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Friday, March 10, 2006

Tiger Tiger



Once again, 'tis time for Illustration Friday. The word of the week is Tattoo. In Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination (known in Europe as Tiger Tiger,) Gully Foyle is a savage roughneck who is left for dead in deep space. His insane rescuers tattoo a Maori-mask on his face, along with the name "Nomad" on his forehead. When Gully escapes them and returns to Earth for vengeance against those who abandoned him, he has the tattoo removed. However, his skin is damaged; whenever his face flushes in rage, the former tiger-tattoo is left pale. So Foyle must always control his emotions, lest he be recognized- and Foyle is a man full of hatred and anger.

Another nifty subject in the book is "Jaunting." This is the ability to teleport at will, that almost all humans develop. Oh God, how I would love that. However, I'm sure the State of New York would insist on insurance for every person, and yearly physicals for inspection stickers…

Here's a Muppet News Flash: Joe is getting his own blog to put up his illustration Fridays! I'll link to it here when he's ready. Till then…

TTFN
-Tony LaRocca

13 comments:

Janet said...

You always have an interesting post! I hope your are getting over your blues and feeling better!

Rowantree said...

Pink skin, pink tiger or ... maybe pink panther. Lov maori tattoos, great work !

TXArtcGal said...

Your blog is always so interesting...and, your artwork you share is always unique and fascinating. Never boring...that's for sure!

Lou said...

This is pretty cool. Having had a tattoo, I always said that a tattoo that close to the eye would be the most pain anyone could ever experience.

Always love your work!

Caroline said...

Now a face that blushes can be quite hard to live with but one that turns into a tiger? Very tricky indeed.

Interesting idea!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

That is SUCH an amazing book. I enjoyed another of his, too, though the name escapes me at the moment.
Best to you.

Tony LaRocca said...

"The Demolished Man," perhaps, Sultry?

Lee said...

I like how the contrast between the pink of the stripes and your green eyes....

I've been tired too...money sucks...maybe with St. Pattys at the end of the week, a little leprechaun will show you his pot of gold...even though in NY that could mean so many other things..

Ian T. said...

Wow, Tony the Illustrated Man! Excellent idea and concept... now, I'm beaming out of here - gwhzhh! (sound effect courtesy of WORD VERIFICATION)

Tony LaRocca said...

Thanks to all for your kind comments- I've been re-reading the book, and I remembered it wrong- the skin underneath the tattoo WAS damaged, but it made him flush bright scarlet while his normal face remained pale. Whoops.

String said...

Nice commentary - good idea too...

steve said...

the story sounds awesome--will have to check it out (have heard of it before). excellent and original idea for this week's theme as well!

; * said...

Cool! Love the eyes.
I would love to have a tattoo painted on my face with a soft brush. Very thought provoking post.

SMooch,
The Tart