4.24.2011

Tattoo #6: File-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates otilophus)

From Top-Left to Bottom-Right: 1) Shaved My leg
2)  Stencil Placement 3) Outline 4) Black Shading
5) Color Shading
6) Finished


File-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates otilophus)

I've been wanting new ink since the last one healed. I guess that's the way it goes for an addict, but none of the images I'd come across spoke to me.

Two years later, I've taught twenty sections of Environmental Science, each of which I started with a presentation about frogs. Frogs are fragile. Intrinsically, frogs are beautiful and enjoy a niche within food webs as both predators and as prey. Instrumentally, they provide population control for pests and can serve as a bioindicator, reveling the presence of toxic pollutants. Starting out each of my classes by lecturing on frogs, on their value and fragility allowed me to quickly introduce and immerse students in both the language of Environmental Science and engage students in an environmental problem quickly.

To learn more about the environmental problems and the importance of frogs, I suggest starting with CGEE's: A Thousand Friends of Frogs. Two good presentation resources include, Frog Malformities and Frogs as Bioindicators.

Alas, the strange circumstances that have allowed me the opportunity to teach Environmental Science have dissolved like Cinderella's dress and her pumpkin carriage. It's been a good run, and I feel lucky to have had the chance to study and converse with students about how human systems and environmental interact. Thus, this tattoo is celebration and remembrance of my time as an instructor of environmental science. Perhaps, it is also a wish, a desire to seek out such circumstances where I will again be able to discuss the importance of frogs. (I just realized, not that I had planed it, but I had the tattoo done on Earth Day 2011 - a strange and wonderful coincidence.)

About the source material:

Tim Laman, a wildlife photojournalist, took an stunning closeup shot the File-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates otilophus), which is native to the Sumatra and Borneo rain forests. Laman's original picture is located in his Rain Forest at Night archive. Laman also has a wonderful blog that you can follow, Tim Laman Blog. To find out more about the File-eared Tree Frog, visit the frog's bio-page on Ecology Asia.

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