John Butler

A picture of John Butler—in ink, pencil, graphite & gel pen.

“When I was 12 I wanted to be a real man: an old man with a beard, sitting at a table with a huge book full of wisdom. And what did society hold up to me for my admiration? A golfer, a boxer, a man who ran quickly, a soldier, a lawyer, a tycoon, a motorist, a pop star, a footballer. Into what kind of madhouse had I been born? And what have I become? A child, witlessly pouring out whatever enters my head. I am a madman and people gather to watch me make a fool of myself. I am not a role model. This is my protection and my security. I still long for the table and the book. The smell of an old man and an old book. The afternoon light fading.”

Ivor Cutler — ‘A Real Man’.

Metal guru is it true?

Metal guru is it true? An evening in the pub with Eckhart Tolle and Sadhguru. I’d love that. I’m not sure that Eckhart Tolle drinks beer, and I’m not sure Sadhguru smokes roll-ups but, hey, it’s my drawing.