The idea of the Skull Club came to me during a long period of psychedelic experiments I undertook in the late 20th century. I had a vision of many faces, representing all living things in every manifestation, much like the images of infinite beings in the Bhagavad Gita.

At the end were a series of human skulls. While these clearly represented the human form, they were without sex, wealth, nationality, race or religion. I saw that beneath our frail and temporal skins, were are all of the same design.

It was then that I started my first Skull Club, celebrating consciousness in human form, often with the music and artistic experiences that have defined us since the beginning.

The sacraments of alcohol, cannabis and psychedelics fueled these episodes, allowing all participants to see beyond the veil of our current society, to the real truth of who we are; The highest form of mammal on the planet, driven by the same instincts and hormonal desires as any other, but using our intellect to justify the horror we inflict on each other in the name of some imaginary gods and nations.

Our consciousness and self awareness is a sliver of the collective consciousness of the Universe, and connects us all as it does every living thing. In clearing away the debris of many millennium of self aggrandized delusions, we are able to see that we are all connected, both to each other and to the universe around us.

While this may seem like New Age philosophy at first glance, the opposite is true.

In 1994, the oldest temple ever discovered was unearthed at Gobekli Tepe, in what is now modern day Turkey. It dates back to 10,000 BC, making it 12 thousand years old, created on the final edge of the last ice age.

Within that temple were discovered walls covered with carefully mounted human skulls, as though they were there to worship and/or confer with. The skulls were mounted in such a way that they could not turn away.

Modern science has detected the contents of sacraments consumed there, containing early forms of fermented grain, like beer, heavily laced with ergot horn, the mold grown on those grains which produced an analog version of LSD. Due to the quantities of ergot, this has been deemed intentional.

It is my firm belief that these are the ear markings of an enlightened society dragging itself out of the mud of pre-human, primate existence. While we still have a long way to go, I believe the 21st century will finally explore the uses of psychedelics in awakening the true human spirit, and exploring our connection to the consciousness of Universal Mind.

It is with this in mind that I continue to celebrate free thinking humans, the use of mind altering sacraments, and the use of music and art to stimulate the oldest and most cherished aspects of our human kind.

While I was not around for the founding of the first Skull Club, 12,000 years ago, I count myself lucky to have received these images and ideas, and even more so, to have manifested them into today's modern world. It is my hope that many will join this celebration of life.

~ David Lord, Skull Club in Exile, New Orleans