tattoo ideas

Yann Black Your Meat is Mine
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I am a wuss. First and foremost. But I can’t be alone in feeling nervous about something as permanent as a tattoo. Whatever you choose is going to be there for ever (I’ve heard tattoo removal is extraordinarily painful so I’m ruling that out as an option). Above all that, I am sure that I want one.

The big question: What do I want? I’ve spent at least the past 5 years asking myself this question. So far, nothing has inspired me enough to run out and do it. However, there are couple of artists that do make me excited.

Yann Black, aka Your Meat is Mine, is absolutely amazing with his geometric inspired designs.
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Scott Campbell does scripts insanely well and everything he does is precise and beautiful.
Scott Campbell tattoo - featherScott Campbell tattoo - bird

Amanda Wachob is crazy brilliant! I found her a long while back (my browser says I bookmarked her March of 2009), and have never forgotten. When Design Sponge featured her on their blog, I was excited to see her again. I had nearly forgotten about her (who goes back and looks at their bookmarks anyway?) and so excited to see what new work she has added to her portfolio since the last time I looked.
Amanda Wachob abstract tattoo

Aren’t those tattoos simply gorgeous?! But still, what do I want? Ugh.

book review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is about a 16-year old girl, Katniss Everdeen, who, upon the death of her father, becomes the “man of house”, in a world where North America no longer exists, only outlying lands called Districts are left. Times are hard and the author makes you think of the great depression when describing what her family has to go through. On top of their daily hardship, the Capitol keeps the Districts in line by having annual Hunger Games. Each District has a raffle to choose one boy and one girl, 24 total children, to fight for their life in a remote piece of land…on live TV. The one remaining child brings victor to their District with gifts, food and pride.

I have to admit, when I first read the plot for this book about 2 years ago, I was not impressed. Who wants to read about 12-18 year olds killing each other? Fast forward to last month, my good friend Laticia said that she read the books and liked them. Hmm…

I just finished reading the first book in this series last night. Yup, that means I’m full steam ahead to read the next two, also. This book is extremely easy to read. Although it’s not “literature” by any means, it captured me and I felt for Katniss. By the end of the second chapter, I nearly cried. Nearly. I didn’t actually but for a second I thought I could if I wanted to. Katniss is a simple girl with a single goal: to keep her family fed, and alive. And she does this heroically well without even trying, it just come naturally.

As she heads into the Hunger Games, obstacles and fatal decisions fall on her and she struggles with what to do. The decision on how to handle it follows her throughout the game and makes her job even harder to stay alive.

All in all, I enjoyed this book except for one major flaw, the ending. I feel that the first book in any series should be able to hold it’s own. Stieg Larson does this with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Patrick Rothfuss does this with The Name of the Wind. Even though both of these books keep you wanting more, if you never read the sequels, you still have a complete story. The Hunger Games does not. One idea keeps popping up throughout the book and that is, if Katniss wins, however unlikely she thinks it is, what will her life be like afterwards? It is brought up at least a dozen times and when it’s over, you want to know how her family (and District) handles the news, what the boy at home thought of her during the game, and what the affect of her decisions during the game will have outside the arena. But none of those questions are answered. As soon as the game is over, the book is over. And I think that is a terrible way to make people buy/read the second book.

denver, here we come! but first….

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Remember back in February when Ryan and I took a trip to Denver? Well…we can finally sigh with relief because we are moving there!

Denver Zoo feeding lorikeets[This was taken at the Denver Zoo and I’m feeding the Lorikeets. I just want to point out my amazing blue nails and that gorgeous purple hair! I miss it!! And the owl ring I lost at the LAX airport:( </minirant>]

We have been putting it off for all these months for a couple different reasons but the number one reason was my car accident. I don’t want to dive into the details of the accident but, basically, I needed many months of treatment and if we moved to Denver right away, it would have been unlikely for me to have health benefits that would cover me as well as my current one did. We put the move off until I had completed my treatment and released by my doctor. Finally, all that is done with and we can move on with our life. Continue reading