A XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor in The Forbidden City

China’s Forbidden City is the world’s largest surviving wooden palatial complex, a massive collection of magnificent ceremonial halls, monumental royal residences, and stately imperial courts. It is a grand and stoic monument to the iron will of empire and obedience, an historic enclave that celebrates the opulence of the elite governing class and their eternal attempts at perpetuating a divine distance of rulership.

Brooklyn’s Forbidden City, however, was another matter altogether! While massive in its own right, this arcane complex of diversions and delights was far more temporary and even further more egalitarian in its purpose and function. An unoccupied warehouse transformed into a fantastic and phantasmagorical collection of anarchic installations and calamitous indulgences aimed purely at celebration itself, this Forbidden City was a manifestation of free will and revelry pooled from the collected efforts of scores of artists by the psychedelic party producing pair known as Winkle and Balktick, in yet another fine installment of their Stranded series of events.

How then did we as 2nd Skin come to this strange and fertile environment, you may ask? And what indeed is the story of our curious parlor’s birthing?

We shall tell you presently:

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoos
Our own Miss Laura Lee had for a while been desiring to produce an installation event at one of Brooklyn’s mysterious pop-up Night Markets, a randomly grouped parking lot of artistic themed box trucks from which various creative sorts ply their trade and wares.  And – save for the trucks – the Stranded events (which are spearheaded by the same directorial concerns) provide nearly identical opportunities for such generous grandstanding. Additionally, as is her fortune, the business operations of 2nd Skin, along with Mr. Mikas’ unique talents and acquisitions, place such aspirations within simple grasp.

Over cheap beer and whiskey at one of their favorite haunts, the meat-packing district’s infamous, “Hogs and Heiffers”, a master-plan was enthusiastically drafted by our clever pair. Involving custom-made, double entendre tarot cards,  blockprints of astrological sex positions, a naughty Tijuana Bible inspired backdrop for a digital photo booth, and a golden spinning penis, the elements of an enticingly tawdry environment were developed. It is to the credit of the staff and spirits of that unique manhattan watering hole that such inspiration flowed so freely from our crafty co-conspirators.

And what to name this functional environment drawn from our dynamic duo’s tipsy notions of urban seediness and forbidden sub-urban values?

Why the “XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor” – of course!

Laura Lee lost no time in drafting a plan of action involving the recruitment of three lovely female assistants to help ply their trade. She further composed a sketch of the proposed parlor’s interior, and plotted an itinerary for the order of events to take place in.  After an offering of tuition in the practical functions of card based divination systems and the detailing of a further integrated application process using the principals of randomness in regards to tattoo placement, Matthew went about securing the various supplies and rigging systems needed for the booth’s construction, while Ms. LL busied herself with such embellishing tasks as folding origami stars, fashioning paper flowers and carving acrobatic carnal images .

The master-plan for 2nd Skin’s XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor would be enacted by this lusty and lively crew as follows:

The tattoo parlor crew

Greeted by one of our beautiful fortune tellers, the statuesque vocalist, Ms. Juliet Trail, or the vivacious illustrator, Ms. Maya Szychowska, our prospective clients would be ushered towards the reading table where through the drawing of three simple cards they would find out whether they would meet someone that night, whether they would go home with that person, and finally, regardless of whatever situation arose, would it be satisfying nonetheless. Afterwhich a judgement would be made by the card reader as to whether the person had been deemed by the universe to be Lucky, Unlucky, or if the outcome was uncertain.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

Then after drawing a fortune cookie from one of the three similarly labeled baskets, they could go on to get “tattooed” by Matthew and Laura Lee. A spin of the golden penis indicated which part of the body they would be painted upon and, depending on their zodiac sign, they were stamped with the appropriate astrological sex position before being labeled by hand with an inscription relative to the circumstances of their fate.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

Finally their digital portrait would be captured via the adroitly perceptive camera skills of the lovely and talented Ms. Diana Arge, whom you see here:

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

Testing the photo booth

Our careful preparations for this ambitious event, were greeted with a public acceptance which far exceeded even our own reasonable expectations of success. And, as you may well note in the following images of the lines which extended out from our booth for the entirety of the event, we found ourselves to be quite the favored attraction:

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

And now, after bearing with us through this verbose and pedantic narrative, perhaps your eyes might prefer to be refreshed by looking upon some of the many beautiful people we had the pleasure of placing our entertainments upon that most invigorating and mystical night.

We shall say no more for the moment:

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.
XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.
XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.
XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.
XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

“Whew!”

And believe it or not our Flickr account holds well over three hundred more photos available for you to enjoy detailing all phases of this engaging phenomenon.

From start:

To finish:

XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor @ Stranded in the Forbidden City! Painting by 2nd Skin. Photography by Diana Arge.

Well done, Laura Lee! It looks as though Matthew is quite proud to have been your partner in this somewhat spectacular endeavor.

And to you our dear reader, a heart felt “thank you” for indulging us this lengthy posting. Here is hoping that you’ve found at least some minor diversion in entertaining this long-spun news of our titillating dalliances. A post-script to this event yet awaits you. But in the meantime, there is a way to keep track of us, you know…

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2 Responses to “A XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor in The Forbidden City”

  1. WOW! Laura Lee, how did a classy girl like you end up being involved pornographically…

  2. A XXX Fortune Telling Tattoo Parlor in The Forbidden City | 2nd Skin

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