallucinogens. While cosmic ramblings among stoned intelligentsia seemed, and sometimes were, profound at the time, sometimes later upon reflection they were not.
However, there were quotes that held Tribal Truth; here are some examples: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”, “Make love, not war.”, “Do your own thing.”, “Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open.”,”Don’t let the man keep you down.”, “Give peace a chance.”, “Don’t trust anyone over thirty.”, “Power to the People.”, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world.”, “Drop acid not bombs.”, “Get up, stand up! Stand up for your right! Don’t give up the fight!”, “Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.”, and the ever popular, “Question Authority.”.
It is safe to say that 00individual was in an altered state while creating this Psychedelic Man, not that it was a prerequisite for creativity, but in reference to the inscription on the base. Thanks to the Acrylic “weapon of choice” paint the base’s cosmic quote can still be read;“If you don’t think about it you can do it every time.”
Now, while this may have had a revelatory meaning to 00individual back then while under heavy cosmic contemplation, its true meaning has been lost in the ethers over the decades.
Some may view this negatively, as it sounds like a catch-all phrase for denial, irresponsibility, and sociopathic behavior. On the positive side there is the fact that not thinking / dwelling on or about something allows for spontaneity.
Does one go with “the Beast” Alistair Crowley and embrace willfullness; “…in the absence of will power, the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.”
Or release willpower, live in the now, and allow one’s higher self to resolve the issue.
With the latter concept, the saying takes on a transcendent meaning of a Zen like state where a clear mind, a cosmic mind, an unbiased mind lets the magick in to do its, magick. By not buying into negativity and rising above, one can do it every time.
“If you don’t think about it you can do it every time.”
“What is “it”?
“It” would be what is relevant to you.
Or Mr. King’s Demon Clown.
Tim Curry Rocks!
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