Now that the sales of eBooks, Kindles, iPads and Nooks are surging, I wonder where all the ink from the printing of traditional books is going?
My theory is that most of it is ending up on various body parts as (you guessed it) tattoos.
Take a look around you (especially if you’re cursed to live in a stylish, relatively young and ultra hip city like Los Angeles, Miami or San Francisco) – what do you see?
Everyone and his mamma (statistically accurate + or – 25%) is sporting a tattoo.
Tattoos are also ubiquitous in the designs of T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, jackets, leather accessories, whips, glassware – seemingly everything but caskets.
Just ask artist Ed Hardy.
When did pretty in pink become pretty in ink?
I can’t pick up Twinkies and vodka at the A & P without being flashed by sexy tattoos from every woman who bends over to empty her grocery cart or pick up a can of creamed beef from the bottom shelf
(God forbid she spill her purse on the floor and have to scramble on all fours!)
No doubt the popularity of tattoos and low-rise jeans has magnified the shock and awe of classic “plumber’s crack.”
Peek-a-boo! Thrusting out at you from a red tattered thong strap is a snake entwined rose bush, a couple of love birds on park swings, a broken heart with the letters “R.I.P. U S.O.B.” and a couple of smirking skeletons “doing it.”
Pray tell, must every sacrun and coccyx from Hoboken to Hialeah be personalized in ink? Must every metacarpal and phalange from Philly to Fullerton be branded in henna body art?
Celebrities such as Kat Von D, Jesse James, Carey Hart and Tommy Lee encourage the myth that all this ink on your skin is an irresistibly cool thing!
Me thinks skin that’s totally covered with ink should be called “skink.”
Me thinks the tattoo mania will peter out soon… hopefully before the ink dries.
If you’re feeling like a relaxing YouTube break, check out the video below that portrays ink making as a sensual experience. Really.
The music alone – Alfred Brendel Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -“Emperor” – 2 Adagio un poco mosso – will sooth your soul.
(Think spa day!)
(Credit: A Chief Ink Maker shows how colour and ink is created from the raw ingredients–powder, varnish, and passion. Everything designers and printers need to know about the process, the challenges and joy of ink making.
The Printing Ink Company: True Performance in Colour
Presented by Peter Welfare, president and head ink maker, The Printing Ink Company. )