Tattoos Forever

November 20, 2011

And if the fashion changes, it wil be very expensive to remove the tattoo. It will become a class symbol: low class: can’t afford removing the damned thing: can’t afford either to get a more modern looking one.

Most tattoos look dated. In my town, the guy who opened up the big tattoo shop next to where I live,  he has his window full of computer programmed tattoos. You can just see the computer’s solemn-silly mind.

And a question:
If I have an artist make a drawing on my ankle, and instead of a needle and ink he uses a ball point pen, can you tell?

There must be pens out there that could make a drawing look like a tattoo on skin, but can be removed some way or other. Of course, I have drawn my own tattoos with a Biro for an evening out.

For just an evening out it doesn’t have to be too solemn either.



It would be easy to add some tiny bikini or something: in red, for emphasis





So What Is Style?

November 17, 2011


It is first of all coherence, sometimes artificial, at times natural.

Something is  done a certain way  which then becomes identifiable or typical. It could be just in a colour combination or a perfume or a way of writing or drawing or dressing.

However, it cannot be visible to everybody, and yet, strangely enough, most people have it in their language.  Do the experiment:

→ → Take a word like “tenacious” or “quixotic” or “abrasive”.

→ → Include it casually in your conversation next time you talk to friends or family members.

→ → Watch them react.

A single word made them perk up!  That word was not part of what they know as your style.



X has a lot of style

This could mean that her preferences or choices are predictable. Or it could mean that she consciously accentuates something about her.

Consider as extreme examples Lady Gaga, who is all artifice, or Bob Dylan, who is mostly himself.

As to Dylan, that must have been very hard for him to do when he started out and went onstage entirely defenseless. It took a lot of guts.

The “Man of Constant Sorrow”

And  Lady Gaga? She is all manufactured, and there is a great team working with her, calculating, designing, rehearsing, defining. There has to be some mind behind it all.  Is it her own?


Photo de Joshiku bajo   Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license en

It doesn’t really matter. She is simply merchandise continually getting updated by market research. On her part, it takes a lot of discipline, and so she may in fact be caught on that dangerous path she is seems to be only acting out.



Remember the Horse

October 10, 2011


Whoever painted this must have been under the influence of Picasso.  Style is contagious to a very high degree.
That kind of contagion has nothing to do with imitation, which is why it is so difficult to decide on plagiarism.

In fact, most of what anyone knows or thinks or says or paints echoes its sources so that your real connoisseur sees a picture or hears a minute of music and says: oh, that is from the sixties or that is late nineteenth century East European! The same with text.

In other words, the absolutely original work of art just does not exist unless indeed like a meteorite it fell from another star’s civilization down to Earth.



Jargon: What Time Is It?

September 24, 2011



The tower received a call from an aircraft asking : “What time is it?”

The tower answered : “Who is calling?”

The aircraft replied : “What difference does it make?”

The tower replied : “It makes a lot of difference.

— If it is an American Airlines flight, it is 3 o’clock.

— If it is an Air Force plane, it is 1500 hours.

— If it is a Navy aircraft, it is 6 bells.

— If it is an Army aircraft, the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 3.

— If it is a Marine Corps aircraft, it’s Thursday afternoon.”



The airplane is by Raphael Wünsch



The Future Queen of Spain

September 14, 2011

This reminds us of Warren Buffet saying” “I don’t buy  cheap suits; they just look cheap on me”.


But  her job is not easy. Imagine having to  spend hours every day getting dressed.

One thing is preparing for a great festive occasion where

the whole wide world will be watching
And the sands will roll out a carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a’touchin

But it is  quite another thing is to go public on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day year in, year out. It is too much at any pay, but there have always been lots of volunteers for the job.

Her name is Letizia. Hers seems to be an identity problem. She has not yet found her style, something to define her public persona. She isn’t known for any hobby, any deeper interest.

The poetry is Dylan’s
The  thumbnail is from a photo at



They are  as clean and clear in outline  as if they came straight from a drawing board. In fact they look like the model or outline of a future house or even like a preliminary concrete cast.


I would have expected the players to go for something much more sumptuous.  Spaniards love a demonstrative ego, big statements, expensive looking plunder, explicit  posturing.



Some of this tendency can be seen in their indoor decoration, but it is more striking in their fassades:

This is typical. There used to be even private homes built like that. You would never guess that  this was the central post office :-D.

And unless I misunderstood recent news, it has now been remodelled to serve as a government administration building.

One of the players chose a more conventional design representing the Spanish concept of  señorial meaning something like lordly or classy.  So you would expect the inside to be decorated — not with soccer symbols and cups — but with  long couches and tea tables with picture books.


Notice how all three have their swimming pool right in front of a door or, as above, even at the foot of some stairs.  It’s evidently not meant for absent-minded people, nor for those with  children to look after.

The original photos are at