Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Johnny Depp Gets A "Broken Arrow" Tattoo

Johnny Depp with "Broken Arrow" Tattoo 
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Johnny Depp has recently had a "Broken Arrow" tattoo placed on his wrist, per his Instagram account.

For Neil Young fans, there is no mystery on the meaning of a "Broken Arrow" tattoo.


Neil Young - 1966 
Broken Arrow Magazine: May 2012
 Photo by Nurit Wilde

Of course,  "Broken Arrow" is the title of one Neil Young's most beloved and enduring songs from the Buffalo Springfield era and "probably the most formally arranged track of Young’s career."

Mike Gee summarizes the meaning of the song "Broken Arrow":

    "AND in the end that's what Broken Arrow is about - roots. Spiritual, home, emotional, soul roots, about recognising those roots, about getting in touch; freedom is within as well as without. On Broken Arrow, Young and Crazy Horse bring it all on home. Cleverly split in two, the electric evokes the spirit of times, that bugle call to understanding; the second half evokes the spirit of knowing where you are and who you are. Both are equal parts of the whole. And look at the album artwork - in itself a message, a statement and a philosophy.


Broken Arrow Magazine #134 - The Final Issue
Photo by Uwe Grahl | Facebook

Broken Arrow Magazine was also the title of the Neil Young fanzine
published by the Neil Young Appreciation Society.

Within Native American cultures, the sign of two crossed arrows is used to represent an alliance, while an arrow broken in two is a sign of peace.

John Nowland
Broken Arrow Ranch's Redwood Studios

Photo by Audio Technology


"Broken Arrow" is also the name of Neil Young's legendary northern California ranch.

The Stray Gators, 1971
Tim Drummond, Jack Nitzsche, Neil Young, Kenny Buttrey, and Ben Keith
Broken Arrow Ranch, September 1971
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Broken Arrow Ranch

via Neil Young's "Homefires" | NYA 
Neil Young
Broken Arrow Ranch ~1971
Photo by © Henry Diltz

Broken Arrow: The Neil Young Tribute  
Neil Young Tour "Broken Arrow" Roadcase
Johnny Depp as William Blake 


  1. Hi Thrasher,been eavesdropping on your pages since the 90s,and can only remember writing once ,anyways your Broken Arrow comments brought back so many memories of that brown envelope coming in the mail ,like being a member of an exclusive little club,still got all issues since 50.keep up your great work,you do Jenkins and Sandie,long npmay you run

  2. Hey Jenkins and Sandie!

    Thanks for dropping by. Much appreciate the feedback.

    yeah, good times with the little brown envelope arriving via air mail every quarter.

    Remember how we had 3 months to savor an issue and wait for next?! those were some good times.

    we try here @ tw to make a difference. thanks for noticing.

    Thanks for reading & Keep on Rockin'!!!

  3. DEAD MAN, an ACID WESTERN, A hallucinatory meditation on death, and by extension the death of a genre, it’s perhaps the richest and most cohesive of all acid westerns.
    A spectral presence also haunts the purgatorial netherworlds of Jim Jarmusch’s greatest film, the 1995 monochrome western Dead Man. Johnny Depp is William Blake, a clerk headed for the town of Machine – “the end of the line”. It’s a journey into death, a Dantean odyssey guided by a Native American Virgil called Nobody (Gary Farmer). If psychedelics serve as a vessel for self-detachment, the sense of disembodiment is echoed in that name, and in Nobody’s insistence that Blake is in fact the 18th-century poet and artist.
    Dead Man seeks to question its protagonist’s relationship to genre iconography, not least the landscape and questions of Native American representation. It’s a dislocating experience, one that seems to unfold out of space and time, fuelled by the repetitive soundscape of Neil Young’s improvised electric dirge.

  4. Turner Classic Movies just recently showed Dead Man. It's a film that gets better with age, I believe the respect for the film has grown immensely over the years. It really is a strange, magical ride of a movie, propelled by Neil's guitar. And the Injun known as Nobody is a great film character


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