Thursday, January 29, 2009

3-D tattoos

Too lazy today to actually write a post, but I DID find some nice pictures on line to share. Its Tuesday Toon day, but alas, a couple of days late, so it will have to be Thursday Toon day instead. TTFN.
I have a hard time believing that the above is even real. I HOPE that is just a painting. I may hope in vain however.

Airbrush I think.

As is the lizard. But body decoration is body decoration, paint or tattoo, makes no difference. These are way cool.

These last two are in my humble opinion, actual tattoos. The fella down below probably needed something to distract attention from the rest of his body. (oooh, thats cruel isn't it! But you were thinking it just the same.) On the other hand, his taste in artwork is superb.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Martial Arts Saturday

Featuring Shaolin Monks all the way from the world famous Shaolin Temple (China), the coming 2009 Martial Arts Gala is for sure a hot one. The Monks will be doing martial arts performances, including feats such as throwing needles through thick glass; break steel plates with heads and breaking various objects using their bodies.
In addition to the Monk’s demonstration, there are varies martial arts schools also performing wushu, kung-fu, ving tsun, taekwondo, karate, aikido, Chen’s taichi and medieval swords.
Additional entertainment includes tap dances, cultural dances, musical instrument performances and door prizes.
It is normally expensive to watch such an exciting Gala; however, this event ticket is very affordable. We acknowledge the support from the Government of Ontario & the Chinese Embassy to make this event possible.

January 24, 2009
Saturday 7pm

Kailash Mital Theatre
(Alumni A), Southam Hall,
Carleton University, Ottawa

$12 & $18
(100% SOLD)

This is where I will be on Saturday. More information here....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Active week

Lee ordering two more beaver tails at Pat Hooker's Beaver Tail kiosk on the Canal. I don't think Jennifer could work there...its pretty nippy.

Lee and Bex at the mile zero of the canal. Ah love, how strong thou art to make thee don skates and follow this man to frozen Canada. In the background, behind Lee's right shoulder is the Parliament buildings. Over his left shoulder is the old train station, now used as a conference centre.
On the other hand, hot maple syrup poured into the snow forms tasty taffee. So there ARE compensations.
Leon and I spent the the week building Susanna's armour. This is about one third my work and two third Leon's work.
While Leon was happily bashing steel, I worked at polishing the bayonettes. Unfortunately they were needed this week for a funeral...aaannnnddd...they were not ready. Ah well. We do what can.
There is a surprisingly large amount of work involved in preparing a metal piece for plating. The bayonettes are pretty rough, general issue stamped out pieces that need a LOT of work to take off the rough edges. You don't see the blades, so I just wrapped the blade in black duct tape to protect my hands. They will not be plated or prepared in any way.
More on my shop activities on my armouring blog

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday toons, belated...

A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus. She noticedthe man opposite her was smiling at her. She immediately moved toanother seat. This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again. The man seemed more amused. When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing, she complained to the driver and he had theman arrested.
The case came up in court.The judge asked the man (about 20 years old) what he had to say for himself.The man replied, 'Well your Honor, it was like this, when the lady got on the bus, I couldn't help but notice her condition. She sat down under a sign that said, 'The Double Mint Twins are coming' and I grinned.Then she moved and sat under a sign that said, 'Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling,' and I had to smile. Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said, 'William's Big Stick Did the Trick,' and I could hardly contain myself. But, Your Honor, when She moved the fourthtime and sat under a sign that said, 'Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this accident'... I just lost it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Friends visiting.

click on the images to enlarge. Rebecca in front of a pile of snow.
Leon and Rebecca purchasing skates.

Canadian sporting activities

And leisure activities

Rebecca and Mya.

Friday, January 09, 2009


These icicles were just so pretty glinting in the sun. I watched them form from little stubs in the morning, to this, about halfway through the day, to about half again as long come the dusk.

Beauty is where you find it

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Dreaded East Wind

Ahh, the weather. One would think I would get tired of talking about weather. Half a foot of snow last night, results in knee high drifts. It was the dreaded East Wind this time. Normally the wind is from the west, but occasionally, a tendril of low pressure hammers up into Canada causing the usual frigid Canadian airflow to hook around in behind and freeze the humid southern breeze. The result is a horizontal blast of tiny snowflakes which packs into the engine compartments of cars and drives up under soffits where it will melt when the sun comes out. The East Wind is a beast that gusts and knocks trees over, lifts shingles and drifts snow. The East Wind is a fighter though, mean, nasty and quick...a welterweight that comes in, strikes, and slides back out of reach. It never lasts long, and always eventually gives up fighting against the mild mannered but bone chilling North West Wind. Last night, I brushed off the outdoor hot tub and luxuriated in the steam as the two great fighters stopped to catch their breath. The moon actually came out for a brief apperance, and like the high heeled honey holding the sign announcing the next round in a boxing match, didn't stay nearly long enough. Second round came in about one in the morning, leaving only an inch of snow, and the match to the west wind.

So today will be hours of hammering steel, interspersed with hours of shifting snow.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The holidays slowed me down a bit....but I made the above armour anyway. The whole story is on my armouring blog...