Years ago I was thinking about doing some pyrography on guitars. So I went into Photoshop and started playing around with bits and pieces of photos I had scanned/copied from the net, just trying to get an idea of how to position and manipulate images. I came up with a few designs that I liked. I actually had a Johnny Cash tribute design that I took to Nashville to have a guitar maker put on a custom tele I had bought off Ebay. It came out okay and I still have the guitar, but the interest kind of cooled and I never did much more with the ideas.
One other design that I came up with was another tribute. This time to a horrific event in my adopted home town of Oklahoma City. I was away in the Navy at the time, but I can still remember the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as the radio reports started filtering into the shop where I was working. I saw it mirrored in the faces of my co workers as they too listened to the shop radio and heard the news reports over the next few days.
No one I knew directly was hurt or killed, but the senseless slaughter of so many by a man who had worn the same mantle of military service as I had left it’s mark on me just the same.
Today is a day to remember,
and to never forget.