For my encounter, I plan on going to a tattoo parlor. I chose this location because I’ll be getting matching tattoos with my sister and I also have a fear of needles.
Location: Body and Soul Tattoo in Jersey City, NJ.
Cost: Around $120
Ways I can document the encounter:
– Video of either myself of my sister getting the tattoo (Maybe a video of the whole procedure and then speeding it up?)
– Sound recording: the buzz of the tattoo machine, people in the shop
– Also if there were other people getting tattoos maybe I could talk to them and photograph them (With permission)
*Before doing any of the above I would ask the tattoo artist if it would be acceptable*
I feel like I was most prepared for this project. The research helped me understand the encounter better and made me realize exactly what I wanted to focus on. I ended up using an encounter between my mother and myself about my planned encounter. My mother only cared about my appearance in a wedding dress and how my tattoo might affect that. I used this for my studio project and designed a “tattooed bride”.
The final project consists of a scene in the life of Ruth Rae. The narration, seen on top of each panel, is a poem being recited by Ruth. She talks about evil and how it is everywhere, whether on the streets (where she is rescuing someone from a possible mugging), or inner evils, being relieved by poetry.
In my beginning stages of this project I decided on an alter ego that was a Therapist/Poet. In a way, she would be helping people by citing poems.
Later, I decided on Ruth Rae. poet by day, crime fighter by night. I felt like this alter ego helped get my point across better than the therapist. I wanted someone who could help people all around. With Ruth, she can help people emotionally through her poems, and physically with her crime fighting.
This is the beginning stage of planning for the comic.
Moves for the action scenes.
The section I had from Einstein’s Dreams was the one that involved body time and mechanical time. When I explored NYC for this, I found myself taking a photo of people entering the subway. What interested me about this photo was the “mechanical time”, or blurred portion of people rushing to get onto the subway, and the “body time”, shown by the girl standing near the subway entrance.
The aspect of movement and stillness stood out to me. The difference between the two varies. A stillness can be found when one is relaxed and resting, and yet stillness can also be found in one who is constantly on their feet and only stops for short periods of time.
In applying this to footwear, I decided on a resilient sole, one that can be compressed and also spring back into its original form. This is to show that no matter what kind of pause, short or long, one will always go back to being in motion.
-Hollow tubes made of sheet metal