Malefic Tattoos recently to continue his oriental tattoo. It's a huge custom piece by Fabien they've been working on since sometime last summer. While getting inked Bill enjoyed reading Nigel Bird's short fiction collection, With Love and Squalor.
Bill said that all the stories were completely engaging and got his interest right away.
"The second story, Fisher of Men, was my favourite," Bill says, "The ending was such a surprise, it caught me off guard. Like a complete u-turn in the story I didn't see coming."
Bill is an average guy who's normally not a big fiction reader, but I like to think I've led him to the dark side with Nigel Bird's tales of noir. Bill wears a suit and tie nine to five and enjoys spending time with his family at the cottage on the weekends. And although he might look like a bad ass with all that ink, he's not a rootin' tootin' son of a bitchin'cold blooded killer, like The Schofield Kid in the movie Unforgiven. Neither is he Yakuza as he was recently accused of while on vacation in Jamaica.
Yeah, no kidding. I guess the first indication of that would be the fact that he's A WHITE GUY! Some people are just not the sharpest fish in the sky.
Bill's tattoo is in honour of his two sons who are half Chinese and born the year of the tiger and the year of the dragon. There's still a few hours of work to do on the dragon--some fire background and a bit more rendering on the scales.
Unlike the artist in Nigel's powerful story Fisher of Men in With Love And Squalor, this art doesn't wash away in the rain. You'll have to read that story to know what I'm talking about. By the way, it's brilliant.
I love the way Nigel writes, there's a density in his stories that you can sink your teeth into. And I enjoy all those British expressions and profanities reminding me of my Irish roots; curses like "the wee shites" just give me a warm fuzzy like nothing else. One of my favourite stories in this collection is No Pain, No Gain. It has just the right amount of grit and raw intensity.
Be sure to visit Nigel Bird at his blog Sea Minor. He runs a cool interview series over there called Dancing With Myself.