Tuesday, November 1, 2011

gracias a la vida

Someday I'll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow,
Serenaded by a stray bird or two.
Kings and commoners end up the same,
No more enduring than last night's dream.
Ryōkan Taigu (1758–1831) buddhist monk & poet

tattoo tuesday continues. today is november 1st which is celebrated in many places as all saints day. in mexico november 1st is also the first day of the dia de los murertos (the day of the dead) festival.

today's tattoos are among some i captured from a few of the folks i met on my recent wander and coincidentally feature a couple tattoos of skeletons in mexican costume - images often associated with the dia de los murertos. day of the dead traditions include constructing altars at the graves of deceased loved ones and leaving offerings of favorite foods, gifts, flowers - primarily marigolds, and fanciful decorated sugar skulls.

the first photo is of a fellow i met at monument valley - he was taking a photo of his wife in front one of the incredible rock formations which make up the park. i wandered over to ask if they'd like me to use their camera to take a photo of the two of them - of course they did. (i confess, one of my guilty pleasures is to ask strangers if i can use their camera to take a snap of them with whoever they are with)

as i took their photo i couldn't help but notice the wonderful tattoo and most graciously the fellow's whose name i forgot (sorry) allowed me to take a snap of and share it here on the mouse. after leaving monument valley they were heading to mexican hat - in honor of his tattoo, no doubt. coincidentally, after leaving monument valley, f and i also headed to mexican hat on our way to our next destination on our sw wander, cortez, colorado - but alas we didn't see the couple when we stopped at mexican hat an hour of so later.

the photo above and below show some of the body art which adorns the body of nikki - one of the wonderful staff from epazote, an incredible restaurant in santa fe we dined at near the end of our vacation. although the third photo doesn't offer a day of the dead image, it does capture the vivaciousness and beauty of nikki - along with a bit of the restaurant's gorgeous decor. the decor, wonderful as it was, was drab in comparison to the dishes that chef fernando olea dreamed up. when food is really good there's an expression that it is to die for, well, in my book chef olea's food is food to live for!!

mouse readers know how fond i am of festivals. in cleveland one of my favorite is our dia de los murertos celebration. this is the seventh year cleveland has held this community celebration. below is a slide show of some of the action from this year (52 photos - remember
if you wish you can enlarge the slide show, after hitting play click on arrow icon in the lower right corner of the screen)

joan baez and mercedes sosa performing gracias a la vida in 1988- the song was written by artist and ethnomusicologist violeta parra, who helped launch the nueva canción (new song) movement in chile.


Betsy Brock said...

the redhead with a cupcake tattoo sure is cute! :)

tony said...

I don't have any tattoos.......but these could change my mind!

tom_robison said...

It was TOM! ;) Thanks for posting. We got sidetracked by Navajo Tacos at the Grille in Mexican Hat.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

betsy - that she is!

tony - surprisingly neither do i!

tom - sorry, when it comes to names my memory is like a sieve unless i make some sort of instant association to cement it in my mind.

yum - navajo tacos....easy to get distracted by such tasty treats! i enjoyed a good one in window rock!!

Steve Reed said...

I love Nikki's "Audrey II" tattoo!

Anonymous said...

Great to see Dia de los Muertos in another city, though it's a bit odd to see it in daylight. On most levels I love that ours is at night, but I came close to tripping more than once. And I have posted highlights of our celebration over on my blog.