Friday, August 11, 2006

Wow, that’s a whole lot of sitting down doing nothing

I just left a comment over at Tideliar's place. For the first time ever, I counted up how many tattoo sessions I've had. My 11 clearly distinct tattoos have clocked up a total of 27 sittings since 1990, at least half of which have lasted around 3 hours. Ouch!

This is my latest, done for the Skin project (see my links for details):


To learn more about my tattoos, you can check out this old post. And to read my previous ramblings about the Skin project, click here.



Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

What is molt supposed to mean

11 August, 2006 10:36  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Molt is the US spelling of moult, the verb to shed hair, feathers, etc.

11 August, 2006 10:43  
Blogger Deep Stoat said...

It's a remarkable project. I take it, you are privy to the whole story? I hope so.

It out Kafkas Kafka. The author refers to you as "Words". It is a powerful work of art and a great idea. I like the way she addresses the mortality issues and the way the story will change.

Have you met other "Words"?

11 August, 2006 11:03  
Blogger Tanya said...

Where on your body is the tattoo? I visited the Skin Project site and it looks fascinating and I would be quite keen to do it myself. She has so many people contact her. That must be awesome to be involved in such a remarkable undertaking.

11 August, 2006 11:11  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Not yet privy, DS, but she assures us that we words will be the only ones to see the whole story, which is also rather great. You can click here for my previous writings on it.

11 August, 2006 11:11  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya, it's just above my left elbow, on the inner arm. I found it really interesting a concept, which is why I got involved. As I said to DS above, you can read my previous post on the subject via that link. (I might add that to the post, in fact.)

11 August, 2006 11:14  
Blogger Pie said...

Do you get to choose the design around the word then? It works really well against the typeface font.

11 August, 2006 12:26  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

The surrounding stuff is simply my other tattoos on my forearm and upper arm, rather than intentional decoration for the word.

11 August, 2006 12:36  
Blogger Jezebelle said...

The color on that looks really good. I am actually getting new ink tomorrow. My husband was fortunate enough to be inked by Johnny Two Thumbs in Singapore.

11 August, 2006 12:46  
Blogger Deep Stoat said...

It just occurred to me; what if the "story" turns out to be something you really disagree with, or worse, a set of instructions on how to get the best out of your new Le Creuset Fondue Set?

11 August, 2006 13:07  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Deep Stoat, I think the trust factor is part of the intrique. I also imagine she has a backgound of work...which could be referred to?

I think its a very cool idea and I wonder if she might one day put photos all together of the words?

many things have come to mind and Ds yes, you're right Kafka for sure. so called meta fiction too. Like Paul Aster, Bataille, Roland Barthes,

william burroughs would dig this no it poetry, is it art is it literature irt's wonderfully all.

11 August, 2006 14:26  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Jez: Thanks very much. I'm envious that you're getting new ink. Grrr. I've heard of Johnny Two Thumbs, but can't recall having seen any of his work, although I'm sure I must have. That's cool.

DS: As Candy says, there is past work to look at to check her style. I browsed. For me, the experiment and experience were the draws. And there had to be an element of trust, too.

Candy: Exactly right. I think one of her short stories was called "Dildo", so that didn't help allay the sort of fear that some people may have had! Seemingly the photos of the words will never be published, but pictures of the participants (without Skin tatts showing) might be. An exhibition perhaps?

11 August, 2006 14:44  
Blogger Sue Ellen Mischke said...

Ok, I don't really get this skin project. She is writing a book or something and tattoo-ing one word on volunteer's skin? Does the person being "inked" have any say in what word gets tatooed to his/her skin? I mean, what if you get 'balls' or something like that. Or 'fart.' I don't think I'd get a tattoo at all, but if I had to be a word like balls or fart, I'd never do it.

11 August, 2006 18:31  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Hi Sue Ellen. No, she's written a short story, and the only place it will be published is on people's skin as tattoos. The story has 2,095 words, so she needs 2,095 volunteers. You get no say in the word. If you don't like what you're given, you forfeit your role in the project. "Fart" might be embarrassing, granted..., but it doesn't have to be visible.

11 August, 2006 18:37  
Blogger Suze said...

Asterisk, I must admit I find the whole idea of this fascinating.

What happens if one of the participants dies, can someone else take their place (word) or does it die with them?

11 August, 2006 19:15  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I'm still sulking 'cause i want 2 n Little Caz says I'm too old...I'm pouting now

11 August, 2006 19:49  
Blogger tideliar said...

I forgot! I was gonna get in touch with skin-lady...I love the idea, it's so fucking random. I love randomness...

You have some sweet ink dude...I re-read your older' ten things" post. The pain is part of it I think...same as piercings. I think I'll need to explain that one a bit non-inked types...(sorry about all the elipses...)

11 August, 2006 20:47  
Blogger Adam said...


I haven't seen High Tension/Switchblade Romance yet - so I'm not sure if it's better persay, but I thought it was quite good - we didn't get to see the UK ending, but I look forward to it on the DVD.

As for My Serpentine, We'll be carting it around to film festivals and whatnot - and it will be on DVD by October/November I would say. I'll see what I can do, maybe send you guys a copy!

11 August, 2006 21:15  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

I would be afraid that if I got a tatoo, I would immediately wish that I had chosen a different image. As a painter, I keep making paintings because I'm never quite satisfied with what I've done. I guess you can just get more and more tatoos....

11 August, 2006 22:42  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Suze: The dead person's word then disappears from the work. The word dies.

4D: Like Tideliar said, never too old. Go on, my son!

TL: Still not too late from what I understand. Give it a go. Yeah, I don't mind the pain, y'know.

Adam: Okay, thanks for clearing that up. It would be excellent to see your film, however it comes about. Keep us posted. (I know you will.)

Mr A: Yeah, just keep adding more to the collection!

12 August, 2006 01:03  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I am laughing at peoples fear of not liking the word like what if it was "fart" or "balls"...

now I had a similar thought and it was what a fucking frag if you got the word "the" or "and" or "it's"

I mean that is more likely some sod out there had the word "end"

12 August, 2006 03:44  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

You can see some of the other words here. Some are illustrated; others aren't. I would have been happy with any word, to be honest.

12 August, 2006 12:35  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Red has pointed out that there are some words that I wouldn't be happy with, in fact, such as pedophile or rapist. And that's true. Not surprisingly. But that's where trust in the author comes into play. She undoubtedly has put thought into the sort of words that nobody would likely want on their body; additionally, such words being rejected by potential participants would seriously hold up the whole process.

12 August, 2006 19:21  

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