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1411  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2012, 12:55:51 PM
Klyde, the first one with the contrast in lighting better shows off the detail IMO...but I do have to ask, WTF is the tattoo about?

First off, before I answer, let me just say I'm happy to hear your well my friend.... I was just reading back a page or two and saw the news about your accident.... Happy to hear you made it through unscaved.... The world needs more "bytors".... not less

As for your question, this won't become a tattoo actually... This was a commissioned piece by one of my clients illustrating the 3 most important placements in his girlfriends natal birth chart.... a tricky project because I only had a limited knowledge of birth charts and horroscopes before.... but that is often the fun of it for me! As I get weird projects I learn a ton about stuff I would otherwise never care to look into otherwise.... Any-hoo the female represents virgo (her sun sign and chart ruler) and is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female (so the visual choice for me was obvious)..... next we have the fish for pisces (her rising sign) and I chose to go with marigolds for leo (one of the more commonly associated flowers with the sign)...

I did the this strange juxtaposed arrangement of the graphic elements to give it a poster-display or cover-art type feel whilst trying my best to avoid anything that would make it read "tacky and cliche zodiac poster from the mall" (in other words, I didn't want to cheese-out and use suns and moons and stars and whatnot). The result IMO.... strange.... The client loves it..... that is all that matters :)

Now as for tattoos I did one pretty cool foot piece this week.... But I wanted to tie up some "loose-ends" in one more session before I tossed er' up on the board here.... but the thing about that is, there is never any telling when your gonna get someone back in the chair for such things as people tend to disappear once they feel their piece is done in spite of my wishes-LoL...... so here it is anyhow.... A little yoshi for ya!!

This girl had the tiniest foot ever BTW.... I had to reduce the size of my initial drawing by like 40%, cut out some coin blocks and now I think I require stronger prescription eye-ware after this piece-LoL
1412  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2012, 04:15:53 PM
Need some advice quick folks..... it is driving me nuts... I took two different pictures of a piece I did that was too big to capture via scan.... I'm not happy with either....

Which of these two look better (not that either look particularly good.... sorry to be a debbie downer but I get pissed when I don't get decent portfolio shots...)  .... One has less clarity but better lighting (obviously)...


Thank you, by the way, to anyone who helps resolve this decision for me.... it bothers me something FIERCE!!!.... 
1413  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 17, 2012, 04:09:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago I asked for some guidance as far as some non-RPG's to indulge.....here I sit a few weeks later totally dwarfed by the amount of games I sampled and "had to have"-LoL.... I made so many trips to the gamestore, buying, trying and returning I think I need some form of treatment...

Here is what I learned about myself....
A. I suck at fighting games and they are no fun for me.... Also I learned that they haven't made a good Dragon Ball Z fighter in a loooong time... On that note anyone remember a little oddball-import-treasure known as DBZ Legends from the PS1/Saturn Era??? 10 points to whomever does....
B. I hate guns, modern day or futuristic warfare and heavy artillery... even good games with this type of thematic and setting aggrivate me.... I have yet to try borderlands though, so that may change...
C. Platformers..... PLATFORMERS ROCK!!! I am still loving Ratchet and Clank a Crack in Time
D.Beat em ups are cool.... not as cool as platformers though.... Asuras Wrath and Bayonetta are total keepers... Beat em up+ RPG elements=good time..... Sleeping Dogs= Super cool with the exception of a setting I couldn't stand... sleeping dogs ended up as a return BTW
E. Lego Games are a great time..... I never would have guessed.... especially since I haven't indulged any of the western media they are based on with the exception of the Lord of the Rings.... Lord of the Rings is a total keeper...
F. I don't know much about puzzle games.... but I know Katamari is interesting enough to add to my library for 15 bucks.... Katamari is a keeper
G. I haven't played a mario title or a zelda title since the days of N64.... though Zelda and Paper Mario are RPGs in many respects and by many peoples standards (mine included) these demanded my attention.... Twilight Princess and Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door added to the gaming library...

So now that I've got enough outside the realm of my typical tastes to keep me busy for quite awhile.... onto today's gaming

...... in spite of all of these new titles I've been trying I still can't tear myself away from X-Com...... this is by far the best strategy game I've played in ages.... I want to quit everything else in life until I see this one through-LoL... it is THAT addicting..... took down a cloaked craft today and recovered a very interesting device... gee golly, I never though western sci-fi could prove so absorbing for me
1414  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 10, 2012, 03:22:14 PM
What do you think of Princess Tutu, Klyde?

I am hesitant to state an opinion yet.... in truth my anime watching has suffered in the wake of gaming (thanks to x com) and I don't want to say "yay" or "nay" without seeing a bit more.... I decided to check it out because I heard a lot of people drawing paralells between this and Madoka Magica (which I loved).... I still have yet to see the connection....

What I will say so far (only a few episodes in) is that I do find this to be a bit more refreshing than most magical girl stuff I've indulged..... There is definately some originality here which comfortably departs from the atypical.... Take the main character for instance.... She is very much what you'd expect from a magical girl MC.... but right off the bat there is an off the wall twist which reveals her true nature to be of something completely different (albeit sort of strange, it is certainly something I haven't seen before...) The mood is far more "fairy tale and whimsy" than I'd expected as well (a pleasant surprise!).

I will give you a more comprehensive take on TuTu once I've really digested enough of it.
1415  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 07, 2012, 01:33:14 PM
There's rumors that more Kino's Journey is going to be made. There's supposed to be a 'big announcement' or something soon, hopefully it's not just a case of fans getting overhyped over nothing.

I'm actually *kinda* excited that (apparently) Sailor Moon is coming back.
Sweet childhood.

I'm REALLY excited about that... I freakin' loved sailor moon....

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum I also love Berserk... and I just watched the first movie... I don't care how many fans thought it sucked, I thoroughly enjoyed it... They really do glaze over a lot, but IMO (having read the manga series and watched the original Berserk series) they really did a fine job of covering the meat and potatos of the content. I heard a great deal of complaining about the visual direction the film took but found it enjoyable personally....

Now I'm on to Princess Tutu and can't decide between Infinite Stratos, Raphxephaa.. erm... lon?.... something like that... wolfs rain, book of bantora  or Un Go.... I started Un Go but was really disappointed....

I also started Persona 4 the animation about a month ago but gave up quickly on it....

... So can anyone provide me just cause to entertain Persona or Un Go again?....
1416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 07, 2012, 12:58:16 PM
Thanks for the help in selecting some things outside the realm of my typical tastes guys!

I have a ton of Gamestop store credit saved up and started procuring a few titles already...

@ Monsoon- That was a freakin' awesome summary of the Ratchet and Clank franchise... I wanted to follow your (and everyone elses) advice and pick up the collection but due to availability and coupon factors, I caved and hopped in at "A Crack in Time".... which I really enjoy despite the fact that I hate space/future settings and anthropomorphism.... The gameplay is just too fun to not appreciate....

Additionally I picked up Rayman Origins, Red Dead Redemption and Code of Princess....

I still have a ton of store credit though and now I can't decide if I want to use it toward more games or a Wii U.... decisions... decisions....

In my little galaxy of gaming I finally polished off Breath of Fire 3!! An unfinished task that plagued me since childhood due to the curruption of saved data (damned third party memory cards.....).... I must say though, that ending was relatively lackluster and predictable....ok so I am being kind because I really like the vast majority of the game.... in all honesty I thought the ending completely sucked.... and the last 2 bosses went down in minutes with my Ryu, Nina and Rei in attack formation strategy.... I guess it really was game breaking... I hardly even had to heal save the occasional  beef jerky every other turn or so...

In other news, I decided to curb my current compulsion to hammer through backlogs and start X-Com..... game is absolutely phenomenal IMO... I do wish I could customize my troops appearance a bit more... I hate how all the guys are so freakin' "brutish-commando" looking.... A minor gripe really...
1417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 07, 2012, 12:42:15 PM
I'll have to toss my hat in the ring and agree with all the previous comments on that tattoo.  That tattoo destroys the notion of video game tattoos being inherently trashy and the details and clean lines show that you have both the skill and vision that is generally attributed to a more 'traditional' artist. (i.e. someone painting with a brush on canvas.)

Thats a hell of a compliment man, thank you!.... Its really cool that you noticed the more "traditional art" influence in my work because, in truth, I approach tattooing far more like painting then most tattoo artists.... Within my industry, the term for the way I work is "painterly" and the term for me is "art fag" (I always get a kick out of that one..... so vulgar)... I don't really get caught up with "terms" and "styles" though... In other words, I never aimed to work differently or develop some unique approach to tattooing... I really just do what I know works and will yield the best result on skin.

Speaking of tattoos, my crazy wife got her 6th one last night.
She's got:
-The obligatory lower back one - A beautiful dragon for her husband. *winks*
-the IPU symbol on her upper left chest: http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&biw=1105&bih=723&tbm=isch&tbnid=-1vw_KB7R6LtfM:&imgrefurl=http://www.palmyria.co.uk/humour/ipu.htm&docid=XGpjql5owLWgHM&imgurl=http://www.palmyria.co.uk/humour/ipu3.gif&w=770&h=567&ei=ar2-UNjLEsPvygHn5YDYCQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=178&sig=111331787509087407504&page=1&tbnh=138&tbnw=187&start=0&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:19,s:0,i:181&tx=102&ty=84
-my name written in Vampire on her right forearm - No, I have no clue what vampire language it is, but it looks cool.
-26.2 on her right leg, just above the ankle.
-Some heart in chains type thing on her leg somewhere. I forget.
And last night, she went and got a Christmas themed tattoo on her upper right arm. Three things. The pink spotted elephant from Rudolph. Max the dog from the cartoon Grinch. And the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
Now, my wife is, and always has been, a Christmas nut. She thinks about it all year. Buys ornaments and such all year. BUT. To put it permanently in a rather prominent spot on your body? Whoa boy. I have no problem with tattoos at all. It's just what she did and where she did it. Plus, I'm sure it cost a ton, but she hasn't told me yet how much. It does look fantastic, from a quality standpoint.
She knows I'm kind of mad at her, but what's done is done. I just wish she wouldn't rush into these types of things without giving it serious thought. Plus, I feel that after 13 years of marriage my opinion would count for something, but I wonder now.

The funny thing about getting tattoos is when you don't have them, they seem like a big deal.... but once you get a few on you they don't seem so defining or permanent in the same sense any longer... before long its easy to commit some skin to sporting a charlie brown christmas tree without feeling as though its a big deal.... What I'm getting at is your wife, being a tattoo enthusiast to a degree, probably cares a great deal about your opinion... In this instance though she just probably didn't think the decision was a terribly integral one to make.

So don't feel too hurt by the whole thing, friend. Unless she was spending your moola' on her art.... then I'd be pissed too-LoL

In tattoo related news I get to finish off a "Sir Dydymus" piece (from the movie Labyrinth) this weekend.... I am so stoked....

It's snowing! So much snow (by Dutch standards)! People are already shoveling, but they're doing it all wrong. The sidewalks are now extra slippery and they're dumping all the snow on the road...

Funky weather in Northeast Pennsylvania as of late.... 60 degree days.... 30 degree nights.... it SHOULD be snowing right now.... providing a lovely holiday setting... but alas, nothing but puddles and mud as far as thee I can see... yuck
1418  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2012, 03:19:46 PM
Thanks guys! Some last minute questions on the the matter....

I'm leaning toward Ratchet and Clank I think... sounds like some mindless fun (for a change)... can I jump right in at A Crack in Time??

Also how was Rayman Origins? Someone suggested that to me...

What type of game is journey exactly?

Shadows of the Damned looks interesting too... I do like horror.... I also like westerns (HUGE fan of Doc Holiday right here folks...) so logically I must ask if anyone has any experience with Red Dead Redemption....

Lastly, is there anything "Sonic" related worth indulging?

oh oh oh..... WAIT!.... one more question.... I never played darksiders.... heard lots of good things... how "western comic book-ish" does it feel?

1419  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2012, 01:22:27 PM
So all I play are RPGs.... pretty ignorant to everything else... having recently enjoyed Alice Madness Returns however, I really want to pick up some non-rpg titles for my ps3.... any suggestions would be really appreciated... the only things I really cannot tolerate are superheroes and war.... other then that I'm feeling real open to trying something new...
1420  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2012, 01:15:36 PM

Holy shit Klyde.  I won't lie, I think game tattoos can be incredibly tacky... you're making me think a helluva lot differently (maybe just the examples I've seen just look messy!).  The lineart is so clean~! I love the sort of "light" whizzing around and trailing the leaves.

To be honest, I always felt the same way about the video game tattoos I saw... that is also why I felt it was a real untapped avenue to explore on skin... there just are not that many artists interested in pouring a lot of work into anime and gaming tattoos (not in my area at least....)

I thank you for your kind words ms. Dice :)
Another really cool one Klyde.  I think I like the woodman one best of the three.

Thanks for looking! Its a toss up for me.... I really enjoyed this... but I really enjoyed all the gaming tattoos I've got to do... The Tetra  from Zelda I got to do last year may in fact be my favorite... not sure....

I'm not a fan of tattoos at all, but that is one badass Wood Man.

Your distaste for tattoos makes your compliment all the more meaningful :) Thanks you.

Klyde, if I rock your tattoo, will it help me to defeat air man? (I know, should have used that as the original joke).

Yes, most certainly! All my gaming tattoos come with weapons upgrades at no additional cost! And if that wasn't enough, every session spent in the chair with me increases your "geek" level in spades (double nerd experience).... ensuring that you WILL become the envy of many who still play tabletop RPGs, remember how cool it is to play magic the gathering with real cards and even some gamestop employees!.... or at the very least they'll admire your epidermis a bit more...
1421  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2012, 02:40:28 PM
Ate too much fruit. Feeling vaguely ill. Neil Young makes bad porno music. ____________ scar as ouroboros. What I'm afraid of is the future already having happened and I am conscious in the past, but in a sense that's true? I think the gas station sells incense. 28.

Fruit makes me reeeeeeeeal sick.... I suffer from the inability to digest fructose without a ton of glucose....

Fruit aside....

I thought I would throw this up here since I posted my last Megaman tattoo... seemed appropriate...

1422  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Amazing trailer for a potential cyberpunk game on: December 03, 2012, 02:33:36 PM
That spacey little techno number they have playing for that trailer rocks!! Not that the game doesn't look cool too.... but wow I dug that tune.
1423  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 03, 2012, 01:42:37 PM

Unfortunately, at this point you're better off sticking with your party now than trying to change things but know that Nina sucks in this game. You'd been better off with Momo or either of the other two in a Speed Formation with Rei in the lead, but then again no BoF game had a particularly well balanced character selection (save Dragon Quarter by virtue of only having 3 party members).

I tried that actually but it made battles too longwinded not having Ryu in the lead of the attack formation... I really can't believe how much stronger that makes him as the point character in battle... his attack is literally triple that of what it is in the speed form.... given I typically need someone doing something other than attacking, I can't make up the power difference with the upped strength of the other characters in the speed form.... Nina works for me with this strategy because I have spent the whole game upping her intelligence and spell-strength does not seem to be reduced in the attack form....

The long and the short of it is I can't even come close to dishing out damage like I can with Ryu on point in attack and Nina casting, whilst Rei is either healing, stealing or supporting... Rei works better than anyone else for me because he always will get his turn before the enemy, thus he can heal before anyone gets whacked again.

I guess I should update my games beaten list as well:

1. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
2. Radiant Historia
3. Mass Effect
4. Mass Effect 2
5. Breath of Death VII: The Beginning (Hard mode)
6. Grandia II
7. On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode 2
8. Mass Effect 3
9. Journey
10. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
11. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
12. Star Ocean: Second Evolution
13. Red Dead Redemption
14. On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
15. Persona 3 FES
16. Final Fantasy XII
17. DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
18. Super Mario Galaxy
19. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
20. Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi
21. Torchlight II
22. Rogue Galaxy
23. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
24. Okami

All of those are first-time plays except for SML2, BoD7, and FE6.  Right now I'm very, very early in a playthrough of Valkyria Chronicles and messing around with Tales of Graces F with a group of friends.  We only play Tales when all four of us are hanging out, so that one won't wrap until well into 2013. 

that is a hell of a list.... kudos to you
1424  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 02, 2012, 01:05:31 PM
Went over to a friend's place to play some Wii U. Mario and Nintendoland are both fun. It's great to see Mario in hd finally and that game is a lot of fun. It doesn't hold a candle to Rayman Origins visually, though.

A fun system but I'd rather hold out for sony/microsoft.

I was considering buying myself a Wii U for christmas but I never play multi-player and I hate motion-control-oriented games... the Wii had enough classic-controller stuff going for it to satiate it me but I'm torn on the Wii U.... the guys at the gamestop actually talked me out of my purchase of one the other day because of how much I bitched about not being able to play newer Zelda because of how much I can't stand the motion controls..... But gee-golly, does it look like a bright, happy and cheery system....

Is it strange that I buy, wrap and gift presents to myself that I unwrap christmas morning?... LOL

Anyhow.... Klydes strange christmas traditions aside....

I finally beat Alice: Madness Returns!! My token non-RPG of 2012 has been completed! Great freakin' game up until the end.... I feel like the game really takes a nose dive in the dollhouse chapter and then the infernal train and ending felt rushed to point of merely offering conclusion and closure where necessary.... Which is a bummer because the first 3 quarters of the game seemed superb to me....

In the world of Breath of Fire 3 things seem to be becoming grim as well.... I have somehow managed to make this game horribly unbalanced to the point where it seems I must use a party of Ryu, Nina, and Rei or I get decimated..... in contrast, with that party in the "attack" formation (with Ryu at the lead) there isn't much that can stand up to a double attack from Ryu for more then a round or two.... I don't know if this is because of how I played or a flaw in design that makes the attack formation coupled with a high agility party damn near game-breaking..... In either case Garr, Momo and even my super leveled spud  companion (I actually like Peco) are getting really neglected at this point... Making my way through Cear Xhan (yea, I spelled that way wrong.....) ATM.... Maybe its just me, but did this game get a little stale for anyone else around this point?....... 

1425  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Videogames and depression on: December 01, 2012, 03:10:14 PM
My harsh condemnation of the way medicine is practiced when it comes to mental illness is not aimed at those in the field who try their best.... its aimed at the many who start playing around with the complex equilibrium of chemistry up in our grey matter, via prescribed meds, without appropriately exploring other avenues or treatment methods... or taking into consideration how many years of different pills its going to take to re-balance brain chemistry or even if re-balancing is possible... ESPECIALLY in children.....

In other words, anyone can easily go to a doctor with a mild case of the blues and unwittingly get prescribed a number of common "pills for the problem" (heck, it doesn't even need to be a head doctor.... most walk-in-clinic docs will prescribe wellbutrin, celexa, lexapro, and a host of others at the drop of a hat....)...... however the problem may not have warranted hopping into the perverbial rabbit hole of head drugs that follows....

up this chemical in the brain and that one drops, so you get a pill for that.... now you have anxiety so you get a pill for that... but that anxiety med down-regulates some receptor site compounding your depression... you get the idea... and sadly the only solution is trying to perpetually re-balance via meds or "bite the bullet" and suffer long enough for your brain to start doing its thing on its own again....

Now there are doctors who don't throw a pill down your throat as soon as you say "boo-hoo".... Unfortunately, in my experience, I have found it to be far more common to have very serious, mind altering drugs, prescribed as easily as an anti-biotics.... That is negligent practice IMO now matter what way I look at it...

There is no long-term side effects to cognitive behavorial therapy, nor is there any harm in looking into your diet to make certain your minerals and vitamins are on point...  maybe even seeing a nutritionist... Rarely have I ever come across a doctor who explores these options first....

Mind you, I don't post this with the intention of defending how jaded and bias I am in regard to the matter.... I know objectively that I should be a bit more understanding about the whole thing... once again though, its just my own personal experience that has resulted in me being of this persuasion....
So please don't think my aim is to argue that all docs are bad and head drugs have no place in treatment.... All of this is just to better flesh out the reasoning behind why I seem "harsh".
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