Self-Portrait, 2006

Self-Portrait, 2006
Image by DerrickT
I have had this idea for a make-up experiment using various rubber silicon "pieces" from other projects that were not in use (all handmade by my uncle) for a while now. The nose that I have on my nose here (ha! That sounds surreal, doesn’t it? How about what my uncle said? — "I’ve got a cheek in my top drawer" — which created a bloom of laughter from me also) is a Quasimodo nose. The nose that is growing out of my right cheek is a nose my uncle made from his own nose from a previous experiment a few years back. There are two large alien eyes that are situated on the top of my head as well, but are a bit obscurred, except that you can see the "white" of one of the eyes if you look to your right. The piece in the middle of my forehead is a rubber silicon eye that was "uncolored" with any substance and was basically a free-form piece for possible projects. Before all of these pieces were put on, he applied some homemade "skin" (made out of various elements including glue, karo syrup, tissue paper and a few others, which was a Dick Smith ingredient) which was a piece that was glued onto my face using Elmer’s glue (again, an old Dick Smith trick!) which was applied onto my forehead and went around and over my right eye and down over my right cheek. After this, more pieces were added to my left cheek and my forehead area. Next, he applied the left eye which was also made out of a scrap of rubber silicon and which added to the make-up improvisation! After that was applied, the mouth piece was added (which is actually a "vampire puncture" mold, which I decided would work as a weird mouth). The mouth piece wasn’t "applied" in any way, except for the fact that I licked my lips a bit and used my saliva for "natural glue", which works really well when it is only going to be on there for a few moments.

As mentioned, this was basically an experimental make-up improvisational collage-work. It took a little over an hour or so to complete I would say. Now I see what John Hurt went through with his 12-hour make-up procedures from The Elephant Man! No where near as time-consuming and gut-wrenching as this. In fact, he was contemplating quitting acting after that role!

So, ladies and gentlemen! Step right up and be the first to see THE WEIRDO OF BURDEN at your local FREAK CIRCUS!

Later on, after the show, I’ll disguise myself as Derrick!

60 thoughts on “Self-Portrait, 2006

  1. Well THAT’s a sure fire way to draw someone into a thumbnail!!!

    Sounds like you and your Uncle had a chance for some further ‘bonding’ as well – sorry, couldn’t resist! πŸ˜‰

  2. luna, JennyJenna, Ludmilla, fussy tassy…thank you all for the lovely comments! πŸ™‚

    Sylvia: If I were Mr. Merrick, would have you told me that?! πŸ˜‰ Thank you sweet lady! πŸ™‚

    Lou: Don’t make me cry, don’t make my cry! I’ve always wanted a kiss from a beautiful woman! But, look at me! I’m deformed, vague and doomed! *weeps* …

    but, of course, thank you! πŸ™‚

    Ant: Thank you, dear sir! Such a touching film, eh? I also love another quote by John Hurt that I can thoroughly agree with. He said, "If one isn’t touched by this film, then I don’t want to know them." Perfect and Oh-so-true.

    Opal: Yikes! Ed Gein:…"MY MOMMA MADE ME DO IT!" …;) That is just a wonderful film as well, which follows the truthfulness in it’s exactness — ever see it? Thank you, my friend! πŸ™‚

    dcy3: You will, trust me. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping in!

    Trapac: haha! Yeah, well what better "bonding" than to be artistic, eh? πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comments!

    The Alieness: *smile*

    motikat: Thank you, thank you! πŸ™‚

  3. igor! ok, you’ve had your makeover, now get back to the castle! we have a convention to plan! hmmm, maybe a little heavy on the mascara?

  4. THINKMULE: Weird is best! Thank you for the comments! πŸ™‚

    HAINTSTA: haha! The castle is in good hands, don’t worry! I have asked a friend of mine to watch over my section for the time being! They love reciting wing-wom word poems — they’ll keep everyone entertained until I get back, I promise!

    And, what do you have against Karo Syrup?! Don’t tell me you mixed in acid tablets with this at one period in your life…?!

    randa_lew: Why thank you for the rewarding comments! Thanks for stopping in! You’re always welcome to visit again. My doors are automatic! πŸ™‚

    Chris: You wonderful-commenting-complimentor you! Steganography is certainly a strong-hold, don’t you think? Thank you as always! πŸ™‚

  5. It’s scary, but looks like a lot of fun. Reminds me of the x-files where with the mother/sister/daughter inbred thing. Very cool, Derrick.

  6. fI feel nothing but love for this creature / quad-nasal misfit… I’m doing my best to stand firm and not be a-feared!

    He looks so misunderstood, but so incredibly kind…. Eyes on the top of the head! This guy probably says all the time "see what I mean?" ;))

    You, Derrick, are an absolute delightful live-r and love-r of life!!! πŸ™‚

  7. I have to say, I picked up an Ed Gein vibe right away, there’s a wearing-a-hitchhiker’s-skin-as-a-suit thing going on there…
    But in the best way possible. I hope you danced around the living room with all the lights turned off, singing softly to yourself for a bit.

    Fun experiment, impressive execution, stunning image!

  8. this brings back bad memories of one halloween night when my son wanted to dress up as freddy kruger(i always was drafted in as makeup artist for halloween night)he had all the works including false hands (which i religiously stayed up all night to make) and latex on his face…when he came home we couldnt get the latex off and he had school the next day..he ended up in hospital..another friend was "kidnapped" by the village gang and had an asthma atttack,,i sat at home with my halloween party foood eg..ghost biscuits,blood jelly, and had to eat it with my friend!!olly still dressed up for halloween until he left home at 18!! πŸ™‚

  9. This is the most creative preparation for a self-portrait I’ve seen yet on Flickr. It’s a nice face, and one which seems waiting for the first move of the viewer…perhaps aware, from past experience of the common reactions (back of the hand over the silently screaming mouth, eyes all agape and searching left and right for the nearest exit) but still perseveres in the public eye, awaiting, not hoping, but open to the one who shows not fear or disgust, but love and a friendly handshake hello.

    Hello, there.

  10. littlebex, grace, meg: Thank you all for the comments as always! πŸ™‚

    Ann: No fear needed! In fact, the soul is quite loving and full of emotion! This would be a true test to overcome one’s external composition and looking straight into the true beauty of a soul. I think that is one thing about Merrick that was so amazing — this guy was a loving man and had such a delicate heart, yet was picked on endlessly and was continuously the victim of ‘screams’ and horror-chants. God rest his soul. I hope he is in heaven with his new body, new face of beauty, dancing with the angels.

    Anyhow, thank you (as always!) for your wonderfully kind comments! They are always, always, always appreciated! πŸ™‚

    anyjazz65: Did she answer you back? πŸ˜‰

    greynotgrey: Yeah, well, I had a slight intuitional sensation that some people, being familiar with Ed Gein, would probably be reminded of Ed Gein, although, the intention was nowhere near being built towards him, which I suppose shows the depth and velocity of people’s perception on artistic expression. This is the fun thing about receiving comments (whether negative/positive), you never know what people are going to say in regards to the art, which somehow brings me to an emotional "high."

    I didn’t do any dancing, because quite frankly I was a bit exhausted after it was all done! Not to mention the fact that it was around 1am and I had been up early that previous morning, but I love to suffer for the art. Because what is art without suffering anyhow? I always find something that isn’t right about something and I am consistently asking myself why I can’t be satisfied with it, thinking people’s perceptions will be like my own (as the "viewer"), which is why I have spent days upon days re-shooting the same project, creating something and throwing it away, to then start all over again. It’s all about being patient with oneself and allowing the discipline to collect itself inside of the soul, eating you up and fishing you out…knowing that with time and patience, anything can be done.

    Thanks for the comments, my friend! πŸ™‚

    Daniela: Thanks for the smile! πŸ™‚

    Jenny: Haha, what a funny story there — thanks for sharing it! I bet Olly still dresses up for Halloween without telling you! πŸ˜‰

    It’s Halloween annually around here! It’s all in fun and creation, and the artistic expression is never-ending! Thanks always!

    John: Thanky, thanky!

    julesschroom: …But? πŸ˜‰

    Janelle: IT’S YOU! Thank you always for your comments!

    sMacshot: Hello to you as well! Your comment really sunk well into your perception and the overall perception of the index of what I had in mind (to a certain extent).

    We’re all beautiful…

    …but most people don’t ‘see’ it that way, because of their lack of being able to visually see inside of someone’s heart.

    Thank you for the comments, and of course, thanks for stopping by. As I mentioned earlier, my doors are on an automatic rotation, waiting for anyone. πŸ™‚

  11. weirdo of burden = teenage heart throb. ;O

    this reminds me of sloath from the goonies (who is also a teenage heartthrob, btw).

    !!!!~~~!!!~~!! and that’s all i have to say about that…

    tally ho derrick! shine on!!

  12. holy shit!!! not the prettiest visual for a sunday morning but very well freakily done. thanks for sharing the process too. πŸ™‚

  13. Mr. Air: Incidently enough, I was thinking of Mr. Potato-head as well, which reminds me of my childhood games with other children in the playful role of "hot potato." Oh the oh-oh-joy of child-child memory-ry-ry. Don’t ask. Or, yes, ask, but expect a weird answer. πŸ™‚ …Thank you as always!

    paul: Yeah — that’s what *I* said! It is makeup experiments like these that make one really appreciate their vision! And the beauty of artistic expression. Thanks, always! πŸ™‚ Yes, yes! What do you expect, eh? πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

    Patty (ay) [or Patty Pan!]: A teenage heart-throb, eh? Are you certain? Well, okay. In that case, I’m glad you didn’t say "I Was A Teenage Mummy!"

    Ah, "The Goonies!" — oh how such memories are brought back into the mind. One-eyed Willy was the best! Thank you, as always, for your lovely comments! πŸ™‚

    Sylvia: Oh, Sylvia, Oh, Sylvia, how I always love seeing you over on my stream! The nurse always wins? Did you ever see The Exorcist 3? If not, rent/buy it, and then remember the long-hold "hallway" scene. πŸ˜‰ …Thanks for your comments, as always, sweet lady!

    Maryanne: Yeah, I can only agree with you there! Imagine going to church on Sunday with this gruesome monster as the preacher! Now that would be a Sunday morning to remember! πŸ™‚ …Thanks for the comments, as always!

    Julesschroom: Suffered temporary braindeath? Ha! I truly hope your brain revitalizingly resurrects itself back to life soon! I would hate for one of my photos to cause a loose-tuna’d "moment" for you again in the future. πŸ˜‰ …Thanks for the comments! πŸ™‚

  14. lol the magic of makeup.
    it’s oh so entertaining.
    derrick you weirdo. i love it.

    and thank you again for the dick smith info before.
    it came in handy last week.


  15. dude you are twisted, i love it!

    Thank you so much for the well done explanation, I geeked out a bit.

    I’m off to add you as a contact now, so Hello!

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