Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bliss Like This

As time flies by - seriously, how the heck is it already December?! - I'm taking a moment to stop and review the past twelve months. It has been one of the best and busiest years of my life and as a result i wasn't online, researching or blogging as much. I was however busy throwing myself headfirst into new experiences, meeting new people and gaining new perspectives. The photo above is me wandering barefoot on a beach in one of my favourite places and was taken by one of my favourite people.

Some of the highlights from this year include:
  • Gaining some new friends
  • Seeing old friends move away, take risks and explore new opportunities.
  • Disengaging from negative or toxic individuals.
  • Traveling to Ireland for the first time in 3.5 years
  • My mum having a successful recovery after major surgery
  • Getting engaged to PMV, my loving, respectful and hilarious partner in consciousness/mischief :)
  • Getting my Canadian Permanent Residency
  • Traveling to new places
  • Taking up Bikram Yoga and practicing regularly throughout the week.
  • Becoming more self aware and health conscious.
  • A new apartment a stones throw from the sea
  • Became the delighted owner of some beautiful artwork by Famous Empty Sky and Alice X.Zhang
  • Landing a new, bigger and better job that's a ten minute walk from my home with a boss who actually treats me with respect.
  • Learning that as i left my 20's behind that I still have the capacity to surprise and challenge myself. That doing so may not always be easy but the results have been more beneficial than i could ever have imagined.

2012 was a year where i made an active effort again to dispel 'that which does not serve me', whether it was negative/toxic individuals or situations; and realised that i have the power and capacity to direct and shape my life. It's a strangely enlightening experience to sit down and work out what in your life (people, habits, situations etc) is beneficial and what makes you feel sad, angry, inferior, manipulated etc.
You may not always choose your circumstances but you can choose how you react to them. I strongly believe that if something is contributing to your stress/upset/unhappiness, you have the power to change it. Do it. Trust me, it may not be easy and it may take time but the results can be astounding.

I'm so grateful to those who are present in my life (be it near or far away) and have found that taking stock of the things I'm thankful for has actually allowed me to focus on the positive which in turn appears to have invited more of the same into my life.

Thank you for reading and stopping by even though i haven't posted much this year.

With love and light,
Green of Eye

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oh Canada!

It's been a bit quiet around these parts for the past few months as I've been busy off line with a variety of projects.  I'm starting to catch up on blog related activity and wanted to start this off with some good news.
Long term readers may remember previous mentions of my efforts to stay in Canada

It's taken a long time, stacks of paperwork coupled with lots of tenacity and patience: 
Green of Eye is now a permanent resident.

My heart will always be with my homeland Ireland but my home is now Canada.
Thanks to those of you who sent words of support, advice and humour through the process :)
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wake Up!

'I, Pet Goat 2' is possibly one of the most visually densely packed videos I've seen in a while (on par with Logorama) containing symbolism relating to media, new world order, politics, business, spirituality etc that I'm only beginning to scrape the surface on. 

Bringing together dancers, musicians, visual artists and 3d animators, the film takes a critical look at the events of the past decade that have shaped our world. It is Heliofant's first short film and was totally self-financed with no outside help, either governmental or corporate.

Heliofant is a nascent independent computer animation studio focused on creating experimental and challenging content and is based just north of Montreal, Canada. Bringing together artists from the fields of dance, music, computer animation and visual arts, the company is interested in exploring the common ground that underlies many spiritual and philosophical traditions in a lyrical form.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Press On

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

Calvin Coolidge

Image: Unknown

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ten Days #5

Setting up camp in the middle of nowhere at 2am in total darkness made for a tired and grumpy Green of Eye. It was worth it, as i discovered upon waking the next morning to blue skies and epic views like the one above.

For many years I swore blind that I'd never entertain the idea of marriage.
 PMV strolled into my life with his boundless compassion, kindness, intelligence, generosity, humour, positivity, creativity and love. Needless to say I've since reevaluated my opinion on the subject and I'm incredibly grateful to have this amazing gent in my life. 

A much needed weekend away with good food, 12 year old Jameson, a roaring fire, hot tub and falling asleep to the noise of the Pacific crashing against the cliffs beneath our cottage

You know how every day should start? 
Naked hot tubbing, peach juice, huge breakfast. Not necessarily in that order.

A tattered crackle manicure clutching a seemingly Roman Dirge inspired icecream

Only in Canada: flipflops on snow in May!

Some of the coolest gates i've ever seen which were made by Foggy Mountain Forge.
The pillars of the gates were flanked by dragons and the pièce de résistance? An enormous spider centrepiece.

New shoes inspired by listening to lots of Kate Bush

"It's the red shoes, they can't stop dancing, dancing
And this curve, is your smile
And this cross, is your heart
And this line, is your path"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


"...Well, Its A Dirty Job But Someone's Gotta Do It
And It's A Dirty Song But Someone's Gotta Sing It"

Friday, June 15, 2012

All I Want For Christmas...

Ah Craigslist, a source of all things weird, wonderful and at times, illegal. If you have the room to accommodate a half ton wine rack, a spare $7,000 and the ability to transport it from its Phoenix, AZ location you can't go wrong with this masterpiece. Used transmission parts from auto mobiles and motorcycles were welded together to create a 6 foot high robot/transformer style sculpture which doubles as a wine rack.

The parts were dipped into a solution to neutralize and remove any oil, grime, or corrosive chemicals. The piece was painted gun metal grey and clear coated. It has blue LED lights that have been wired into the body along the leg, torso and the top of the shoulder. 


This would make a great addition to my living room...whilst scaring the snot out of any animals/children that venture past my front door! 

Posting can be found here  (keep in mind it's CL and therefore posting may be expired/deleted)

Friday, June 01, 2012


Me Wearing a Wig & Lipstick 

"I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. "

William Albert Allard, The Photographic Essay

Globe Factory 3

Kim Hoxworth is a Michigan based photographer who uses mainly low-tech equipment such as homemade and vintage cameras. Kim's interest and exploration in photography began when she was given a used 35mm SLR as a Christmas present by her parents when she was sixteen.


Her sepia and black/white toned work has a richness and sheds a different light on everyday settings and objects. She states "I experiment with a variety of alternative processing and/or printing techniques. I get an incredible amount of satisfaction from producing an image with my own two hands, never sure what the final result is going to be. There is something very liberating for me in allowing the medium to direct the final outcome."
The Two of You

Foundation 3

To see more of Kim's work:

Thursday, May 31, 2012


"Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain."

 Leo Buscaglia

Monday, May 28, 2012

Jett Grrl Vancouver

There's a few things you should know about me:

I veer between being a ball of energy and doing an accurate impression of a sloth. I like to call it zen!

I hadn't ridden a bike for circa ten years prior to 2011. The last incident in 2001 involved a bike that was too big for me, a bottle of whiskey and a pothole. My bruises had bruises.

I try to support local businesses wherever possible.

I have zero patience for shitty customer service.

However i wanted to get around Vancouver without a car and without depending on the often not reliable transit system (oh hai translink!). I debated between a bike or a scooter and it came down to which was more economical to run and which had more health benefits. I went to numerous bike stores to do some research but noticed that there was an attitude that could almost be classified as elitist from quite a few of them. 

Tip for sales staff in Vancouver: An eye roll following my question does not a sale make. I know it's fascinating stuff but listening as you give your friend a breakdown on last night antics whilst i wait for your attention just makes me want to spend my money elsewhere. 

I started researching, talking to people and the name of one studio came up from a few different sources. My friend had mentioned an amazing bike mechanic that had built his a few years back and it turned out that the recommendations were for the same person: Tracy A. Myerson of Jett Grrl Bike Studio (embedded video below ).

Jett Grrl Bike Studio is a high end speciality shop building custom steel bikes and handbuilt wheels to last a lifetime. "We are trying to promote sustainability and create an Un-Intimidating space for cyclists of every variety. We also do meticulous tune-ups, and sell funky parts and accessories in a super friendly, no-attitude sort of way. We only sell things we actually believe have some lasting value. If you are looking for "just the cheapest" you might have to look elsewhere. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for - the cheaper it is the sooner you will have to fix or replace it. That is not what we believe in. We are passionate about providing a level of quality and service unparalleled anywhere."

My beloved bike which i named Akira. Yes, i am a nerd.

Tracy does the repairs, builds the bikes and the wheels, and lovingly restores the vintage rides. She has been riding a bike since she was a girl living in Natick, Massachusetts and she has been riding seriously since 1991. Having made an appointment i called in and discussed what i did and didn't want. Tracy answered my questions (without any attitude), asked me some of her own, discussed my budget and encouraged me to have a think about it. A week on, i'd come to a decision and went back to put the deposit down. Overall the process of buying a bike from Jett Grrl was straightforward and pressure free. Plus i got some bonus canine hang out time as the studio is home to the cutest shop dog Levi! 

The whole process took about six weeks which was mainly due to the fact that Tracy is the only person working there and i went with having the wheels/spokes hand built instead of buying off the rack. The end result? A lightweight, beautifully built bike perfectly sized to my frame. It's been nearly a year and i've come to love cycling and my bike in a way that i didn't think was possible

Red Detailing and Hand Built Wheels.

To read more about Tracy visit:

Full Disclosure: I am not in any way affiliated with Jett Grrl Bike Studio nor have i received any incentive or compensation to write this piece. I want to support local business and give credit for excellent service!

Friday, May 04, 2012


Long Beach, California. October 1942.
“Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company.”
4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

Russian photographer Pavel Kosenko dig some digging on Shorpy, a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. He selected a number of 4x5 Kodachrome prints that were taken between 1940-1943. Each photo in the series has a brief info section and photographer info. The Kodachrome prints are beautifully vibrant and have a colour cast and tone that's sadly absent from digital photography.

October 1942.
Workers installing fixtures and assemblies in the tail section of a B-17F bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California.
4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

October 1942.
 “Lieutenant ‘Mike’ Hunter, Army test pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.”
4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

June 1942.
Engine inspector for North American Aviation at Long Beach, California. 

4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

June 1942.
Truck driver at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Douglas Dam. Amazing
4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer

Shulman’s Market at N and Union Street SW, Washington.
4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam.

June 1942.
Lockheed Vega aircraft plant at Burbank, California.
 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by David Bransby for the Office of War Information.

Click here to see the full collection!
Original post (in Russian) here

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Image by Gary Hernandez

There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had.

John Steinbeck

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Image: Forever anchored to your wings

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”


Sunday, March 04, 2012

Cuisle Mo Chroí

“You are beautiful like demolition. Just the thought of you draws my knuckles white. I don’t need a god. I have you and your beautiful mouth, your hands holding onto me, the nails leaving unfelt wounds, your hot breath on my neck. The taste of your saliva. The darkness is ours. The nights belong to us. Everything we do is secret. Nothing we do will ever be understood; we will be feared and kept well away from. It will be the stuff of legend, endless discussion and limitless inspiration for the brave of heart. It’s you and me in this room, on this floor. Beyond life, beyond morality. 

We are gleaming animals painted in moonlit sweat glow. Our eyes turn to jewels and everything we do is an example of spontaneous perfection. I have been waiting all my life to be with you. My heart slams against my ribs when I think of the slaughtered nights I spent all over the world waiting to feel your touch. The time I annihilated while I waited like a man doing a life sentence. Now you’re here and everything we touch explodes, bursts into bloom or burns to ash. History atomizes and negates itself with our every shared breath. I need you like life needs life. I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know.”

Henry Rollins 
The Red Queen
Phenomena - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (0.03)
Disparate Youth - Santigold (4.08)
My Man - Regina Spektor (8.49)
Genesis - Grimes (11.36)
No Intention - Dirty Projectors (15.47)
Land Of A Thousand Dances - Wilson Pickett (20.00)
Ray Gun - Thin Lizzy (22.21)
Just Like You Imagined - Nine Inch Nails (25.24)
Triumph Of The Heart - Bjork (29.11)
Making Plans For Nigel - XTC (34.28)
Ghost Train - Electro-Tones (38.38)
The Cult Song - Shannon & The Clams (40.42)
Can't Seem To Make You Mine - The Seeds (43.43)
Swerve - Shabazz Palaces (46.15)
Banned From The Roxy - Crass (51.24)
Shea - Scheer (53.39)
Camel Walk - Southern Culture On The Skids (55.59)
Nosebleed Section - Hilltop Hoods (58.31)
Aquarius - Boards Of Canada (1.02.05)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Sonar Bullets

This week I've been mostly: listening to Grimes and BATS and getting excited at the thought of my upcoming trip to Ireland.

Friday, March 02, 2012


You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...

from 'The Places You'll Go'

Happy Birthday Dr.Seuss!

Thursday, March 01, 2012


'Visions' is the new album from Vancouver born, Montreal based Claire Boucher aka Grimes. Drawing from a DIY ethic and involvement with Vancouver's punk/industrial scene and  Montreal's Lab Synthèse, a 4600sq ft re-appropriated textile factory; her third full length album was entirely recorded in her Montreal apartment. 

I've listened to her previous releases but none grabbed me in the way 'Visions' has. It showcases her evolving sound: swirling synths, punchy beats and those quivery,sweet vocals combining to shape beautiful soundscapes.  

She describes her work as “the only means through which I can be fully expressive. It is both an ethereal escape from, and a violent embrace of my experience. The creative process is a quest for the ultimate sensual, mystical and cathartic experience and the vehicle for my psychic purging. Visions was conceived in a period of self-imposed cloistering during which time I did not see day-light. ”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Try A Little Tenderness

'Say Something Nice On The Internet' sprang forth from Emily McCombs of who proposed that February 29th be a day of positivity online (and in real life also!)

"Being insulted is just par for the course when it comes to participating in online culture.
It's happens to all of us: Like when Lesley's piece about sexism in video gaming made it to the front page of Digg and inspired a flood of comments on the relative fatness of her hands, when I write about rape, or when Cat writes about pretty much anything. I suspect that a barrage of direct, immediate and viscous criticism will in the future just be part of the deal when it comes to being a writer.

But it's not just writers who are affected. Anyone who has ever posted a photo, video or comment anywhere online has probably had the experience of having their appearance, life choices and perceived character flaws announced, dissected and harshly judged. And look, it's OK to disagree with one another. xoJane in particular is devoted to a diversity of opinions. But I find it hard to believe that all this knee-jerk nastiness contributes in any way to public debate.
We're not suggesting that everyone be nice all the time, no matter what. After all, the admonition "Be nice" has been used throughout history to keep women quiet, polite and compliant. But so many of the nasty comments leveraged online relate directly to tearing down women -- our appearances, our sexuality, our choices. And while we advocate criticism and debate and the calling out of wrongness wherever you may find it, deliberately tearing people down through personal attacks and cruelty is not making anything better."

When i see people tearing strips off each other online (I'm not talking about intelligent, measured debate but rather the more typical examples of personal attack) I always wonder would you say that to somebody directly? When it comes to online activity I adhere to one simple principle: If i wouldn't say it to someones face, then i sure as shit ain't going to type it or hide behind a computer screen.
I don't know a single person who isn't wracked by self doubt or loathing at times; for others it's a permanent state of being. My friends are wonderful, kind, loving, generous people but they usually spread the love to those around them rather than themselves. In the spirit of 'say something nice', I sat down and identified five things i like about myself. 

Let's just say it's interesting and not the easiest of exercises but I wholeheartedly encourage you to try it out!
A lil' self love:

1) I am honest. By that I mean I think about, examine and then communicate my 'how/why/needs/wants' to those I interact with and to myself. Some people are repelled by it but it's a useful litmus test!

2) I am sensitive. Not so long ago i would have marked this as a negative but I've learnt to embrace it as an asset. It plays a big part in who i am.

3) I have a scar at the side of my mouth or i like to call it half a Chelsea smile! It gives my lips a distinctive curve.

4) I'm courageous. I've taken some big risks. some have paid off, some have not. This does not deter me from continuing to do so.

5) I'm a dab hand at baking and my gluten free dark chocolate and raspberry brownies have brought more than one person to their knees.

Spread the love on Twitter with the hashtag #saysomethingnice
To read more:

Monday, February 27, 2012

On The Verge

"Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool. "

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lepus Luna

I discovered Amy Duncan when she left a comment on my interview with Emil Amos of Holy Sons, Grails and Om. Duncan is a painter, illustrator and a tattoo artist at Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia. She has also been taking classes in botanical illustration. Her tattoo work is distinctive but her latest venture has really caught my eye.

Amy and her husband Shaun, a photographer, writer and musician have created a company called Lepus Luna. In their own words it "is a space we've created for exploring and sharing the art we make both individually and together, and with time will also become a space for sharing work by others we admire".

To date Lepus Luna have released two limited edition prints of Amy's work. The first was 'La Louve' a strictly limited first edition of 23, made using Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigment inks on 100% cotton rag Hahnemühle paper. All hand signed and numbered in gold pencil with embossed seal on the bottom left corner, and hand-painted metallic gold highlights on the bell and third-eye jewel. 

The second features a tiny botanical illustration of a young Amanita muscaria mushroom, is now available. These prints are 148 x 197mm in size (5 7/8 x 7 3/4"), and printed with Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigment inks on 100% cotton rag Hahnemühle paper. An ultra smooth rag was used so even the finest of details can be reproduced, and the prints are hand-signed at the bottom right with graphite pencil. 

To find more from  Lepus Luna and to see more of Amy's artwork:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


“No real social change has ever been 
brought about without a revolution - 
Revolution is but thought carried into action. 
Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, 
for science, for religious, political, and 
economic liberty, emanates from the minority, 
and not from the mass.” 

Emma Goldman

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


In the spirit of the day that's in it and for your reading pleasure, below is one of my favourite interviews with Poision Ivy and Lux Interior of The Cramps detailing their first meeting and subsequent decades long romance. They spoke to Nicholas Barber for The Independent and the piece was published in May 1998

Image of Ivy: Kimigo

POISON IVY: We were both studying art at Sacramento State college in the early Seventies. It was a very strange art department in Sacramento at that time, too, because the whole student population was made up of hippies, and they were into witchcraft and metaphysics and everything else. We met up in a class called Art and Shamanism. The textbook for that class was called The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, and the subject of that book is how the real topic of the Bible is the Amanita muscaria mushroom and that Christ is a metaphor for this magic mushroom. The kind of instructors we'd have would say: "I haven't seen you in class for a while, what grade d'you want?" And we'd say, "Well, I guess an 'A' ", and they'd say, "Okay." So those were crazy times. It was just a very loose, very unique situation, and we met in that environment. We met in a very free way, and we fell in love very quickly.

I'd just started college, and one day I was hitchhiking back from the campus to my apartment, when Lux and a friend of his gave me a ride. I'd seen him around the campus, and I thought he was extremely exotic. He would have these pants and each leg of the pants was a different colour. That kind of thing fascinated me. Because it was the beginning of the new term, we had catalogues to see which classes we were going to take, so we were comparing to see if we'd be in any classes together. It turned out that we were, and that's where our real meeting began.

I was sitting in the Art and Shamanism class when I saw Lux walking in. It was a very large class, too, because everybody knew the teacher got high, and I was sending out psychic brainwaves of, like: "Sit by me! Sit by me! Sit by me!" And he did. He came straight to me and sat next to me. We were making small talk and I said, "It's my birthday", and he pulled a drawing out of his portfolio and gave it to me as a birthday gift right then. It was a female figure, but it was very abstract expressionist. It had a lot of physical energy that I can't describe in words.I don't know if it was past lives or what, but I felt like I'd known him all my life. It wasn't like we'd just met. We were just together constantly, and we were pretty much out of our minds constantly, to be honest. We didn't come to the surface for quite a long time.

In certain astrology, both regular astrology and Chinese astrology, there's some things that say that Lux and I, we shouldn't be together, and the reason is that the function of the astrology was to maintain social order. It had to do with arranged marriages and how a certain man would belong with a certain woman because it would fit in with the social order and they wouldn't cause trouble. And combinations that they said were bad, it didn't mean that they wouldn't get along or wouldn't enjoy each other's company; what it might mean is they'll start a revolution or that they'll cause trouble or that they'll set things on fire. I think we're definitely the kind of pair that they would have tried to keep apart, because together we cause a lot of upheaval. From our point of view, it's creation. We're creating things.

We're not married. I don't know what you'd call what we are. We're deeply in love and feel like we've been together for more than this lifetime, but we're not aware of any particular ritual that would consecrate it in a way that makes sense to us. We sure don't need to make it any kind of institutionalised situation. Nature upholds our bond.

There's not anything that we deny each other. I'll always hear somebody say, "Oh, I'd like to buy that but my wife would kill me", or vice versa, and I'm, like, "God, what is that?" We don't feel that either one of us has any right to say anything about the other's needs. We just have to trust that person and what that person is entitled to. Fortunately, we happen to like a lot of the same things, but even if we didn't, that shouldn't matter. We're both real free-thinkers. We're nice to each other. There's all those reasons why we're together, but I think it's also karmic. We're karmically entwined.

He's easy to love. He's someone I can get crazy with, I knew that about him right away. I thought: "Oh boy, what's gonna happen now? Something exciting!" It's still happening.

Image of Lux: Ray Stevenston

LUX INTERIOR: First time I saw her she was walking down the street, hitch- hiking, and she was wearing a halter top and short shorts with a big hole in the ass with red panties showing through. I was with this other guy, a friend of mine, and we both just went, "Who-o-o-oh!" We pulled over and I think I had a hard-on about three seconds after I saw her.

It was 1972, and we were at Sacramento State college, although saying it was a college is stretching it a bit. You'd get credit for going there and everything, but it was just a bunch of weirdoes. It was crazy. Half the teachers were just fucking the students and getting paid for it. It was really a great time, those days. Really a creative environment.

We had to register for our classes and we had this pamphlet in the car that told you what classes you could take, and one was called Art and Shamanism. I remember I said: "What is shamanism?" She explained it to me, and I thought, boy, that sounds pretty interesting, I think I'll take that. And then when I showed up for that class she was there.

I remember the first day of that class, the teacher had us all sit around in a circle on the floor and hold hands. It was some kind of weird exercise, some mumbo-jumbo crazy cult thing where there was supposed to be energy which would fly around clockwise, and then he made it go counter-clockwise. It was great, it really worked, but just holding hands with her I felt about a thousand times the energy that I was getting from him.

She's incredibly beautiful, that was the first thing I noticed. And then when I talked to her she was incredibly smart, too. We just had a bond. A week and a half, maybe two weeks later we started living together. We just couldn't hardly stand to be away from each other. People would even tell us: "That's not right, it's not healthy, you guys shouldn't be spending all your time together." And they tell us that to this day.

It was a while on before the group actually happened. All my life I'd been to see rock'n'roll bands, but I'd never quite been in one myself until I met her. I remember her saying, "Well, we should do that", and I'd say, "Well, yeah, I guess we could do that", and she'd go, "Of course we could do it!" I think we just talked each other into it. Sometimes you have friends and they'll talk you out of doing things. They'll say: "You? Oh yeah, sure." But the same thing can happen, you'll meet someone who'll talk you into doing things, too. If I hadn't met Ivy I might just still be going to rock'n'roll shows.

She's really courageous and she's really smart. At first, when we started out we just wanted to have fun and we didn't want to have anything to do with the business part of all this band stuff, but every time we've tried to have somebody manage us it's been some kind of a bad experience, so she's taken over managing the band and she really does it great. That's why the Cramps are still around after all this time, because she cares about it and she's capable of unbelievable acts.

This is our dreamchild or something, this is something that we make and we do together, and we're real protective of it. And we're also appreciative of the fact that we invented this thing called the Cramps, and from that has sprung a subculture of people all over the world, and we feel we're representative of them. We take that real seriously. We've thought about having children before, but we've always been so busy doing this, and this seems more important to us. We have three cats and we can't even stand to leave them to go on tour. So I don't know how we'd deal with a child.

We're different in a lot of ways. I tend to fly off the handle and go crazy and start screaming and she tends to be a bit wiser and calmer and more patient than I am - before she starts going wild, too. I think she's a lot classier than I am, but I think I've gained a lot of class from her. It's hard to figure out how we're different because we're together all the time and we always do everything together. In a way it's kind of one thing, me and her, but she's also very much an individual and very strong. She grows like a tree. She's faceted like a diamond. There's a million sides to Ivy and I just love all of them.
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