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Kurdish, Armenian and Turkish women pose for a photo.
sivas, ottoman empire. 1870s. [pascal sebah]
You know it never has been easy
Whether you do or you do not resign
Whether you travel the breadth of extremities
Or stick to some straighter line
Now here’s a man and a woman sitting on a rock
They’re either going to thaw out or freeze
Listen
Strains of Benny Goodman *
Coming through the snow and the pinewood trees
I’m porous with travel fever
But you know I’m so glad to be on my own
Still somehow the slightest touch of a stranger
Can set up trembling in my bones
I know no one’s going to show me everything
We all come and go unknown
Each so deep and superficial
Between the forceps and the stone
- Heijira, Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell, 1971.  Photo by Henry Diltz
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
- Thích Nhất Hạnh
Victorian pendant in neo-Egyptian style with protective esoteric abracadabra text; on the reverse, ‘De vos mains grossières, Parmi des poussières, Écrivez, sorcières : Abracadabra’/’Witches with your raugh hands, write in the dust : Abracadabra”, from Victor Hugo’s ‘Odes et ballades 14; the pendant also includes a double-headed bird and winged scarabs, ancient Egyptian symbols of Re and rebirth. (adin.be)
Rainer Maria Rilke, 1906 
photo by George Bernard Shaw
Louise Brooks photographed for A Social Celebrity, 1926.
Kim Joon’s skin canvasses 
Korean artist Kim Joon has always investigated tattoos as a subject matter. While still a cultural and legal taboo in Korea, tattoos are for him a way to externalize subconsciousness. They show in broad daylight the hidden desires globally induced in our collective ideologies by materialistic societies. According to Kim, consumerism has turned humans into generic beings of desire; we covet things so much, they almost permeate ourselves.
Kim Joon’s skin canvasses 
Korean artist Kim Joon has always investigated tattoos as a subject matter. While still a cultural and legal taboo in Korea, tattoos are for him a way to externalize subconsciousness. They show in broad daylight the hidden desires globally induced in our collective ideologies by materialistic societies. According to Kim, consumerism has turned humans into generic beings of desire; we covet things so much, they almost permeate ourselves.
Kim Joon’s skin canvasses 
Korean artist Kim Joon has always investigated tattoos as a subject matter. While still a cultural and legal taboo in Korea, tattoos are for him a way to externalize subconsciousness. They show in broad daylight the hidden desires globally induced in our collective ideologies by materialistic societies. According to Kim, consumerism has turned humans into generic beings of desire; we covet things so much, they almost permeate ourselves.
Paris Opera House 1949
Photo: Donald Honeyman 
I thought shiny gold would look nice on this red soba-choko cup, so I sprinkled three layers of round gold. Taiki did an excellent job, to make it sparking gold. 
蕎麦打ちを極めつつある友人の蕎麦猪口。赤色にピカッとした金がかっこいいかなと思って、三度蒔きして光らせてみた。鯛牙が実にいい仕事をしてくれた!もう手放せない。
Remember that this is not something we do just once or twice. Interrupting our destructive habits and awakening our heart is the work of a lifetime.
-  Pema Chodron
Cuff with inlaid faceted garnets, turquoise and heavy dimensional gold 22K dated 1138/1919 Yomud , Turkoman. (private collection Linda Pastorino).