Swiss artist H.R. Giger has left us.
I don't normally pause to reflect on real world news here on the blog, but there are artists whose work transcends both realities and Mr. Giger's work has to be counted among them.
My friends and I snuck into the opening night showing of Alien, we were to young to be allowed to see R rated films. I will never forget that experience, it remains the only time in my life that I've seen grown men and women actually and literally fall into the floor in fear. That experience coincided with my own growing knowledge and passion about art in general and science-fiction artists and writers specifically. Due in large part to devouring Starlog and OMNI magazine I was already aware of Giger's work and his influence on the Alien film.
Giger's art continues to influence the look and feel of Stay Frosty, from our banners and our propaganda, his work is ever-present. I won't go into details regarding his life and his work, if you are interested I encourage you to Google it yourself, it is worth the time.
In honor of Giger, all Stay Frosty pilots will be wearing black arm bands when we fly today. In addition, the Jolly Roger that flies over Ishomilken Station V will be flown at half-mast for the remainder of the week.
Godspeed Mr. Giger. Thank you for your vision, your insanity, and your passion.