This is a picture about attack, defence, and the third way. The two combatants are mirror images of the same will to conquer. Their karate postures display the science, and their tattoos tell the narrative, of their conflict. Meanwhile, the central character, inspired by the “Agori” holy men of India; needs only a feeding bowl made from the cranium of one, dead.
The original inspiration for this work was an early silent film showing a comic fight between a blackened chimney sweep, (with a bag of soot) and a whitened miller (with a bag of flour). Both men, of course ended up grey and indistinguishable.
In India, the “Agori” wears only the grey ashes from funeral pyres.