Henry Flynt

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Henry Flynt
Name: Flynt, Henry
Birth: 1940
Job: Artist, philosopher
Ethnicity: White

By including this public figure on this wiki, we are not necessarily implying they are incel (involuntarily celibate) or are in any way associated with incels. Furthermore, with regards to any actual incels listed on this wiki, inceldom is a life circumstance, not an insult or a movement/community.

Henry Flynt is a violinist, guitarist, philosopher, and vocal activist against what he calls "serious culture", or, elitist and formulaic artwork.[1] True to his stance, his musical performances are playful, often in a country/rural style, and without much regard for convention. And in contrast to his stance against snobbery, he wrote philosophical texts about art and spirituality that were, at times, incomprehensible and pretentious.

Flynt promoted the idea that positive, individual self-development could occur through isolation from adult milestones and broad social norms. He was also arguably the first person to ever self-identify as "involuntarily celibate", verbatim.

"Creep" lecture[edit]

During 1962, Flynt gave a lecture at Harvard entitled Creep where he posits that those labeled 'creep' are labeled as such to signify a type of 'involuntary celibacy' characterized by childishness, shyness, and unassertive outward appearance.[2]

This lecture is the first recorded instance of someone using the term 'involuntary celibacy', verbatim, to self-describe. He mentions he formulated his creep theory in order to understand what 'creep' meant after he received the term as an insult at an arts center, and after a life filled with sexual rejection.

Heterosexual women as overbearing social policers[edit]

Henry concludes in the piece that heterosexual women demand social conformity from men, not unlike an employment agency.

Incel as having positive side effects[edit]

He posits that living a life as an involuntary celibate can be positive in the way that it accidentally frees onself to develop a unique personality and unique set of thoughts, in contrast to the thoughts of 'normals'.

The depth in which Flynt attempts to describe his own involuntary celibacy, has led a notable amount of online bloggers and commentators to designate Flynt as the coiner of the term 'involuntary celibate', despite others using the term before him in a less detailed manner.

Flynt's creative history[edit]

Concept art[edit]

Flynt originated 'concept art' in 1961, which he defined partly as unsentimental and not conveying truth. In 1963, Flynt destroyed this body of artwork, as a part of his self-professed quest to destroy art in general.

In the mid-late 1960s and during the 1970s, Flynt personally despised modern art and art which considered itself "scientific".[3] He thought Stockhausen, for example, was too antithetical to the culture of 'lower classes'. Flynt's musical works during this time shared more in common with common, rural art than with, for example, Dadaist music.

Advocacy for spontaneous self-amusement and play[edit]

Flynt came up with a name for that which he considered superior to art, and that which he thought could, in theory, supersede art entirely. He called such things "Veramusement", later termed "Brend". According to Flynt, "Brend" was all instances of spontaneous self-amusement and play during daily life. Flynt though that a move from art to "brend" would be a utopian dream, predicated on the elimination of work.[4] While Flynt was skeptical such a dream was fully achievable, he was against all that in society which repressed spontaneous self-amusement and play, as a rule.

Flynt's admiration for spontaneous play was a sentiment partially shared other avant-garde creatives of the late 20th century. Daniel Belgrad wrote a book entitled The Culture of Spontaneity, arguing all post-war avant-garde artists valued spontaneity.


Flynt was an influence to the artist Catherine Krister Hennix, whom Flynt considers his only successor in his genre of "concept art". Flynt also was enormoursly influential to the Fluxus art scene of the 1960s and 1970s.[5] The first 2 Fluxus manfistos borrowed heavily from Flynt's polemics against art itself.

In the early 1960s, Flynt created instructions on how to transform physical objects, as a type of avant-garde art. Fluxus would later do this, and add more communal and performative aspects to physical transformations. Flynt would later denounce Fluxus as too "Dadaist", despite having influenced the scene.

Flynt's short essay on being a "creep" has been reposted many times in incel forums, and also reposted in an autism forum.


See also[edit]


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