The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Aftermath: Japan #12

Original Caption:

Tattooing, Now Legal In Japan, A Dying Art.

Tokyo -- Shown at work here are Goro Ichida and his son, Tokumitsu, two of the foremost tattoo artists in Japan. They are doing a design on the back of a Japanese girl; a job for which they would have gone to jail a few years ago, before Japan's new constitution made tattooing legal. Most of the customers of the Japanese tattoo artist are American GI's. They keep the artists busy, but the Ichidas say that there are only ten really good artists in Japan today and the art is fast dying. The father and son now use an electric needle that does the job in one-third the time. Once they used slivers of bamboo and the operation was sometimes painful. (1955)


Vanwall said...

I recommend "The Tattoo Murder Case", an erotic detective mystery by Akimitsu Takagi, set just postwar.

Gerard Saylor said...

Anyone else mistake that pillow for side boobage?