Showing posts from August, 2014

Reworking some art nouveau

I had a reworking of old tattoos day on Saturday.  The art nouveau work on my right hip has been brought back to brilliant life and the big flowers on my chest given much more zing.  The original work on my hip is about seventeen years old. Next time Ben will work on the other flowers on my chest and maybe some other bits and pieces.  Now I am having to think hard about what to have done on my left leg.  Should I be further influenced by the fantastic Alphonse Mucha I saw during my visit to Prague, or should I have a Japanese leg?  That's where my thoughts are now. 

Judging others and not yourself

Rolf Buchholz has hit the headlines by virtue of being deported from Dubai because of his appearance.  He's known as the world's most pierced man, and journalists report the officials did so because they feared he represented black magic. The Middle East is not known for its liberal views so it's hard to be too surprised by this chain of events.  What I find more trouble are the remarks made presumably by westerners on the message board of for example the Daily Mail.  Comments ranged from: "I don't blame them he looks ridiculous I bet he's loving the publicity though let's face it he's done this to get noticed!" "Just why would you want to do this to yourself? for sure there is no guarantee that freedom of expression comes with a free packet of common sense." "Turned my stomach!!!" "I'm sorry but he looks absolutely vile" "This is too extreme and hideous; I wouldn't let him in my house let-a