Look out! Here comes a lino print!…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s very old expletive is, By the Mackins!
My book on swearing (Bozzimaccoo: Origins & Meanings of Oaths and Swear Words by Mary Marshall [1975]) says it is, ‘Early, (a) rather uncouth corruption of Marry or Mary.’
I think I might resurrect this nice oath and try to slip it into conversation today – ‘By the mackins, those supermarket tomatoes are expensive!…’

Lino print on Japanese paper, roughly A4 in size. 2015.

Yes, I know, it is a bit of a strange one isn’t it?
And no, before you ask, I don’t know what it’s about. I mean, what would be the point of doing a piece of work if you knew beforehand what it was ‘about’? By the mackins!…

I notice that I haven’t initialled or dated this print, which I always do – I enjoy signing my work – it makes them feel more ‘real’ – as if someday, someone might even read what it says underneath them. I must have taken the photo before I got round to signing and numbering the edition.

This image looks to me like it could be stolen from the cover of a bad 1960s science fiction novel – it’s definitely a bit spacey – is spacey an actual word? I mean, apart from that Kevin of course…
Aha, just looked it up – it seems to be something to do with taking drugs that affect one’s sense of reality. No, no, dear reader, my print isn’t about any of that nonsense!
If you were desperate for an explanation, I could say that this is the view through the windscreen (windshield) of a spaceship just about to take off from a ramp – why it would need a ramp in zero gravity is anyone’s guess…
Isn’t it funny how the two triangles in the box (is it a box?) one pointing up and the other down, seem to be trying to twist the composition clockwise? Makes you want to reach out and rotate one of them through thirty degrees, to stabilise the whole shebang…
Oh, that’s all, I’ve had enough of this blather…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to Look out! Here comes a lino print!…

  1. I like it. I feel it has a nice feel to it, that the rays are fingers gently holding up the semicircle, and therefore it is safe and won’t fall. With the rectangles hovering to help out.

  2. Jheron Bash says:

    By the Mackins – that’s a nice print and a good blather!

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