When you can’t say it

When you can't say it
‘No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. Winston Churchill A fellow PR practitioner shared his ink recently. “No comment” is a known no-no as a spokesperson, making it ironic. The other is just a good lesson given our reputations are everything.  Read more stories ‘Behind the ink.’

#ROMink

#ROMink
“Marking the skin places people in relationships that are social, political and cosmological.” Until September, the Royal Ontario Museum is showing TATTOOS. Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Unlike My Story. My Tattoo. in Guelph, ON, this exhibit really was a history lesson (5000 years in the making) on body ink. Read more stories ‘Behind the ink.’

When you just know

When you just know
“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu Sometimes you know yourself just enough. “It means “Know thyself.” After which I’m always asked, “Oh? So, do you?” No, that’s the whole reason I got it :)” Paul    Read more stories ‘Behind the Ink.’

Tattoos in the poorhouse 

Tattoos in the poorhouse 
I had no idea a “poorhouse” was actually a name for institutions in Canada. Literally as it sounds, they housed the poor up until 1946 in Canada when the last one closed. The Wellington County Museum and Archives (which used to be a poorhouse called the House of Industry and Refuge) has an exhibit on now ...

Taking up space

Taking up space
“For every snake, there is a ladder; for every ladder, a snake.” Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children Sometimes coverage is what matters like for cell phones, swimsuits or tattoos.  “I just wanted something that would cover my whole arm. I thought snakes and ladders would be funny.” Bryan     Read more stories ‘Behind the Ink.’   

The meaning of one

The meaning of one
“I am just one human being.” Dalai Lama In my experience, usually when someone gets a name on tattooed, it’s either a lover or a child.  This one’s a child’s name from a dad who got it done for his daughter when she turned one year old, some twenty years ago.  What was striking to ...

Day into night and everything in between

Day into night and everything in between
“Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.” Donald Knuth This ink weaves a complex story into everyday life. “Well it begins with the sun and the moon to represent each day. Then there a bunch of stories within it. There’s a sundial for a southpaw because ...

Leave the past behind

Leave the past behind
“There is an opportunity for us to renew ourselves. There’s an opportunity for us to leave the past behind and present something different for the future.” Jay Weatherill Sometimes we just need a reminder to live in the now. “I believe you can’t truly know where you’re going in life if you can’t remember where ...

Sometimes it doesn’t matter

Sometimes it doesn't matter
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung Sometimes there’s deep personal meaning to body ink. And other times, not so much. ““Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success,” ran Ernest Shackleton’s want ad ...

Spread the music

Spread the music
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley I loved the retro feel of this tattoo. Turns out its origin was less so. “I actually saw this online, on Twitter I think. I’d wanted a tattoo and when I saw something like this, I thought this was perfect. ...