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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
A semicolon on Sara Saucedo
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Arts Feature

Resisting Suicide; Using Semicolons

How the right punctuation could save lives

Don’t put a period on the end of your life, says the Semicolon Tattoo Project, now in its second year of encouraging public conversations about suicide and self-harm.
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Inking semicolons;

Or on suicide awareness

In the words of poet Miguel Hernández, “If it weren’t for… I don’t know what/ my heart would write one last note…/ and I’d say to the world, you stay here.” [Editor's note: He probably wrote this in Spanish.] He went on to survive the Spanish Civil War and imprisonment by a fascist government, and he never gave in to the life's darker pull; he held fast to hope in the face of heartbreak.

Today in Albuquerque, people will take on a symbol of hope and permanence that will never wash off. At King's Kreation tattoo shop, an estimated 150 people will partake in Albuquerque's first-ever semicolon event; it's a project aimed at advocating against suicide by tattooing a semicolon somewhere on the body.

Why a semicolon? It's an enigmatic punctuation mark, and it means a series of commas, a verbal pause—greater than a comma—approaching the pause after a period. It also denotes conjoined, related ideas. Poets are fond of semicolons because they allow for the splicing of childbirth with sunrise in a single thought. “I never thought that I would get a tattoo that couldn't be covered by a shirt. Then this project came along. The metaphor is beautiful," says event organizer Jonathan Cottrell. "I've been a grammar geek for my entire life, and to use punctuation symbolically is something I have just never thought of.”

I think a semicolon tattoo is brilliant symbol of solidarity. A suicidal person needs breathing room, but they also need to talk; it's a way to work the emotional slivers out. The best thing you can do for a suicidal loved one is to listen to them. Tattoos are permanent, sans lazer; so even if there's a long, sad pause, there is no separation.

The (;) tattoo costs just $20 plus tax at King's Kreation (117 Seventh Street NW); don't forget to tip your artist. Half the event proceeds will be donated to Agora Crisis Center.

news

The Daily Word in Colorado movie massacre, unlicensed tattoo parlors, Scottish train drunks

At least 12 dead as gunman opens fire at Dark Knight Rises midnight showing in Denver suburb.

President Obama responds.

Young sportscaster who died in the shootings had written her last blog on a separate massacre.

State officials confirm 48 tattoo parlors operating without licenses in New Mexico.

City’s clean water supply may be jeopardized by millions of gallons of spilled, underground jet fuel.

Details being withheld on slain Virginia reporter.

Live updates on this weekend’s British Open.

Jeremy Lin on his three-year, $25 million deal with the Rockets.

Yay, Albuquerque is not among AARP’s list of the top five most dangerous U.S. cities.

You can no longer get blitzed on Scottish trains.

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Sean Desmond

Song Roulette

Mike Giant is a visionary tattoo and graffiti artist who, although born in Upstate New York, grew up in Albuquerque. On Sunday, June 10, the San Francisco-based Giant makes an appearance in Downtown Albuquerque at the Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW). He’s presenting a tea party for his zine, “The Skullz Press.” There will be art for sale, giveaways from his apparel and skateboard company, Rebel8, and ambience provided by Austin-based DJ Daze. The free, 21-and-over party happens from 3 to 7 p.m.

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V.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

News Feature

A Clean Slate

Women laser away their ink—and their hard pasts

Sara is working on healing, on changing. But she can't escape the names. Old boyfriends. People who in another life seemed important. They're tattooed on her body.

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V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Untitled piece by Nani Chacon

Art Preview

A Little Bit Spicy

Two artists paint women of the Southwest

Marie Sena’s and Nani Chacon’s art show, Picosa, puts women in the fore: The overall theme of the show is women of the Southwest. “We’re in such a unique cultural climate,” Chacon says. “We felt like that was something that needed to be celebrated and pushed to the forefront of what we’re doing—not just that we’re going to depict beautiful women, but the beautiful women of our surroundings.”

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Culture

Bricklight Block Party- $13 Tattoos

Friday the 13th themed fun times and $13 tattoos!

The Bricklight Underground Merchants' Association is hosting a giant block party to celebrate its formation. Its mission is “to promote cool, unique, locally owned and operated subculture businesses through community building and events in the area between UNM & CNM.” The businesses doing special stuff include All is One Tattoo, Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery, Free Radicals Clothing, Frock Star Vintage, Aeros Recording Studio, Bricklight Dive, Cheba Hut and Mendy Lou the Psychic.

The block party, from 12 to 10 p.m., promises all your fav things: live music by more than seven bands, sales, karaoke, art, contests, swag and food. All the businesses will be highlighting the number 13 in some way, but the coolest (or the craziest, you decide) is All Is One offering $13 tattoos. More than 20 tattoo artists from around the city will be on hand to lessen your wait. You can even take a number and check out the other stuff until your ink time comes. For some designs and updates check www.allisonetattoo.com

Some of the $13 tattoo options for today!
Some of the $13 tattoo options for today!

Go to this block party. And if you happen to get a $13 tattoo, please send me a picture to post.

More tattoos you can get!
More tattoos you can get!
Even more- and these are just a few examples!
Even more- and these are just a few examples!
Bricklight Underground Block Party
Friday, May 13, 12 to 10 p.m.
Harvard Drive SE, between UNM and CNM
free
Video Games

This Week In Games 8.29.10

The Facade 2, 2010, Left 4 Dead 2
Robert Overweg
The Facade 2, 2010, Left 4 Dead 2

How awesome is this Dragon Age 2 trailer?

University of Florida adds a StarCraft studies honors course to teach resource management.

FTC slaps PR firm over fake iTunes store game reviews.

Hilarious: a Bible MMO and a Playboy MMO are both in the news this week.

Unhilarious: A 22 year-old solicited a 10 year-old for nude photos over Xbox Live.

Portland bike lanes now have Mario Kart powerups. Automobile commuters better watch out for that blue shell.

Virtual photographer squeezes unintended art out of game glitches.

Here's another entry in the ever growing realm of game generated machinima. This time it's Mirror's Edge meets the Half-Life universe.

EA isn't going to back down on including Taliban fighters in Medal of Honor multiplayer.

THQ exec goes full dipshit.

Mega Man Online trailer - more like Akira than NES.

Ever look back on your gaming life and think, "I should sue ..."?

Awesome video game tattoo. And another.

Zynga sued over Mafia Wars name.

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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by new member nmraider.

This is supposedly a flickr URL, but has some kind of problem: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39983996@N06/4417614842/in/pool-1039815@N22

V.18 No.53 | 12/31/2009

Answer Me This

You, too, can be a star. What does Denzel eat when he's in town? Who's out of step with environmental health codes, according to the city? Why are a couple of South Valley kids bummed out?

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