October 04, 2009

A little Adobe-flavored bloodletting

Longtime InDesign PM Will Eisley has decorated his inner forearms with some bold type (larger image). Replying to my sharp-eyed wife, he says, “Yes, the marks are color and grayscale bars which are part of InDesign’s printing marks.” Hard core.

Next up, he says is “a series of 3’s in ITC Franklin Gothic Heavy. One of the best 3’s in all of typography, IMO.” Will also recommends checking out Body Type, dedicated to tattoo typography.


[Photo courtesy of John Cornicello]

Posted by John Nack at 1:38 PM on October 04, 2009


  • tim lindner — 3:03 PM on October 04, 2009

    If I get one more Permanent Dermal Figure (PDF) with the marks offset to zero I’ll scream.

  • Stephan Bollinger — 5:08 PM on October 04, 2009

    this gives the word “bleed” a new meaning…

  • NotSteveGordon — 5:24 PM on October 04, 2009

    Seems that the tat includes bleed marks, not crop marks.

  • Bret Linford — 6:27 PM on October 04, 2009

    I’d recommend profiling the right arm and converting the left arm to the right arms color space to get the colors to match better…

  • seppel — 6:03 AM on October 05, 2009

    The color and grayscale bars are INSIDE the image… upps..?

  • Will Eisley — 7:32 AM on October 05, 2009

    That’s true. I had to play with the position of the marks and color bars to get the aesthetic I wanted

  • Ken — 9:07 AM on October 05, 2009

    Can I join this new adobe cult? I want to paint my “bleed” on at my age of 63. The wrinkles get me every time..lol
    Ken in KY

  • debbi Smirnoff — 7:18 AM on October 07, 2009

    Wouldn’t it be funny if the color bars were trademarked and he had to forfeit his arms? LOL

  • AmyBean — 12:16 AM on September 08, 2010


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