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October 2008
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corvi [userpic]

These are the kanji I inked on gement at the NYE party.

Here's a very quick scribble of it so it's easier to see. gement, if you ever want to use this for anyting, please ask me to redo it.

gement asked me to find a kanji (or two) for the concept of 'balance'. There are, it turns out, about eight million of them. There's a single character derived from scales, with financial/trade overtones, and a whole bunch of multicharacter words. Also appealing were a couple of words that mean both 'balance' and 'health', but I didn't like them much, aesthetically - the infamous cooked-vegetables radical put in an appearance. Blech. Tempermental artist much, me?

This is chushin, yet another word meaning balance, core or center. But the reason I picked this one is that it also means "pivot" - the center of action, of motion, the stillness from which all motion proceeds. And that rung true to me - it felt like what gement wanted to commemorate. On the left is chu, a simple diagram for "center" - supposed to have once been an arrow piercing the center of a target. On the right is shin- heart/feelings/spirit, from a stylized sketch of a heart. Heart-centered. The stillness from which motion proceeds.

Incidentally, I hate shin as a character. It only looks right to me flattened (like it does in the actual tattoo I did on her) into a radical, and I repainted it many times tonight before giving up. Ah well.


That looks like Marilee. (How strange to try to identify someone from a photo of her neck...)


Hi, Sara! It's been a while!

Hi Marilee!

I thought it was you! Your listing 'unattainables' as an interest was another clue. How are things?

Re: Yipe!

Oh, good. I was worried I was going to have to start screening comments to protect RL identities. I'm never sure who's paranoid and who isn't, and this isn't a locked post.

Apparently you have a distinctive neck. This amuses me. :)

Re: Yipe!

Whoops. Sorry to not have been more sensitive to this possibility. I'll be more careful in the future.

Re: Yipe!

No harm done, and it's great to be seeing more of you around lj. I was worried you weren't going to post anything - you were pretty quiet for a while.

Re: Yipe!

I usually ask people not to mention my RL name in posts, but if someone stalks me from a comment in corivax's unindexed journal, I admire their dedication, so no big. :)

It's good to see you, Sara. I'm still home in Clarkston, and unemployed since I quit my job, since I haven't sent out any resumes yet. Cause, effect, zog zog zog.

I'm learning the guitar and the dumbek (drum to accompany belly dancing).

Thanks for posting the picture so I could snag it. And thanks again for the ink in the first place.


There is another image, and both are originally much larger. I can get you copies if you like.


Yes, please. E-mail me a URL and I'll pick them up.