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A new tattoo. Because who doesn’t need more tattoos?

I had to get a new tattoo. I just had to. Okay, maybe I didn’t necessarily need a new tattoo, but when you have a tattoo artist as a friend it’s kind of hard not to. Especially if he’s pretty awesome at what he does. Yes, he’s my friend. No, I don’t think he’s awesome just based on that. I’ve seen lots of his works and have already 3 tattoos designed by him. Most of all, I respect him as an artist. So I came to him with an idea and he created the design for a tattoo that only I have. Well, until someone finds it on the internet and copies the idea, that is. But at least I was the first one to have it. And hopefully they will ask their tattoo artist to add their own twist to it and it will be different.

Anyway, it’s a very simple tattoo, but it amazed me to watch Mauricio doing all the fine details in it. Doing the lines, the shading, the lighting, and all the tiny things in it. Pretty awesome. It was my first time being able to watch the tattoo being made, and I loved it!

Owl Tattoo by Mauricio Huber (Old Friends Tattoo)

Owl Tattoo by Mauricio Huber (Old Friends Tattoo)

My opinion: if you get a tattoo, ask the tattoo artist to make you something original, something that is you. I usually go to him with some examples of tattoos I like and throw my ideas at him. He then shows me his drawings for the tattoo and we discuss any (if necessary) adjustments.

P.S.: If you use the picture anywhere please include the tattoo artist’s name. Thank you.

 

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New Year Wish

I love new years. They are brand new notebooks full of blank pages just waiting for us. And we fill their pages with new stories, new dreams, and new mistakes. Yes, mistakes, lots of them. Because life is not life without some good mistakes along the way.

I remember once looking for quotes on the internet and stumbling into some really great ones written by Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman’s new year wish for 2005 (written in 2001):

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

For 2008 he added:

…I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be,  be wise, and that you will always be kind.

And for 2012 his wish was:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

I guess my New Year Wish for 2013 is very similar to the ones Gaiman made, only with my own twist:

May 2013 be full of magic, dreams, and lots of good madness – because nothing is complete without a touch of good madness in it. May we read great books full of wonderful stories to inspire us. May we make mistakes, lots of them, and may we also make art – any kind of it. May we write, draw, dance, sing, act, paint, create. May we never stop doing something we’re afraid of doing. May we live brand new adventuresMay we learn the magic of dancing in the middle of a supermarket. May we embarrass ourselves and live life to the fullest. And may we never forget to be furiously happy!!

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