SCANTILY CLAD WOMEN
me about the first time you can remember being thrilled.
2.A Going too high on the garden swing.
been your most frightening thrill ever?
getting the better of me on a cliff in Cornwall.
the smallest or slightest thing to have thrilled you?
4.A As a boy,
seeing a colour picture of The Beatles in Woolworths. Up until then I
had only known them in black and white.
me why you're not a sensible person.
5.A I waste
were you doing the last time you were really bored?
Watching Terminator 3.
the most uninhibited thing you've ever done?
7.A When I
played in a band, I once leapt (in white jump suit and high heels) from
the stage onto someone in the audience’s table, but then couldn’t
think how to get back.
things have you considered doing for thrill, but were too concerned about
always dreamt about being a paramedic, driving an ambulance and saving
lives; what about you?
9.A I think
I quite liked the idea of being invisible, though I’m not sure how
I planned to make use of this attribute. Not getting served in shops,
and being unable to hail a taxi, probably.
To answer these next 14 questions, you should
think about a particular time you were thrilled.
this thrill in a nutshell, in one sentence. (there's time to expand later)
that the James Bond bubble gum card series I collected when I was eight
contained pictures of scantily clad women.
and when did it take place?
Cooper’s Road post office.
me a bit about yourself around this time.
12.A I collected
every series of bubble gum cards that came out:- footballers, war and
battle, flags of all nations, pop groups. Strangely, around that time
there was a set of cards depicting the life of Winston Churchill; I even
did the moment arise? Was it planned?
collected all these other series, I thought I knew what to expect. But
this was something else.
the sequence of events leading up to your thrill, and how you felt at
each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance
14.A I quickly
realised that the Winston Churchill series I had been collecting was not
very thrilling and that Shirley Eaton in a bikini was. I knew instinctively
that I wasn’t supposed to have these cards. Even though they were
marketed for children, I knew my mum would disapprove. I decided to keep
quiet about them, and though they were subsequently discovered and were
taken away from me, I remember planning to collect more, especially the
‘good’ ones like number 45, the most thrilling card in the
series. My friend, Stephen, had this one but steadfastly refused to swap
it for any number of other cards.
the exact moment of thrill, how did your mind and body feel?
to quite believe what I was seeing, that I had been able to go into a
sweet shop and buy these cards for myself. Something forbidden had fallen
into my innocent hands and I did not want to let it go.
thoughts were going through your mind?
16.A A Concern
that when my mother found the cards she’d put a stop to it.
did you do immediately afterwards?
how to persuade Stephen to part with card number 45.
people probably don't understand how such a thing can thrill you; could
you explain it to them?
20.A I think
you have to see it all in context. This was 1963. The only way to see
someone in a bikini was between the pages of Parade, a magazine for men.
And this was very, very rude.
were certain objects or equipment important to your thrill?
21.A The sealed
packet that the cards came in meant it was impossible to tell which cards
you were going to get. Opening the packet was always thrilling, whatever
the series, but the sealed packet was the most exciting of all, because
so long as it’s left unopened, there’s a chance it may contain
exactly the card you’re looking for.
you've done something like this before, how does the last time compare
to the first time you did it?
22.A As an
adult I was able to track down a set of these cards. Flicking through
them brought back something of the same thrill. There was also still the
faint aroma of the bubble gum strip that came in each pack and I realised
how closely connected that smell was with the whole collecting thing.
As an artist, most of the work I now do is rooted
firmly in my childhood, and I think a lot of that is to do with the realisation
that by using triggers such as this, it is possible to go back and rediscover
things from my past. It’s that exploration that thrills me now.
Is there anything you want to add?