Paolo Balboa. Freelance journalist living in DC.








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a spanish person laughing or a german person during sex???

you decide

Finnish person struggling to remember what they were about to say next

polish person trying to get themself noticed

portuguese person trying to hush other people

Chinese person trying to do calculations

swedish person wanting to get out of a conversation

A Japanese person trying to end a phone conversation

(via ohonestly)


Today on Cool Stuff in the Mail: Pen & Ink (Oct. 7) tells the stories behind famous and ordinary people’s tattoos. Here are some highlights:

  • Writer Roxane Gay on her arm tattoos: “I hardly remember not hating my body. I got most of my seven arm tattoos when I was nineteen. I wanted to be able to look at my body and see something I didn’t loathe, that was part of my body by my choosing entirely. Really, that’s all I ever wanted.” (Side note: Did you hear her Weekend Edition interview?)
  • Master’s degree student Kriste York on her map tattoo: “I marked my 40th birthday with this tattoo, thus becoming a human RV. Once a year I’ll fill in the states I’ve visited since my last birthday, with the goal of coloring them all in before I turn fifty in 2023. I live in Oregon and the words in the banner are our state motto: ‘She flies with her own wings.’”
  • Copywriter Christine Hostetler on her bee tattoo: “When we were little, my sister and I would race after bees in the lavender bushes and try to pet them without getting stung. [Ed. Note: !?!?!?!] We were in awe of their tiny stingers that could bring a grown man down.”
  • Writer Chris Colin on his bunny tattoo: “I got this tattoo because I suspected one day I would think it would be stupid. I wanted to mark time, or mark the me that thought it was a good idea.”