Just before the filming of X-Men 2, I was approached by Gordon Smith of FXSmith to come up with a tattoo design for the Nightcrawler. Gordon’s dilemma was the challenge of making the tattoos show up on the Nightcrawler’s blue-black skin. I suggested that an etched scarified effect, inspired by the traditional Maori moko would show up well and would give an added dimension if it were implied that the wounds were self-inflicted.
My challenge was to create a tattoo design that reflected the psychospiritual dimension of the character who was Roman Catholic and spoke High German. My wife Raven suggested angelic sigils (i.e. signatures) that would reflect the Nightcrawler’s faith, combined with alchemical symbols that emphasized his spiritual conflict because of his outward demonic appearance and sulphurous smell. The apparently opposing forces of spirit and form would be balanced and integrated into one harmonious expression of wholeness in the tattoo.
Initially Bryan Singer and his committee wanted only half the Nightcrawler’s face tattooed. After he saw my drawings, however, and heard our proposal, he decided on the whole face, and, later, the upper torso and arms. The writers had to rewrite parts of the script to incorporate the Nightcrawler’s tattoos in a new backstory of the character.
Gordon’s special effects team made casts of Alan Cumming’s face, torso and arms and I mapped the designs on the casts. I was later told that Alan found the whole plaster cast experience claustrophobic and anxiety-inducing; the FX team had to prematurely pull it off his face. Fortunately, the plaster cast stayed in one piece.
Prior to X-Men 2, the tattoos I was asked to do for films tended to be the stereotypical gang members and criminals. I am grateful that in X-Men 2, I was finally given the opportunity to express in a film the essence of tattoo as a spiritual healing art that realigns body and soul.
- A: an uplifting song
- B: a song to listen to before you go to sleep
- C: a song from a soundtrack
- D: a song that reminds me of a fictional character
- E: a song by a band I’ve seen live
- F: a song that I’ve used as a ringtone at some point
- G: a song to party your butts off to
- H: a song that reminds me of my childhood
- I: a song that gives me butterflies
- J: a song by the beatles
- K: a song I know all the lyrics to
- L: an instrumental song
- M: a song that hasn’t got a video but I wish it had
- N: a song by a band I want to see live
- O: a melancholic song
- P: a song that I’d recommend you based on your blog
- Q: a song to drive to
- R: a song that I’ve listened to lots of times recently
- S: a song by a band of your choice
- T: a lovesong
- U: a song that reminds me of a fictional pairing
- V: a non-english song
- W: a song with an amazing music video
- X: a cover
- Y: a song I’d send to my crush (imaginary, if you don’t have one)
- Z: a randomly chosen song
Asked by Anonymous
I’m gonna be lazy and copy and paste some stuff from a presentation I’ve already given:
Nearly half of all bisexual women [46%] will be raped in their lifetime, compared to 13% of lesbians and 17% of straight women. This is horrifying, and it comes from the hypersexualization of bisexuality, to the point where simply being bi is seen as an invitation for sexual advances. It also comes from “rape culture,” the social attitudes that tolerate and promote rape and then victim blame women who are seen as overly sexual.
Over 40% of bisexual people have considered suicide compared to 9% of straight people and 27% of gay people, and these rates are much higher for bisexual women than for bisexual men. This is also very alarming and speaks to the power of biphobia and also the harm of gay communities failing to extend their support to bisexual people.
28% of bisexual people are in poverty compared to 18% of straight people and 22% of gay people. While gay people earn 2-3% less than straight men, bisexuals earn 10-15% less. Bisexuals also have higher rates of hypertension, poor physical health, smoking, and risky drinking. Many if not most bisexuals don’t come out to their healthcare providers, which limits their access to complete information and resources, for example, regarding safer sex practices.
Bisexual women in a relationship with a monosexual are much more likely than a straight or lesbian woman to experience domestic violence, whether they are in a relationship with a straight man or a lesbian woman. Compared to lesbians, bisexual women have significantly lower levels of education and higher rates of poverty, are significantly less likely to have health insurance coverage and more likely to experience financial barriers to receiving healthcare.
So pretty much that’s bullshit and sorry bout it but lesbians have monosexual privilege over bisexuals. I know gay men and lesbians get really angry being told that and some bisexuals even shirk away from the word, but too bad, because there’s no other way besides “monosexism” to explain the evidence of institutional oppression of non-monosexuals. And if you have a system of oppression you have a privileged group. (psst just like white privilege or cis privilege it doesn’t make a monosexual evil, just privileged, nor does it mean monosexuals are on the same level as heterosexuals because, you know, intersectionality is a thing)
Passing privilege is not privilege, and plenty of lesbians can pass as straight too. That’s because everyone is assumed to be heterosexual. Only heterosexuals can access heterosexual privilege, because privilege is so much bigger than how a random person on the street perceives you. I can have a public relationship with a guy. So what? Does that change the fact that I’m way more likely to be raped, consider suicide, be in poverty, or be abused by a partner? No. If a closeted lesbian doesn’t have straight privilege then neither do bisexuals. Having my identity erased because people perceive me as something I’m not isn’t privilege, it’s monosexism.
When bisexual people Continually tell you something bad exists + when bisexual people Continually tell you something bad is happening to them, for goodness sakes stop yapping defensively and Just LISTEN!