From: Gerry Armstrong <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Ronald Reagan Tribute
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 16:56:36 -0700
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On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 23:31:22 +0200, Tilman Hausherr
>On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 10:17:18 -0700, Gerry Armstrong
><firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>>I'd completely forgotten I had these. Chase your mouse over the check.
>>Check #177, dated November 4, 1987, $15.00 to Bekins:
>>The Gipper playing George Gipp
>>and #178, same date, $35.00 to Lorrie K. Eaton, D.C.:
>>I think in Law and Order (1953)
>>It was during my green dickhead period.
>>© Gerry Armstrong
>Did you paint the checks after getting them back or before?
I first wrote the check out and signed it.
By that time in my life -- within a year after the December 1986
"settlement" -- my signature had degenerated into the basic squiggle
you see on each check from the juvenile but readable form it had just
as I was heading off to join the Sea Org.
I usually add a face to the basic squiggle to form my legal signature.
When doing this series of checks, I took a yellow-green marker and
filled in the biggest loop in the squiggle. I think I was using
Pantone markers made by Letraset during that time. The ink in these
markers is alcohol based and bleeds through uncoated paper, such as
On the reverse, endorsement side of the check I then outlined the
green color shape that had bled through to form a head with a face
looking the opposite direction to the face in the signature.
Orienting to the face, I drew a body or a scene or something using pen
and colored pencils.
The colored pencils, of course, do not bleed through the paper.
After a drawing was completed as far as I was concerned I sent off the
check to its intended recipient who signed and cashed or deposited it.
Each check then made its way through the bank system with the
appropriate stamps back to my own bank and each month back to me.
After doing a number of these checks, the heads that bled through onto
the reverse side, with very little help by outlining, began to appear
somewhat penial, so the series became "the Dickheads."
I did another series of checks for a contest called "Draw Your Own
Dickhead" in which I wrote a check, signed it, did the bleed-through
deal with the marker, drew a penial-looking head on the endorsement
side, and then gave it to the recipient to add a body or scene which
would be an entry in the contest. I paid them to play my contest.
I started another series, "the Pickleheads," but the market soured,
and by this time I had given away pretty well all my money, so being
able to write checks at all was a luxury I couldn't afford.
I'll try to get up another Dickhead or two in the next few days.
© Gerry Armstrong