We are socialized by our childhoods, good or bad. That is to say, our ideas of normal are set up in our minds when we are sponges, absorbing language and norms and social expectations. If, every Sunday, your family goes into the woods to a small chapel and speaks in tongues with poisonous snakes around … Continue reading On Tattoos
As discussed here, I love me some old-timey photos. So, when I found somewhere in Austin that actually produced the real thing, I had to follow up. This is going to be my Xmas present to myself: a genuine tintype picture of me and my wife to hang on my wall. Finding the place turned … Continue reading On Real-Life Tintypes
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My first - and possibly only - searing insight into the world of skin ink is as follows: You're either a tattoo person or you're not. That's my profound insight into this topic: there is no one on the fence about skin ink. I love it - but that's probably because my dad was covered: … Continue reading On (not getting) Tattoos
I've just turned 45 and, as the saying goes, I've never been so old. Is that a saying? Probably not. Anyhoo, there are (at least) two ways to look at birthdays: an anniversary celebration of the day of your birth or an acknowledgement of the end of a year of your life - and a … Continue reading On Birthdays
I am now a responsible and upstanding member of society. But once, when I was younger…well, I was still a responsible and upstanding member of society. Only I didn’t necessarily look like one. I had ear-rings, long hair, a tattoo. And nerdy glasses and nerdy body language. Now, I have much less hair, I have … Continue reading On Lost Body Parts: Hair