Inner Tattoos

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Inner Tattoos

Earlier this week, I saw a picture of someone who had their face and body covered in tattoos.

My reactions were many and varied. How did they find work? (they are a tattoo artist, btw) Did they get a lot of questions? Were they comfortable showing something so personal to the world? Was it painful?

Then I realized that in many ways, I have my own inner tattoos.

The most obvious one is acting. Whenever I’m in the booth or onstage, I’m displaying something very personal. Often times a lot of work and pain went into creating it. And when others find out what I do, there are always questions.

Maybe the only difference is that my tattoos are not on the outside. Just hidden beneath the surface.

I think we all have inner tattoos. And some are brave enough to get the real thing.

Hope all your uniqueness shines through 😉

Take care,
JoeActor

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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Floating Head Without Green Screen

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Floating Head Without Green Screen

Hey gang!

While making my last song parody video (“The Hell of Diets“), I used a special video trick to make my head float:
The Hell of Diets! (title card)

Since I don’t own a Green Screen, I had to come up with another way.

Okay, rewind… “Green Screen? What the heck is that, Joe?”

Glad you asked! In simple terms, the actor is shot on a set that is all one color (usually green, but sometimes blue), then in the video production, the green is replaced with any other picture or video. The effect in video software is called “Chroma Key”. I’ve used Green Screen in my animation projects, such as the “Ban Ki-moon Tune!” – here’s a peek:
Ban Ki-moon Green Screen

No Green Screen? No Problem!

I realized that all I really needed was a way to ensure my face was lighted much brighter than the rest of the shot. Then I could use the Chroma Keyer in Sony’s Movie Studio software to remove everything else (the darker parts of the image).

Here are the steps (click on any image for a larger view):
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Bearly The Actor

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Bearly The Actor
(a children’s story for grown-ups)
written by: Joe J Thomas
Bearly The Actor - Book Cover

      Bearly The Actor - Joe J Thomas

In the magical land of Hollis Woods, there once lived a little guy named Bearly.
He worked in the daytime at the honey mines, where everyone treated him fairly.

He rented a smallish room in a hollow tree
In a town where very little came free

But Bearly’s dream was much bigger than that – an actor was what he wanted to be!
With fame and awards and lots of honey in a mansion down by the sea!
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Graphic JoeActor!

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Graphic JoeActor! Part of the job of being self-employed is letting people know what you’ve accomplished. Since I normally eschew traditional marketing methods, I decided to get a bit graphic instead. Below are some iconic graphics featuring characters that I’ve … Continue reading

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Un Film Du Arte

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Un Film Du Arte

by Aruba Borealis

“Un Film Du Arte” is the first of a series of 273 films by soon to be acclaimed director Aruba Borealis.

Known for his work on knowing art, Aruba Borealis brings a fresh perspective to the Art Film genre.

“I wanted to make something that means something to someone… but I came up with this. Maybe I can sell it.”
— Aruba Borealis

Critical Praise for “Un Film Du Arte”:

“For a first film, this was really bad.”
— Fred Garvey, Mulligatawny Post Dispatch
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Let There Be Lights!

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Let There Be Lights!

Jigsaw Bedside Lamps

I made these bedside pendant lamps for less than $55 each… with my own two hands!
(hard to believe, no?)

Read on to find out how they’re built, and to view links to the products so you can make them too…

The lampshades are from kits known as “Jigsaw Puzzle Lamps” or just “Jigsaw Lamps”. Continue reading

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Dump Art Gallery

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Joe’s Dump: Art Gallery!

While writing posts for Joe’s Dump, I was surprised to find out how many graphics I had created.

A few of my favorites are listed below for your viewing pleasure.

Please click on each for a link to a larger version, or to view the original post.

Hope you enjoy the “Joe’s Dump Art Gallery“!

Sincerely,
Aruba Borealis – Curator

Quotes and Commentary:

Life Moon Earth

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Life, Moon, Earth

Peter Sellers Quote

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Peter Sellers Quote

Bill Nye / Ken Hamm Debate

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Bill Nye / Ken Hamm Debate

Life+Weapons=Death

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Life+Weapons=Death

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Hubert Sumlin

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Hubert Sumlin

(Nov. 16, 1931 – Dec. 4, 2011)

I must confess that my knowledge of Hubert Sumlin, the legendary blues guitarist from Chicago, was pretty much non-existent. In his lifetime, his music has inspired many people and bands that I greatly admire. Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, and the list just keeps on going.
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