Thursday, June 22, 2006

From the CNN website: ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A worrisome superbug seen in prisoners and athletes is also showing up in people who get illegal tattoos, federal health officials said Thursday.

Forty-four tattoo customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Vermont developed skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Complete article text here.

Well, that'll learn ya to get tattooed at unlicensed spots. It brings back not-so-fond memories of my first two tattoos. The first was by my own hand, done with a needle and India ink. The second was done by some crackhead biker in his basement on my back, behind my left shoulder. Of course, both of those look incredibly crude. It's quite unfortunate that the one on my back is still visible underneath by current piece. I absolutely regret them. But what can you do - I've moved on. Tattoos are for life! I guess you don't think about those things so much at 16. At least I didn't get a nasty infection, or hepatitis or something.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

I thought you might get a laugh out of this postcard my roommate sent me from Germany, where he proposes a novel explanation for my upcoming move out of our loft. The only other people who might be accused of harboring strange sexual fetishes more often than the Germans are the Japanese - I suppose that makes them unsurprising collaborators in bringing this unusual bit imagery to my doorstep.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I met with Shinji today to begin fleshing out the details of the next phase. We entertained the idea of working a goldfish into the tattoo. It fits the river scene and is a subtle pun on the main theme (Kintaro is literally, "Golden Boy"). But after some discussion we decided it wasn't really a traditional design element and opted for more koi. Then there was the matter of how many koi. Shinji explained that only some numbers of koi would make for a good design and that 1,2,3,5 and 7 were all good numbers. We settled on 7. With 2 koi already on my back, that leaves 5 for the front. Perhaps a rock will be jutting out from one of the lower edges. We discussed other items which might fit into the scene. Definitely more maple leaves. A frog? A turtle? Kappa or crabs? As we spoke, Shinji began working on a sketch of the layout in his sketchbook. He also spent some time sketching directly on my skin with a brush-tip marker. He took some photos for reference and we were done. I scheduled a few appointments in August to begin the outlining work, but I will be stopping by the studio for more discussions with him and to see preliminary sketches.

The real question left for me is the length of the sleeves. Today when I spoke with Shinji, we decided on shichibu, or "seven tenths" style, which would extend approximately 2-4 inches past my elbow (as illustrated in my last post on munewari style). Shinji and I both think this length looks best. The only problem is, it is difficult to conceal. It would absolutely be visible when wearing my usual casual clothes (t-shirt), and would probably be visible through a white long sleeve shirt - making it a potential issue at work. So my practical side is forcing me to reevaluate. Decisions, decisions. I may need to buy a few more blue shirts for work.