A better shot and explanation of my new piece (the beginnings of a full sleeve project):
When I was 17, on the last day of my very first trip to Asia waiting to catch our flight home in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, I picked up a copy of a Lonely Planet for Myanmar (Burma), a country I had never even heard of at the time. Opening the book the first picture I saw was of Bagan. I had not ever considered the possibility that somewhere so sublimely beautiful existed on planet Earth and resolved that I would do whatever it took to get there the next year.
When I was 19 I got that opportunity to visit Myanmar along with quite a few other countries in Southeast Asia. At that time Cyclone Nargis had just recently ravaged the country and the military junta was still in control. There were far fewer tourists there than I am told there are today. Shit was scary; the people were incredible; I learned a lot.
On my third day in the Bagan region I made a trip to Mount Popa, the religious center of Nat (Spirit) worship, a pre-buddhist religion of the Burma. There I watched one of most epic sunsets I have ever seen in my life. I had always thought the iconic red sun as a merely symbolic and artistic representation, but the sun is truly that deep red out there.
On top of this mountain a monk was also watching the sunset. It had not occurred to me to try to speak to him as I assumed he didn’t speak English. However, the monk turned to me and said, “I hate sunsets.” “Why?” I asked. “They are stupid because they happen everyday.”
Friends I’ve told this story have suggested this monk was probably trolling me. They are probably right. Or maybe they aren’t? Not really sure.
Anyway, the thoughts and intentions that went into this piece could not have been realized without the vision and talent of Felipe Motta Schuler at Good Omen Tattoo. You absolutely rock man! I can’t wait to keep working with you to cover up the rest of the boring empty skin on my arm.