working the curve


Ben Volt is based out of San Francisco, at Scholar Tattoo. He does blackwork in a way that has been described as modern and unique. Despite the heavy lines and strict geometry of his work, it is dynamic, the contrast between the precision of his work and the curves of the human body leaving a surreal impression on the viewer, as though the ink is hovering over the body. 

Some of Ben Volt’s work reminds one of Art Deco, and some of it reminds the nineties children among us of Samurai Jack and its distinctive animation style. Whatever the association, the work is compelling. Its hard to look away.

New DM? This one’s for you:

Welcome to the world of making worlds!

Being a DM is intimidating, so well done for at the very least trying the mantel on to see if it fits. If you are anything like the rest of us, it won’t for the first several campaigns.

Being a new DM is mostly about learning how to improve. Everything you plan will be sent to hell by your players at some point or another. Take an improv class if you can, or spend your time in the shower pretending to be someone else instead of singing. I won’t judge.

The second tip I have is learning to listen to your characters when they aren’t role playing as much as they are. Ask them what they like and don’t like. Communicate with them. The better the communication, the more you can learn to adapt to their playing style and make the game more fun for everyone. 

Thirdly, know the game. The better you know the mechanics and rules, the quicker and easier everything flows. In addition, it allows you to quickly help players that are new to the game and how it works, keeping the learning curve quick and the rule checks fewer. 

Lastly, accept that you are going to make some really stupid mistakes. Plot holes, party kills, and more, it’s all going to happen. Nobody is perfect. Apologize to your players when it happens. They should understand. 

Fitness tip #2

To build your muscles, fuel your body before and after a workout!

Make sure you’re getting a good balance of carbs, proteins, fats, amino acids, and calories!

I like to have a meal or snack and protein bar an hour or so before your workout and a protein shake and meal after! Everybody’s body is different and has different needs so listen to your body, If you are feeling tired and sluggish after or during a workout you probably need to eat more.

Also try to keep your calorie and protein intake up even on days you are not working out!