One small(personal) victory

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One small(personal) victory

Postby Et in Arcadia ego » Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:14 pm

So this guy comes in the tatoo shop this afternoon and wants to get a swastika covered up on his arm. He had half the money he needed for what he wanted, but I decided to do it anyways, because for me, anyone trying to break free from that kind of idealogy deserves any assistance that I can provide. That didn't stop me from messing with him a little, of course..I told him that I would recieve a great deal of satisfaction in covering his tattoo up due to the fact that I had 27 family relatives die in the Nazi camps. He looked at me sharply and asked me if I was going to gouge him on purpose and I just laughed and told him not to worry about it.<br><br>So we're sitting there doing the work, and talking about ourselves and all the rest of the crap. He went to prison and like so many others was drawn into the white brotherhood thing out of neccessity for protection/support, etc. He told me how messed up he was for years after getting out and having to live with the hate-shit they tried to infect him with, which he has finally overcome to his advantage. All in all, a pretty smart and experienced guy who came back from mistakes he'd made and sought to leave the nasty shit behind him. <br><br>He was VERY happy with what he recieved from me(a silhouette of the Marines symbol), and couldn't thank me enough. As I was bandaging him up, he started fiddling with a necklace he was wearing, finally removed something from it and handed it to me saying thanks again as he left. <br><br>This is what he gave me:<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.sickle666.com/images/nazi_coin.jpg" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--><br><br>All in all, an even trade that I'm completely satisfied with.<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--> <p>____________________<br>Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night.</p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby LilyPatToo » Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:59 pm

That's really a cool thing to have happen<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :eek --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/eek.gif ALT=":eek"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> I'd not really thought about that before--that not everyone joins those racist gangs out of complete agreement with their principles. I'm glad this guy had his head on straight...or, at least, eventually got it o straight. Thanks for posting about your experience.<br><br>LilyPat <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby Et in Arcadia ego » Sat Aug 12, 2006 8:05 pm

The thing about this that was so significant for me is that proportionally speaking in terms of my 17 year carreer as a tattoo artist, I've covered up maybe...two or three others.<br><br>That's it.<br><br>Sadly, instead of eliminating them, I've applied them. Many, <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>many</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--> times. And before people get up in arms about that, let me explain my logic behind doing it. The way I see it, if someone's in a state of mind where their hatred boils over to the point they're willing to externalize it on the skin, the least I can do is provide my services not so much to them as it is to the people <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>around</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--> them, so those individuals have a better idea of where this person's at ideologically speaking.<br><br>I consider those kinds of tasks a public service. <p>____________________<br>Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night.</p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby Pirx » Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:09 am

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>I consider those kinds of tasks a public service.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>I'd say you deserved that "medal".<br>Great story. I raise my glass .<br><br> I saw a piece yesterday about the number of tattoos removed in a west coast clinic, (about 10 a week) mostly asian characters translating to something like "naive white boy".<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby Et in Arcadia ego » Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:20 am

lol..<br><br>Caveat Emptor.<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_hihi.gif" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--><br><br>A very wise tattooer once said in an interview that everyone gets the tattoo they deserve. Didn't make much sense to me until I'd been working for a few years. Artists make mistakes same as everyone else.<br><br>But once in a while, they're not mistakes, eh?<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_naughty.gif" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--> <p>____________________<br>Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night.</p><i></i>
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A good deed never goes unanswered.

Postby xsic bastardx » Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:47 am

<br> Kudos Arcadia. <br><br> Your an artist eh?.......<br><br> I caught the Tattoo bug when I was 15, been going ever since. Not neraly done but I already wish I had more skin.<br><br> cheers. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: A good deed never goes unanswered.

Postby Et in Arcadia ego » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:27 am

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Your an artist eh?.......<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>A(very) small smattering of my work:<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=57127818&blogID=124295726&MyToken=252e48f1-9bc3-43ef-a12f-39bb0c02a8e1">blog.myspace.com/index.cf...bb0c02a8e1</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p>____________________<br>Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night.</p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=etinarcadiaego@rigorousintuition>et in Arcadia ego</A>  <IMG HEIGHT=10 WIDTH=10 SRC="http://www.sickle666.com/images/Arcadia.jpg" BORDER=0> at: 8/13/06 1:33 am<br></i>
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WTF...

Postby xsic bastardx » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:30 am

<br><br> So I hit that link and it takes me to MY blog on my myspace page?.......<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: WTF...

Postby Et in Arcadia ego » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:33 am

Neato..myspace is fux0red. I logged out of myspace and edited the link; try it again.<br><br> <p>____________________<br>Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night.</p><i></i>
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Re: WTF...

Postby xsic bastardx » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:42 am

<br><br> nice stuff. I also added you as a friend, my nick is xsicx13x. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby yesferatu » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:58 am

The coin as it was stamped seems to be same as this one pictured <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.joelscoins.com/wwii.htm">here</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br>....if you go down just a bit to a set of 7 coins under heading <br>"Nazi German Minor Coins", it is the first one on the left.<br><br>Good story!<br><br><br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby Sepka » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:54 pm

Congratulations!<br><br>-Sepka the Space Weasel <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby wintler » Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:58 am

Ahh, a happy story, thanks much, and kudo's. I agree with your public service' line, stupidity/evil is less dangerous in plain sight. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby AlanStrangis » Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:07 pm

Kudos!<br><br>Little things like this make a real difference.<br><br>If you don't mind the indulgence, I gotta share one of my own...<br><br>Back in the late 80's when I was still a punk by nature, a casual friend of mine (good friend of my room mate) was getting into the whole "skinhead" thing. He started talking Aryan nonsense and associating with a local skinhead "leader", and listening to White Power strains of punk.<br><br>This didn't sit well with either my or the room mate, so one night we convinced him to go see Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing".<br><br>The discussion afterwards was quite interesting, and about a month later he came by the house (with a cast on his arm) to thank us for taking him to see it. He found himself putting their rhetoric in the context of the movie, and challenging the views of his "new friends", which lead to the cast. That took a lot of courage on his part.<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: One small(personal) victory

Postby Joe Hillshoist » Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:39 pm

<!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.bmezine.com/news/people/A10101/manwoman/" target="top">swastika tattoos</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>These are by a guy (manwoman) who has tatta all over his body of sacred non Nazi swastikas.<br><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>In a dream, I saw Hitler preaching on a street corner. I tore the swastika off of his armband and gave it back to the people. Immediately Hitler shrank and everyone wondered why he had seemed so powerful before?<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr> Yes, I choked big time on it because I was a little boy during the war and some of my Polish relatives were in Auschwitz. They were going crazy because I was telling them that this hated swastika which had killed millions of people was a sacred symbol for God.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Jains make the sign of the swastika similar to the Christian sign of the cross. In the early part of the twentieth century Rudyard Kipling used the swastika as his coat-of-arms, Coca Cola made a swastika-shaped lucky watch fob, American pilots used it on their planes when they fought for the French in World War One, it was the symbol for the Ladies Home Journal sponsored Girls' Club and the Boy Scouts. A town in Ontario was named Swastika in 1911 because of a lucky gold strike.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><br>So I set about trying to design a swastika no one would hate-my greatest challenge as an artist! I came up with the Gentle Swastika design filled with doves of peace that I had tattooed on my back. It may surprise you to know that I have totally shed the negative associations of the swastika that I inherited as a child.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>We, the undersigned, declare the swastika to be innocent of the crimes perpetrated in its name under the Nazi banners. Five years of war cannot be allowed to wipe out five thousand years of sacred history. We declare that the swastika has an independent life. We say, "To hell with Hitler"<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>What a tripper...<br><br><br>Nice tatts on the myspace site Arcadia. <p></p><i></i>
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