ilookgoodinplaid
32 Tucson, United States
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My self-summary
UPDATES:
-Most of my plaid shirts were destroyed in a horrible, bizarre laundry-related accident. Therefore, I no longer look good in plaid.
-Temporarily not vegan, due to health issues (that's an old picture, but yes, I do eat bacon now.)

I am a decorative ironworker by profession. Four years ago I moved to Tucson to realize my dream of opening my own fabrication shop and art collective.

I often feel deeply out of place in society. Even as a very young man, I would listen to my grandpa tell stories about the old days and feel a deep sense of loss, lamenting that I had been born two generations too late. To combat that sense of disillusion I pursue the kind of adventure which most would call reckless and idealistic (joining the Foreign Legion, for example.) I dedicate myself to principals and ideals which most seem to aspire to but find too difficult to attain. I look for friends/partners who share that sort of idealism.
What I’m doing with my life
-Adventuring/Doing weird shit
-Running a business
-Swordsmithing/fighting
-Renovating my house
-Chopping motorcycles
-Constructing a military grade flamethrower (yes, that's legal)
I’m really good at
Organic chemistry. Considering people's feelings. Hugging. Making swords/knives/anything sharp. Cooking meats. Driving. Field surgery. Demolition. Shooting things at really long distances. Alienating terrible people. Looking good in plaid. Being surprisingly responsible and safe when it comes to wildly dangerous activities. Walking the fine line between cynicism and hopeless idealism.
The first things people usually notice about me
People usually notice my blue eyes... but I feel like eyes really don't say much about a person. With this in mind, I polled some friends and randos and here's what they had to say about our first encounter.

"You were turned up to 110%. Really intense. I was like, 'This guy is like a whirlwind of things happening.'" - LaurenBot

"This guy is like the Salvador Dali of Destruction." - Dakota

"Interesting, funny, and refreshingly gentlemanly." - Anna

"I really respect your 'go hard or go home' attitude when it comes to food." - RiotRix
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I spend a lot of time reading industry related articles and DIY books, so I rarely ever have time or energy to read purely for enjoyment. When I do find time, I enjoy reading philosophy, chemistry, modern and medieval history. Hunter Thompson and Bukowski are two of my favorite authors.

Movies: Any and all Tarentino, Anderson, Arnofsky films, The Thin Red Line, No Country for Old Men, Fight Club, American Psycho, Apocalypse Now, Escape from Alcatraz, Pineapple Express, Dirty Harry, The Great Escape, In a Lonely Place, Serenity, Platoon, Miller's Crossing, Taxi Driver, Natural Born Killers

Shows: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Sarah Silverman Program, Star Trek, Firefly, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under

Music: Cab Calloway, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, Judas Priest, CCR, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Rage Against the Machine, Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash, Parliament, Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Bootsy Collins, Radiohead

Food: All of it. All the food.

Games: Poker, Dice, Blackjack, Apples to Apples, Warhammer, The Dot Com Game, the entire Fallout series, TES
The six things I could never do without
1. Power tools
2. Cake
3. Plaid
4. Flammables/Flamethrowers
5. Science
6. Friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-Why people believe what they believe and do what they do.
-Why I believe what I believe and do what I do.
-What I want to eat next.
-What I want to create next.
-Why I left the military and why I'm going back.
-How to find peace and understanding in the face of some of the horrific things I've seen.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typically being atypical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a rare seizure disorder which I've been dealing with since 2011. I've had two episodes (2011 and 2015) which left me in a dissociative state for several months. The most recent was complicated by a traumatic brain injury and emotionally abusive relationship. It was, by far, the most horrific experience of my life and I have not recovered from it. Being as that is, I am not currently interested in dating.

Anyone I become involved with will have to understand and accept that this disease is huge part of who I am. It has significantly complicated my life and can temporarily alter my personality. While it isn't an easy thing to live with by any means, it affects me less than a fraction of a percent of the time and has motivated me to become a more compassionate, open minded and patient human being.
You should message me if
-You think you can weird me out.

You should not message me if:
-If you do not understand and appreciate dark humor, we will not get along. I have an extremely morbid sense of humor.

-If you are judgmental or intolerant. Most of my friends and family are queer/trans/POC. Even if this weren't the case, I have zero attraction to bigots. At the same time, I appreciate a healthy amount of political incorrectness.

-If you don't have a handle on your use of substances. Good rule of thumb is that if I can tell that you're intoxicated, I don't want to hang out with you.

-If you are obsessed with sports. Though I would prefer that you abhor sports as much as I do. I think I could stomach someone who enjoys watching or playing the occasional game.

-If you have anger issues which manifest violently, are impatient, bossy, secretive. Zero interest.

-Politeness, punctuality, and consideration for others are the quickest and best ways to impress me. Disregard for any of these things is the quickest way to turn me off.

-If you are full of yourself. I like people who are confident and love themselves, not those who are arrogant and self absorbed.

-If you are a radical feminist/MRA/etc. I am an egalitarian, race and queer politics are important to me, but I am not seriously involved and generally do not get on well with people who identify as radicals.

-If you constantly post pictures of food that you didn't prepare yourself: DO. NOT. CONTACT. ME.
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