Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Object D Art-Ryan August R.I.P
The older I get, the more I realise that the sudden death of someone you know, never lessens with the shock of its magnitude. That's how it was today when I read the status update on Ryan August's Facebook.
Thats the strange, detached way of things these days, no longer does someone sit you down to prepare you for tragic news, you discover it cycling through a 'social network'.
Regardless, the cold hard facts aren't any less tragic, any less revelatory -Ryan died in a car accident on Saturday night.
I wish I could tell you we were tight buddies-I wish I'd had that chance-except the truth is I only knew him through sparodic emails and Facebook, and the fact that he was a great advocate for my work and hundreds of other artists through his splendid zine-'I want your Skull.'
His enthusiasm and passion for the subject, was a cohesive spirit to all the other 'boneheaded' denizens out there, and a singular champion of all things skull related.
The irony of course is, that I received my own copy of the latest issue with my own minor contribution Saturday morning.
An accomplished artist and tatooist in his own right, he touched so many with his vision, but of course the greatest legacy he leaves behind are his wife and son who will miss him more than any of us can imagine.