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January 2018, vol 13 no 4

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Dave Read

Butterfly

47 years old, my buddy gets his first tattoo. Artistically, its impressive. It is well detailed, and the colours are strong and balanced. Even at a distance, where some tats look like bruises, his continues to look like art.

Still, I wonder how long he'll enjoy it. Is this a forever piece, or something he'll regret? Will he, at 57, continue to feel like he does now? And how has he evolved from his 37 year old, ink-free self? Attitudes, outlooks, and tastes are not static. Does he really want something that won't change?

Or maybe he wants something that won't change?

turning
his back to it
autumn wind


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