From what I know hopefully I can shed some more light on it, I’ve always been very interested in every aspect of my craft, not just the art and have explained this to my clients plenty of times.
All tattoos fade, over time sunlight can bleach out color (like if you’ve ever left an image/art taped to a window) or your body might naturally metabolize certain parts of the pigment - pigment has come a far way over the years but it’s still got a lot of different recipes and techniques claiming to be the “best” and none can claim perfection.
While some inks can completely disappear in your skin (I’ve got a certain shade between yellow/orange that just dropped out of a tattoo on my arm) real black tattoo ink never will. Even with EXTREME fading, you can still see a tattoo that used to be black. (old timey ink turns that classic blue)
~*therefore*~ A tattoo that doesn’t have a black outline (like a watercolor tattoo, or white ink) is going to fade just like any other color tattoo - but it won’t have that black to fall back on. It won’t be a faded yellow tulip, it will be a faded blob. Some tattooers make it sound like if you don’t have a black outline the tattoo will spread or somehow move throughout your skin. No. It will just be much harder for someone to discern the image.
Always remember pigment heals under your skin - so white, really light blue, and light shades of yellow are all going to be affected by your skin tone. White is barely visible when it actually heals.
Knowing this makes everything else simple.
Watercolor tattoos can be as bold and bright as any others, be sure you find an artist that is really comfortable and confident with their color work. The pigment needs to be packed in really well without overworking the skin, and the contrast needs to be high enough to make up for the fact you don’t have an outline. (A great example is the color portrait work of Nikko Hurtado - his tattoos are not lacking anything sans outline)
The rest is up to you
Follow your artist’s aftercare instructions closely, heal your tattoo as well as you can - there’s NO reason not to. Don’t go off on your own thing, they’re the one that has to back it if it doesn’t heal right.
Wear sun protection - if you only had one tshirt to wear the rest of your life you would take damn good care of it. Wear strong sun screen on your color tattoos to prevent fading (I’ve even worn it in tanning beds and it doesn’t leave a weird border, I promise.) and don’t leave your tattoo in direct sunlight more than you need to. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sunlight, just be conscious of it.
Some pigments fade faster than others, but with care your tattoo should stay beautiful for a long time, and as a last resort you can always touch up an old tattoo that doesn’t have enough impact anymore.
Gender posters 1/2
i —— foreword
Fairly recently I realized that a lot of writers and US citizens alike don’t really know and fully understand their rights when being arrested/interrogated. This is mostly a writing guide but if you’re a US citizen this stuff is just useful to know. Basically, the police won’t tell you most of your rights aside from what you know — but they don’t even explain those. I hope this helps.
ii —— being arrested
If you are not served with a warrant, the police can not arrest you. They can say they have one, but unless they show it to you, you don’t have to cooperate with them. Upon being arrested, you will be read your rights.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say
or do can be held against you in the court of law. You
have the right to an attorney, if you can not afford one
you will be provided one without any cost to you.”
Every so often the police officers fail to say this to the suspect before the questioning session and usually that results in negative consequences for the officers involved. What they don’t tell you is that you are allowed to have an attorney present before and during your questioning. They also don’t tell you that what you don’t say and do can be held against you. An example of this is, say you’re being accused of murder. If you sit there expressionless and stoic while they’re telling you that you killed your mother its gonna seem suspicious and they can use that in their favor. Now, in that same respect if you sit there sweating and vehemently denying it — they can use that against you as well.
Alright, they also don’t tell you that you can accidentally forfeit your ‘right to remain silent’ (fifth amendment right). If you say “I didn’t kill my mother.” you just gave up your right to remain silent. They will likely try to provoke you to say something like this that will make you give up this right. That’s why you want a lawyer present during and before your questioning.
iii —— interrogation techniques
There are a lot so I’ll only be outlining a few major things. Additionally, this guide is only applicable to lawful interrogations of arrested individuals that are US citizens and do not fall under the “terrorist" category, because military interrogations are quite a bit different. I might touch on that later.
The room is set up strategically. In almost every interrogation room, there is a table, two chairs, and a mirror/one way glass. The suspect sits on one side of the table, a police officer on the other, and the interrogator stands. The sitting police officer serves to corroborate and support the other police officer, or participate in the good cop/bad cop facade. The one sitting will usually pretend to be more friendly and try to feed you the age old lie “if you just tell the truth it won’t be as bad”.
The sitting cop will also look for microexpressions and pay attention to body language while the standing cop will generally pace around and give off aggressive vibes to intimidate you, the suspect.
On rare occasions, you can be questioned without being served a warrant. During these times, you have not been read your rights most likely and you do not have to cooperate. Sometimes its in your best interest, other times its not. Either way you don’t have to stay. On other occasions they are allowed to detain you for up to 12 hours but that is exceptionally rare.
The police officers questioning you will try to make you trip up on your own story. They do this mainly by trying to speed up the process so you have less time to think and process — the aggressive body language comes into play here. If you feel threatened you’re more likely to stutter and stumble around than if you have a clear mind.
If they’re having a difficult time getting you to start talking, they’ll ask you harmless questions — questions usually about your family members, your birthday, etc. These are always things they know already but it gets the metaphorical ball rolling. Along with that, they can establish a baseline of what your body language is when you’re telling the truth so they know when you’re lying.
iv —— "enhanced interrogation" techniques
As far as the less lawful interrogations go, just keep in mind that all pain would have to start at a minimal level and incrementally increase in intensity to be effective. You also have to factor in disorientation due to pain and possibly blood loss. At a certain point in time, your subject will realize they are going to die and there is no going back and they will stop caring. If they think it could possibly stop, you can get information out of them. There always has to be the possibility of getting out of it alive. Or you could also kidnap someone close to them and hurt them in front of your subject if that works.
The most commonly known about method is waterboarding, but its not the most widely used. The mechanics are basic, actually. Some sort of material is wrapped over the subject’s head — like a thick canvas material, or plastic — and water is poured over it. Essentially they feel like their drowning but you are just asphyxiating them. Its more mental torture than anything else.
Sometimes hypothermia is used, and that is basically just taking the subject’s clothing and putting them in a room about 50* F. Then every couple of minutes the subject is doused in cold water.
A very common technique is to shake the subject and that is fairly self explanatory, I believe. Not enough to hurt them, just enough to instill fear that you will. An open handed slap to the face or abdomen is also used. Punching is usually not employed by the government because it harms the prisoner, but if you’re talking about another country or a rogue operative, maybe a drug dealer — who knows.
Sometimes it is as simple as making the subject stand in one place in the same position for hours. It causes intense strain on the muscles and is usually quite effective.
v —— end thoughts
I could have gotten a lot more in depth on a lot of this but I felt I covered it enough to give a general idea. I do hope this helps people write these sort of things more accurately, or maybe even if they get into a scuttle with law enforcement (which I hope does not happen). If you have any questions, comments, or anything additional that I should add, don’t hesitate to contact me.
OK, posting BEFORE I post last nights. Here’s some prompts from my saved lists - take your pick and feel free to throw them back at me :)
- How do people greet each other? Is there a difference between friends, relatives, and strangers?
- What are some topics considered inappropriate to speak of in public?
- Are there certain groups that are automatically included or excluded from being treated politely?
- What is the status of the arts? Are artists revered, scorned, or are certain types of artists more accepted than others?
- What subjects are considered appropriate or inappropriate for content? Is it discouraged to paint or sculpt certain things, like a nude figure or religious idol, or to perform certain types of stories?
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Plot twists are my favorite part of any good book. Not all the books I read have plot twists, but I still read books with the anticipation that there might be one. They’re just filled with so much tension, and completely flip everything upside down, changing your…
Potentially unpopular opinion: Don’t. I really hate when writers do this.
What you are describing (creating characters for the sole purpose of killing them off and making us sad) may not technically point-for-point count as fridging, but I argue that this is a lesser version of it—”mini-fridging,” if you will. Killing characters who serve no story function other than to die and make the reader feel sad is a cheap, lazy way to make a point—that the setting is heartless and cruel, that the monster or villain is dangerous, that anyone can die, what have you—without having to lose anyone important or find a more creative way to demonstrate it. These characters are little more than padding for the story, to keep the main cast intact while still attempting to make the readers cry.
Death is a fact of life (heh), and some stories need death in order to work. However, if you are throwing up completely expendable characters just to kill them off, I think you have some serious story overhaul to do. Creating a character just to kill them off does readers injustice in relying on character death to illustrate a feature of the story instead of thinking outside the box (coffin) and finding something new.
Short answer: If you are going to make minor characters, make minor characters, not cardboard people with faces drawn on. I know I will mourn a properly developed minor character more than I will a character who had no stake or say in the story to begin with.
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My favorite source was Roman Warfare (Smithsonian History of Warfare) by Adrian Goldsworthy. I would do another one of my PowerPoints on Roman tactics, but I doubt that’s in high demand.
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THIS IS WHAT HEARING THROUGH A COCHLEAR IMPLANT SOUNDS LIKE
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that can help people hear.
The phrase you are hearing is “what kind of bait do you use to catch salmon?” and you are hearing this through different channels. It’s channel 4, 8, 12, 20 and the last phrase is normal speech.
The channel number refers to the number of stimulation sites within the ear.
You can watch the original video here
Some channels sound like they are straight out of a horror movie right? But just to be safe, I’m not implying that cochlear implants are a bad piece of technology. It’s amazing that they provide some sort of hearing to those who otherwise could not hear at all, but as you can see there’s definitly some room for improvement!
GUIDE ON HOW TO PLAY A MALE STRIPPER/EXOTIC DANCER as requested by tinchorps
A verbal one. People use it for drama and comedy, but it’s rarely dramatic or funny anymore.
The problem is when authors go crazy with the mirror descriptions. If you’re just using one sentence, I think you’ll be OK.
Pansexual does not mean promiscuous. Her sexuality alone will not dictate her sexual behavior. However, if she is promiscuous, that is her choice and you should not use your work to shame it. I imagine she’d be really annoyed if someone called her promiscuous because they’re judging her and stereotyping her.
Any sharp blade could make that mark. If the blade is large or thick (eg broadsword or bowie knife) then it must graze the skin. Scars on light colored skin are usually pale or pinkish, and scars on darker skin are a few shades lighter than their skin color. I assume your character has lighter skin if it’s red. And a lot of characters have the same scars. You can’t copyright that.