Tattoos, Scammers & Honest Abe --CagleMay 2009
IT ISN’T necessary to sell printers on the beauty and endurance of ink. Some prefer to take it home with them, and not just on their clothes.
The morning show of a Philadelphia-based radio station, WMMR, has a weekly feature it calls Tattoosday, in which listeners come in to the studio on a Tuesday morning to have a small tattoo applied by a local artist. On the morning of March 3, a man named Tom—who identified himself as an employee of a pressure-sensitive label plant in King of Prussia, PA—dropped in on “Preston and Steve.”
Tom told “Preston and Steve” that he wanted to get a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse tattoo, but that would take a long time to draw and ink. He opted for a skull and crossbones, but vowed to visit the same artist soon to get the large and involved masterpiece.
I contacted the printer in question to see if we could get a picture of Tom, but the company declined to participate. Too bad...we would’ve liked to have seen how the fresh ink turned out.
If you’re reading, Tom, we’d really like to see the Four Horsemen art. And that goes for anyone out there who boasts truly original artwork on their person. Send in a high-resolution image of your ink, and we’ll publish it in a future edition of Bits and Pieces.
We all need to remember that ink puts food on our table, and is richly deserving of our appreciation. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget the role it plays in our lives.
PRINTER BEWARE: Jason Deron at SG Printing in Waymart, PA, sent us a heads-up about an e-mail scam that targets printers. The scammers are our good friends from Nigeria who brought us the original 419 Nigerian Bank Scam.
Perhaps you’ve seen the ruse previously. The “print buyer” blindly e-mails you an RFQ with specs for a flyer job. The English in the e-mail is atrocious, but the sender’s name has a “Rev.” in front of it to prey on your soft side. Maybe it’s from the “Save the Children” organization or other charity that purports to aid youth. Once you give this person a quote, they will send you a check/credit card number for the payment. Except the customer overpays...oops! Kindly send back a check to refund the overage.