Motivations of “The Cheshire Cat”
Since the film adaptation of “Alice in wonderland” in 1951 the “Cheshire Cat” has been the unofficial mascot within the Pararescue career field. The cat is elusive and dangerous. Appearing and disappearing at will. The cat is depicted as an intelligent yet mischievous character that sometimes helps Alice and sometimes gets her into trouble. He frequently sings the first verse of the Jabberwocky poem, “Twas brillig” and finishes by tells Alice “We’re all mad…you know”. Speaking in sage like riddles, attempting to guide people to help themselves. The “Cheshire Cat” always appears in the time of need and then disappears leaving only his smile.
At the time of this writing I have scribbled this on 12 Pararescueman of the Alaska Team. The hidden language of tattoos are always the things that have stayed with me. They visually speak our moments of time and place, inspiration, and identity.