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"All Power to the Imagination"

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"All Power to the Imagination"

Sean Herman

“Don't care what they may say

We got that attitude!

Don't care what you may do

We got that attitude!

 

Hey, we got that P.M.A.!

Hey, we got the P.M.A.!

 

Don't care what you may do

We got that attitude!

I Don't care what you may say

We got that attitude!

 

Hey, we got that P.M.A.!

Hey, we got the P.M.A.!

 

We got that attitude!

We got that attitude!

 

Hey, we got that attitude!

Hey, we got that attitude!

 

Don't care what you may say

We got that attitude!

Don't care what you may do

We got that attitude!”

-“Attitude” Bad Brains

Bad Brains performing circa 1980's

Bad Brains performing circa 1980's

Blog by Sean Herman

 

I grew up like many other kids in my generation, screaming along to rebellious songs of youthful angst sung by punk rock bands.  Many of these bands were creating messages that were about separating from society, pointing out its flaws, and not wanting to have any part of this world.  These ideas didn’t resonate with me, but then came a hardcore band out of Washington D.C. called “Bad Brains”, and the introduction of P.M.A., or Positive Mental Attitude.  My life was changed, and in that I found something that would stay with me for the rest of my life.

When talking about Bad Brains, bassist Daryl Jenifer says,

“We’re the thinking man’s punk…So we know our message is that of peace and love and Positive Mental Attitude. That’s what we really stood and stand for. In music, we have a background of progression. When I imagine a riff, it’s like a big wall falling down. If I pick up my guitar and I say to myself, ‘You sellout,’ then I say, ‘All right, watch this—this is a song about sellouts.’ And from there, my imagination will let me create, from my musical experiences, what a sellout introduction riff is going to be. I guess that’s a blessing that I have, and me and Doc and Earl and all of us together, that we’re able to do this. The next key is keeping at it. That’s when you advance. That’s when you progress in anything.”

 


“All Power to the Imagination”

Inspiration comes in many forms, and for the newest Serpents of Bienville campaign inspiration came from the Bad Brains and the song “Attitude”.  A portion of the proceeds from our newest sticker, “All Power to the Imagination”, will go to the singer of Bad Brains, H.R. (Paul Hudson). H.R. has been suffering from a headache condition for years, and it’s now to a breaking point.  According to his wife Lori, 

“He has been diagnosed with a rare type of headache called SUNCT, a trigeminal neuralgia that is similar to cluster headaches.  There is no known cure and no reliable medical treatment. To give you an idea of what he's dealing with, cluster headaches are nicknamed “Suicide Syndrome.” The headaches come randomly, with no warning, at all hours of the day and night; but for him, they are much worse at night. The intensity of the nighttime headaches is so great that he yells, cries out, groans, and sobs—repeatedly, every few minutes, for most of the night. He can't work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, 'Everything's okay,' because that's just how he is. But everything is not okay.” 
H.R. now and when he was performing with Bad Brains

H.R. now and when he was performing with Bad Brains

 

H.R. and the Bad Brains have been an inspiration to a generation of people, and have aided in the creation of new bands, new art, and new movements.  In these times we have an opportunity to give back to someone that has given so much to us.

To learn more, and to see how you can help, click here.  


As a collective, one of the most important elements to Serpents of Bienville is positivity and personal empowerment.  Our new campaigns will be based in these ideas of P.M.A., with the first being “All Power to the Imagination,” a slogan used by the Situationists during May of 1968 in Paris.  The Situationist International was a worldwide organization of social revolutionaries made up of avant-garde artists, intellectuals, and political theorists.  The group played a predominate role in the May 1968 uprisings in Paris.  The uprisings began with the student occupation protests against consumerism and traditional institutions.  This energy spread to workers’ strikes involving 11 million workers (over 22% of the total population of France) and lasting for two continuous weeks.  As revolutions go, there are always going to be consequences, a “butterfly effect” of both good and bad.  This can be said about May of 1968, but where we want to focus is on the empowerment and change found in their slogan, 

“ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION”

“But revolution is always unimaginable until it happens. In 1788, it was unimaginable for the French people to claim their liberty by seizing the Bastille, hated prison and symbol of the ancient régime. And in 1967, it was unthinkable for a student-initiated movement to throw into upheaval the entirety of France… revolution of May ’68 still symbolizes the promise of the irruption of the impossible into French political life: the creation of the new.”  (https://indypendent.org/2008/05/15/looking-back-1968-imagining-revolt)
 

It’s in that idea of “the creation of the new” that we are in need of.  We are in dire need of change today, which is obvious from the state of life as we know it.  With the negative political climate, the hostile interactions of humanity, and the lack of unity being all over the news and television (or iPads with our current tech), our children can see that something is wrong.  We can try to write things off or ignore them, but what can we tell the youth of our world?  


“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young.  The young always inherit the revolution.”

-Huey Newton  

 

My mind is brought back to listening to the Bad Brains as a kid, searching for some sense of self and truth in a tumultuous world. 

“Hey, we’ve got that PMA!” rings in my ears, 

reminding me that real change first begins within yourself.  

Student led protest during the Vietnam War.

Student led protest during the Vietnam War.

Through music, art, and writing, we can encourage this change. We can find our roots and our truth in our constant creation.  Historically, storytelling was an avenue to create a new world, one that taught from the mistakes of the old, creating a fire anew.  As artists, writers and creators we have an opportunity to have a voice in this chaos.  With that P.M.A. attitude during these tumultuous times we search for some answers, some truths to share.  Serpents of Bienville, a collective of artists and writers, declare that change to begin with us, voicing our mantra,  “All Power to the Imagination!”  We want to work with you, creating art, writing stories, and getting the message of positivity out to our community.  We are excited for the new direction we are going, and can't wait to have you there with us.

Click the image below or here to pick up a shirt, tote, or sticker of your own.  

Thank you for the support!  Without your support, our little project can't go on bringing you the art, stories, and history that we love. Thank YOU!


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SEAN HERMAN

SEAN HERMAN IS A FATHER, TATTOOER, WRITER AND CREATOR.  BORN MOVING, HE WAS INVOLVED IN ALL KIND OF MOVEMENTS FROM MISSIONARY WORK IN YOUTH,  TO PUNK ROCK TO ANARCHISM, THESE ELEMENTS ARE WHAT SHAPED HIM TO BE WHO HE IS TODAY, ALL COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, AND ALL THE SAME.  THE ONE THING THAT WAS ALWAYS A CONSTANT WAS POSITIVITY AND THE ART OF CREATION.  LEARN MORE AT www.seanherman.com