”Women must give birth, men have to be tattooed,” says one Samoan tattoo song, expressing an age-old idea of equality between the sexes. Both must endure pain. In traditional Samoan society all young males had to be tattooed when they reached their late teens. Otherwise they were not considered real men. Nowadays, the custom is no longer general, but it is still associated with manhood and male prestige, and hugely popular.
I went to school with some Samoans and the guys have traditional Samoan tattoos, they’re very beautiful but after talking about them it’s one hell of a process.
Drawing is like anything else. The more you do, the better you get. I keep a sketchbook with me wherever I go, doodling whatever catches my eye to keep my hand(s) in practice.
Of course, some things are more interesting to draw than others…
With that in mind, a good friend of mine had a model over the other day for a private drawing session. Here are some of the scribbles I made during the course of it.
After 168 years, the pathogen that created the blight has been identified. And it may never be seen again.
The surreal forests of Romania, by Andrei and Sergiu Cosma of PhotoCosma.
“The first time I met Wayne Miller I was surprised to see a white man. Having known his legendary pictures of the Southside of Chicago for so long, I had always imagined the man to be black. He paved the ground for the rest of us who tried to depict the streets, the real life. He was a pioneer. Only recently, I learned that he served in the navy as a photographer in WWII, and then a contract photographer for LIFE. It might have seemed like golden years for photographers now, but he had to invent himself in many ways, a character trait I highly appreciate in people. With the utmost respect and great sorrow I have to say goodbye to a master I was so fortunate to meet, even if it was only on a few occasions.”
— Alex Majoli, President of Magnum Photos
detail of Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896.