Normally, we sometimes see clowns in one in every of two methods—completely satisfied or completely terrifying. Nonetheless, at present we’re speaking about unhappy clowns. Unhappy clowns are regularly depicted in artwork and there is even the well-known track, “The Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles about them.
However there’s extra to unhappy clowns than haunting work or a success track. The unhappy clown paradox is the contradictory connection between comedy and psychological sicknesses comparable to despair. Many comedians supply their humor from darkish locations and use it as an outlet. Usually instances, this trauma revolves round early childhood, college or household relations. A number of well-known comedians have mentioned the hardships they skilled early in life and why they leaned into comedy, notably Tommy Smothers, Johnny Carson, Woody Allen and Norman Lear. It simply goes to point out that there could be extra to a comic than the humorous jokes they embody of their units or specials.
Comedians or not, many have taken the paradox head on via symbolic tattoos. Check out 65 of our favourite unhappy clown tattoos within the gallery under and tell us your favourite piece from this record within the feedback part on social media.