Good Things Come.

The best parts of life are the pure indulgences. The things to which we look forward as grand rewards for hard work and acute determination. The pudding for clearing the entire plate of meat, and the lollie after the dentist’s drill. The anticipation is often as pleasurable as the event itself, and one can never underestimate the power of such temptations. It’s what’s at the other end.

And I can’t wait to get off work and see my baby;
she said she’d leave the porch light on for me.
I’m disheveled, I’m disdainful
and I’m distracted and it’s painful,
but this job sweeping up here is
is gainfully employing me tonight…

-Waits, 1976

After a trio of thirteen-hour workdays recently passed, I celebrated the non-weekend with lovely dears Ryan and Rebecca from Halou for an evening of hand-made ravioli, a selection of marvelous, fine wines and South American chocolates, and an undulating, musical romp throughout the nether regions of sonic cognizance. I’ve been rather disillusioned with the quality of music released in the past year or so, but the evening was an ear-opener, and I feel thankful and richer for the good time spent with my tasteful friends. In addition to an oscillating gamut of conversation about idolatry, domesticity, and creation, I was exposed to the very nature of prolificacy with a sneak preview of some excellent upcoming projects upon which these two are embarking. You can trust me to offer my honest opinions here, and I believe that the next Halou album, the follow-up to the poignant Wiser, will be a piece of gold.

In addition to undertaking the challenging task of repainting my rumpus room, I spent much of a very humid and fog-filled Sunday in the usual tattoo studio, allowing the master of spirals, Adam Bramley, to dig at me with sharp objects as he is wont to do. And amazingly, I pay him to do it. The massive project of two sleeves is well on its way, and as we move up the first arm, I feel the strange, blue creature changing and growing into something completely different than I had initially envisioned. This is what raising children must be like, sans poop.

The Results are as follows:

Arm1

Arm2

Every session lays a bit more curvature and form, indelibly etched until they figure out a way to humanely flay large areas of skin. I love the crispness of fresh, blue lines and the tenderness of newly birthed ink. I am not, however, looking forward to our next session on the inner bicep of my arm. Plainly, it’s going to suck. Anticipation, remember? The reward for the pain and for the work. That’s what I was just saying, now though quivering lips.

The lovely girls at Area 51 gave me a sweet deal on some completely over-the-top earrings, which clearly are assembled from spare, dead, faerie dragon parts. If you think of appropriate names for them, I swear I’ll use ‘em, and give you full credit for your creativity.

Earrings

All this and I was just now contemplating growing up, severing my dreads, and being a presentable adult.

But the anticipation is as good as the event, so I think I’ll be superficial and completely image-oriented for a while longer yet.

40 Responses to “Good Things Come.”

  1. spiffington Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 4:41 am

    It's so good to see projects in motion 🙂
    Your arm is looking wonderful 🙂 Can't wait to see it *in the flesh* again, although I shall have to, it'll be some time yet!
    Really love those earrings too. Have to say, for some reason, I think they should be called Lucian and Freud. They have a feel of 'otherness' to them, like so many of his paintings.

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:12 am

    Heh…smart names. I see what you're speaking about in his work.
    I have no doubt you'll be staring at my curvy lines again in person, like a little, spiffbug mesmerized by the light.
    *snaps* Wake up!
    🙂

  3. ethereal_lad Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 5:41 am

    It's cool that you know Halou. I've been eagerly awaiting their new album since the too-brief ep.

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:10 am

    Yes, they're excellent musicians, and even better people.

  5. gingiber Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 5:49 am

    Pretty ink. You and Nekid are makign me feel jelous. I need to start saving money, as I almost have a design finally.

  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:13 am

    Hey, thanks. It's slowly taking shape, I think.
    Are you going with one of Mo's pieces, or of your own design?

  7. gingiber Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:53 am

    One of Mo's designs I think. I just need to get to a tattooist some time and chat it over with them.

  8. dr_beep Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 7:04 am

    Gilgamesh and Enkidnu

  9. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:14 am

    Oh, good ones. Are those from the Deities and Demigods or Edith Hamilton?
    🙂

  10. dr_beep Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 7:25 am

    Ack, you wound me! From the Babylonian Epic itself (well, ok, by way of a few translations here and there, my cuneiform is a bit rusty [well, ok, rusty as in nonexistant]).
    I actually forgot they put them in dieties and demigods, it has been a very long time since I cracked open that well worn book.

  11. blu_matt Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 7:29 am

    Ooooh!!! Purtty!
    Rumpus room: now why does that sounds like so much fun? 🙂

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:15 am

    Because it is, but only when we rumpus!
    Okay, it's actually my office, but I like considering the possibilities.
    🙂

  13. avalokita Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 7:38 am

    Dreads are sexy. Don't abandon them yet.
    Very nice tattoo. I'm scheduled for my next one this Saturday. Downfall of being a corporate-bound girly: no tattoos below the elbow.

  14. blu_matt Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 8:20 am

    Long sleeves?

  15. avalokita Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 9:36 am

    Wish I could.

  16. avalokita Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 9:36 am

    But it's very hot here 4 months out of the year.

  17. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:17 am

    Sexy until they try to kill me in my sleep. I'll keep 'em for a while yet, but I'm really starting to consider the leap into humanity again, after so many years.
    You'll still love me, right?
    What are you getting emblazoned this weekend?

  18. avalokita Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 9:34 am

    Of coarse! But the dreads are still super sexy.
    I'm getting bamboo across my shoulder.

  19. agntprovocateur Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 8:46 am

    got the recipe for sweet and sour peking spare ribs. we need to try it one night. also, i need a referral to your swirl magician, must embellish my own. 🙂
    i'll give you a call tonight. btw, my domain has a home now! yey!

  20. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:18 am

    No call, and now I'm going to cry. 🙁
    <lj user="angledge"> has come up with the real category of that damned cherry pork and your spare ribs:
    MEAT CANDY.
    Tell me the website when you get it?

  21. agntprovocateur Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 5:53 pm

    i remembered i forgot to call you when i was already in bed and was all cozy and warm. it was like midnight! i'll try tonight!

  22. flcodemonkey Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 9:26 am

    Dreads are definitely too cool to get rid of. I finally cut my long hair recently, but only because Florida is so damn inhospitable to long curly hair. The ink, though – ouch.

  23. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:21 am

    Yes, I can imagine that you'd be sweating your noggin off with four pounds of hair in Florida. Dreads are a good experience, but we all have to grow up some time. As I get older, I have less patience for the things, and they really do have a life of their own.
    Oh my god, I'll be taking a life.
    *twitch*

  24. tisme Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 9:30 am

    Edna and Harry. Just cos.

  25. Anonymous Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 11:31 am

    WOW!
    Be-you-tea-full

  26. tisme Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 12:01 pm

    Re: WOW!
    Er, thanks. I think.
    Why the anonymous?

  27. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:22 am

    M'okay.
    How about Nigel and Tilly?

  28. tisme Says:
    May 25th, 2005 at 4:42 am

    Nigel definitely. Tilly still sounds too *nice* Nigel and Sandra. There you go 🙂

  29. angledge Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 1:57 pm

    so I think I’ll be superficial and completely image-oriented for a while longer yet.
    AS IF

  30. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:22 am

    Yo yo; I'm just keepin' it real, baby.
    I know my limitations. 🙂

  31. thistlelurid Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 5:35 pm

    <small>"I’ve been rather disillusioned with the quality of music released in the past year or so"</small>
    eep…I sense the interpol boys are crying on their ties….
    Queen Adreena has something cooking for release later this month…
    small glimmer of audile hope on the 23rd perhaps?

  32. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:26 am

    Okay, there's the Interpol love affair. I'll give you that.
    The new Adreena album should be pretty good, though I haven't heard much about it as of yet. I just need to expand my aural horizons a bit. So much sound, so little time.
    Love the knees, by the bye.

  33. Anonymous Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 9:46 pm

    Onion Girl and Buffalo Man
    OR
    Whisper and Scream

  34. Anonymous Says:
    May 16th, 2005 at 9:49 pm

    How could I forget, guess who :)???

  35. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 12:29 am

    Cute and very appropriate names. I just may use them!
    Okay, you've got me. You could be a number of well-read and dreamily-minded acquaintances of mine. Care to shed some light and step from behind the sparkly curtain?

  36. Anonymous Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 6:04 am

    coming out…
    Well-read (I like to think so), dreamily-minded (I am not so sure that fits in my Taurean nature)…
    xoxo,
    Girl from which vanilla seeps

  37. Anonymous Says:
    May 17th, 2005 at 7:54 pm

    Re: coming out…
    i meant from whom…

  38. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 19th, 2005 at 12:52 am

    Re: coming out…
    From whom, indeed. Hiya, Carrie!

  39. hermiston Says:
    May 18th, 2005 at 1:53 pm

    You always seemed to take such care of the dreads, are they less of a project than your arm? I don't imagine so

  40. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 19th, 2005 at 12:54 am

    Oh, they are *some* serious project. I grow impatient having to prune and tame the wee bastards, but for now they smell rather nice, so I'll give 'em a brief reprieve.
    Dreads on Probation. Now that's a great band name.

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