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Postby Squid » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:25 pm

Well, some of you may have seen this on my flickr, but I have finally started my half-sleeve! It is a (fairly) traditional Japanese sleeve design leveraging off a single large chysanthemum that I already have.

Photos here. And my wondrous artists' website here.

While tattoos are no big deal anymore, you have to understand that it was a tremendous decision for me to get this much work done. It is both thrilling and terrifying and I will bore people to tears with long discussions about the Edo period if you let me so I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, while it it's hardly the birth of a child or anything, it's a hugely exciting deal to moi.

ps: Le Grande Irony - if I ever visit Japan, I'm banned from the bathhouses! And other places too, I believe. Ah well...

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Postby Betty Felon » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:47 pm

Squid wrote:Well, some of you may have seen this on my flickr, but I have finally started my half-sleeve! It is a (fairly) traditional Japanese sleeve design leveraging off a single large chysanthemum that I already have.

Photos here. And my wondrous artists' website here.

While tattoos are no big deal anymore, you have to understand that it was a tremendous decision for me to get this much work done. It is both thrilling and terrifying and I will bore people to tears with long discussions about the Edo period if you let me so I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, while it it's hardly the birth of a child or anything, it's a hugely exciting deal to moi.

ps: Le Grande Irony - if I ever visit Japan, I'm banned from the bathhouses! And other places too, I believe. Ah well...


Oh pretty! Congratulations!

Yeah, you are totally banned from Japanese hotsprings, sadly. But that could change....right now the only people who have tattoos in japan are the yakuza (hence the ban), but when the youth pick up a trend, they all do it at one...so inevitably, one day, boom, no one will be allowed in the bath houses or capsule hotels, and the policy will change overnight. Plan your bathing schedule accordingly. :)

Again, pretty!

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Postby Harvey Winters » Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:19 pm

That is one awesome tattoo!!!
Also, you now can't be buried in a Jewish cemetary, if that applies at all...

Although mine is a lot simpler, it's the tattoo I've dreamed of having, and I got 2 summers ago.
I love it...

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Reason to live: Artistically defacing yourself!!!

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Postby kaiden » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:18 pm

Squid wrote:While tattoos are no big deal anymore, you have to understand that it was a tremendous decision for me to get this much work done. It is both thrilling and terrifying and I will bore people to tears with long discussions about the Edo period if you let me so I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, while it it's hardly the birth of a child or anything, it's a hugely exciting deal to moi.

ps: Le Grande Irony - if I ever visit Japan, I'm banned from the bathhouses! And other places too, I believe. Ah well...


Nice. Who did the chrysanthemum? Whoever it was did a hell of a job covering up the Rebel Alliance banner.

I have a full suit in the works by Horitomo. So far I've put in seventeen hours and have many more to go; hand shading is a very lengthy and arduous process. There are no pictures of it yet. I refuse to take any until it is complete.

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Postby zach » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:06 pm

Reason #1792 To Live:
Improv Everywhere.

Especially their newest feat of brilliance: Frozen Grand Central
http://www.vimeo.com/652898

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Postby Squid » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:41 pm

kaiden wrote:Nice. Who did the chrysanthemum? Whoever it was did a hell of a job covering up the Rebel Alliance banner.

Same guy who is doing the sleeve, Jesse Tuesday. He's amazing.

kaiden wrote:I have a full suit in the works by Horitomo.

Wait - you're in Olympia? Isn't he at State of Grace down here in SJ? Flying into town for tattooing = hardcore! But for a suit, I would do the same. I mean, people fly all the way to Japan and get put up in hotels to have Horiyoshi III suit them, right?

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Postby kaiden » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:53 pm

Squid wrote:Same guy who is doing the sleeve, Jesse Tuesday. He's amazing.


Yeah, his work looks to be well done. I'm usually fairly wary of Western tattoo artists who try their hand at the traditional style but he seems to do a good job of blending the two without looking cheesy.

Squid wrote:Wait - you're in Olympia? Isn't he at State of Grace down here in SJ? Flying into town for tattooing = hardcore! But for a suit, I would do the same. I mean, people fly all the way to Japan and get put up in hotels to have Horiyoshi III suit them, right?


It's a funny story (and typical of my luck) and I'll try to make it short so as not to hijack the thread. I lived in Santa Clara for a year but decided I was done with the valley so I put in for a transfer back home to Olympia. At the time I didn't know that Horitomo had just moved to San Jose; I immediately went to the shop when I found out about it and made my first appointment for June. Of course, I moved home in May. So now I make the pilgrimage to see him once every month and a half or so. A typical excursion has me landing in SJ in the morning, being tattooed in the afternoon and then flying out that night. It keeps the cost down if you don't have to stay at a hotel or rent a car for longer than a day.

It's not exactly my reason to live but it's at least something to which I look forward.

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Postby Squid » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:00 pm

kaiden wrote:Yeah, his work looks to be well done. I'm usually fairly wary of Western tattoo artists who try their hand at the traditional style but he seems to do a good job of blending the two without looking cheesy.


Yeah, Jesse takes it v. seriously - Taki interviewed him in one of his books - and as dedicated as I am to the genre, he has had to school me more than once one what is actually apppropriate if we're going to do it correctly.

kaiden wrote:A typical excursion has me landing in SJ in the morning, being tattooed in the afternoon and then flying out that night. It keeps the cost down if you don't have to stay at a hotel or rent a car for longer than a day.


sounds like you have it down to a science. i look fwd to seeing the results in what will probably be a few yrs, right? awesome.

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Postby Harvey Winters » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:38 am

Chocolates on Valentine's day, and those cool little cards you help your kids sign...

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Postby Betty Felon » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:07 am

Harvey Winters wrote:Carmina Burana


This song will always remind me of bad 90s techno.

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Postby Harvey Winters » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:45 pm

No way!!!
It should remind you of Knights in shining armor, being able to fly, ELI MANNING, or a swarm of heroes, coming to the rescue!!!

I can't think of a good example, but "Funkytown", is the worst of 80's techno!!!
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Postby Flyn » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:56 pm

I think it reminds me of... a credit card commercial? Though They Might Be Giants did come on stage at the Crocodile Cafe to the song, rather affectively. Effectively, also.

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Postby Squid » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:32 am

Need a new reason to live? Oh I don't know howza about a POLVO REUNION?!?!?!

*sound of ageing indie rocker squealing*

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Postby Harvey Winters » Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:22 pm

The Superbowl XLII DVD comes out tomorrow...

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Postby grant » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:15 am

...extra points if Carmina Burana is on the soundtrack.

Double extra if there's a man with a sword while it's playing.

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Postby zach » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:53 am

Reason #1729 to Live:

SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL.

Mang! It's good this year, despite the absence of The Long Winters.

R.E.M.
The Cure
The Flaming Lips U.F.O. Show
Death Cab For Cutie
Modest Mouse
M.I.A.
Flight Of The Conchords
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Breeders
Built To Spill
Tegan & Sara
The New Pornographers
The National
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Beirut
Rogue Wave
Okkervil River
The Blakes
Say Hi
David Bazan
Grand Archives
Matt Costa
The Cave Singers

And lots more... wowee!

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Postby dianna » Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:04 am

VENICE.

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Postby Harvey Winters » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:51 am

dianna wrote:VENICE.

Beach, or gondolas and romance???

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Postby dianna » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:19 am

The real Venice. SoCal's not really my thing.


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