Monday, September 24, 2007

Tongan sharktooth pi.

I've passed the point of no return. Lailani has already told her husband that it's going to happen and we've already planned our whole term project on it. So, I might as well tell everyone, 'cause I ain't backing out now.
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It all started when Gibb, Lailani and I were talking about what we wanted to do for our term project in our Instruction Design class. We thought of this, that and the other thing (I really can't remember what they were) when I made my first mistake. "No, I don't want to do something mundane, ordinary. Let's do something different." We discussed a couple other things that were still too mundane for me, when Lailani (whose husband grew up in Tonga) said that her husband does traditional Tongan tattooing. here cometh mistake number 2 Which is when I mentioned that I'd been thinking about getting the Pi symbol tattooed on my arm for a while now. The ball was rolling at this point, pushed along by the mention of a traditional Tongan drink (alcohol that is) that preceeds the tattoo. They knew to mention the drink before mentioning that the ink is set in the skin by poking me with a sharpened shark tooth a bazillion times. I was still focused on the drink, and how cool it would (will) be to have a tattoo done in a traditional tribal manner. Anyway, I'm gonna do it. And we're going to take a ton of pictures of it for our project, which you'll all get to see - unless I wimp out at the last minute.

11 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

A tattoo is your term project? How are you going to hand it in for a grade? And what if your own students want to follow suit -- how will you explain it to their parents?
I'm laughing.
(I could never get a tattoo-- except maybe the henna kind. Number one reason would be that I hate needles and Number two would be that I'd get sick of the tattoo before a year was out.)

By the way, can I post the convertible photo on my blog post? I forgot to ask you.

A Paperback Writer said...

Oh, you hadn't finished editting this when I typed the comment.
You're handing in pictures. I get it now.

Max said...

Writer - of course you can post the picture of the car on your blog. And as for the fear of needles - no worry. It's done with a sharpened shark tooth - no needles involved.

A Paperback Writer said...

Pic is posted.
And you can keep the shark's teeth, just the same. I'll just admire the tattoo when it's finished and you're sober.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you are doing this!

MWLioness said...

Max, your crazy. Where are you getting this wonderful Pi?

Max said...

I'm going to be getting it down in Happy Valley, which is where Leilani and her husband live.

Amy Rossi said...

Go Steve!

Be sure to drink lots and lots of Kava, or whatever that Tongan juice is. You're gonna need it!

Max said...

That was actually the part that convinced me to go ahead with it - the traditional Tongan drink that goes along with the ceremony.

TM.Cavalier said...

Good thing this was put on the back burner -- I'd hate to find out where he was putting this (or other) greek letters. Max...the lower back "hat" location is out of the question, right?!...

tmc

Max said...

Uh, yeah. I figured I could handle the shoulder, one of the lesser-sensitive areas of the body.