Sue and I were interviewed this past weekend by Greta Rybus, photographer and journalist extraordinaire.  I’ll let the article speak for itself, but I deeply appreciate that Greta wanted to interview Sue as well as me because it’s easy to overlook how important Sue is to the shop’s success and everything great about it.  She would never seek this sort of attention or accolade, but Sue is the glue.  I’m just another brick in the wall.  And not that you glue bricks together, but the Sue doesn’t rhyme with mortar…  So yeah.  Sue is the glue, people.

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Goldmember

March 1, 2013

I recently had the (dis)pleasure to tattooing my colleague and friend Cyndi Lou.  Ugh.  Just to be clear, the displeasure had nothing to do with Cyndi.  She smelled very nice and sat as solid as a rock…  I, on the other hand, was farting up a storm and fidgety as all get out.  For whatever reason, I (illogically) feel some added pressure when tattooing a colleague in the industry, and it’s extra true when I’m tattooing someone I work with day-in and day-out.  I can’t explain it, but I feel the same anxiety when I’ve tattooed my wife.  Is it because I know that I’ll have to look at and scrutinize the tattoo all the time?  Is it because there’s a stronger emotional connection to the tattoo?  Is it because I know that they’ll realize that all my tattoos are actually just drawn on with Sharpies®?  Who knows – more stuff to work out with my therapist, I suppose…

The project was a very straight-forward tattoo of the Greek letter phi (Φ) in the middle of her sternum, done in black.  The letter Φ is used by mathematicians to represent the golden mean, a mathematical ratio that is discovered in all sorts of naturally occurring things like pine cones, seashells, plants, fractals, etc.  I’ve been obsessed with the golden mean myself, so it was fortuitous that Cyndi asked me to tattoo it one.  You can read about it at length with a quick internet search, but there have been tons of studies done to show that we, as human beings, actually prefer things that are proportioned according to the golden mean- from rooms to faces to verse/chorus lengths in songs.  I know I prefer twinkies and ring-dings when they are proportioned to .618…

Anyways, the tattoo looks good though I’ll probably go back and touch up it because I’m a little OCD like that.  Lucky her…

I haven’t posted much in the past few weeks, but here are a few things that I’ve been working on in various stages of completion (and some of them even completed!).  Thank you all, as always, for your support patience.  It’s our ten year anniversary this year, and we’re working on hatching some exciting things for the celebration…