V.23 No.28 | 7/10/2014
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Fine Lines and Flesh
A brief history of tattooing in the Duke City
Tattooing is not a crime—anymore. Meet the man who worked to bring New Mexico body art laws into the modern age.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
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.
V.22 No.16 |
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.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
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.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
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.
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
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.”
V.20 No.19 | 5/12/2011
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
Go to this block party. And if you happen to get a $13 tattoo, please send me a picture to post.
V.19 No.34 |
This Week In Games 8.29.10
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.
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.
Mega Man Online trailer - more like Akira than NES.
Ever look back on your gaming life and think, "I should sue ..."?
Zynga sued over Mafia Wars name.
V.19 No.20 |
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