June 10, 2009
There's something about Chloë
The photo above of Ms. Sevigny appeared in this past Sunday's New York Times.
My first reaction was "huh?"
Something's happened between now and then (below).
Besides time passing....
Circular Saw Pizza Cutter
"This hilarious circular saw pizza cutter tears through pizza like so much wide-grain pine wood; just the thing for showing that supreme pie who's the boss. Laser-etched stainless steel blade with removable shield for easy hand wash."
$14.95 (pizza not included).
BehindTheMedspeak: One tattoo you'll happily live with forever
Mary Brophy Marcus's May 14, 2009 USA Today story tells you why; it follows.
Tattoos being used for medical alerts
numbers of people who have serious medical conditions, such as
diabetes, are turning to tattooing to identify themselves on the chance
a health emergency leaves them unable to communicate, says Saleh
Aldasouqi, a diabetes expert from
"Like it or not, a lot of people are resorting to this way of medical identification," Aldasouqi says. "It's not that we (doctors) are promoting it. It's more, 'What should we do about it?' It is happening."
Aldasouqi first met a patient with a medical tattoo last year when
Walsh, 37, sports on his wrist a black and red "star of life," a six-pointed star with a spiraling serpent inside, often seen on ambulances. The word "Diabetic" is inscribed below it.
Walsh has had numerous episodes of potentially life-threatening low blood sugar, which can cause disorientation and even unconsciousness. He had worn medical alert bracelets over the years, but he says they often broke and the cost was adding up. "This is a more permanent solution," he says.
Aldasouqi says that soon after meeting Walsh, another patient with a diabetes tattoo visited him. More research showed the Internet is rife with discussion about them, including interest from parents of children with type 1 diabetes whose kids fight wearing medical alert jewlery or find it cumbersome.
Aldasouqi's investigation included a visit to a local tattoo parlor. He was impressed with its cleanliness, that it had health licensing requirements (not the case in all states) and that clients were required to sign a consent form. "It looked just like any outpatient surgery clinic," he says.
He hopes his report will urge physicians to develop guidelines for patients outlining who is and isn't qualified to get one (some diabetics have wound-healing problems), and how to find a licensed tattoo artist.
At Fatty's Custom Tattooz in Washington, D.C., owner Matthew "Fatty" Jessup says he has carved numerous health-related tattoos. "I've done a biohazard symbol for a few people with HIV," he says.
Some say they'd skip the body art, though. Sandra Miller's son Joseph, 13, has type 1 diabetes. "While I understand the reasons for doing this, it feels a little too much like 'branding' my child," Miller says.
[via Ray Earhart]
Clay Floor Fan by Maarten Baas — Episode 2: Price Break
Made of chrome-glazed industrial clay applied over a metal frame, it was introduced a year and a half ago as a limited edition, eight each of three sizes (50", 60" and 75").
"From $22,000" was the price then, before the bottom dropped out.
$12,500 is now.
Helpful Hints from joeeze: Ironing your sheets — Episode 2: Iron Maiden Milena sorts you out
'Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez, Richfield, Kansas) 2008' — by John Gerrard
The 35-year-old Dublin-born artist, who now works in Vienna, is currently showing a piece entitled "Animated Scene" at the 53rd Venice Bienniale, one of 44 "collateral events" alongside the official roster of 100 or so projects.
Gerrard's show consists of three recent works using large-scale projections in a boathouse on the former monastery island of Certosa.
More about his Venice piece here.
The caption for the video up top: "'Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez, Richfield, Kansas) 2008' is a virtual sculpture depicting a solitary aluminum corn silo on the austere landscape of the American Great Plains. At daybreak, in real time, a Mexican-American builder named Angelo Martinez arrives at the silo and carefully paints a small black square on the exterior of the structure with an oil stick crayon. Within thirty years, working a six-day week from dawn to dusk, the building will be entirely covered and transformed into a dark, negative object on the landscape. In 2038 the Martinez character will complete his task and leave the scene."
Coat No. 2 (Because you're never too old for a teddy bear)