For those of you that know me, you know that I have always had some weird fascinations. Some of them are not explainable and others I don’t waste the time trying to figure out why, I just accept them as a given. I have always been intrigued by images of the human skull. A lot of people relate this image to death and mortality, which scares most people. I have somewhere around 17 different skulls tattooed on my body, and they have been there for quite some time. I can remember walking through the grocery store and having parents grab and pull their young children away from me as if I may have wanted to cut their eyeballs out of their head and put them on a keychain. An image of a skull can symbolize countless other things, and not ALL cultures relate this image to something perceived as negative. Skulls have been used to represent various groups from all over the world since the beginning of time. The meaning behind an image is just as strong as the meaning behind any word. Skulls have been used throughout history to symbolize many things as well as used for various celebrations. Has anyone noticed how popular this image has become in the last 5 years? They are everywhere! I think mostly people relate skulls or skulls and crossbones to pirates of the Caribbean, of course the ever so popluar movie had something to do with it. I started dressing up as a pirate for halloween a few years back and have played the role ever since, and looked good doing it too! In fact I have voluntarily accepted the nickname of Jeff Sparrow, which is quickly becoming my alter ego or my excuse to run around the Caribbean drinking rum, as if I really need an excuse. I even went so far as to tattoo a pirate treasure map of Panama on my body. Furthermore, I would be more than willing to wear this costume any given day of the week. Well now it has all started adding up over the years and I have been a pirate all along. Maybe this is not my alter ego but rather the real me!
“Excuse me, madam, would you please be so kind as to bring me a spot of rum? I would like to have a drink.”