I've been wearing the same 3 piece suit every day since December 15 last year and will continue to wear it in 2013. Every day I'm sewing a new image or text on the inside, slowly creating a growing mind map, reflecting how I experience the world around me. You can follow my process here or even better, meet me somewhere and scan the QR code that is embroidered on my back and it will bring you straight here.
On April 7, just after I walked through Ghent in my original soft armour, I wrote Tattoo Joris this text on my Facebook page. Today, May 6, Joris gave me the words I wanted.
well, this is what i do
i find stories although usually they find me i look for the dots and connect them it is easy you just wait and keep your eyes open
once upon a time i bought myself a three piece walking suit i called it my soft armour i wore it for 108 days it protected me i collected stories in it i embroidered them on the inside and carried them around outside day and night
one day, when i was on the road i realised i didn’t need my suit anymore because i already had a soft armour an old one i tried it on, it fitted well when i walked the streets naked all stories came together
the next day i left on a train going home it was a complicated journey detours and delays dragging suitcases up steep stairs changing trains forever
just before i arrived where i was heading in the last train to a big city i looked up and saw joris he was covered in stories tattooed all over his body
i asked him where i could find a good tattoo artist he said i had found him he gave me his card and asked me to write him what i wanted
I MADE my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat; But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world's eyes As though they'd wrought it. Song, let them take it, For there's more enterprise In walking naked.