MITCHUMby Garrett Vander Leun
Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.
ABOUT THE ART
A selection from my "Legends in Ink" series, depicting legendary celebrities covered in fictional ink that symbolizes important people, places, or things from their lives. The meanings behind his tattoos are as follows:
1. STEAM ENGINE- As a youth, Mitchum spent a lot of time traveling the country on railroad cars.
2. STRIPES- During one of his railroad adventures, Mitchum was arrested for vagrancy and put on a local chain gang. In 1948, Mitchum was framed for marijuana possession (a substance he aquired a taste for with other hobos along the railroads) and ended up spending 43 days in jail. It is also said that Mitchum preferred the company of criminals, it was a group he could relate to.
3. OMNIA MORS AEQUAT- This loosely translates to "death makes all things equal" in Latin. This plays into two aspects of Mitchum's life. One being his rather guarded intellect. Mitchum wrote music, prose and poetry - 'Poet With an Axe" is a nickname conjured to shed light on the duality of his personality, and could speak very eloquently when he let his tough-guy guard down and wasn't completely inebriated. The other aspect at play here is his utter disgust to the banality and obligations of celebrity. He felt that no man was any better than the next, no matter what his income was. Although an incredible actor, he never thought acting a very respectable profession... I wish I could remember why I applied the lightning bolt. It's the same three-pointed bolt that Elvis and his goons used for their "TCB" logo (Taking Care of Business). Maybe that was translated into Mitchum hard-nosed work ethic, his drive to get it done. That being said, he could be a real pain-in-the-ass on movie sets.
4. Fisticuffs Boxer- Mitchum was a brute of a man and got in dozens of fights throughout his life, as both an unknown and as a famous actor. When he first came out to LA he trained as a boxer in Venice.
5. D - For his wife, Dorothy. As disloyal as Mitchum was to her (and really he's had more flings and affairs than any celebrity I've ever read about), when it came time to jump ship or stay home, he always went back to her. She was his unexplainable rock.
6. M (on his wrist) - One of his higher-profile affairs was with Shirley MacLaine. In my opinion, this was his most emotional one and the closest he ever came to leaving his wife. Shirley must have been some kind of woman - she was the only card-carrying female member of The Rat Pack.