The Darwin awards are awarded annually for the most extreme act of (occasionally terminal) stupidity - they are now in for 2004.
RUNNER-UP The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company, suspecting negligence, sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine out and lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.
RUNNER-UP A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space for her car. Understandably, he shot her.
RUNNER-UP After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Beltway had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
RUNNER-UP An American teenager was in the hospital yesterday recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
RUNNER-UP A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which he clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer? $15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, was a crime committed?)
RUNNER-UP The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.
DARWIN WINNER, 2003. When his 38-caliber Revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber William Mcford did something that can only inspire wonder: He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
In my holiday I designed a new shoulder piece, with a mix of Samoan and Maori/Kirituhi inspired elements.
The top of the tattoo has some nice Samoan arrowhead patterns and other detailed elements. I made a shading for this piece, which I normally don't, but I guess it looks good on this tatoo design.
I used some really simple Maori koru pattern, to complement the detailed Samoan-style.
This design is not a custom design, so you can order it on my website (nr. 147 in the Shoulder gallery), or right now by clicking the "Buy now" button. You will receive a high resolution image + a linedrawing/stencil for your tattoo artist.
Best regards, Mark Storm firstname.lastname@example.org www.storm3d.com
A few months ago I started working on a new set of tattoo designs. At this moment I created 6 new designs and updated my galleries on storm3d.com.
The first design is for the lower leg, placed on the shin and the sides will wrap around the calf. The second design can also be used for the calf or shin, but it would look good on the forearm/shoulder as well.
The three designs below are designed for the forearm.
A man was reading the paper when an ad caught his eye. It loudly announced, '$500 Porsche! New!' The man thought that it was very unusual to sell a Porsche for $500, and he thought it might be a joke......... but he said to himself, 'it's worth a shot.' So he went to the lady's house who was selling the Porsche and she led him into the garage.
Sure enough, there was an almost brand new Porsche. 'Wow!' the man said, 'Can I take it for a test drive?' 'Sure,' answered the lady.
Unlike what he expected, the man found that the car ran perfectly.
When he got back to the lady's house, he asked her, 'Why are you selling me this great Porsche for only $500?'
Then the lady replied....with a laugh My husband just ran off with his secretary, and he told me, 'You can have the house and the furniture, just sell my Porsche and send me the money.''
The funny thing is that I though I had a quite original idea doing this, but... for one, leopard butterflies do exist in reality (but not in violet, see Phalanta phalantha), and also, several persons already did that kind of butterfly with a big cat pattern (for example this one looks pretty nice). So much for my "original" idea, heh :p
Here's another project, a Samoan inspired design for the upper arm and shoulder. One of my customers wanted a Samoan-style tattoo, so only the fills and lines and no further meanings in it. He wanted it to be very detailed and symmetrical.
My progressing sketches looked like this:
And finally the end result:
Ps. I'm working on an update of my website galleries, to add the latest designs to the galleries. There will be around 7 new tattoos available, one in a mixed maori/samoan style and 5 or 6 in a Maori inspired style with some nice realistic detailed feathers.
I'll let you know when it's ready and where you can find these images.
As promised, here's another design projects I have been working on in the weeks behind. Forearm and leg tattoos (especially symmetrical designs) are my favourite pieces to draw. I really like the idea of a flowing design that is not too complicated, that gives a nice clean look. That is also why I use symmetry a lot. This design is for a customer from the UK, he wanted a complete forearm tattoo, wrapping around and having a seamless fit.
You can see the tatoo sketches below:
I started with the flowing koru curles and added a line of spear- or arrowheads in the centerline of the tattoo. Then I made some fills with lines and triangles and the 6 small curls bending towards the arrowheads. Finally I added a few stars.
My customer liked some oldskool sharp tribal shapes, so in the second sketch you can see that I added it to the design:
I get quite a large amount of requests for custom tattoos, so I have to pick and choose the design projects I like best. If you are interested in this kind of designs, for the forearm or lower leg, you can contact me by here.
Oohps, almost forgot to show you the final result :)
A few months ago since my last post, really busy with renovating part of my house. It's finished now, so now I have more time to let you know what I'm doing and I will try to post a few projects each week.
A month ago I received an e-mail from a customer who wanted me to decorate her spinning wheel with some nice maori inspired patterns, a really nice thing to do next to designing tattoos. It's done in the modern wood "carving" technique; the drawing will be put on it by a laser, burning it into the wood. Here's the original spinning wheel.
I created 3 different designs in the same kirituhi style, one for the large wheel, one for the pedals and another one for the arm of the spinning wheel.
Here are the sketches and some of the final designs that I did:
I really enjoy doing these kind of projects, so if you want me to decorate something with my designs, just let me know!