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Saw that in my first-time-in-years check of cm casual this morning. Dude slays.
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There should be a SW&D Tattoo Thread.... Who here has ink, post pictures and stories.

After years of rumination, my first tattoo idea has been realized. Grandfather served 10 years in Soviet Prison, whilst there he created several journals he wrote and drew in. Going to get the candle and the inkwell. Candle on left tricep right above elbow, and inkwell on right arm in the same spot. Going to be dope.

post #79488 of 109053
can i ask what he served for?? kind of intrigued..
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damn 10 years in soviet prison must be hell, props to that du

post #79490 of 109053
does your gramps have any tats himself?

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can i ask what he served for?? kind of intrigued..


I mean, long story short, my grandfather merely ran a business during communist times, this was illegal obviously because of the socialistic nature of the country. So they locked him up.

But if you delve into the actual story is remarkably fascinating.

He was born into extreme poverty, his father died during the first war. He quit school to take care of his mother and sisters. He was extremely intelligent, like savant levels. Think rainman, he was able to add, multiply, divide huge numbers in his head.

Add to this he had a huge heart, he hated the way the USSR was treating people, so he vowed to do something about it. He created something of an underground network of stores where people could get the things they needed, things that where scarce but easily accessible. He did this because after he had served in the army, he befriended a corrupt individual who would funnel this stuff to him, but my grandfather did not do it to make money and become rich, he did it simply because he wanted to help.

this went on for years, and he did become wealthy. he bought houses for all of his sibling, gave anyone who needed a hand help. until one day his so called friend got caught, and to save his own hide he ratted him out. hence my grandfather getting locked up for 10 years.

coincidentally his term finished just as the soviet union was collapsing, and so as soon as he got out, my family was able to exile from russia as jewish refugees in 92, i was only a year old, apparently took my first steps in the american airport.

unfortunately life in america was not kind to him, despite being in prison for 10 years, somehow he still managed to bring $500,000 into the states when we moved here. but that did not go very far sustaining 3 children and their families. he was not used to feeling...so i dont know hopeless. he felt like he could not do what he was used to doing, and felt awful that his kids had to resort to driving taxis and doing menial work while they got their education. couple this with the fact that shortly after we came here, his wife my grandmother committed suicide because she could not accustom herself to life here, he became severely reclusive and depressed.

initially upon moving to america, my family moved to maryland, after the whole thing with my grandmother occurred, everyone decided to relocate to ny. my grandfather, despite everyones urging chose to stay there by himself.

this was in 93, he passed away in 2007. no matter what anyone did or said to him, he was there in his apt by himself till the day he passed away. i feel like he simply could bear the idea of not being this "godfather" figure anymore. he felt useless, which was so unfortunate.

my cousins and i always went up to visit him as often as we could, but he just a different man. very unfortunate. losing his position as patriarch, plus losing his beloved wife really just deflated him.

with all that being said, from all the stories i hear about him, he was honestly a saint. i mean, i have a better job that most people i know who graduated college, while im still in school, simply because a distant family friend who owns this company felt like he owed my grandfather a favor from 20 years ago.

also cool anecdote, at his funeral this man we did not know showed up and asked to say a couple of words. apparently he was in jail at the same time as my grandfather, and was losing his mind, seeing things, just could not take it, was on the brink of killing himself. he says if it were not for my grandfather he would not be standing there today. he brought his young granddaughters with him so they could pay their respects.

i could seriously go on for days about him. i have all of his journals from when he was inside and they are fascinating.




my reasoning behind the tattoo is i love the symbolism behind it. I like to think that he did anything he could to write, writing by candlelight and with an inkwell really resonates with me, that he went to those lengths to be able to create these journals. You should see them, he bound the paper together himself, used the covers from magazines to make the covers. Writing is my passion, my grandfather drew it, I feel like I know where is coming from... I dunno this is kind of rambling and all over the place. my final addled brain was happy for this break haha
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Cool story, bro. smile.gif
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Thanks for sharing.

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I usually have good luck. Paying for the highlighting and extra bumps is always worth it. The problem I have right now is that I want to buy something but the person isn't responding ffffuuuu.gif

I want to sell to Teger, but he's not responding biggrin.gif
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So I bought a shirt from the Gant webstore yesterday and today I get an email about the spring sale, including apparently the shirt I just bought, which is now $20 less. So I email them to see if they will honor the sale price on my order from just a day before.

 

They say yes, but get this: they say it's not currently their policy to do so, but since this was a first-time order, they'll do it for me in this case. So I got what I wanted, but like... what, this only works once?

 

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Next on TMZ, Internet celebrity Miran Lolovich spotted at famous Los Angeles attorney Stanley van Buren's office, reportedly to file suit against famous Avant Garde designer Sruli Recht for splinters in his vagina.
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sruli is the gift that keeps on giving
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Originally Posted by StanleyVanBuren View Post

So I bought a shirt from the Gant webstore yesterday and today I get an email about the spring sale, including apparently the shirt I just bought, which is now $20 less. So I email them to see if they will honor the sale price on my order from just a day before.

They say yes, but get this: they say it's not currently their policy to do so, but since this was a first-time order, they'll do it for me in this case. So I got what I wanted, but like... what, this only works once?

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I don't get why people think stores have any obligation to do that actually. You obviously liked it enough to pay regular price so why cry over 20 bucks?
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trying to decide if i should buy a pair of allen edmonds park avenue's or a new compact camera leaning towards fujifilm x20
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