Before you start saying how lucky I am to be able to have played Japan now three times in nine years, let me remind you that it is also with a heavy heart that I visit there, as going always means I must say goodbye - and everytime seems harder than the last.....
Here is my dearest friend and sis Anita Ida for whom has changed my life and I forever miss through the distance!
This second leg of the new HECATE WORLD TOUR 2018-2019 was a wild ride as you would expect with my rather indulgent lifestyle choices, and never lacked that inexplicable mystery and magick that is woven into any memorable travel. What I have been really enjoying with the last two tour actions of the past three months has not only been the intense reconnections I share with old friends and colleagues, but also the invorigating fresh perspectives I gain from meeting new artists and maniacs from all paths of life. Being back on the road after so long in Finland has proven to me yet once again that life without movement or travel is one not worth living.
The weekend leading up to my departure was a very busy one with the first ever MENTALFEST FINLAND organization which, surprisingly enough, went off with out a hitch! That was a fine one day fest which focussed on applying a positive energy to the ever present current of mental health issues many artists must face one time or another. Live nude drawing (yes of course I modelled) , grafitti workshop, good talks, spoken word, improv dancing, punk bands, solo performance artists and DJs all graced our space which was housed in the famous MINNA KATH house here in Kuopio where I now have my printing and painting studio running since this past August. Check out the gallery below as I there is still a ton more to write about the actual tour and what is next on the list of extreme actions!
As travel from Helsinki always means I need to head south over 5 hours before even reaching the departure point, I have been making the most of it lately by taking advantage of the awesome new private BDSM dungeon CLUB X there and also crashing with my great mate from Black Metal bands AZAZEL/RIENAUS. In the next months, watch out for my participation on the forthcoming RIENAUS lp taking shape as a wikked new intro I have been working on this week. Check out the latest release from last year here....
To complicate the logistics this time, I was not only travelling with a packed record bag and smaller bag but also a huge 2 meter painting I finished this summer I had to deliever to someone in Amsterdam. Thankfully I had my cross dressing slut friend to pick me up and take me directly to CLUB X where I spent a few extremely sexy nights before heading to the airport to catch my flight , where the slut helped me pack it to Finnair regulations while in 7inch stilettos and full sissy maid latex ... what a sight to behold! Surreal as ever! In any case, I made it safely to Amsterda, where we dined on some beef tartar and I crashed for a few hours before my journey to Japan via Frankfurt.
Here are some pix of that first leg of the journey!