Scratch by Scratch, Dust by Dust

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


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