Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Plane Boss! The Plane!

In one of the recent threads there was some tattoo talk. In case you were wondering, it was nothing to do with Hervé Villechaize, as much fun as that would have been. So in any case, in honor of Urnotme going to get some ink, I decided to let my own freak flag fly, and show you my body art. Jed may remember actually going with me to get the Gonzo crest tat, as it was my first and I wanted someone to come along and witness the magic.

I know what you must be thinking...what's a square dude like Kern doing with not one, not two, but three tattoos? I don't think I have an adequate answer for that. Though, I am constantly amused when people that first meet me find out, especially when it's people that see me in a coat and tie a lot. Beneath the Burberry lies the heart of a savage, baby! Damn right!

Ahem...uh...so without further ado, here's the tattoos!





34 comments:

urnotme said...

Shocked and awed baby. Shocked and awed.

Can you explain them in detail. You said what they were in a previous post, but I guess I didn't really understand.

Kern said...

Sure.

The first one is from the comic book Starman. It's specifically from the Starman Secret Files. There was a map of Opal City, and that picture was up by the legend part of the map. It looks like an Egyptian glyph of a woman and an anubis(a dog like creature) next to her.

The second one is also from Starman. It was a border panel at the bottom of issue 32 or so. It was interesting, because the border decoration was half of the tattoo. When I looked at it, I wondered if I mirrored it, if it would make a contiguous shape. Turns out it did, and it made a knot sort of design, and that's that.

The third one is the Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo Crest. It was my first tat,I was 19 at the time, and I got it to show my deep respect and admiration to the Doc. I've had it for years, and it feels good that I've had it this long, especially in light of his recent suicide. RIP Doc. It's nice to be able to say I had it way back then, so I don't feel like some Johnny Come Lately who only did because he died.

Anyhow, that's the basic story. I can fill in any other details for the curious.

QueenB said...

yo anyone out there?

Kern said...

hello?

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Damfino said...

Um... are there now pics of Kern skin on the blog? Has the world gone friggin balls up?

I do remember going with you to get your tat... but I was so high on mescalin and ether that all I remember is that you face melted to the jello green ceiling and the cartoon cat on the wall spoke to me and said "never eat wheat - your blood will stiffen and wrinkles will form."


Very odd experience.

Deit Heimley said...

Curious. Hmmm... I never did get a tattoo and I am certainly too old to do it now. Or at least that is my excuse today. Really I could just never commit to the life long devotion of a tattoo. And I have way too many body issues to ever be comfortable decorating my body with art. My brother on the other hand has 9 tattos.

Jed ... how about you??


Oh, and I know we really shouldn't bring threads back like this, but I have a question for Kern. (If you are still looking at this thread) You have reviewed so many different types of music. I am REALLY into the Amero-Euro-French Acid Jazz scene right now. I really like St. Germain and Koop. (Playing St Germain now)

Et tous?

Damfino said...

No tatoos for me... similar to what you said - I would never be able to nail down one image or thought that I would stick with for the rest of my life!

Deit Heimley said...

I would have to have a tattoo that I could rearrange at times when I got bored. Or something that I could move to different parts of my body. I mean I can think of some art that I like so much I could look at it for the rest of my life, but even then I wouldn't want that one thing in the same shoulder or wherever forever.

Kern said...

Yeah, sorry about that. I was going to put the pics up over at my blog, but since Urnotme was already on here last night, I thought it would just be easier. Plus, I thought it would make for some potentially interesting conversational fodder for the morning.

Deit: I am a fan of both St. Germain and Koop. I have records by both of them on vinyl as a matter of fact. I would tend to say that I enjoy Koop a little more, only because St. Germain feels a little more house music to me. I'm not really a big deep house person myself, but there was something about St. Germain I liked a lot. Also, there is a French trumpet player named Erik Truffaz who is on Blue Note France. He's kind of doing some left field new school type jazz.

Acid jazz is such an interesting genre title, because I think it's been sort of used as a giant umbrella to describe so many different things. A lot of times in my past I have seen people refer to electronic music with a jazzy bent as acid jazz, so in my mind, I have a tendency to have a hard time dissociating the two things. I may actually cover some stuff like that in upcoming reviews.

I also meant to ask if you ever listen to any of the Italian bossa stuff from Nicola Conte and Schema records?

Kern said...

Also, it's interesting that you mentioned not getting a tat partially because of body issues. That's actually one of the reasons I wanted some.

Deit Heimley said...

AW... vinyl ... so old school.

I totally catch your vibe on the St Germain/Koop bents. They are so close in sound (or so not like anything you hear on American radio), but so different in the way they approach their sound. I fall on the other side of this small divide. I like the house music sound much better. In fact a follow up question was going to be your views on the whole French house music scene and if we will ever see that bleed in to the American Pop sound. I mean American Pop has stolen every other interesting sound in the last half century.

Italian Bosso ... no. I have heard a smidge on compelation disks I have come accross or something I have downloaded from the internet. Bosso is sort a bit too happy music for me. Maybe it's the upbeat, I am not nearly as good at expressing music textures as you are.

Aside from Acid Jazz (which I agree is very overused) I have been listening to some Syrian Trance music. It comes from the tradition of spiritual music in the region, but they put this electronic sound underneath it, and something happens. I am told that many of the songs are subtle protests of the syrian government. The same sort of sound is also coming out of Eygpt too, but I like the syrian sound a bit better.

The internet has sort of been my guide to finding these gems. It is such a wonderful tool.

Deit Heimley said...

Again, the tattoo is us approaching the same issue from different directions (read above post). I imagine that you see the tattoo as deflecting attention away from your body image issue. (you may not look like a cover model with your shirt off, but nobody cares if they have an interesting tattoo to look at)

I on the other hand would feel more insecure with a tattoo.

Then again, I once had a body I liked, but I lost that in the excesses of my college years.

Kern said...

Interesting stuff, Deit. One person just came to mind, and I don't know why the hell I didn't think of him earlier, but DJ Cam is awesome. French DJ, very blunted jazz beats and such. Sounds like it would be your cup of tea, if you haven't already heard it. Also, there are a lot of great things to listen to on the German label Compost. In fact, you probably knew that, since Koop is on Compost, or at least JCR, which is an imprint of said label.

Fauna Flash is pretty good, as is Jazzanova, and though I don't know them very well, there is also Kyoto Jazz Massive. I think that's the name. There's also some great stuff on Ninja Tune records. Herbalizer, DJ Food, Cinematic Orchestra, etc.

Interestingly, I really wanted to find Jed a copy of the Cinematic Orchestra album called Man With A Movie Camera, as I believe it was actually a silent Russian documentary? Jed, can you confirm that? Anyway, Cinematic Orchestra watched the film and basically composed a soundtrack that is supposed to sync up with the film Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz style. I believe they actually released a DVD where it's the film in its entirety with their music overlayed on top. There are definitely some interesting things out there to be sure.

Did you check out the new review at Listen! Listen, etc.? It's about David Axelrod. I think it's one of my best reviews to date. And to answer a lingering question from earlier in the week, my last art project was a mix of digital photo, and lots of work in Photoshop.

krysta jo said...

Good morning bloggers.

Kern said...

Hey KJ. I take it you saw my ink?

Deit Heimley said...

Hmmmm. No, I am surprised that I do not know DJ Cam because I do know Flaunaflash and Jazzanova. I will have to look for him. Your decription sounds very nice.

And yes, I did read your review. I never got into Axelrod, but your review is so amazing I will have to look up the CD.

And if it sounds like I am giving you a blank stare when you mention labels its because I never ever pay attention to labels. But I never pay atrention to publishers or producers. I really only pay attention to the artist. So when you mention a label that is doing some great stuff, I trust you, but I have no idea what you are talking about. And I realize that in the genre of "unconventional" music, labels are important.

Though I wonder if we will get kicked out of the blog if we keep talking about euro-house and Jazz and throw in some commntary on silent russian documentaries.

So... does anyone have anything interesting to say about poop?!

Kern said...

I haven't pooped this morning, but as a rule I love it. It's so cathartic.

By the way Deit, if you want to continue discussions about Euro music, my e-mail is Alexx9811@hotmail.com.

krysta jo said...

Yes....saw the tatts....nice...I cringe at the thought of more pain though. I nearly passed out during mine so there will be no more inking on my body.

Kern said...

Really? I didn't think they hurt that bad, though I suppose it depends where you get them. Bwah ha ha...

Deit Heimley said...

I don't think I saw a picture of yours. Shouldn't we all be showing pictures of our tattoos?

Let's turn this bolg into one long display of various tattos. That could be fun.

Kern said...

Speaking of poop, does anyone besides Grandmothers use the term BM? It's weird because someone I know also uses the term Commode when talking about toilets. Cracks me up everytime.

Kern said...

I think if this became tat central, Jed would kill me.

I think I've used up my attention whoring quota on the Damfinoblog for the week.

Kern said...

I have to go downstairs to work on a project. I'll be back sporadically throughout the day.

the Kern is gone, daddy, gone

krysta jo said...

My tattoo is on a "need to know" basis only and shown only in person...that makes it "special."

Note the use of extraneous "quotation marks" -- I am feeling really "quoty" today.

Damfino said...

Kern - attention whoring quota is never reached when skin showing is involved.

I prefer the use of BM as opposed to poop.

I am completely messed up by American Psycho... making me edgy and more insane.

It is not ok to whip girls with coathangers!
It is not ok to whip girls with coathangers!
It is not ok to whip girls with coathangers!
It is not ok to whip girls with coathangers!
It is not ok to whip girls with coathangers!
It is not ok to whip girls with coathangers!

Deit Heimley said...

I may use the term BM, but only when a kid is around, and I can't think of another decent way to say it. But not like "Hey, johnny, do you feel like having a BM?" But more like, "Well, johnny did have a BM in his pants one time while we at the park, why do you ask?"

So let me put out a general call for tattoo pictures from Damfinoblog readers. Please, post your tattoo photos here for critique and comment. Perhaps we could begin a tattoo review to replace the music review that has since moved over to Kern's site!!!

Damfino said...

I am in desperate need of a massive - obscene - belt buckle for next week. In fact, at this moment, I am depending on KJ for boots.

Josh has his... Greg has his... I am slacking!

Damfino said...

The more I look at his images - the more I think Kern is actually a porn star!

Why must he be so ashamed of his work? And how hott is that couch back there!!!

krysta jo said...

I am working on your boots but it is likely going to take some serious kissing up to Dan in order to secure them. But...that can be arranged.

Stop by Becky's cubicle and quiz her about a buckle. There may be one laying around their house.

Still stopping by around 2:45-3ish. Are you down with that?

Damfino said...

Yo

krysta jo said...

I'll take that as a yes.

Kern said...

Alright, Jed got me. I am indeed a porn star. That is the upside.

The downside is that every show is a monologue. Sometimes it's a haiku, sometimes it's the Declaration of Independence. It all depends on the evening.

Kern said...

I joked with my friends here the other day that I was actually in consideration for the lead role in The 40 Year Old Virgin 2: The Next Generation, which will be released in 2018.

Maybe a different subtitle, however. Like The 40 Year Old Virgin 2: Celibate Harder or The 40 Year Old Virgin 2: The Pathetic-ing

I could see it...