Hi Everyone! Welcome to another week! News with me is I'm working on a custom Coney Island piece for someone, which is a lot of fun and plotting an escape from Seattle for a week or so, hoping to find some inspiration and recharge! Also working on trying to make more and more people in the world aware of my tarot deck. Anyone that wants to share my etsy shop with friends and family that you think would be interested, here's the link-
The Hobo clown
The hobo clown was a character created largely by famous circus clown, Emmett Kelly, intended to represent the sadness and hilarity of boozing train hoppers of the depression era. The large red nose and 5 o clock shadow makeup became what we know as the hobo clown. The idea to portray the fool as a hobo clown was my friend and model for this card, Alex. I thought it was a great idea being as a hobo, a clown and a wanderer all embody what I consider to be "The Fool" card. He represents someone out in the world looking for something new through unconventional means. Viewed by some as an ignorant and lazy person, the fool is often times just at the beginning of a new adventure and is willing to take risks others are not.
Once I had decided to take Alex's suggestion for the theme of my Fool card I learned a lot more about clowns and circus's than I had known befMy ore. A tragic and fascinating story I found while doing research on Emmett Kelly, was the 1944 Hartford Circus fire, of which he was a witness to. My mother lives in Hartford and apparently it continues to be an open wound in the city to this day. Circus is no longer banned there but it was in the state of Connecticut for a long time after.
Because of a shortage of well.....everything by 1944 in America, due to war times, the tent was not water proofed. To save money, the Ringling Brothers doused the tent in Kerosene to water proof it. You can imagine, that didn't end well. The entire tent burned up in a matter of 7 minutes or less, wild cat cages blocked the exits and desperate panic rang through the canvas. Few were lucky to have survived. Here is a photo of Emmett Kelly trying to assist with putting out the fire
Artistic process......the video
It just so happens that I have a video that Mike Folden made, explaining the process of making this very card's artwork.....and if you don't know me, yes I really am that goofy...
The Fool is willing to take the risk, to venture out and see what happens. It's easy to be skeptical of others when you refuse to try anything without know the end result. But be careful, the reversed meaning of this card is that you are acting with no regard for the consequences of your actions. Your attempt to live in the moment may be rash and without an end goal in sight. So how do you know when you're embarking on a journey that's probably going to end well or when your actions are foolish? You don't. Taking risks, by nature of the word, is risky. No one can say what will happen if you go left or right at the fork. What is foolish about this life journey is learning nothing from it and/or having no definite target in mind. When you get this card, upright or reversed, now is the time to take risks for the people and things you live and make progress towards your dreams. Don't act idiotically in the name of nothing particularly important because it can be counterproductive and seriously detrimental to your health and well being.
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