Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown
Representing the 99%!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Brief Review of The Phantom Tollbooth By Joel Corbin

A Classic Book Issued To My Son's Grade 6 Class!
The book The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, was first published in 1961 and republished again in 2005, by Random House. The book received very good reviews and over 3000 copies were sold since 1961. Norton’s roommate, Feiffer was a cartoonist and he inspired Norton to write his famous book. In the book, a young boy called Milo gets a package that contains a toy car, a tollbooth and a map. He builds the toy car, sets up the tollbooth and chooses a place on the map to go. The place he chooses is Dictionopolis. Even though Milo was gone for only one hour in real time, he was gone for days in the other land. The reason Milo gets the package, is so he can take time to do things and that nothing is meaningless. This text will examine the following subjects, friendship, the importance of time and the tollbooth along with the watchdog.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Inked by Crystal-Marie - Part 5

Left Peck In Progress!
I wish Todd Beck could have seen how well I handled today's tattoo by Crystal-Marie! After having a BSA Motorcycle tattooed on my right pec by Todd last week and making quite an ass of myself, I had followed several cardinal rules to undertaking a tattoo for today. The regiment included getting a good night's sleep, taking some Advil (ibuprofen) and eating a healthy portion of porridge with brown sugar for good measure before heading to my appointment. The most important thing was probably my mindset. Unlike last week, I was mentally prepared for today's chest tattoo. Despite being nervous, I feel as though I redeemed myself. Whilst there were definite ticklish moments the closer we came to my left nipple, inevitably I stood my ground and Crystal-Marie was able to complete the above tattoo. This one has my children's names on it as well, making it all the more satisfying. The daisy in the middle is a small version of a larger one that I will be having added in the next few weeks. It was designed by Ms. Amirun Shah of Inktion. My chest is far from finished, however, as I plan on having both pecs completed in the next month with a background. I have nothing but mad respect for anyone who gets a chest tattoo of any size. It is arguably one of the more painful areas that I have had to bear, so much so that I think I'd actually have preferred getting my elbow tattooed again. Ah well, no pain, no gain. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it! If you are looking for a great tattoo artist, contact Crystal-Marie today.

Contact Information
Crystal-Marie- Facebook
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Friday, December 29, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 13 & 14

Final Racer
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Todd Beck today to continue my sleeve. He completed two tattoos! The racer is our final Offering to the God of Speed as the sleeve itself is missing only one final piece on my shoulder with the remainder being filled in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I need to extend my deepest apologies to Todd as I failed him today when it came to doing the piece on my chest.


Work In Progress Thanks To My Ticklish Nipple Area :-(
Having had completed my left arm and soon my right arm (i.e. elbow = ouch), my two hands and my left ankle I had underestimated what it would be like to tattoo my chest again. I had my upper chest tattooed by Noémie from Nephty's Tattoo last year with some script related to Popeye. It didn't phase me and I found myself actually looking forward to having the BSA tattooed on my chest today by Todd. It is similar in style to the Norton that he tattooed on my right arm earlier this year. The experience, however, left something to be desired for both of us. Whilst the top part of the tattoo was painful, that wasn't the problem. In fact, you can see in the picture above that the details are fine as I bore through the discomfort. However, nothing could have prepared either Todd or myself for what would happen the closer we got to my nipple. Ticklish is putting it lightly. I laughed so hard and uncontrollably that any hope that Todd had to place details on the tattoo soon diminished. Todd has squarely refused to tattoo my chest again... or my ribs... or probably any part of me ever again. Live and learn! Give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo! 😜

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie - Part 4

Left Arm Complete!
After a year my left arm is finally complete! Noémie and Crystal-Marie did a great job on the mandalas on my arm and hand (in said order). Ms. Eternal Sunshine (aka Crystal-Marie) was also patient enough to finish my left sleeve two weeks ago by adding the intricate Norse pattern that you see above and below. The pattern itself will also adorn my right arm and part of my upper chest in the weeks to come. 

Close Up of the Norse Pattern!
The experience of being tattooed by so many great artists has also given me a chance to learn from veterans in the field as my own apprenticeship continues, albeit at a slow pace. It's helped me gauge not only the different styles but the different tools of the trade as well. More on the latter to come. One thing is for certain, it's time to start putting myself out there and tattooing people on a regular basis. In the meantime, feel free to contact Crystal-Marie for a great tattoo today!

Contact Information
Crystal-Marie- Facebook
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Not So Secret World Of Quilting...


Yaas! Pin basted and ready to quilt! I will not start another year with this as an unfinished quilt top. I started it when our daughter was about 6 months old and it’s been finished for a year but just couldn’t get it past that stage. Every bit except the borders handpieced! All this being completed in my Quilting Room!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 11 & 12

The Finish Line Is In Sight!
As we near the end of filling in my right arm Todd Beck decided to continue with something more traditional and cool this week! The little Vespa scooter racer and the larger golden racer are a nice Offering to the God of Speed. We will be putting in another racer in the week or so to come, along with adding something to the right shoulder that will be balance it out with my left one. Then Ms. Crystal-Marie will be filling in the rest with a pattern that will be revealed tomorrow! I have some ideas for my chest and look forward to starting the latter in the new year. In the meantime, give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo! 😜

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Brief History of Three Wheeled Motorcycles By Dahlia Houle

Minneapolis Motorcycle Company’s Michaelson Tri-Car
Pic  © The Old Motor
Three-wheeled motorcycles were designed for very specific purposes. According to Auguste Van Poelgeest, three-wheeled vehicles were used to deliver packages and as economical commuter vehicles. These vehicles gained popularity after the Second World War since they could “offer space, weight and aerodynamic benefits leading to reduced emissions.” (Poelgeest, 2011, p.3) Antony Ingram supports Patrick E. George’s claim, that three-wheeled vehicles were very popular around the 20th century. They had a very low cost and were lightweight vehicles, which made it easier for people at that time to make their way around.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie - Part 3


After getting my right hand tattooed with TinTin on a Motorcycle by Todd Beck, I decided it was time to finish what I started a year ago, namely my left arm and hand. You may recall that Noémie from Nephty's Tattoo did a great job on the mandalas on my left arm. However, I thought what better way to tie my left and right arms together than to have the tattoo artist who completed my back tattoo do the work, Ms. Eternal Sunshine herself, Crystal-Marie. The hand isn't the easiest place to tattoo but Crystal-Marie did a great job and certainly left her mark with this piece. I especially like how intricate it is. This officially marks the beginning of the end, so to speak as there isn't much real estate left on my arms! I have been very lucky this past year to have had work done by three fantastic tattoo artists right here in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Contact Information
Crystal-Marie- Facebook
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Friday, December 8, 2017

Criminological Perspectives: Quebec 1% Biker Wars By Keisha Tomasik

Pic © Valily Jewelry
In the province of Quebec, the 5th of December 1977 marks the birth of an important club that will later evolve into an organized crime based club, the Hells Angels. Known firstly as the Popeye's, this group counted 17 members and began its expansion once it was able to chase the rivals, The Outlaws, out of the country. Forward a couple of years and the Canadian Criminal Intelligence Service qualified the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as the most important threat to the country. (Blanchet, 2017, p.19) As Sylvain Boulanger, an ex-biker of the Hells Angels mentions, “killing the opposition and making money” (Blanchet, 2017, p.9) are the main goals for the club. This is precisely what led to the reddening of the streets of Montreal and it’s outskirts in the mid 1990’s, due to the raging war in between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machines (Renaud, 2016, p.20). Driven by the desire for both clubs to have the monopoles of the drug trafficking in Quebec, this war caused 165 deaths and 181 injuries from 1994 to 2002 (Blanchet, 2017, p.11).