Roy Carlos Milton was born on July 13th 1945 in Dorking, a small city in the English county of Surrey. His father, Irwin Tiger Milton, was a professional boxer when he was young and a boxing coach later on in life. Is from him that Roy got the nickname Roy Tiger Milton. His mother, Camila Maria Milton, was born in Chile and moved to England with her parents on the 30’s, where she met Irwin and they got married on June the 20th 1943 at St. Martin’s church in Dorkin.
In 1952 all his family moved to United States where Irwin Tiger Milton lived the highest point of his career, he boxed at the semi-final of the world title according to the New York Athletic Commission, against Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, at the Polo Grounds in New York, September 1956.
The fight that ended up with him being defeated by points marked the beginning of the end of Irwin’s boxing career. He left the boxing rings two years after that, having fought only a couple of more fights.
Roy Tiger Milton’s childhood is deeply influenced by his life at the gym. Since a very young age he started boxing under the supervision of his father. When he was eight the young Roy suffered his first episode of strange visions.
As he himself narrates in his autobiographical poem Sorrows bring Me, in the spring of 1954, while he was playing in the garden at his house in San Bernardino (California) he saw a haggard, very thin, elderly man, chained to a tree with a snake rolled around his right leg.
When he went home and told the story about the strange visions to his parents they thought that all that boxing was starting to take a toll on his health so the visits to the gym stopped.
In the years that followed he had more of these episodes. The last one happening in the autumn of 1959 when he saw a woman with very long hair coming from the sky engulfed in flames.
It was at that moment that the Young Tiger Milton started to write and draw as a way to escape the deep feeling of melancholy that surrounds all his work.
In 1962 Roy Tiger Milton moves to Seattle with his parents and siblings where he lived for the rest of his life and where he would meet his wife Letreece Milton that he will marry on the summer of 1968.
His adult life in Seattle goes by combining sporadic jobs as a security guard and a gardener. Poetry and drawing continue to be his logbook, a way to express in a chaotic form his struggle to escape from reality.
In 1985 Roy Tiger Milton falls into a profound crisis that nearly costs him his life. 27 years after his last vision, on his deathbed and with almost no hope, he receives the unexpected visit of that decrepit elderly man of his first vision.
This time the vision takes places in front of his stunned parents, wife and younger brother.
The elderly man, chained to the same tree, with the same snake rolled round his right leg has a conversation with him for a few minutes. Nobody was able to hear the conversation.
A few hours later Roy Tiger Milton wrote his last poem; Ultraviolet Catastrophe.
From that day on, Roy Tiger Milton never spoke, wrote or drew ever again. His fountain pen and his soul went silent until the day of his tragic disappearance in a plane accident over Lake Athabasca (Canada) in June 1997.
His body was never found as he had already predicted in one of his poems;
“...I'll fade away in the sky
Flesh & blood!
Don't look for me
I won't die
I've never born...”
HERE PHOTOS OF ROY TIGER MILTON!!!
HERE PHOTOS OF ROY TIGER MILTON!!!