More Eckel photos

Hi again, we're back from London!
We got home super late last night, so we're just about falling asleep at work today.

Ok, so i thought i should post some more Eckel pictures here, since he'll be joining us real soon, and i often refer people to this blog for pictures and info about him.
So here, some random Eckel goodness for you on this cold, Copenhagen monday.

Oh, and remember that he'll be at the shop this friday, the 2nd of October* , to talk to anyone interested in getting tattooed, so drop by after 1pm and have a talk with him!

* It's October this week? Fuck!

Jimmy Clausen QB for Notre Dame

This one is a bit sad to report because he is balding so rapidly at such a young age. Then again, Jimmy Clausen, starting quarterback for Notre Dame seems to have a promising career, so I shouldn't feel too bad for him. Especially after yesterday's win, a last minute drive that gave the Fighting Irish a 24-21 win over Purdue, his career seems to be the least of his worries. And with an NFL contract and more money than he can count, Jimmy can buy hair plugs or a nice collection of hair pieces.

Here you can see his hair is thinning on top and a bald spot starting on the back of his head.

And below you can see that his hair is thinning in the front as well.

from: trellz
date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM
subject: tatoo submission

Should say stupid American, or stupid foreign person.

Picture 140

美国人 is Chinese for "American".

However 阿呆 (or あほ) is a localize dialect for "fool, jackass" in Japan's Kansai region. Where most Japanese would use 馬鹿 as "stupid". Also, 米囯人 is Japanese for "American".

is correct Chinese for "stupid".
In the latest issue of Wired magazine, there was a piece titled "10 Best Things We'll Say to Our Grandkids".


According to the magazine, English translation for #6 is:

"English used to be the dominant language. Crazy, huh?"

Dr. Mair and I both noticed the printed Chinese is not correct.

统治语言 (dominate language), is two English phrases spliced together with an odd sense of colonialism. 官方語言 (official language) or 國際語言 (international language) would be better fitting.

疯狂 does not have the same contextual meaning as "crazy", rather "frenzied, unbridled; insane". In this case, a better phrase would be "傻不傻", or "isn't that silly?"

Perhaps this is a nod to Firefly, where mixture of Chinese Mandarin phrases were added into the show's dialogue.


Drew Brees!

Quarterback from the New Orleans, Drew Brees, seems to hide behind the football helmet, hats, and a front combover. But those are all tell-tale signs of a baldie in hiding. So Drew, we have found you and are outing you.

See the sides of the front receding in the above picture. Below you can see the front sides have receded and he is combing the hair forward to hide the thinness in the front.

Ant and Dec!

I received an email with the title "British Baldies" and I was intrigued. The email, from reader Alex, had the great shot below of Declan 'Dec' Donnelly on the left (thinning) and Anthony 'Ant' McPartlin on the right (receding), two tv personalities in the UK. They present Saturday night entertainment shows. And they put on another show of their own each night, hiding their hairlines.

Alex writes: "Note how Dec does the thinking look which causes lines in the forehead and makes receding and bald hair appear less severe." Good eye Alex! They should try to always have Jude Law on the show so that by comparison their hairlines look full.

The Primetime Emmy Awards

We love TV. From cop dramas to reality shows to half-hour comedies, we can’t get enough of the boob tube. And that’s why Emmys night gets us so excited. The high-profile red-carpet event honors the most talented television actors and celebrates the best of the small screen. Here we highlight a few of our favorite moments from the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards. We laughed, we cried, and we watched in absolute awe. See who won and what happened HERE.

Also see the Best-Dressed Women at the Emmy Awards

Check Out the Women Who Looked Flawlessly Gorgeous

New artist at the shop

We've been keeping secrets from you, dearest blog readers and we feel terrible about that.
But we do have some good news for you!
Remember this guy?
That's Eckel by the way, if you're too lazy to check the link.
Anyway, he's moving to Denmark and will be working at our shop!
Told you it was good.

So if you're interested in booking with him, send us an email or drop by the shop.
We'll update the myspace soon with some more of his pictures and he'll be bringing a new portfolio to the shop too.

He'll be at the shop to talk to anyone interested in getting tattooed on October 2nd, so come on down!

Flo Rida!

When the word hairline appears in Twitter's trending topics, my eyes and ears perk up. So when I saw it was Flo-rida - one of hip-hops most popular artists - I knew I had to post immediately. The Twitter trending topic is a result of his appearance at tonight's Emmys. Here he is at the show:

And here's a few other pics of him from different angles:

Muffin friday

Anne baked muffins today.
They were delish!
Bet you wish you'd dropped by, huh?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tony Bennett!

Stating the obvious. I know. But I still have to post about the obvious. Tony Bennett has been a toupee wearer for longer than I have been alive. If there was a toupee hall of fame he would be one of the first inducted. Without further delay, Tony Bennett and his many toupees:

Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin Dubrow

Guess it isn't the same headbanging with a bald head...

In the above pics you can see the hair clearly just sitting atop his head. Also, compare the texture, thickness, style to his real hair. The below picture is from a 1984 concert. You can see the frontal balding and thinness on the top of his head.

Dark haired beauty

Today Sanna's pretty backpiece lady finally got some color (read=black) in her hair.
And Sanna herself is moving closer and closer to the coveted (by some) and feared (by others) trooper title.
More progress next month, so stay tuned!

Sanna, me and the pretty lady with the fan

Happy Birthday Tommy Lee Jones and Oliver Stone!

Happy birthday to two of Hollywood's most talented baldies!

RIP Patrick Swayze

Sad news today :(

From the Washington Post:

Patrick Swayze, 57, an actor who enjoyed success in Hollywood as the snake-hipped charmer of "Dirty Dancing" and a romantic lead from beyond the grave in "Ghost," died Sept. 14, his publicist reported from Los Angeles. He had pancreatic cancer.

The Weekend at the Box Office

Tyler Perry's latest film brings in the big bucks ... See what other movies made money at the box office this weekend.


1 - I Can Do Bad All By Myself: $24 M
2 - 9: $10.9 M
3 - Inglorious Basterds: $6.5 M
4 - All About Steve: $5.8 M
5 - The Final Destination: $5.5 M
6 - Sorority Row: $5.3 M
7 - Whiteout: $5.1 M
8 - District 9: $3.6 M
9 - Julie & Julia: $3.3 M
10 - Gamer: $3.2 M

Gary Sinise!

Lieutenant Dan is balding! (Well so is Forrest Gump)

Thanks to reader Lauri V. for the email on this one. Her email title read: CSI: Bald York. More to come on Gary Sinise's co-stars on CSI: New York. For now let's focus on Gary. Here's a picture of him in June 2008 at the GI Film Festival:


Clearly, he is balding on the front of his head. This shot has a nice shot of the thinner hairs up front, as well as the receding hair line. And if you have seen CSI: New York, then you have noticed how his hair line magically grew, and how his hair mysteriously thickened. Here he is on the show:


And I did a bit more digging into Gary Sinise, and noticed that in his more recent public appearances he seems to be wearing a front piece, perhaps he "borrowed" it from the CSI set.


This picture is from Gary's band, Lt. Dan Band's show on April 17, 2009. About a year after the top picture. Hmmm.

Mayim Bialik talks about Holistic Moms Network

Okay, I'll admit it. I watched Blossom when I was young and always wondered what happened to actress Mayim Bialik. I knew she went to college, but then what? Well, thankfully, she’s back and we had a nice long talk about her involvement with the Holistic Moms Network, a non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living.

Why did you get back in the Hollywood eye now?

When Blossom ended, I was 19 and I went to college, because that’s what you do in my family. And I kind of went straight through to grad school. I did some acting, a couple episodes of Fat Actress, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I really wanted to focus on my degree. My initial hope was that I’d be a research professor or something like that. I studied neuroscience, but once we had our first son, who’s now almost 4, my husband and I just started realizing that, in terms of lifestyle and how we wanted to raise our kids, being a research professor was not the best way to go. It was a lifestyle decision in terms of what kind of hours and schedule can allow us to be with our kids

So I finished my thesis, but was thinking about what it would be like to see what it’s like to act fulltime, because I’ve never really done that. Last time I acted, my mom was with me doing everything, and I was really still a kid. And I do love performing. I’m still sort of learning how to be an adult in this industry, in terms of premieres and things like that. .

Now though, you can’t even breathe without somebody knowing about it?

You can’t tweeze your eyebrows without someone saying you missed a hair, you know? Because it’s all on the Internet. There was really not an Internet like that. When I started acting I was 11-years-old and it was 1986. It was a very different world.

How did you get involved in the Holistic Moms organization?

My husband and I just started seeing friends of ours who made certain parenting choices and we started learning about it, even before we got pregnant. We started learning about home birth, and extended breastfeeding, and home schooling. It seemed really off the wall to us, so we started doing research. And with my neuroscience degree, I was in child psychiatry, I studied some child development, so I was already reading a lot of this stuff. We started interviewing midwives, and pediatricians, even before we got pregnant, just to see what it might look like to be in different circles than we were raised in. So when we had our first son, we made certain decisions, and then as we started raising him, we made more and more decisions, and then we just had our second son less than a year ago.

What kind of personal decisions did you make?

Well, home birth. I’m thinking about the things that sort of shocked our parents the most. So I’d say home birth was right up there. Natural birth people are more comfortable with. But the idea of home birth was something that was very hard for us in terms of really everybody on the street challenging us.

My second son was a home birth. My first was a transport after a natural induction that often doesn’t work as well as a chemical induction, but I didn’t want the chemical. Also, extended breastfeeding without giving solids for the first year is something that’s important to us and works well for us, but a lot of people were very surprised about. And I never even thought you could grow a baby on breast milk for a whole year until we did it…twice. Bed sharing is also big one.

I say that I only know how to raise two people, and that’s my two kids. I don’t know how to raise your kids. That’s why you’re their parent, so whatever choices I make are the ones that I’ve decided work for me, and I don’t pass judgment. If other people want to have a conversation about the choices I’ve made, I’m more than happy to talk about it. And I think it’s organizations like Holistic Moms that give people that support, who are kind of doing things against trends, at least against current trends in parenting. But the fact is, what works for people is what works for them. If you’re asking me about statistics, I’m more than happy to talk about them, but otherwise, I really only do what works for my kids, and assume that everyone else is making educated decisions too, for their kids.

It’s hard to make those first decisions…how do you do that and feel comfortable?

For me, there was a book written called Parenting Without a Map, and sometimes I think when you’re in these circles, you can feel like you’re really parenting without a map. But I don’t think I would have been able to make any of these choices without like-minded friends. Mothering magazine has a friend finder, so I made some friends that way. Really finding like-minded people, not just so that you can be agreed with, you know, even though we like to be agreed with in general. To find people who are parenting similarly, I mean, this is the way people used to transmit information so that you were never doing something alone for the first time as a parent. Now, I feel like we live in these very separated communities, but we’re missing that support system.

How were you raised?

I was raised by politically active, concerned parents from an immigrant family in New York. So my parents made anti-war films against Vietnam, they were very politically active. My mom made sandwiches for the local health food store. She used soymilk when she stopped breastfeeding, which was very radical in 1975. She had me, I was a breach, with no medication. Which was not a C-section, which was surprising also. But I think a lot of this stuff wasn’t even on my parents’ radar. My mom never even knew she could keep her maiden name. It was almost not even an issue. And I was the kind of teenager who was really into the planet, and using canvas grocery bags, and people always laughed at me. And now I say to my husband, you know, who’s laughing now? Now we get a little refund every time we use my bags.

And I’m not looking to be cool. I really am one of those people who really believes very strongly in doing all those little things. It’s also a very like Jewish ethic I was raised with, that you save the world, one thing at a time.

How have you found the reaction to being back in the spotlight and talking about this?

I don’t want people to think that I’m taking this opportunity to try and make myself feel like I’m the best parent in the world. As I said, I’m only the best parent to two people, and that’s my kids. I’ve had a lot of people say to me, you’re doing something wrong by fill-in-the-blank. And I really don’t think that’s the way we build a strong community of parents or kids. So that’s kind of what I think is really discouraging, and that’s what I would hope that maybe people would get out of this, that you don’t have to agree with each other, but there needs to be open dialogue so that we can all parent better in our community. Because our kids are going to have to live with each other and they’re the next generation that has to make decisions, and be the teachers, doctors, lawyers, and postmen. That’s what we’re raising them.

What advice would you give moms?

Attend a La Leche League meeting, even if you’re not sure about breastfeeding. Their advice really runs the gamut of help for people who want to be home, who don’t want to be home, who can breastfeed and who can’t.

Get involved in some sort of support group or parenting group. And if you are leaning green or holistic, something like Holistic Moms Network is especially important. The third thing is to read as much as you can and I don’t mean on the Internet, but to actually go to the resources of some of the pediatricians you’ve looked into, or to a library. Go to a place where there are actual books you can read start to finish because you really get only one chance to be educated about your kids. And I hear people say that it was too much work to research vaccinations, so I just decided to let them do whatever. You can make whatever decision you want, but I think it’s super important to go ahead and get as educated as you can, so that you can then be present when you make those decisions and not feel like you’re kind of a passive participant in your kids’ lives. The saddest thing I hear is when people say my pediatrician knows my kids better than I do. And the fact is, I really, I don’t believe that’s true. I think we instinctually know our children best.

It’s really nice to be part of an organization that I’ve been a member of even when I was off the radar, because it’s easy. It’s easy to talk about something that provided that support for me, because I needed it, and I still need it.

Thanks Mayim and welcome back!

Jenna Elfman - Accidentally on Purpose Interview

Jenna Elfman's new show, Accidentally on Purpose, premiers on Sept 21st at 8:30 pm on CBS.

Here ( Jenna Elfman Interview ) you can see an interview with her about the show, why she wanted to do it and more.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard
from: Victor H. Mair
date: Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM
subject: tattoo

Hi Tian,

Perhaps you can post this for me on HANZISMATTER.



The attached picture, sent to me by Jonathan Smith, shows a basketball player's "Chinese" tattoos. They read 康女宀 from top to bottom: KANG1 ("peace, vigor") NÜ3 ("woman") MIAN2 ("shelter, thatch"). Yet the proud owner claims that they are "my initials in Chinese, M.A.D."

Marquis Antoine Daniels

My best guess as to how this may have happened is that the basketball player approached a tattooist who was minimally literate (or illiterate) in Chinese or English (or both) and showed him / her his initials, requesting the tattooist to "write them in Chinese symbols / characters / ideographs / hieroglyphs / pictographs / whatever." The initials may have been more or less ornately written, with the result that the tattooist came up with these three HANZI as his / her best representation of what he / she was seeing. For example, if you twist around in different orientations, you can sort of see an "A" there. Ditto for the other two HANZI.




Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Pennsylvania


A couple of random iPhone shots from today, i was testing a new camera application.

Joakims arm got finished, maybe Allan will have a picture up on his blog soon
Nick is home
Lucifer takes a nap, or twenty
That denim vest means business

Have a nice weekend y'all!

Ellen Joins Idol


It's Ellen! Degeneres announced her new gig yesterday during a taping of her talk show. The funny lady is a long-time fan of American Idol. She'll bring a fresh perspective to the judge's table since she doesn't have a background in the music industry. She's just a everyday music-lover! And she'll bring a consumer's opinion to the show.

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Nicole and Joel Have a Baby Boy


Congrats to Nicole Richie and Joel Madden! Harlow’s mommy and daddy just welcomed a baby boy in to the world, Sparrow James Midnight Madden. He was born in the wee hours of the morning and weighs in at 7 lbs, 14 oz. Can’t wait to see pics!

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