The new issue we put out today marks the ninth straight week that we’ve had a Tattoo issue out there for the world to read. We haven’t done that since 1998. But what makes this year even more special is that we’ve also had six special editions — printing much of Samantha Perez’s amazing Hurricane Journal — during the same period. Even I don’t know how we’re keeping up this pace.
This week’s issue, by the way, has our second news feature about an veteran of Bristol’s clockmaking industry. This time, Zach Brokenrope interviewed a fellow who designed a clock in the 1960s that aimed at helping women who wanted to use the rhythm method for birth control. The clock didn’t sell too well — the company went under — but it is an interesting tale. We’re doing these stories in conjunction with the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, a place that always knows what time it is.
We’ve also got a personal story from Edrees Kakar, an Afghan refugee in Pakistan, about what Ramadan is all about. For the billion plus people who are Muslim, it’s old news, though we hope still interesting. But for the rest of the world, it’s a valuable reminder of what Islam really is in an era where crazies are trying to hijack the faith.
Molly Horan has a nice column about the back-to-the-past way she and a few friends spent their school’s homecoming night.
And, as usual, there’s a stellar cartoon from the talented Justin Skaradosky.
Don’t miss the whole thing at www.readthetattoo.com.