you gotta kill your mind

so i wrote this in the youtube comments but i also wanted to put it here

so this is just my interpretation, but we first see tyler being driven in the car looking uncomfortable and slightly scared but not actively trying to escape. we later see the hooded figure driving, i think that must be blurryface. the car could represent tyler’s mind or tyler’s life but either way it’s obvious that blurryface is in control. blurryface is wearing his seatbelt, tyler is not. i don’t really know what that represents but perhaps that blurryface is comfortable and wants to remain where he is and tyler doesn’t. however, even though tyler looks scared he doesn’t leave which reminds me of glowing eyes “do i want to say goodbye to all the glowing eyes, i’m holding onto what i know”, people have speculated that ‘glowing eyes’ are tyler interpretation of depression, similar to blurryface’s glowing red eyes. as the music video goes on, the car starts to fall apart, and blurryface disappears, as the car breaks more, tyler stands up, this could be him asserting himself, and he leaves the car to join josh, perhaps symbolising that he’s strong with josh. also, the car explodes which reminded me of “sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind”
however, the video ends with tyler back in the car being driven around again, presumably by blurryface, this could be saying that even when tyler thinks he’s defeated blurryface, he still manages to come back. sorry this is so long and rambly but i hope this opens up discussion |-/

​ edit: (21/3/17) i just realised that the first lyrics to holding onto you apply massively to the music video, ‘i’m taking over my body, no more shotty’, shotty referring to riding shotgun, and not being in control of a car… or a body, or a mind, or a life

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Request: Can I request a Josh imagine where the reader has a tattoo of “sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind” and they’re dating and he sees it and he’s really flattered and it’s really fluffy?

josh dun x reader

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Originally posted by sick-of-waking-up

Growing up in Columbus Ohio, you were able to get into twenty one pilots very early. Once you turned 18 you knew you wanted to get a tattoo with some twenty one pilots theme. When vessel came out, years later a lyric stood out to you: “Sometimes to stay alive you have to kill your mind.” The moment you heard that lyric you knew that is what you wanted tattooed.

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imconstantlyconfused  asked:

Can you explain "sometimes to stay alive you've gotta kill your mind"? I understand that it's supposed to be positive but it just sounds so negative to me.

Ooh, this is a good one. 

“Sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind”

It is positive in a way I guess, but I don’t really see it. If you’re a mentally ill person, sometimes thoughts are extremely hard to control. And when they’re hard to control, sometimes you can end up thinking extremely bad things and having bad urges to hurt yourself or others. 

Quite literally, sometimes to stay alive and not follow through with these bad thoughts and urges, you must kill these thoughts and wage these brutal wars behind your face and above your throat. 

You must kill your mind, or that part of it. And singling it down to that specific part is next to impossible, so a lot of the time you have to shut your entire brain off to stop thinking about these things.Killing your mind. It’s the easier way. 

I guess it could be seen as positive because you’re shutting your brain off and thus not giving in to any bad thoughts? Something like that I think. A lot of people really understand and find this lyric relatable though.

Thanks for the ask, and I hope this helped! ^^

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