Nephila sp…Golden Orb weaver beauty.
I already made a separate post with a tweet I made regarding the subject, but I wanted to speak about it in further detail.
This morning I was enjoying a cup of hot chocolate at the beach by myself when a man I have never seen before grabbed my head from behind to adjust it so he could observe the tattoos behind my ear and on the back of my neck. I was so terrified I couldn’t even move. When he had the audacity to ask me, “What do the diamonds behind your ear mean?” I flipped.
"How dare you invade my personal space and touch me without my consent! I should knock your teeth down your throat for that!"
"— but I just wanted to see your tattoos!"
Unfortunately, things like this are very common in the body modification community. People grab my arms to look at my sleeves or my hands to look at my hand/finger tattoos, some will adjust the top of my shirt to look at my chest piece, a few have lifted up my skirts and dresses to look at the tattoos on my shins and thighs, and one person grabbed the bottom of my lip and pulled it out when they saw I had a tattoo inside my lip.
I hear countless stories like mine on a daily basis. Some include how people will stick their fingers in the lobes of someones ear, how people will touch the piercings on someones face and ask “did it hurt?”, and how people will touch the bodies of others to observe their tattoos. It’s a trend that seriously needs to end.
You shouldn’t touch anyone without their permission, but people seem to think it’s justifiable to touch someone with body modifications because “I just want to see!” Nothing justifies or excuses it. Body modifications doesn’t mean people can touch us without our consent. Please respect the individual spaces of others and knock it off.
When I had my conch piercing done the other day, two women were admiring the jewelery in the studio while I was waiting for my artist to be ready for me. She had come out to say something to the gal behind the counter when the two women spotted her. One was fine with looking, but the other walked up & grabbed the artist’s ear.
The artist had large, intricate, gold tunnels & weights hanging from her ears, which was apparently invitation to grab at them. Her eyes grew significantly wider - but she kept up her professionalism & answered whatever questions the grabby lady had about her lobes. (“Did it hurt?” etc.)
I was absolutely floored that someone would just walk up & grab someone like this. What the hell? BODY MODIFICATION DOES NOT MEAN CONSENT.
Not only are you invading someone’s space without them allowing you in, but what if they had just gotten that piercing / tattoo / whatever done? You touching it with your grubbyass hands is GROSS. UNHEALTHY. NO. Not to mention it could hurt like frick.
BODY MODIFICATION DOES NOT MEAN CONSENT!
Look at this caterpillar!!
and we’re back to weird gryphons!
So we’ve got another sale going on tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th from midnight to midnight, EDT…
We expect justice to be administered swiftly and severely.
I don’t get the whole home stuck thing but these are really cute and a great deal.
Some more advice that I have no right to give. I’m serious about the Stephen Silver advice though- he’s the man.
Plants can be parasitic too. That is Strangling Tree on the outside of the host tree.
The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.