Several people have asked why I haven’t used any photographs of T-Roe on this blog (although there are several pixalated photos in the above banner).
I’ve thought much about it: whether or not he’d want it, how it could be read, how/if it would further the project. And I realize that posting photos of my brother here can be read as using his image as a material. It isn’t my wish for him to be seen merely as a guy in prison with this tough face and strange uniform, not to mention the longevity of images released on the web. He will get out one day and, hopefully, he won’t be someone serving time any more. In a way using his image would put a sort of end to curiosity. The viewer would know what he looks like, might make certain conclusions about his personality, past experiences, convictions, dreams. And maybe, in turn, that would somehow influence me, and I’d really prefer to keep an open mind.
Urbanist and curator, Paulo Miyada, came by Casa Tomada a few weeks ago to visit. He brought up some interesting points when talking about “Sorry I haven’t written in so long,” namely:
- “Complo”- which in English means a “conspiracy, plot, coup between two or more people”. Paulo remarked that the term could possibly be used to describe the communication/collaboration between T-Roe and I.
I thought, “a conspiracy toward a new way of interacting.”
The honking horn sound you’ll hear in the beginning of this video is a guy who rides around on a bike here in the Aclimação neighborhood of São Paulo selling homemade bread. There’s also a man who comes around on Sundays and will sharpen your knives for you. I love this.
Penitentiary Tattoo Gun #2 test from Holly Pitre on Vimeo.
Finding enough working, portable cassette players is proving to be difficult, but for now I have four with which to work.
my work table at week seven
One step in the tattoo gun making process is to scratch the ball out of a ball point ink pen. It’s quite a time-consuming step that is producing some small pieces of it’s own. The stone/cement chunk itself is becoming a beautiful artifact of this process. As I scratch the pen tip on the stone/cement chunk it produces fine dust with the ink that’s collected on it from the other pens I’ve scratched.
essential supplies: chunk of cement and a ball point pen without the casing
ball point pen tip mid scratching-out-phase
And before this step, I’ve cleaned out most of the ink tube by using it to color the front of the notebook I’ve been given by Casa Tomada to then leave with them. I’m thinking of filling the notebook with this blue/green/grey dust produced from the scratching process.
Note book for Casa Tomada collection