Back in the day, when i was still in the 'crush' stage with Tool, I was told this song was simply about fistfucking. I have since learned this is not the case. This is what Maynard tells us about the song 'stinkfist':

"A person like Alistair Crowley can be seen as this negative, ugly, sick person, but the true essence of his quest was to go so far into this ugliness that you come out the other side with no judgment on anything. You accept all action as one gesture and one movement. It's like breaking through the cocoon and embryonic layer between a bipolar existence and a more unified one. It's a long process and eventually the goal is to go finger first, then knuckle, then body deep through the barrier to a place where there's full acceptance'.

courtesy of maynard himself, and

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