A few links

February 14, 2010

Just for Fun

Ya’ll know I’ve been reading personal finance stuff lately. Well, one site not to miss is The Simple Dollar. Very down to earth and useful stuff, which doesn’t ignore the emotional well being and time management we all need.

Look for the 14 Money Rules:

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/

Following The Simple Dollar’s delicious links, here’s a fun one:
20 cheap and Fun Date Ideas. Good ideas for getting out and doing something different for everybody!

http://www.christianpf.com/20-cheap-and-fun-date-ideas/

and finally for an on-topic one, here are some of my body art links on delicious:

http://delicious.com/cloudlb

link pic from Matti Mattila’s photostream.


Magical Midnight

December 18, 2009

Since I announced the birth of my grandson, Orion here, I can’t neglect to introduce you to:

Auryn Midnight

A little granddaughtercloud born exactly at midnight.  (My 8th grandkid–can you believe it?) In a tub in the middle of the living room!

“Auryn” is the magical amulet belonging to the Child Empress in the Neverending Story.

In other news, I’m driving to visit my piercer in Albuquerque, so I should have some new piercings and some new blog posts soon!


Body Art in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

December 12, 2009

The female Jedi of  Star Wars really kick ass.

While watching a recent episode of Star Wars The Clone Wars, I was struck by the abundant body art on many of the characters.  It  had me speculating on the origin and significance.

I don’t know if there is a formal ideology or more explanation for the art; but I wouldn’t be surprised–perhaps someone nerdier than me can tell me.  I can tell you that several of the characters bear obvious tattoos,  brands, body paint, or similar graphic symbols on their skin. Maybe the animators just enjoy drawing them that way.    (Yes, I do realize these are just cartoon characters.).

Barriss Offee

Sparkling like Diamonds

Diamond shaped tattoos seem to be a theme.  Barriss Offee and her mentor, Luminara Unduli, have what appear to be tribal tattoos. (There are good pics of Ashoka Tano and Luminara Unduli on this page.) Barriss has a scattering of diamond-shaped markings across her face and her hands, and Master Unduli has facial markings on her chin similar to a Maori moko. (Moko @ Wikipedia).

Ashoka Tano

Obi-Wan’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano, has very interesting facial markings, but it is unclear to me exactly what they are.  Are they organic, similar to tiger stripes?  Perhaps they are white body paint, or battle paint, but they seem to be inherent.  I wonder if that blue striped and green coiffure is cosmetic or hair or an appendage or what.  She seems to be of the long appendagy-type people like Jabbas’ lieutenant, who appeared to have filed his teeth.  (You can tell this post is really well researched, eh?)  Whether the white markings on the cheeks, above the eyes, and on the forehead are painted on or not, they are very striking.

There are other examples of this predilection for body art in the Star Wars franchse.  In the episode  I saw recently, in which Ahsoka and Barriss try to penetrate a droid factory, at least one of the male characters had a forehead marking (a brand?). Come to think of it, Princess Amidala was fond of elaborate geisha-like makeup with a ritualized markings.  And then there are the markings and horns on Darth Maul.  I haven’t seen any piercings yet on the denizens of that galaxy, but they may be out there.

My poor drawings do not do these much more talented animators justice, so be sure to check out what these characters really look like by going to the official Star Wars site. You can watch episodes of The Clone wars and see for yourself.   You’ll notice that one of the header pictures on this link is of a female character with spiral dot tattoos on her shoulder.

All these dots and diamonds remind me of these awesome dot tattoos I found on Flickr. Dotwork Tattoos by Damian. I’d say there’s a convergence between art and life!

Image above from Crave. Drawings belong to me.  Star Wars and Clone Wars belong to George Lucas.

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Orion the Hunter

December 5, 2009

Please welcome Orion, Grandbabycloud No. 7, to the Earth!

Some Meta and a Good Sale:

Yes, it’s snowing on the blog, courtesy of WordPress.  Ho, ho, ho.

And I changed my header once again, although I’m still not satisfied with it. I thought the purple would go well with the blue background, but I like the contrast better.

The pics now showing on my Flickr strip are still Art from My Body–this time taken with the Lolo function on my iphone app.  Still pretty cool, I think! You can see all the piercings pics I’ve posted so far on my Flickr photostream.

BodyArtForms has a sale this month:  Use coupon code LIGHTS2009 at checkout and receive 20% off your entire order for the entire month of December! This sale can not be combined with other coupon codes.


Happy Halloween Everybody!

October 31, 2009

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A post with no consequence, other than to wish all of my beautifully decorated, modded, and costumed fiends . . . er, friends! a very fun holiday!

And remember to keep those kitties inside!

Pic from accent on eclectic’s photostream at Flickr.


Fear! Fire! Foes!

September 1, 2009

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“The roar of the flames is ominous.”

I want to extend my hope and thoughts towards all those who are in danger and battling the fires in Southern California.  This image is of a Sikorsky helicopter battling the fire and was taken (I think on Saturday) by John at Steel Navel, who lives and works in the area.

I’m so deathly afraid of fire!  My heart goes out to John’s family, Bree and the other good folks at Steel Navel, Ms. Jen’s friends and family, and everyone in the area who is breathing smoke and watching the hills on fire.

Be safe!


Miscellanea

May 5, 2009

I want to point out a couple of items of interest today:

Listen: Angel Podcast

Jordan Ginsberg at BME has written a review of The Piercing Bible, and  interviewed Elayne Angel in podcast format.  The podcast is kinda long, but worth listening to.  Angel talks about the book, about Katrina and moving to Mexico, and most interesting to me, a lot about modern body piercing history.  You can find all this at BME here:  Elayne Angel Podcast and Book Review.

Donate: BME Scholarship

Speaking of BME, they are urgently seeking donations–even of $10–for the college scholarship they give to one deserving member, based on essay submissions.  Times are tough, of course, and always pretty tough for college students, but this is a worthy cause. Here’s a message from the scholarship administrator:

I’m sending you this message because right now, the BME Scholarship Fund really needs your help. With two months to go before we award the scholarship, we have $109.58 sitting in our account. Several people who have given us a lot of help in the past have agreed to donate again this year, but even with their support we’re still going to come up short.

We need your help.

If you can help out with even a $10US or $20US donation, or become a major donor for $25US or more, it would go a long way to help us help a bright, hardworking college student make their dreams a reality. In addition, those who give $25US or more to the BME Scholarship Fund will also have the opportunity to help us read all the essays, judge the applicants, and help us select this year’s winner.

You can find out all about it, and make your donation, at www.BMEScholarship.com.

ETA:  Okay, I donated $25.  Paypal makes it easy.  How about you?

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