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March 8th, 2007
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"... If you're a transvestite, you get lumped into that weirdo grouping, you know? When I was in New York, there was a guy in the Bronx who was living in a cave … like you do, and he was coming out and shooting at geese and… (chuckles) a lot of weird things going on with this guy; and the police picked him up and they found a collection of women's shoes, and they thought, "Maybe he's a transvestite.” And if he is, he's a fucking weirdo transvestite! I'm much more in the executive transvestite area. Travel the world, yes, it's much more executive."
- Eddie Izzard

I have always tried to personally avoid the "executive $groupname" versus "weirdo $groupname" distinction. It's a real phenomenon, yes, but also a very subjective one. And with the fringes I hang out in, it's useful not to lose the perspective: Any given "executive" member of a subculture is still a weirdo to most people.

Be that as it may, I've been feeling a lot like an executive lately.
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I identify as a dragon and still maintain the widely used FAQ for people of like mind. I study magic and talk to spirits. I packed up my life and walked nearly 1000 miles of trail last summer. I'm polyamorous and have been bisexual (and still am both in theory, though in practice my commitment to kadyg comes first).

Yet despite my strange and convention-defying life, the main reaction so far to my tattoo seems to be surprise.

Apparently I come off as an executive freak -- to the point that people who thought they knew me are doing double-takes. I'm just not the sort of person who they would expect to do something as bizarre as ... you know. Label myself.

"Is that henna?" has been popular, though "Oh, that's permanent?" is another strong contender. My boss at the store was the most blunt in her admiration: "You're about the last person I'd have ever guessed would get a tattoo."

Hopefully those of you who read this journal have had a little more warning. I've mentioned it several times as being among my list of ten-year goals. On Saturday, it all fell together; the bookshop downstairs had brought in a ritual tattoo artist, and so underneath a blood moon, I had a sigil inked into my arm.

The tattoo, which you can see closer in my new user icon as well as by clicking on the picture above, is a stylized flame of my own design. I'll explain its significance in a subsequent post -- I just wanted to show it off as I check another goal off the list.

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Date:March 8th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
> I'm polyamorous and have been bisexual (and still am both in theory, though in practice my commitment to kadyg comes first).

I did not know that. (See? Executive.)

And if you're the executive weirdo, then I'm the CEO weirdo.

Nice tat, by the way.
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Date:March 8th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I've been stylized, whether I want or not, the fairly common "CorpGoth" sort of executive freak. I rarely get that sort of thing about my ink, but it does happen, and I wonder if the infrequency is because it's in a place hidden by most corporate attire (top of my spine, incidentally under most collared shirts). Not that the corporate sorts don't ever see it -- I do have work clothes that dont' hide it -- but because I *can* hide it in an executive setting, it's less "edgy" or more acceptable or something.

In reality, it's placed where it is specifically for energy work and I'm still kind of miffed that I rarely see it myself, but I'm not going to explain that to them.

People are funny.

(Also, I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better. I am being lazy and posting one comment to everything.)
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Date:March 9th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
Oooh, neat! One of my tat's purposes is energy work, too. When I get the post written up on its significance and use, I'd love to compare notes with you there.
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Date:March 9th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
That reminds me, I'm being some sort of dyslexic and can't figure out from the pictures which way you decided to go with the polarity thing. Inquiring flakes want to know!

(yes, this probably goes in the future post, where I will be quite happy to compare notes, but I'm impatient)
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Date:March 9th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
> It somehow escaped my notice you are poly and queer.

FSVO of "queer." ;) (I suspect you're using it as bisexual-inclusive, whereas I've only heard it as a synonym for homosexual.)

At any rate, I strongly suspect it's because we met through BayCon. Our social circles have a ridiculous amount of overlap and we'd have found each other through poly/mage/furry circles anyway, but I really tend to go into executive mode at cons since I'm always working staff (and also since I tend to shut up about myself in person even at the best of times).

> Is it partially that we have a wide range of interests

You know, I think that's exactly it. Virtually every "weirdo" I know draws attention because of their singlemindedness. And it becomes a lot harder to criticize someone for their eccentricities when they demonstrate they enjoy it as part of a broader and balanced life.
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Date:March 9th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
'Queer' means unusual i.e. anything other than straight.

There's also the issue of living weirdly rather than flaunting weirdness.
Date:March 8th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Nice ink! (Speaking as one who is also inked)

...Though does it count if the blood moon was only viewed in areas and lands not your own? I would have thought you were a little too far west for it, just as I was. :)
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Date:March 8th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Nice ink - I haven't gotten inked as Soreth has, but we're all a surprising bunch - even 'the lay commoners'. What's nice is that many walls of inhibition began crumbling - especially with the advent of the internet.

Depending on where I am, I've been accused of being almost everything - including a lampshade.
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Date:March 9th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Nice tat. I've always thought tattoos carry more meaning when you actually design it yourself. I've been toying aroung with the notion of getting a permanent tattoo for years but a sever needle phobia has thus far proven the stronger factor. So, henna has been my personal decoration of choice.

Oh... and many congrats for achiving a new goal :)
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