I like drawing monsters. I’ve taken to drawing 10 minute Biro Beasts that I sell at Rude Mechanicals gigs. But monsters are nothing new, Rude Mechanicals’ first album was the Cyclops and the Wildebeest. I’ve always been interested in the idea of “other” and how that can be seen as mysterious and exotic or error and deformity. In one of the passionate discussions I had on the phone with my German friend he proclaimed his hatred for the word ‘other’ and it’s current usage. I could see his point and I am wary of using it, but to not use it, and presumably also dismissing such words as “difference”, to me suggests a forbidding of it and therefore a forbidding of me and what I experience (see intro if that is confusing).