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Which mythological or historical figure is the ideal embodiment of feminine beauty, according to Tapir's 3-year-old niece? 

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38 deviants said Parasitic Armored Arachnid Queen Gohma, as depicted in N64's Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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5 deviants said Aphrodite, Greek goddess of romantic love
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3 deviants said Egyptian queen Nefertiti
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2 deviants said Mattel's classic Barbie Doll
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1 deviant said Mata Hari, infamous exotic dancer and WWI double agent
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No deviants said Helen of Troy
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No deviants said French libertine Marie Antoinette
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No deviants said American model, singer, and actress Marilyn Monroe

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Thomas Duffy
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United States
Current Residence: Washington State
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Macroscopic
Favourite genre of music: Thrash/Metal
Favourite photographer: Piotr Naskrecki, Art Wolfe, Andrew Zuckerman, Poul Beckmann, David Doubilet, Igor Siwanowicz, Melvyn Yeo
Shell of choice: Chitinous
Wallpaper of choice: Peeling
Skin of choice: Epidermous
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I've been sleeping for about the past 4 hours and I had some sort of crazy Grey dream/OBE early on...It was almost as though I was watching a graphic breakdown or documentary on UFO encounters, looking at these creepy still images while the significance of these different elements was explained to me. One of the images involved being in what looked like a Southwest (American Southwest) setting, at dusk, looking up this towering vertical cliff on which there were several Greys clinging to the rock and looking down at "me." They were kind of arrayed at different levels and oriented different ways, but all of them appeared to be situated almost quadrupedally, clinging to the rock like lizards or looking down from ledges...All of them had their mouths open in a black "O" and their black eyes bored into me; I had the impression almost of raccoons intently staring at me. They were chalky white and it was almost like finding ghostly faces in a grainy photograph, the way their faces popped out from the cliff upon closer examination.

These different meaningful elements were pointed out to me: the position of the full moon, the verticality and vertical scoring of the cliff (think Devil's Mountain, as per Close Encounters), and the way the (disc-shaped) UFO was hovering just above the cliff. There was a sense almost of archetypal or mythical meaning to the arrangement of these different elements. Looking back on it now, the "Grey" faces could be seen as Hopi kachina masks, or as the famous Pacific Northwest (Columbia River Gorge) petroglyph She Who Watches, which is a death symbol--a little bit like Munch's "The Scream."

Um, what next...Moved on to a different "photo" (still image) of a "Grey" (I keep scare-quoting that because they weren't really what I typically think of as Greys) standing in the doorway of a house or some other sort of dwelling--hmm, a hogan, maybe? That same silent, "O"-mouthed expression...It was making this sort of warding gesture with one of its hands, which I understood was how the Greys reject a potential candidate for abduction. It was a way of "sending" the person "back" or "away." When I realized that, I was then forcibly catapulted backwards in a sailing arc, as though a solid field of energy had been projected at me.

Up to this point the experience had been more like a dream, but as I went sliding backwards upon "landing" I began to partially awaken, feeling the familiar rapid vibrations of an oncoming (or ending) OBE permeating my body. I became aware of my (physical) body lying curled on its side on the couch, and was overwhelmed by the malevolent sense of an amorphous, chalky white body "spooning" me, embracing my body from behind. I thought, "This is why I always feel so terrified about actually leaving my body." I forced myself awake and the vibrations and sense of "presence" faded to nothing as I returned to my physical body and full consciousness, as is typically the case.

By way of explanation, there is always that sense of malevolence or at least extreme discomfort when I first begin to leave my body...I've never quite been able to explain or understand it, except that there's a sense of making a transition into an environment where I'm very much at the mercy of whatever is native to that realm--even if it's just the embodiment or projection of my own fears. It's a feeling of diving into the sea, and there are sharks there, there are monsters that can eat you. I've also often wondered if the experience feels so "negative" or frightening because the only time we "normally" disengage from our physical soma is at death. When that starts to happen, the alarm bells go off, because it feels like dying.
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Dio
  • Reading: Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham
  • Watching: Man petting fish
  • Playing: the devil's game, without using the devil's name
  • Eating: Five crispy rolled tacos, no lechuga
  • Drinking: Plain iced tea

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Sapient Cuttlefish with power armor? Gosh I think my thoughts may be interfering with your dreams : P
Tue Aug 12, 2014, 5:57 AM
thomastapir:iconthomastapir:
I'm having recurring dreams about sapient cuttlefish in powered armor. WHY??
Wed May 7, 2014, 6:11 PM
thomastapir:iconthomastapir:
WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO KNOW
Wed May 7, 2014, 6:11 PM
Oddsword:iconoddsword:
WHAT SECRETS ARE YOU HIDING???
Mon May 5, 2014, 10:03 PM
Oddsword:iconoddsword:
Lot of hidden comments, Tom.
Mon May 5, 2014, 10:03 PM
thomastapir:iconthomastapir:
Thus begins the endless cycle of recursive beard editing...
Wed Apr 30, 2014, 10:32 PM
thomastapir:iconthomastapir:
I'm starting to resent the fact that my car lacks the mobility of my astral body.
Sun Apr 13, 2014, 2:24 PM
Oddsword:iconoddsword:
How often do you remember your dreams, Tom?
Tue Mar 18, 2014, 11:15 PM
thomastapir:iconthomastapir:
I got new pants today. It was time.
Sat Jan 18, 2014, 7:11 PM
thomastapir:iconthomastapir:
Also, succulent-derived Mixopterus biomecha--think cactus spines.
Sat Sep 21, 2013, 9:09 PM
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Na-Komete Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!  I especially love the dinomantids you've been doing.  Also, what's with the "Hidden by Owner" tower dominating your first page?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you, sir!  re:  hidden comments--OH, it's just the usual "hey man thx for the fav lol" "no worries brotimes ur awsum lololol" kinda stuff, once I've replied and people have gotten the response I hide them to reduce clutter on the front page.
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Na-Komete Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Well, good luck with your dinomantigramoidial keloid-frappes!
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