Weekly Wednesday Wisdom: Life's short

By kenny friedman on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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I'll eventually get somewhere with this but I'll start with don't get a tattoo...well at least wait until you're 25. That might seem like an arbitrary age, and it is to an extent, but there are a ton of bad tattoos out there so waiting a bit is a good idea. Although by the time you're 18 you will probably be able to have them lasered off at a cart in a mall.

Also if you do get tattoos you need to vet them with me first...because like I said there is a bunch of crap out there...someone you know, not me, thought of getting a Smurf on a mushroom when they were 18.

I have one I don't dig...it meant something at the time but it's so abstract that it kind of means nothing...but I kind of see some tattoos as scars, or remembrances of things, and that's why I got that one so I'm cool with it...until the day comes that I think of something kick ass to cover it up with (sorry mom.)

Which (kind of) brings me to my latest tattoos, the one's I said I'd write up a bit. The idea came to me a few years ago. I wanted a tattoo on my forearms but I couldn't think of what to get so I wrote FPO on my arm where the tattoo would go.

Still healing so it's a bit flakey looking.

FPO stands for For Position Only (or For Placement Only) and it's a design term that basically says an image or empty space is just temporary. I can go into the whole thing but Wikipedia does it simplest.

I was rolling the idea around in my head for awhile but it wasn't working...then I saw an FPO with the bounding box (the X) and it clicked.

I dig them for a few reasons...I'm an art director, it's permanently temporary and I see For Placement Only as a bigger thing.

I think we're all FPO...I don't mean that in a crass way, like we don't count, I just mean we're really only around for a blip of time when you look at the history of the universe (that is if you believe in science and that crazy idea of the Big Bang or perhaps The Big Bang Theory.) And the Earth will (hopefully if we don't screw it up too much) out last us. So I see it as an environmental idea too...since we're only here for a bit (and borrowing the Earth from our kids) we shouldn't fuck it up.

And life seems short anyway...it moves so fast...so like I said in last week's post do things, have fun and make the most of the time we'r on this rock.

Unfortunately some people's lives are really too short and that makes our time here more precious.

I wanted to let my readers know about a girl that one of my first readers told me about. Her name is Getty and she's super cute and just over 7 months old. She has SMA which you can read about here. Children with SMA rarely live longer than 2 or 3 years of age.

There are a lot of upcoming events in the Bay area to help raise money for her care so if you're from there please check them out. One event coming up this weekend is a Craft Fair in Fremont Park in Sacramento (October 16 from 10-2) There are a lot of great vendors that will be there so if you're in the area please check it out.



7 comments:

  1. This post AND that tattoo are brilliant. Love it!

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  2. Such a clever, unique idea for a tattoo.

    And I eagerly await the tattoo removing mall carts. Assuming they're located next to the liquor mall carts. 'Cause that would make it an official mall party.

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  3. Thanks so much for the shout out Kenny! It means a ton!!

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  4. thanks for the post

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  5. Just found your site and love it. GREAT tattoo! I got my first (and only) tattoo when I was 25 (3 years ago). It was my birthday resolution to finally get it.

    I'm off to read more of your posts. Thanks!

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  6. Hey, that's awesome.

    I have a similar tattoo that I got without seeing yours (mine is a square FPO and it's just a box with an X, no text).

    I had never heard of it referred to as an FPO, just as a placeholder, so thanks.

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  7. Just found your site and love it. GREAT tattoo! I got my first (and only) tattoo when I was 25 (3 years ago). It was my birthday resolution to finally get it.

    I'm off to read more of your posts. Thanks!

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