Strikhedonia (n.) – Origin: Greek  – Definition: The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it!”

I did it on a whim, just for the hell of it.  There was no particular reason, rhyme, or directive.  I can’t say the devil made me do it, I was not goaded into action. I didn’t have to do it. It wasn’t right or wrong.  It wasn’t even to satisfy a whim.  It was there and I did it. No apologies. No regrets.  Now, it seems, I can’t stop.

“My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.”
― Johnny Depp

“Believe it or not, some of us have piercings and tattoos and dye our hair because we think it looks pretty, not for any deep sociological reason. This isn’t an act of protest against cultural or social repression. It’s not a grand, deliberately defiant gesture against capitalists or feminists or any other social group. It’s not even the fashion equivalent to sticking two fingers up at the world. The boring truth of it, Gabriel, is that I don’t dress like this to hurt my parents or draw attention to myself or make a statement. I just do it because I think it looks nice. Disappointed?”
― Alex Bel

Just do it:  Abigail; Brad; Dave; Manishasky; asantapied; savannah; akindheart; jojo; Michael; cat; Deb; 12raisins; jolens; nishabd; hobbo; Ray; Adrienne; Joana

Tatts like Street Art

“Ink to paper is thoughtful
Ink to flesh, hard-core.
If Shakespeare were a tattooist
We’d appreciate body art more.” 
― Terri Guillemets

Not a lot to say on this one.  I’m as fascinated with tattoos as I am with graffiti or street art. I may one day get a tattoo.. or not.. but I love looking at them and watching others get them. Lucky for me I found out by accident that the 4th Annual Nepal Tattoo Convention was going to be in town.  I might have even finally found that tattoo that I will have put on my body someplace.. or not..


Tattoos are like stories – they’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.

Though many photos are not as close-up as the theme intends, it was as close as I have been to this art form as I have ever been.

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“The human body is the best work of art.” 
― Jess C. Scott

Some of the other close-up themes I enjoyed.

  1. TT: Close up – Across the Bored
  2. Spring Macro | Canoe Communications
  3. Travel Theme: Close Up (Far Away) | The Quotidian Hudson
  4. Myopically | Le Drake Noir
  5. Don-Key! | Beyond the Brush Photography
  6. Weekly travel theme- Close-up (Tasmania) | pdjpix
  7. Trucks and Cranes | Monochrome
  8. Weekly Travel theme- Close-up Venice | pdjpix
  9. Close Encounters of the Animal Kind’ | anotherdayinparadise
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge – close up | Third Person Travel
  11. Travel Theme: Close-Up | Taking One Day At A Time
  12. Up Close with a Ghost | The Wanderlust Gene
  13. Weekly Travel Theme: Close-up « Leya
  14. Travel theme:Close up | So where’s the snow?
  15. Travel Theme: Close-Up | Tim Wolverson – Photography
  16. WPC (Spring) and Travel Theme (Close-Up) | alien shores
  17. Travel Theme : Close-up/Jarak Dekat | bambangpriantono
  18. Travel Theme: Close-up | Never Nothing Going On
  19. Closeness provides intimacy | Le Drake Noir
  20. Travel Theme: Close-Up | Shoot ‘N Go