Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
Updated 03/14/01

Artist's Statement

My apologies to my friends with multiple piercings and tattoos, especially Karen at Peter's. Body alterations are much more fashionable than they used to be when I was young, so they may not necessailly signify much anymore. But I do think that people with really extreme piercings and tattoos are displaying a sort of passive-aggressive self-mutilaion, and that it has a lot to do with childhood abuse. (All my clinical information on this subject comes from th syndicated radio show Loveline, to which I am addicted for reasons perhaps beter left unexamined.)

I've been thinking about thi sort of thing a lot since I moved up to new York, where almost everyone you see is trying to project some carefully designed image of themselves. They're all basically advertisements, as marketed and packaged as any product, and who knows what the product really is (except as with most ads how great can the product really be if it doens't just sell itself?). It occurred to me that everyone could save a lot of money on clothes and accessories if they just wore T-shirts printed with the image they wanter to project: ART CHICK or PUNK or MODEL or ROCK MUSICIAN.

I have since been informed by some with-it perosn in New York that there already are T-shirts like this.