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Logging Off (posted 10 May 2004)
Shelley Jackson, Skin: http://ineradicablestain.com/skin.html.
"Participants must accept the word they are given, but they may choose the site of their tattoo, with the exception of words naming specific body parts, which may be anywhere but the body part named."
if Shelley got "skin" tattoed on her, then she cheated! ;)
Ha! I can't decide if the author did that on purpose or not. Very clever to see that. =)
what i don't really understand is that if this is true: "Tattoos must be in black ink and a classic book font. Words in fanciful fonts will be expunged from the work." why would this still be true?: "As a result, injuries to the printed texts, such as dermabrasion, laser surgery, tattoo cover work or the loss of body parts, will not be considered to alter the work. Only the death of words effaces them from the text."
i think i understand the reasons for the non-fanciful text... the people ARE part of a novel of sorts, and for the most part (maybe aside from the first letter of the first word of a chapter) none of the text in a novel is fancy. but, if it doesnt matter what happens to the printing on the "word" after it's done, why does it matter in the first place? :/ any ideas?
Maybe Shelley is more concerned with the initial state of her text than with what happens to it over time. She knows that none of the words will last. I think that she's also interested in the growth of her words over time, though. To see all of her words start from a similar place will make their individual aging (laser surgery, cover work, wrinkling, sun damage, etc.) that much more interesting and related to each other.
i stumped it the first time i played with a concert ticket. it never guessed it.
Dr K -- ANOTHER bLOG SUGGESTION:
it would be nice if one of the subject tabs just had all the linked texts. then we wouldn't have to search through the dates to find the texts for review.
here's my solution:
one the text is printed, anything could happen to it. think of some of the poor old library books...full of doodles and notes, some words can actually be erased, pages can be torn or ripped.
Once the word is there, its not there in *that particular state* for good. even in a printed book it can be altered. so as long as it *starts* in a "book font" on the skin, the same thing can happen there.
thanks brian and jennah :) good luck today all