I am a hobby comic artist and, as you will have guessed from this site’s name, I use the pseudonym Heyoka. Yepp – yet another self-declared Heyoka …
A member of the Sioux nation will probably either roll his eyes or laugh at all the couch Heyokas out there. But I plead for diminished responsibility: when I chose this pseudonym I did not know that it was in wide use already, mainly among urban esoterics, and that for a member of the Lakota tribe it might stand for something very serious.
As a youth I was extremely interested in the American native peoples and their various histories. There was a time when I knew the names of more than a hundred tribes by heart! And in one of the books I devoured I stumbled upon the Lakota word “Heyoka”.
In that book a Heyoka was described as some weird mystic jester who, by an outsider, might be taken for a total nutter. I liked that idea and picked the term as my pseudonym.
Today, the web offers a lot more – and more reliable – information on the concept of Heyoka. There is – suprise, surprise! – a Wikipedia article that says: “[…] during a baking hot heat wave a Heyókȟa would shiver with cold and put on gloves and cover himself with a thick blanket. Similarly, when it is 40 degrees below freezing he will wander around naked for hours complaining that it is too hot.”
I like this, and as it is too late to change my pseudonym I’ll stick to “Heyoka” and hope it fits my works.
But enough talk!
I hoard tons of scribbles and unpublished drawings at home and always regretted that no one could see them. Now you can – here, on Heyoka’s Workbench!
Drop by now and then, and have a look, and – maybe – leave a comment. You’re always welcome.