BHP in Tokyo, at Geidai aka Tokyo University of the Arts, printing with the one and only @itazulitho - here’s me graining a stone and printing it w some chine-collé on a press that might just be a tad too small.
Writing this while commuting to food, so apologies for brevity and possible typos.
Two nice videos showing top men and ladies StSq from WC17.
For those who want to try and look and compare: patterns, steps, time on one feet vs time on two foot, full body movements, multidirectional skating, steps and turns clockwise vs counter-clockwise and many other things.
Intaglio | Tattoo Kickstarted this year by tattooing one of my etchings onto friend CBH. Stick and poke with a 3RL needle, been doing more of them recently. I don’t copy the etching line by line, I basically re-do the entire work. When writing on my plates it of course happens backwards, and I very much value that small translation that happens in the etching and printing process, the result is very close to my handwriting but not exactly, a mirrored copy of my backwards handwriting really, which looks a lot like my own handwriting, but with a certain distance to it. When tattooing the change to the handwriting is different, but still enough to satisfy me. And like in intaglio, the ink sits in the deeper parts, the “grooves” poked into the skin by the needle. Probably overreading the significance of that, but still - into it.
Since I’ve been thinking so much about tattooing in relation to etching, I’ve decided to only do them in an edition of 3. I’ll post some of them infrequently, from the 33 series and the HOW TO LIVE work I’ve been doing on my leg in the last months.
*apologies for terrible cell phone pics, btw.
** also: 400th post, what what what what.
*** so far I’ve only worked on people I know and really like. I’m considering to expanding that to people I like, but not neccessarily know yet. Get in touch when interested and in a city I either live in or visit. Stockholm Helsinki Berlin Vienna and so on.
ISU World Team Champ - Team Japan skated to the lead on day one of the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating, edging Russia by a tie breaker. Both teams have 44 points. Team USA follows in third at 43 points.
Strong performances by Shoma Uno, Mai Mihara and Wakaba Higuchi helped Team Japan to take a narrow lead. Uno won the Men’s Short Program with a personal best score of 103.53 points. Russia was able to rely on their Ladies. World Champion Evgenia Medvedeva set a new record score of 80.85 points in the Short Program, two-time European silver medalist Elena Radionova finish second in the Ladies Short Program (72.21 points).
Standing After Men, Ladies and Ice Dance Short Program
Quick review: In a jump combination, the landing edge of one jump is the takeoff edge of the next jump with no break in between. Since all jumps land on a back outside edge, under normal circumstances, the second or third jump in a combination is either a toeloop or a loop, since those are the only jumps that take off from a back outside edge.
Since the 2012-13 season, the ISU has allowed the half loop to be used in combinations. The half loop is a single-rotation, non-standard jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the back inside edge of the opposite foot. It effectively allows the skater to “change feet” during the combination. If the skater rotates counterclockwise (as most do), this means that the half loop takes off from the back outside edge of their right foot and lands on the back inside edge of their left foot. This allows the skater to do a salchow (the most common choice) or a flip (rare) as the next jump in the combination, since those jumps take off from the back inside edge of the left foot.
On protocols, the half loop appears as “1Lo” and has the same base value as a normal single loop. It only counts for points if done in a combination. A half loop combo is considered a 3-jump combination; if a skater does a half loop combo in the free skate, they cannot do another 3-jump combination, since only one is allowed in the free program.
When badly done (sadly all too often), the half loop can easily look like a step-out or a mistake on a jump landing. The examples I’ve used here all have a triple as the last jump in the combination, but skaters can do doubles as well. The first jump in the combination can be any of the six standard jumps (toeloop, salchow, loop, flip, lutz, axel).
Also: it’s Saturday, I’m in Stockholm and I’ll now go out to join the millions shopping. I don’t have to do this, the few people I meet offline are all seen too, gift wise. I’m joining the pre xmas gift scrabble madness for the sheer fun it. One of you, among you.