Skull on Fire T-Shirt
SKULL ON FIRE
The first thing I ever drew with a Wacom. After a demo at LAMUG came a knock on the door, outside was Fred, the Wacom rep with the first, huge, tablet in his arms like a baby, presenting it to me.
I borrowed the skull from a friend who had bought the skeleton entire from someone who got it in 1968. We think she was Indian, as they used to sell their impoverished dead. My dentist said that the tooth exposed in her lower jaw may well have killed her. I propped her mouth open with a flashlight and spent the night drawing her. Afterwards I’d be in cut off in traffic, thinking, whatta jerk— and then— but he has one of THOSE in his head. A miracle. To thank Fred, I set the skull on fire and sat Bettie Page on it in her underwear. The skull was the one used in many artworks. In 2016, I repainted Screaming Bettie Page poster-size in 300 dpi.