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How to Draw Literary Cartoons – The New Yorker02.04.21

In a recent interview with the New York Public Library, Amy Kurzweil described her cartoons as studies in erudite silliness. Well, Kurzweil is certainly eruditejust check out those pencil-nub earrings (Blackwings, no less, favored by the likes of John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Stephen Sondheim, Vladimir Nabokov, and Amy Kurzweil). Also, delightfully sillyjust look at her earrings. Theyre pencils! Who better, then, than this fiction-M.F.A.-holding artist to offer a tutorial on drawing hilarious cartoons about characters from literature and about the literarily minded. It can be a dangerous endeavorpeople dont always love to see how you think Mr. Darcy looks. (Colin Firth or bust!) Others, including a seriously un-silly woman Kurzweil once encountered, may publicly accuse you of stealing Maurice Sendaks Wild Things and demand that you be ashamed. Luckily, Kurzweil has suggestions for handling that, too.

Emma Allen, New Yorker cartoon editor

Do you draw with your left or right hand?

Right.

What art do you have hanging on your studio walls/above your drawing desk?

A wood painting of Borges that a friend made for me that cracked and I glued back together. Then a million of my own cartoons tacked up with string, because Im too lazy to put any of them away in my labyrinthine cartoon-filing system.

Do you snack while you draw? If so, on what?

I dont snack while drawing. Should I be snacking? Surely Id get potato-chip grease on the pages.

Do you listen to music or podcasts while you draw? If so, specify.

While I sketch, I sit in silence, like a weirdo. Music tends to make me want to dance, which can be distracting. When inking, I like listening to podcasts: I really like personal-story shows like Heavyweight and anything from Mermaid Palace.

What object or setting do you absolutely hate drawing?

I dont like drawing straight lines! I prefer fleshy things like, people and animals. The worst things to draw are phones, especially if people are holding them with their hands, as they always are.

Whats your favorite New Yorker cartoon trope or clich (e.g., desert island, grim reaper, Rapunzel tower)?

Ill go with the Moby Dick trope, because whales are easy to draw, and I like a good metaphor for the unattainable.

If you could have dinner with one cartoonist, living or dead, tonight, who would it be?

Is this, like... Are you arranging a thing? Can you see if Roz Chast is available? Also Chris Ware?

What would you serve?

I have to cook?!

What was your favorite cartoon (strip or animation) as a kid?

I loved Life in Hell, by Matt Groening, and Bill Wattersons Calvin and Hobbes, of course.

What did you spend your first New Yorker cartoon-sale check on?

Rent!

If you had to get a tattoo (or new tattoo) right now, what would you get?

Me? A tattoo? Who am I, a cool person? I dont like pain.

Dogs or cats?

Cats.

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Skin in the game: why getting a tattoo helped me achieve my goals – The Guardian01.05.21

There are few things I dread writing more than book proposals. What could be more anxiety-provoking than writing what is essentially a lengthy book report on something you havent written yet?

Last year, as I was slogging through a proposal for the memoir-in-essays Ive wanted to write for my entire career, I made a bargain with myself: get yourself a book deal, and you can mark the occasion with a new tattoo.

This June, I got the good news: Heliotrope wanted to publish my book. I was thrilled and I was itching to celebrate by getting inked. But at that time, tattoo parlors in New York were still closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This was just another of so many letdowns in a hellish year. Thanks to the spread of the coronavirus, Id already had to shutter the co-working space for writers Id proudly opened in 2017, a place where Id been incredibly productive, and where I could easily socialize and network with colleagues. The virus had also contributed to severe budget cuts at the literary website where Id been an editor for over five years; these and other factors led to my departure. Unable to safely and easily spend time with my family, friends, or colleagues, I found myself perpetually lonely and depressed.

Whats more, an overwhelming number of anxiety-provoking external factors the threat of the virus, escalating police brutality against Black Lives Matter protesters, a fraught election followed by false claims of fraud, and so much other bad news made it the hardest time to concentrate and write.

I yearned for the ritual of getting a tattoo and I had the perfect design in mind: a rudimentary typewriter that Ive been doodling in crayon for years. Ive used the image before as a logo for a writers group I ran in the early aughts; on the first iteration of my website; on stationery. Now I wanted to get it imprinted on my left forearm to commemorate signing, at the ripe old age of 55, the first contract for a book filled exclusively with my own writing (Id published anthologies before, but they were mostly filled with essays by others), and to help me commit to getting it done.

Theres something galvanizing about having images and words permanently scrawled into your flesh. It sends your mind the message, I mean business. Tattoos had helped me commit to my writing before. Id gotten my first one in 2012, on my right forearm, with a quotation Id come across on candles, journals, mugs and other inspirational doodads: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than it took to blossom.

I thought it had come from Anais Nin, but learned years later that it is actually the work of Elizabeth Appell, a poet who had worked at a college that specialized in continuing education in California. That line was from a poem she wrote in the 1970s called Risk, which she included on a flyer meant to encourage adults to go back to school.

Ultimately it didnt matter whose words they were. They spoke to me as a writer who had long stifled myself over fears of how people might react to my published thoughts and recollections. Id grown tired of making myself small, of hiding, of exerting most of my creative energy ghostwriting other peoples memoirs and proposals but avoiding my own. I was ready to risk blossoming. I needed to make it more official, with ink on my skin.

It worked. I began writing and publishing my own essays in a more brave and serious way than ever before. I also got right to work on two anthologies about loving and leaving and staying in New York. Each included an essay of my own, in the company of pieces by much more celebrated writers.

I got my second tattoo the week before my 50th birthday. Its a Japanese brush art rendering of cherry blossoms, blooming. That year, I published even more personal work, about things like making peace with my aversion to motherhood.

After signing my book contract this June, I was ready for the typewriter tattoo. New York tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen in July. But the continued spread of the virus gave me pause.

I got to work on my book, but struggled. Once again, Id taken on too much editing of other peoples stories to write my own. Finally, in November, I cleared my decks to commit more deeply to my essays. The urge to visit a tattoo parlor grew stronger. One afternoon, on a whim, I called Metamorphosis Tattoos, in Kingston, New York, where I live. Initially, the woman who answered said there were no open appointments until mid-January, but then she paused. Actually, we have a cancellation this afternoon, she said. How soon can you come in?

I asked about their adherence to Covid-19 protocols, and the woman assured me that they took the greatest precautions. Fifteen minutes later I was sitting in Tania the tattoo artists chair.

Tanias tattoo pen buzzing away, I grew elated. I was letting go of the self-abandonment that had kept me from writing my truth for over five decades. It gave me a thrill, and it gave me the sense of self-determination and self-assurance that I needed.

Since that day, Ive felt emboldened, writing more bravely and steadily than ever. Yes, its still hard trying to stay focused these days, when theres so much illness and fear and bad news. But Im making progress every day. When Im not writing, I cant stop staring at my lovely new ink.

Sari Botton is a writer, editor and teacher living in Kingston, New York. Her anthology, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving NY, will be reissued in April 2021 with seven new essays. Her memoir-in-essays, And You May Find Yourself, will be published by Heliotrope in 2022.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the stars of Broadway – DC Metro Theater Arts01.05.21

Though Times Square will be closed to crowds for New Years Eve and you wont be able to watch the iconic ball drop in person this year, you can still celebrate the arrival of 2021 in New York style, with a roster of Broadway stars, special events, and music videos on TV and online.

This year marks the 49th anniversary of Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve, New Yorks most popular New Years tradition (and the most watched nationwide), culminating in the annual dropping of the ball at midnight. Based in Times Square, the six-hour show, airing on ABC TV from 8 pm to 2 am EST, gives viewers a look at New Years celebrations throughout the country and around the globe, and shines a spotlight on performances of the years best in music. Ryan Seacrest returns for his sixteenth year as host, joined in Times Square by singer and screen star Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Lies) and stage and screen sensation Billy Porter.

Porter will reunite with Cyndi Lauper (who won Tony Awards for respectively starring in and composing the music and lyrics of the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots) for a live duet. The evening will also feature a headline performance by The Bronx native Jennifer Lopez, just before the countdown to the ball drop begins. To ensure the safety of the cast and crew, all guidelines set forth by national, state, and local health officials will continue to be followed and implemented during the production, along with additional safety measures instated by dick clark productions.

As part of the Times Square Alliances Times Square New Years Eve webcast, Broadway actress and singer Jennifer Snchez, most recently seen in The Rose Tattoo, will debut the new music video for her pandemic anthem Heartbeat live in Times Square at 6:30 pm. The original song, selected as a finalist and the Audience Choice Award winner in the TSAs livestreamed Songs for Our City songwriting competition in June, pays tribute to the New Yorkers whose lives have been lost and affected by the coronavirus and the resultant shutdowns, while sharing an empowering and uplifting message of resilience and solidarity.

The video, commissioned by the TSA, with videography and editing by Gregg Monteith, depicts scenes from Times Square and features real New Yorkers (including Jason Clark, Co-Owner of Hold Fast Kitchen and Spirits; Ruth Levy, a Nurse Practitioner at Mount Sinai Hospital and a first responder in one of the hospitals COVID wards; and Rob White, a Times Square Alliance Sanitation Maintenance Worker), who are continuing their work each day to keep NYC running. Directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Yani Marin, Jens heartfelt performance is complemented by Broadway dancers Angelica Beliard, Natalie Caruncho, Albert Guerzon, NaTonia Mont, Fredric Odgaard, Brett Sturgis, and Marin, along with musicians Mariana Ramirez on percussion, Danielle Andrade on bass, and Kevin Ramessar on guitar.

Jen told me that its been such a labor of love and such a gift to be able to work on this with these great people. For me, the miracle was that everyone the workers and the best of Broadway said yes, and showed up at the crack of dawn in Times Square to make the video. The generosity of everyone involved has been wonderful, and it made me feel less alone. The message of the song is a big thank you to everyone who keeps going and coming together in these strange pandemic times. Viewers are encouraged to donate to NYCNext, an organization working to help the city recover, rebuild, energize, and inspire others to act.

Performer and impresario Jim Caruso has been a steadfast virtual presence during the pandemic, with his weekly Pajama Cast Party on YouTube and, since April, the Radio Free Birdland pay-per-view virtual concert series. To celebrate the New Year, producers Ryan Paternite, who directs, and Jim Caruso, who hosts, have created The Best of Radio Free Birdland, a compilation of fifteen of the best clips from the shows first season, which has featured 40 of the finest Broadway, jazz, and cabaret performers, all filmed with three cameras and no audience on the Birdland stage on West 44th Street. Broadway performers on the New Years Eve special include Christina Bianco, Sierra Boggess, Reeve Carney, Nikki Renee Daniels, Aisha deHaas, Amanda Green, Telly Leung, Eva Noblezada, Laura Osnes, Kate Rockwell, Christopher Sieber, Billy Stritch, Paulo Szot, Max Von Essen, and Jessica Vosk.

The Best of Radio Free Birdland streams on Thursday, December 31, and will remain on demand through Sunday, January 3. Tickets (priced at $10) are available online. Proceeds raised will help to keep Birdland (founded in 1949) afloat during the COVID-19 closure.

These three selections to ring in the New Year in New York should keep you entertained without having to leave the safety and comfort of your own home. Happy New Year to all, and heres to a better 2021.

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California judge rejects tattoo artists’ bid to beat COVID-19 closures on ‘free speech’ grounds – New York Post12.28.20

Tattoos may indeed be free speech, but the publics safety is more important, a judge has ruled in a strange COVID-19 closures case.

A California judge this week rejected a lawsuit by a group of Southern California tattoo shops, which had hoped to stay open despite pandemic restrictions by arguing their work is protected under the First Amendment, according to the Los Angeles Times.

U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer nixed their claim, ruling instead that public safety trumps the shops First Amendment argument leaving the shop owners wondering how to stay afloat as COVID-19 cases in the state spike.

The shops can continue to plan and design tattoos, Fischer ruled. They just cant actually tattoo customers.

Plaintiff Glenn West, whose owns Palace Art Tattoo in Thousand Oaks, told the L.A. Times hed recently taken a trip to a crowded Target, and believes his own business was much safer.

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The Glasgow ‘society tattooist’ admired by Billy Connolly and the upper classes – Glasgow Times12.28.20

1 Pioneering tattoo artist Prince Vallar is one of Glasgows most intriguing characters from city life between the two World Wars. Born Patrick Henson in Ireland in 1888, the son of Stephen Henson, and Henrietta Rosine, he would later take the name Vallar from his grandfather John.

2 According to Terry Manton , who is researching Prince Vallars story, by 1911 he was calling himself a society tattooist, reflecting a fashion for tattoos among the upper classes. He visited his clients at home. To keep up his business, in September 1915 he visited Edinburgh and opened what would now be called a pop-up tattoo shop on Leith Walk.

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3 On May 27, 1912 at the age of 23, Prince Vallar left Glasgow for New York, with 100 (8,000 in todays money) in his pocket. Terrys research reveals that by December, he was back and working at Glasgow Zoo, a favourite location for visiting tattooists since 1892.

4 In 1935, he set up a tattoo parlour at 404 Argyle Street where he catered for sailors and members of the working classes. In her book, Billy, Pamela Stephenson reveals Billy Connolly used to stand outside Prince Vallars studio admiring the human body art, and longing for his own tattoo, although he never went through with it. Newspapers reported in 1936 that Prince Vallar has completed his 50,000th subject and that his longest tattoo had taken 36 hours, working in four hour shifts - a representation of the Garden of Eden on a mans chest.

READ MORE: Hidden heartbreak of Glasgow author Catherine Carswell

5 Prince Vallar tattooed in the Argyle Street parlour for 12 years up until his death in 1947 aged 59 years. Terry says: He had developed a unique style of tattooing that was instantly recognised worldwide. His fine, single needle, sketch-like designs with simple colouring were admired and copied by many. He had marked the skin of thousands of sailors, soldiers, merchant seamen and travellers from Russia to Hong Kong.

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Shutdown averted as Trump signs Covid bill, vows to push for $2G checks from Congress – Fox News12.28.20

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Trump signs Covid bill, averts shutdown, will continue to push for $2G checks from CongressFive days after calling the coronavirus bill a "disgrace," President Trump signed the massive $900 billionCOVID-19 relief and $1.4 trilliongovernment spending package Sunday night.

The president's decision to sign the package will avert a government shutdown, restoreunemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add additional funding to the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Programand invest in vaccine distribution, among other items in the bills.

Trump has also sent a "redlined version" of the bill to Congress, which includes an item by item breakdown and formal rescission request insisting that any "wasteful items" be removed from the bill.

"As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child," Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere on Sunday. "Much more money is coming. I will never give up my fight for the American people!"

On Tuesday, Trump slammed the $900 billion relief bill as a "disgrace" and claimed it has "almost nothing to do with COVID."

"Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it," Trump said.

However, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-NY, said that she and her committee's Democratic majority plan to reject the president's request. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

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Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner died in explosion: policeThe suspect behind the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville has been identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, authorities confirmed during a press conference Sunday.

Police said Warner owned the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville early Friday, and that he died in the blast.

Human tissue was found amongst the debris left behind by the explosion, and DNA examinations of tissue samples by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI were found to be consistent with Warner. In addition, the Tennessee Highway Patrol uncovered a vehicle identification number from the remains of the RV, which revealed it was registered to Warner.

Authorities said that, while they are still following leads, there is "no indication" that any other people were involved.

Police added that a motive for the bombing remains unknown and that officials are looking to speak with anyone familiar with Warners ideologies. Police are interviewing individuals identified to have been known by Warner and are still processing evidence from the scene. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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Fauci claims his earlier herd immunity numbers were 'guestimates,' settles on 75-80 percentDr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday dismissed accusations that he deliberately moved the goalposts on when the country would vaccinate enough people against COVID-19 to reach herd immunity, saying he was previously offering "guestimates."

Reported by some outlets as a "confession," Fauci told The New York Times: "When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, I can nudge this up a bit, so I went to 80,85."

In subsequent interviews, Fauci has focused on the other part of that Times report in which he compared COVID-19 to measles, saying at the time that "I'd bet my house that COVID isn't as contagious as measles."

Fauci appeared on Sunday mornings "State of the Union," reiterating to CNNs Dana Bash that he based his numbers on measles not polling.

"Measles is about 98% effective vaccine; the COVID-19 vaccine is about 94%," Fauci said.

"When you get below 90% of the population vaccinated with measles, you start seeing a breakthrough against the herd immunity, people starting to get infected, like we saw in upper New York State and in New York City, with the Orthodox Jewish group, when we had the measles outbreak."

"So I made a calculation that COVID-19 is not as nearly as transmissible as measles," Fauci added, stressing that measles is "the most transmissible" virus. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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Things only adults notice in Soul – Looper12.25.20

Once 22 has agreed to Joe's plan for her to earn her Earth pass, then give it to him, the two embark on a tour of the You Seminar, searching for 22's spark. Unfortunately, since finding a spark is easier said than done, 22 takes him to the Zone, the place that exists between the physical and spiritual. This, she explains, is where living humans go when they're so deeply into their activities that they literally transcend to a different plane. Joe recalls that he was in the Zone earlier that same day, right before he fell into the manhole, when he was auditioning for Dorothea Williams.

But when Joe assumes it's just musicians who get to enter the Zone, 22 quickly points out that anyone can enter under the right circumstances, including actors, tattoo artists, and basketball players. 22 enjoys disturbing people in the Zone, and takes particular pleasure in thwarting a basketball player right before he makes a basket, telling Joe, "I have been messing with this team for decades."

That team is the New York Knicks, as evidenced by a team logo that can be briefly glimpsed when the scene cuts to the player missing the basket in real time. Most kids probably won't make the connection to the NBA team's infamous losing streak, but adults will likely get a chuckle out of the implication that 22 has been the source of long-suffering Knicks fans' seemingly interminable woes.

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25 Best Tattoo Artists In New York – Tattoo Ideas, Artists …12.21.20

While talented tattoo artists hail from every corner and crevice of the globe, some of the best of the best work in New York City. New York is one of the major art capitals of the world and artists of every style create masterpieces within the city that never sleeps. Whether you're a fan of black-and-grey realism, micro tattoos or American Traditionalyou will find a high quality artist within these five boroughs. Take a look at our top 25 picks below and let us know if we missed one of your favorite tattooers from our list in the comments section on Facebook.

Realism tattooer, Yomico Moreno, frequently works at Paul Booth's Last Rites tattoo.

Originally from Turkey, Eva KRBDK creates some of the most incredible micro portraits in NYC.

Want a beautiful tiny tattoo? Hit up Trudy at Bang Bang.

Oscar Akermo may be born and raised in Sweden, however, he now calls New York home.

Ink Master winner Ryan Ashley creates stunning art at Inkology in Midtown.

Looking for an artist in NYC who specializes in color realism? Look no further than Ruben Barahona.

One of the most famous tattooers in the world, Megan Massacre, owns and operates Grit N Glory in Soho.

NYC's Joice Wang specializes in stunning flower tattoos.

Alisha Gory creates stunning goth ink at Grit N Glory.

Ink Master's Nikki Simpson is creating neotraditional masterpieces in NYC.

Poland's Marek Pawlik owns and works out of Inkology.

Black-and-grey realism tattooer TeeJ Poole now works primarily in NYC.

Seeking out a badass neotraditional artist? What about Krish Trece?

Mark Wade creates painterly pieces in Manhattan.

Sarah Herzdame splits her time tattooing between Berlin and Brooklyn.

Neotraditional and color illustrative artist Matt Truiano creates art at No Idols.

Pete Davidson enlists the artistry of Jon Mesa in NYC.

Keith "Dez" Hernandez has inked up more athletes than any other tattooer in New York.

Mr. K is one of the most recognizable faces in the world of micro tattooing.

Michelle Santana is creating a powerful reputation in the New York tattoo community.

American Traditional artist Bert Krak is one of NYC's finest.

Takashi Matsuba of Behind the Circle creates beautiful tebori tattoos in Brooklyn.

Becca Genn-Bacon crafts gorgeous art at Kings Avenue Tattoo.

Originally from New Zealand, Rose Hardy now works primarily at Kings Avenue Tattoo.

Lastly, Rods Jimenez is a black-and-grey badass working at Sacred Tattoo in Chinatown.

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There Are Crazy Cat Moms – and Then There’s the Type Who Gets a Paw-Print Tattoo – Yahoo Lifestyle12.21.20

Do you already think I'm crazy? You probably won't even give me the benefit of the doubt now that I've told you I have a tattoo of my cat's paw print. But maybe if you have a cat, or any pet for that matter, you'll hear me out. Trish the Tabby came into my life at a time when I was suffering from severe anxiety and debilitating panic attacks that disrupted entire days at a time. When my future husband adopted her as a surprise gift, plopping her in my lap on Christmas morning (I'm sure he was trying to think of anything that would distract me from my own all-consuming thoughts) we became inseparable. A little more than three years later, I was DMing Trudy Lines, who's an extremely talented artist at Bang Bang in New York City, begging her to ink Trish's paw print onto my arm.

I love tattoos, but tattoos are art, so everyone has their own opinion about what looks nice. Maybe for some people, paw prints are not tattoo material. Personally, I like to think long and hard before settling on a new design to add to my growing collection, and this one was a no-brainer for me - as well as the meaningful tattoos I've gotten for my sister.

"Why am I trying so hard to convince you that my relationship with my cat is solid enough to justify a permanent paw print on my arm? I know it is!"

I have a book called When You Love a Cat that I read often, and there's a line that reads, "When you love a cat, you speak a language of little sounds and gestures (It's a secret language, but you both know what it means)." Every time I read those words, I tear up. Because that's me and my cat, and probably you and your cat, too, if you're still reading this. Every time I turn around, Trish is right at my heels, sometimes clawing at them, but never hard, trying to get me to play with her. No matter what I'm doing; whatever project of the day I'm hyper-focused on, I always stop to give her my full attention - and I'm a Type A person, so that's saying a lot.

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But why am I trying so hard to convince you that my relationship with my cat is solid enough to justify a permanent paw print on my arm? I know it is! So when Trudy agreed to tattoo me, I took all the necessary precautions and booked an exclusive appointment with her. While I promise I'll dive into the details and share plenty of close-ups ahead, you may be wondering - just out of curiosity, or for a personal tattoo of your own down the line - how Trudy drew up such a realistic portrait of Trish's paw. You probably want to know how she matched each and every detail, every little line and marking, to my cat's actual paw pads.

So, I'm breaking it down and outlining the steps I took to make sure my tattoo wasn't just any old paw, but Trish's paw. Spoiler: you only need two things to start the process, and that's a scanner and a cat (or dog!) who is so damn loved, they don't even know what hit them.

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Here’s How Long & How Often Cats Are in Heat – Yahoo Lifestyle12.21.20

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Do you already think I'm crazy? You probably won't even give me the benefit of the doubt now that I've told you I have a tattoo of my cat's paw print. But maybe if you have a cat, or any pet for that matter, you'll hear me out. Trish the Tabby came into my life at a time when I was suffering from severe anxiety and debilitating panic attacks that disrupted entire days at a time. When my future husband adopted her as a surprise gift, plopping her in my lap on Christmas morning (I'm sure he was trying to think of anything that would distract me from my own all-consuming thoughts) we became inseparable. A little more than three years later, I was DMing Trudy Lines, who's an extremely talented artist at Bang Bang in New York City, begging her to ink Trish's paw print onto my arm. I love tattoos, but tattoos are art, so everyone has their own opinion about what looks nice. Maybe for some people, paw prints are not tattoo material. Personally, I like to think long and hard before settling on a new design to add to my growing collection, and this one was a no-brainer for me - as well as the meaningful tattoos I've gotten for my sister. "Why am I trying so hard to convince you that my relationship with my cat is solid enough to justify a permanent paw print on my arm? I know it is!" I have a book called When You Love a Cat that I read often, and there's a line that reads, "When you love a cat, you speak a language of little sounds and gestures (It's a secret language, but you both know what it means)." Every time I read those words, I tear up. Because that's me and my cat, and probably you and your cat, too, if you're still reading this. Every time I turn around, Trish is right at my heels, sometimes clawing at them, but never hard, trying to get me to play with her. No matter what I'm doing; whatever project of the day I'm hyper-focused on, I always stop to give her my full attention - and I'm a Type A person, so that's saying a lot. But why am I trying so hard to convince you that my relationship with my cat is solid enough to justify a permanent paw print on my arm? I know it is! So when Trudy agreed to tattoo me, I took all the necessary precautions and booked an exclusive appointment with her. While I promise I'll dive into the details and share plenty of close-ups ahead, you may be wondering - just out of curiosity, or for a personal tattoo of your own down the line - how Trudy drew up such a realistic portrait of Trish's paw. You probably want to know how she matched each and every detail, every little line and marking, to my cat's actual paw pads. So, I'm breaking it down and outlining the steps I took to make sure my tattoo wasn't just any old paw, but Trish's paw. Spoiler: you only need two things to start the process, and that's a scanner and a cat (or dog!) who is so damn loved, they don't even know what hit them. Related: 55 Tiny Animal Tattoos You'll Want to Get Done Right Now

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