First of all if writing is an art form and painting and sculpture are art forms, and if you can have abstract art in painting and sculpture, then I'm going to do abstract art in writing. That means I don't care if there is anything you might think is a Miss Take. Oh hello, my name is Jim Sweet. Well, that's what I've been called my whole life for the most part. I think it's kinda funny looking at how it all started. We are given made up sounds to identify ourselves, then those sounds are spelled out into words made up of letters we invented and this becomes the way. Some people even think some names are stupid. That's like saying some words are stupid. How can you tell? "Communication is the greatest destroyer of talent, because it makes everybody like everybody else." "You must start as a child to become original. You have to be shut out from these forces.... Commmunication." These are quotes from Charles Bukowski. I found him by accident by watching a movie, which happens to be a form of comunication, that had the actress Ornella Muti in it that I liked who was in Flash Gordon. Remember that movie? It's one of my favorites. Well I like Chuck, he say a lot of stuff I agree with. Let us get to my art for a few sentences. I've been creating things since I was four years old, starting with drawing and progressing from there. I had a lot of fun in my life up until probably the third grade. The age from zero to seven was the best time of my life. I think communication had something to do with it. I draw or create what I find interesting and inspires me. Sometime it's just a meaningless random thought or idea that pops in my head. Now a days I try not to censor myself. I want to put whatever is in my empty head on paper no matter how rude someone thinks it might be or offensive. I'm not doing it to please you. I'm doing it because I'm alive and I can and it gives me pleasure. My art is a symbol of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom, to steal a line from Wild at Heart. Movies are a big inspiration in my life and my art. I really like movies. I'd say love movies, but I think love is an illusion like God and The Devil. I believe our normal way of life is an illusion. Life doesn't have to be the way others have created it, but we are born into an established way of living without any say and we are almost born with no right to disagree. The fact that you are born is the understanding you agree with the rules of that land and if you don't there is something wrong with you. It's the land of the free if you follow all of our rules and live a lifestyle that is so called normal. If not you can and will die. How can you discover some land that has people already living on it and why do Indians want to be called Native Americans when they didn't call the land America, Christopher Columbus did. Here's some more art talk. Black and white drawings are my speciality. There's some meaning in some of my drawings. I don't draw purposely to effect you. I draw mostly because the images are visually appealing and stimulating to me. I feel I really have nothing to say, most of the time, in my art or in my life for that matter. I feel it's all been said before by someone else who can say it better than me. As Wendy O Williams once said quoting a painter who was asked, "Why did you do your painting and what did it mean?" The painter said, "If I could tell you in words, I wouldn't have painted it." I've discovered many people that I admire have already communicated many of my thoughts and who really cares anyhow. Through movies I've found people who think similar to me. I also listen to Howard Stern because I think he is very entertaining and I agree with a lot of things he says. I don't like traditions or customs anymore, they mean nothing to me. Who cares when you were born? It only matters that you are here now for some unknown reason or no reason. That day is gone even though we call a new day the same day as the day you were born. I'm not proud to be white, American, Italian, or male. I had no control over that. If you were born in America you are an American even if your mother is Italian. That's the way it works, I didn't make it up. I was born on a planet we call Earth that's all I care about as far as that goes and I'm more of a pink color. People make up colors and can't use them right either. The best thing about being you, you can choose what to be called. I'm not white, I'm pink. I'm not an Atheist, I'm Jim Sweet. I don't think anyone is more important or better than anyone else or anything else. I hate that people break people down into race, religion, colors, ethnicity, classes, ages, sexes. Art is almost everything and is in your face every second. There's no good or bad art, there's just art few people can do and art some people can do and art most people can do and art all people can do. I really don't know anything if I really think about it. I just believe I figured things out for me. I know I'm here and then I go, that's all I see that’s all I know. I know other people think like me because I see myself in many different movies. I am Nobody. I believe everything has an equal and opposite and nothing would exist if there wasn't. nothing = something, nobody = somebody, if everyone is special that makes us all the same so no one is special. I believe population is the biggest problem of the world. Like the Matrix says, "we spread like a virus" and like Fight Club "we are consumers." I'm not interested in creating a normal life for myself, but that might be the only way to survive at the moment. I'll live till I die. That's all we ALL can do and you’re not lucky or unlucky to be alive. Walt Whitman said," Has any one supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her, it is just as lucky to die, and I know it. I pass death with the dying, and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contain'd between my hat and boots; And peruse manifold objects, no two alike, and every one good; The earth good, and the stars good, and their adjuncts all good. I am not an earth, nor an adjunct of an earth; I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself; (They do not know how immortal, but I know.)" Who cares what he thinks. Who cares what I think, but if you're taking the time to read this you must want to know what I think. Anyway, I like this quote. I heard it in a movie called Imaginary Crimes. I watched that movie because of the actor Fairuza Balk was in it. I never read Walt Whitman or didn't even know him until that movie, but I like the way he thinks. I never really liked reading that much and I don't think it's important to read once you get the concept. It's merely a hobby like skateboarding or looking at drawings in an art museum. I'm not anti anything or for anything. Do what you want and I'll do what I want. I see the truth in life and when I tell people what I think, they don't want to hear it usually. I’m not really saying anything too outrageous and it's probably not even original. I'm just observing human behavior and interpreting what I've learned through living. I used to get mad about wanting to be happy or in love. Now I just think happy is only one emotion. I should be happy that I can feel sad and angry too. We are human and we express emotions. We should be able to at least act human and express them all. People called it human behavior. It's perfectly normal and we are all perfect. We are humans and individuals. You're a perfect you and I'm a perfect me. Nobody's perfect=everybody’s perfect. Like a perfect rock or a perfect stick. We are the way we are, how can there be an imperfection. You can't improve or turn into someone else. You will always be you learning, growing, living=dying, feeling. Someone can not be normal, but that's a good thing. People are selfish. We all do what we want to do. You are the most important person to you. People get mad at you because you are not doing what they want to see in their lives. So this causes anger, fear and control. When ever you do something you want to do, you're being selfish. Like taking a walk, eating or having a person. People are selfish even when they are trying to help. People get mad when you don't want to help them save the whales. What if I was saving the Gorillas and somebody was saving the eagles and we all give five dollars to each others causes. We would have just made no money. Help your own causes and I'll help mine. How about STOP THE POEPLE. Should you create new life or help the lives that are struggling? Save the children or the children that already grew up or is it too late for those kids? Save the people=stop the people or slow it down. Be content with the ones who are already here. Now you see why I don't take anything serious. I have nothing to say about most things people talk about. Life is what you make it they say so that must means you have to pretend. I've created my pretend reality or my illusion of life which isn’t any better or worse than anybody elses. Fortunately or unfortunately I'm the type of person that does what I want and I don't protest what you want to do. But there are people out there who only want things done there way because they are told and believe there way is the right way. Hitler was like that too. If they don't like what we're doing, it's their hobby to destroy our interests and conform us or they'll kill us for something they don't even really know. Read Bukowski's 'The Genius of the Crowd poem, he says it perfectly. I heard this poem in the movie Bukowski: Born Into This. When we're young we usually only know what we are told. If no one told us there was a God or Santa or Hell we wouldn't know about them. So why do we really believe? There are stories that are only a few years old that get screwed up over time never mind thousands of years old stories. Some people go though life not questioning anything they're told or think about why they exist or why they do things. It's probably not worth thinking about because you'll never really get any answers, but a least you'll stop worrying about petty things, like the color of skin, nose rings, heavy metal music, sex changes, gay people, name calling. I believe art doesn't have to be a certain way and life doesn't have to be a certain way. Do what you want and express yourself anyway. Sometimes people think art is outrageous or offensive and say, "That is taking it too far." I don't think you can go "too far" in art or life unless you are physically hurting other people by it. "That's all I've got to say about that." Forrest Gump Well this is some of the stuff that goes through my head most of the time. Maybe these are the thoughts of a fool, but that's just someone's opinion. I am a fool if I want to be. Take it slow and easy.
Jimmi Joe Sweet