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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn



Mouse over the image to reveal the secret. It sucks to be scooped by a gossipy British music magazine. I've been dragging my heels on posting a story about Secret Wall Tattoos for months now, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's that if you snooze, you lose. I make it a point to hang around decadent rocker types, and I can report to you that like bored sailors doing scrimshaw, the road can drive musicians to pick up some crafty hobbies. One of my favorite road crafts is the practice of making secret artworks in hotel rooms, behind mirrors, headboards, and especially bad abstract and landscape prints. Sure, some bands might still be known for trashing hotel rooms, but you'd be surprised by some of the random acts of artmaking as well. Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is a Secret Wall Tattoo practicioner, who is quoted as saying "It's like panties," he suggested of his artistic urges. "There's something better behind the mystery." The next time you're in a generic hotel room, stop worrying about 60 Minutes and their "semen light", and start looking for some hidden beauty instead.

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