Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Man has many, many flags tattooed on face
A man who is so keen on breaking records that he changed his name to Guinness is hoping to gain entry into the record book by tattooing the flag of every country in the world on his body.
Guinness Rishi and his flag tattoos
Guinness Rishi, 67, of India, already holds four world records, for feats as diverse as building the world's tallest sugar cube tower and adopting the world's oldest adoptee (his 61-year-old brother-in-law). But he now plans to cover his body in 220 different flags, a process he estimates will take him three years and cost around £12,500.
Rishi already has six of the tattoos done, on his face - the flags of India, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Cyprus, and the Indian Congress Party. He says that his face is being reserved for the most important flags - he thinks he can fit around 60 1-inch flags on his head..
As well as the flags of the 201 recognised states in the world, he'll also have flags of nations like Scotland and Wales, and various others (hence the Indian Congress Party flag, and the shout out to oddity-collectors Ripley's Believe It Or Not.)
After covering his head, he will have the remaining flags added from his neck down in alphabetical order.
While the plan will be long, expensive, and has already caused disagreements with his wife and family, Rishi believes it is worth the price.
'People consider me an extraordinary person, not an ordinary person,' he said.
TOP FIVE FLAGS THAT MIGHT CAUSE HIM PROBLEMS
The Bhutanese flag features a rather complicated and detailed dragon-holding-some-jewels motif that might be quite tricky to replicate in the form of a small tattoo. The scales will be awkward. On the plus side, a rampant dragon is a fairly common tattoo-theme, so maybe the tattooist will have had some practice.
The Nepalese flag's uniquely awkward shape and dimensions might make it hard to fit into a regular grid pattern, which could leave the result looking a bit weird. Which is not to say that it doesn't look a bit weird already, but if you're going to cover your entire body with flag tattoos, at least you'd want them to be in some kind of aesthetically pleasing pattern, right?
The fact that Mozambique's flag actually features a picture of an AK-47 might cause Rishi some trouble when going through, say, US immigration control. Most countries that have weapons on their flags usually settle for a sword of some kind, which probably seems less threatening.
The Falkland Islands
Like Bhutan, another ridiculously fiddly one - like many small states still feeling the hangover from British colonial times, it's an awkward mixture of the Union flag and what appears to be a random assemblage of clip-art. In this case, it's a sheep standing astride a sailing boat, with the words 'Desire The Right' underneath. Obviously.
Widely regarded as the most intricate flag in the world, Turkmenistan helpfully includes a highly detailed traditional Turkmen carpet design down the left-hand side which no tattooist in the world will be able to render in something an inch square. Dear Turkmenistan: do not put your carpets on your flags, it's just not a good look. Also, the colours are horrible. (See also the similarly laid-out Kazakhstan flag, which is slightly less intricate, but has much more eye-watering colours.)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
A) The Overzealous Updater
This is the friend who can’t go half a day without sharing What’s On His Mind. Honestly people. We really don't need to know that you've just had your second shower of the day. For that matter, we didn't need to hear about the first one either.
B) The Link-bot
This is the friend who does nothing but share links all day. Links to articles he’s read that he thinks the whole world should be reading, links to movie reviews, links to new games coming on the market, links to his Twitter page where he’s gone and posted 10 more links. There needs to be a limit. Some links are good, especially when they send people to this blog. But let’s impose a 2-link-max rule per day, what do you say?
C) The Groupie
This is the friend who has joined more groups than Marcia Brady did that one year in high school when she was overcommitted and frazzled. Asian Americans in Israel who Support Diplomacy with Iran? Really?
D) I Am My Kids
This is the friend who only uses Facebook to post photos of the little ones, or updates that read: “Tommy didn’t feel well today, so he stayed home from school.” Might as well not even have your own profile, just create one for the kid(s), no?
E) Spies (who used to) Like Us
This is the Ex who only friends you so s/he can spy on you and make sure you have fewer friends that s/he does, and that your new significant other is less attractive than s/he was.
F) The Wanna-Be
This is the person who friends someone with the great hope of becoming friends with that person in real life, be it a minor celeb, or just someone the Wanna-Be really admires from a slight distance.
G) The Two-facer
This is the friend who accepts your friend request just to be polite, but then Hides your updates immediately. Unfortunately, you have no idea who the two-facers are.
H) The Networker
This is the friend whose main purpose on Facebook is to build a list he can tap when he needs to for work/career. You know these friends because they only message you with e-mails that read “So you still over at Viacom?”
I) The OverPoker
No need to explain this one, right?
J) The Get-A-Lifer
This is the hardcore friend who has nothing better to do but subscribe and follow you via SMS.
K) The Attention Seeker
This is the friend who posts status updates that are purposely vague, and therefore beg for a comment. Their status is all about getting you to respond, getting attention, getting sympathy. "Lori is scared, but hopes everything works out..."
L) The Over Suggester
Just stop. Okay? Let me figure out who I want to be friends with, okay? Honestly.
M) The Good Friend
This is the friend who mercifully doesn't fit in any of the above categories and is, hopefully, just one of many normal, average facebookers you've friended. Let's hear it for the Good Friend!