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Darryl is back (or at least, Darryl's torso and left thigh are back) from a sojourn in Ireland with the inestimable hane, who made my descriptions of his dragon tattoo a vivid reality. His parts have actually been here for about a week, but I've been giving them a "no-chipping-or-wearing-off" treatment using painted-on coats of clear polyurethane resin (the same resin I use in making my eyes), so I haven't been able to assemble him until now. This tattoo is completely permanent. It will not wear off. In fact, all of the tattooed pieces have been sanded to remove (most of) the glossiness from the urethane coating, so that should give you an idea of just how durable it is. I may give them a hit of MSC or Zouk's spray in the future, just to matte up the parts where there are dips in the sculpt that were hard to sand and that still retain some shine, but I don't know if I'll bother. (I really hate the texture of spray coatings like MSC.)

So without further ado, I give you...Darryl's dragon tattoo.

Date: 2012-08-29 08:07 pm (UTC)
just_lori: Sweet boy doll wearing a beanie. (Default)
From: [personal profile] just_lori
That is awesome. The workmanship is incredible. I never would have been so brave as to paint on a layer of clear urethane to seal the work, but it is brilliant.

Could you fix a scratched urethane eye with that stuff?

Date: 2012-08-30 12:10 am (UTC)
just_lori: Sweet boy doll wearing a beanie. (Default)
From: [personal profile] just_lori
I actually have a Dollshe eye that chipped right on the cornea.

That's awesome! :D

Date: 2012-08-29 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hot damn, Kiya.

You know, if Darryl existed in the flesh, I'd want to pin him down (not literally) and ask him detailed questions about the process of getting this tattoo. I'd want to know the feelings behind it, the reasons, the sensation, and...

I think (because I'm curious) that that would be a really interesting point of view to examine as a story.


I'm stuck in counseling mindset mode, though, I know.

But as a very interested and inquiring mind, I simply have to know....


Date: 2012-08-30 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have a fine way of always writing satisfying answers that still leave me with more itching questions.

The themes here are interesting. I'm trying to stop myself from analyzing it from a therapy perspective on the formation of his unique personality. You have certainly given him depth. <3

I do adore him. And the more you do and the more you write, he is -more- Darryl all the time.

Date: 2012-08-30 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So beautiful, I can see why you were aching to put him back together!!!

If you run an air-compressor, you could get a little sand-blasting box to lightly spray any shiny areas to take of the gloss, should be more durable and less annoying than spraying MSC....

Date: 2012-08-30 01:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nagasvoice
If you want to leave the remaining spots of gloss, it could look like sweat. In these pix it looks like he's gleaming-sweaty from exercise.

Date: 2012-08-30 04:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenjudy
I can't decide if I am made happier by the beauty of this tattoo, or by your ingenuity in making it really and truly permanent. (That's a service you might consider offering to other inked resin types, BTW...I can imagine a few people out there who would love something like this kind of protective coating...

The dragon is's amazing to me to see Darryl now and reflect on all the ways he's appeared over time, the extraordinary continuities and the transformations. Refinement, I think, is the word I want. It's an amazing process when I look at it whole.


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