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Coffee & Nib-bles / Hilarious Ink Spill Question
« on: July 27, 2019, 12:44:53 AM »
I just wanted to share about my terrible no good very bad ink spill, which I feel this forum can empathize with.

Today I managed to spill most of a bottle of Iroshizuku take-sumi ink on my relatively new clothes and onto a relatively new wool area rug, simultaneously ruining three not cheap things.  The ink stain on the rug is several orders of magnitude more horrifying, of course, but my spouse has offered me no recriminations at all.  And thanks to this forum, I had some guidance to removing the worst of it.

"Yes, yes," you're saying, "K, we have all spilled a bunch of ink on ourselves and ruined things! It's not so bad!  You can replace ink & clean the clothes & rug."  And I agree that it is not the end of the world... (although it is probably why I can't have nice things, and I definitely can't afford to buy another rug)

BUT the hilarious part is that while scrambling to clean things up, I managed to stab myself with an ink-covered G-nib that I had been using to fine tune some work, so now I have a TINY TATTOO.  I have bathed, and scrubbed, and gotten all the other ink off of my legs, feet, arms, hands, etc (not the clothes or the rug, alas).  But the dot seems to be permanently and clearly dotted under my skin.

So Serious Question: Has anyone else ever accidentally stabbed themselves with a pointed nib and inadvertently given themselves a tiny tattoo?  Truly, I have been doing calligraphy for a long time, and spilled a lot of ink, but I have never tattooed myself before.  Is this common, and I've just been lucky until now?  And follow up question: Has anyone gotten rid of a self-inflicted accidental tattoo?  Any advice on this?

I guess I should be glad that it was black ink and not some other color, so it only looks like a tiny, very precise mole, and not like I changed my mind about body art at an awkward juncture.  And at least the project I was working on came through unscathed, so maybe it wasn't so bad after all.

--thank you for any tattoo removal advice, K

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / The Ramseyer Collection
« on: July 12, 2019, 04:37:56 PM »
The university library asked me to make a sign for a new display case showcasing rare books from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.  It contains over 2000 religious texts from the 1230s to the 20th century, in hundreds of languages, including several varieties of Braille.  A first edition KJV, a very rare 4th edition Great Bible, manuscripts of the Koran and the Torah from the 13th and 14th centuries, and facsimiles of both the Gutenberg and the Saint John's Bible!  I get to bring students in to use the collection and curate displays, but the old title sign for the displays was just a piece of paper printed with plain san serif letters taped to the case!

Show & Tell / Happy 200th Birthday Walt Whitman
« on: May 31, 2019, 03:35:40 AM »
Walt Whitman was born on 31 May 1819. So I copied some of his short poems to celebrate. Happy Birthday, WW!

Also - this is my first post!  I just joined in April(?) - I hope I'm doing this right.

Introductions / Hello from Minnesota
« on: April 19, 2019, 02:38:56 AM »
Hello and thank you for having me in the forum. I'm a bit shy, so it's taken me a while to join, but I'm looking forward to being a part of it. --sincerely, K

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