The tattooed chest of a portuguese criminal who died in Lisbon circa 1880. The identity of the man is not known. The tattooed skin was removed from the body to avoid recognition in dissections, as the bodies of criminals and outlaws were used for studies. Hundreds of peices of tattooed skin are preserved to this day at the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon.
I just spent a week and a half in the hospital and I can’t help but laugh at
a.) How few people knew I was even there.
b.) How basically no one knows that I’m taking medical leave for the rest of the semester.
If I didn’t need to ask my roommates to feed my rat, they probably would have just assumed I was working late in the studios or something. Technically I could have just not told anyone and disappeared from the face of the earth without anyone noticing.
I seem to have mostly forgotten how to sleep. I know that I used to sleep, but I must have dropped it in a puddle or let it roll off a cliff.
I hope you are better able to. Can I have a little of it?
Some interior inspiration.
Taxidermy Tuesday, Boa Constrictor.
© The Field Museum, Z80663.
Process of molding and making cast of Boa Constrictor. Leon Walters in 4th floor taxidermy area.