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I Exist by tdkim I Exist by tdkim
You know, people are always saying that I'm not unique: that none of us are. And you know what? They're right.

The fact is; there have been, there are, and there will be a million other people just like me - who dress like me, look like me, talk like me, and think like me. Futhermore any actual uniqueness on my part is only due to the external world by which I'm influenced, which is also inclusive of all human history. Hence, with all this repetition, it is only logical to concluded that I CANNOT be, and thus AM NOT unique.

However, be that as it may; despite the validity in these comments, despite the fact that my mind is only what it is due to the external influences by which it has developed, despite the fact that my very consciousness is, EVEN NOW, continually pumped with sorts of 'information', despite the fact that I find myself tangled in all of it, this nonsense that we call culture, knowledge, wisdom, thought, and so forth, despite the fact that my scope of vision, perception, and ability to understand is limited by those very things that make me the person I am, and despite the truth in ALL of these things, I have not forgotten this, the most basic of truths.

16" x 20"
Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas Panel
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-01-18
it seems we all struggle to maintain our own identities. there's an originality within all us of waiting to surface in all its glory. ~tdkim seems to have found it, tenfold. throughout his remarkable gallery i was wowed by his concepts and design cues. I Exist stood out to me as the most attractive piece in his collection. it shows a wonderful example of all the energy waiting to be unleashed from our minds. not to mention the excellent painting skill he possesses. if you don't look at this, you'll regret it. ( Featured by BronzeRocket )
Duble Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
nice work. i enjoy your comment. but, everyone IS different.. to me.
Lazlaar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
This reminds me very much of trevor browns work. <3 again - :+fav:
MGD42 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
Great image, though I don't agree that everyone is the same ... equal yes ...but different... You are even a different person made up of different atoms every day -

I don't beleive in this uniqueness because I want to safely feel that we are some special species ... we are not ! but I can't deny that every living individual is unique.

This is like saying that you went to china (after living all your life in some little European town) and everybody looked the same ... yes it does happen if you've never seen a Chinese person before ..but after staying there for a while you'll start seeing people as individuals (no offence to chinese ppl of course !!) - which I guess says a lot about how well you know humanity :) - the way you are thinking is like trying to look at the big picture..but with your head inside a nice little dark box.
vetrox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005


SR7884 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005
Interesting and surreal....this picture is wonderful....looks like a juxtaposition (is this the right word?) of hair to make it into something....great!
mikerb123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
This is a ver cool pic by the way,
but tell me this, what 2 people on this entire planet are identical?! there is none, therefore we ARE all unique, its just that the differences can seem so miniscule at times.
Funeral-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2005
Great piece. It's great impact, immediate, but sophisticate.

Thus, I don't agree with you. we might be millions who dress the same way, act the same way, talk the same way. but there will always be something that makes everyone of us different from each other.

off topic: I'm sorry for the babbling but I just cleared out metal gear 2 in a 3 days hardcore full immersion. Man i love that game.
morbidmeg Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2005
i must say... your comment on your art is the filter which i have always used in percieving others.
it becomes such a difficult task, by such filtration im not sure if my subconsciouse self is really caring more, or just no longer giving a damn.
but anyhow,
yeah. i know what you feel like.
its in the back of my fucking head every moment of this life, poking and proding as it will, i think you know what i mean. and if not... well im sure you do.
take care.
psymon0666 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
simply wow.
deppression Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005   Writer
hve u ever sat down for a day an jst thought y, y dse the wrld hve 2 spin this way i dnt thnk i can do this rite now i might brake sry i'll rite l8er
thekobbz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
The painting is great and all, BUT..... what really got to me is that description. If you wouldn't mind satisfying a sudden surge of curiosity.... which came first, the painting or the description?
ejayne Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Whimsybatt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Back when I was struggleing to gain self confidence, I wrote on my hand 'I exist', because as long as I remembered that, I didn't feel as vulnerble or useless. It always made me feel more confident in myself. The knowlage that I existed. Thanks for your devidation.. I can relate in so many ways
Grebbin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Excellent concept, painting and description. :nod:
yubishines Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
imdstrbd Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
so many of us have has the very same thought and feelings, i love the way you've captured the slight indignation and definace in your commentary that so many of us confront the "you are not unique" comment with. this is definitely something i need to fav. great deviation!
WhiteNemesis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
you know, most of the reason I luv this picture is your description of it. :nod: great job
2493 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Photographer
very nice composition!
Egomednog Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Whoa, so powerful. Excellent. I'm speechless, for the first time in quite a long time.
Slave-Labour Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we're all unique in the way that we're the same as everyone else...excelent work by the way...
Laguna-sama Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Digital Artist
I find it hard to discern which is more beautiful, the painting or the accompanying philisophical rambling. This is awesome, keep up the good work.
Nememsis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
I really like this piece. It portrays release in every form. Great work!
TheRagman Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
I know I'm really twisting this, and it isn't your purpose for it at all, but DAMN that is one gorgeous cyberpunk image.
DarkStorm17 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Very nice
purplesinger Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
:wow: I am rendered speechless. :+favlove:
quak-man-reloaded Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Digital Artist
Most excellent, dude. I love it, quote and deviation.
Tatsel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
A man said to the universe:

"Sir, I exist!"

"However," replied the universe,

"The fact has not created in me

A sense of obligation."

-Stephen Crane

Wondeful picture, my friend...
ThatGuyOnTheStreet Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Fuck yeah.
Junji223 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
The text and he art itself are both deep! i love it. It shows how scary the human mind really is....MUHHHAAAA
CirithX Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
You know, people are always saying that I'm not unique: that none of us are. And you know what? They're right.

"This is your one opportunity to do something that no one has ever done before and that no one will copy throughout human existence. And if nothing else, you will be remembered as the one guy who ever did this one thing." ~Sam from Garden State

Doing that one thing would make you unique, whether it's doing a crazy random step while saying 'blah.' ;)

Sure, we all exsist, and none of us are completely 'unique.' We would never be liked if we were truly unique.
perylousdemon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Photographer
Wow. Deep... :wow:
thegame2158 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
wow...this is really nice. i love the colors :)
PensieveScholar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I really loved your description for this piece. Very thought-provoking, and somehow uplifting. Thanks for writing it! :+fav:
Dennelf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
wow. One word to sum it all up...
orb-gettarr Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
A glitch in the Matrix? Perhaps you're an Anomoly...
d4rkdr34mer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005

We are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. We are of the same compost pile.

A proverb from Fight Club.

Lovely deviation.
jackieocean Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional General Artist
What a great concept! And I love your description. Very insightful and very true. Congrats on the Daily Deviation!
victoriah Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Traditional Artist
one of the most original pieces of artwork iv seen. Im very impressed with the overall concept and the feeling you conveyed with this drawing - which i take it personally to be...knowlageable...almost angry. and isnt the description soo true, im glad you've shared this with us
stickler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Photographer
bottom line, this is one of the coolest works i've seen on dA the whole time i've been here.
much respect.
infinitygirl987 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
quite right... i applaud you. about damn time someone figured out that everyone and everything is derivative. :handshake:
stupidgame Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Well one of the main Zen precepts is the idea that uniqueness is only a flaw in the human ego which in itself is flawed. There is no such thing as the 'individual' no single thing exists apart from the world around it. You are the universe and the universe is's a pretty difficult philosophy to wrap the mind around.........x
shriylon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
I disagree. no one person has ever been through the exact same life that you have, and therefore cannot be influenced in the same ways, and so you think, act, look, etc. differently than everyone else in the world. however slightly, you are still unique. besides, even if someone looks like me and someone else speaks like I do, there is no one besides me who speaks, acts, looks, and thinks exactly like me.

however, I do love your painting. I interpreted the person stuck in the chords as our own unique self that's trying to break out of the world's expectation of what we are. but then, that's just me.
evanesces Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
sweet... beautiful... amazing... powerful... unique... existing...
LL-eon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
but you'll always be the real slim shady
Marge-seta Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Digital Artist
Rarely do I see thoughts expressed that well, with that intensity. You make your point very clear, without making it over-simple and as a bonus, I agree with the point itself. That's talent not found often and I must say I admire it.
hitodama Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Yikamura Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Writer
That's awesome o.o

siondelta Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Traditional Artist
I'm normaly not into this kind of art but the description is what makes me have to post. Technically, into the most profound explanation: We are unique by the timing that we exist in, the dimension we exist in, and the fact that for us to be non-unique, we would have to have someone with the identical molecules in the identical location/position in space in the same time (which is proven impossible because, in short story, all existance would cancel it's self and nothing would exist). But like we know, we all exist. I might now know if you exist, but hell - I know I do.

Now, since art is not a technical thing when it becomes a true expression... will someone eventually have the EXACT personality as us? Yes if history is neglected... however some things that begin NEVER end, such as light. Then I can go on to the butterfly effect and such and blah and blah... Possible someone will eventualy have identical experiences and personality as us? EXTREMELY under VERY SPECIFIC circumstances. But you know what else? The chances of us being unique or unique are both infinite... and infinite chances against infinite chances = either 0 for both (Which would mean we don't exist, so it can't be) OR 1 for each which is to say there's an equal chance for both.

In other words, everything I've just said is completely contradictory to everything I've said and it also means ignore what I just said since it basicly says it might be and it might not be true.

Creative, Profound, Thought Provoking, even makes me sound like a physics major at the age of 14...
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Submitted on
February 2, 2004
Image Size
257 KB
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot S200
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
8 mm
Date Taken
Mar 21, 2004, 4:16:40 PM