Monday, 27 June 2011

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Finished another word art piece of mine using Lyrics. This time inspiration comes from the powerful song by The Smashing Pumpkins, 'Bullet with Butterfly Wings'.

Bullet with Butterfly Wings - Pen & Ink
"Bullet with Butterfly Wings" is a song by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the lead single from the band’s 1995 double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The song won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
(Source: Wikipedia)

A rat sits caged in a girls head. Gnawing on the bars, trying to break free. In the eyes of the girl we read 'I still believe I cannot be saved'. A bullet with butterfly wings flutters above. Lyrics cascade down the girls hair on either side. 

The Smashing Pumpkins is one my favourite bands, and this song for me has always been one of those that I would play repeatedly. Great beat, fast and beautiful lyrics. True poetry.

I get many things from this song, someone who feels trapped in a situation they have no control over or no control over their life. A society that just takes and takes, uncaring, cold, deaf, dictating our lives. "the world is a vampire, sent to drain". They're so angry and yet they have no influence over what will happen - "despite all my rage i am still just a rat in a cage" All about conforming, loss, sin, pain, frustration, change, etc... at least that's how I see it.

Something I think many of us have felt at certain moments in our lives if we're truly honest with ourselves.



  1. after seeing this image I LEGIT WORSHIP YOU

  2. yeah me too and i wish it had a larger resolution... great job!!