I’m visiting family for a couple of days. My niece, with whom I’ve always shared creative interests, offered to give me a tattoo for my right bicep. I remember her early days. She had and has an independent spirit. We would work on art and build Lego structures all day long. Legos became a tradition, as she had inherited all of my childhood Legos. It is for this reason that she wanted to merge a Lego aesthetic with a typewriter. She had only a day to dream up a blueprint. I sent her photos of various machines. I wanted it to be one my special machines, something I repeatedly use. Well, that would have to be my Olympia SG1.
Initially, before she had the image from which to work, she had drafted something a bit computer-like. She is twenty-one. Typewriters aren’t an everyday experience for her.
Then, after we talked a bit, she came up with an image that captures the SG1’s personality. The typewriter keys represent Lego pieces. With that in mind, I suggested that “Logos” be etched into the page inserted into the machine.
“Logos” means many things. For me, it is a philosophical term signifying rational discourse, but it also suggests creation of the word. She is going to give herself another Lego image. I think that’s the coolest damn thing,