Because maternity wards smell like dorm bathroom bins when all the girls are taken by their periods and everyone is too tired and too annoyed to empty messes into dumpsters. Because birth and death share a scent. Because everything is too bright, too white, too stark: lights, walls, sheets. Because blood and sweat and urine and shit usher new life into the world, then seep and ooze and trickle as life makes its way out. Because even though you scrub and brush and wipe with obsessive zeal, even though you drape yourself in the assurances of expertise, the metallic smell of fresh blood lingers in the halls of the surgical wing, clings to nostrils, haunts instruments.
Brett J Barr is an artist/ tattooist, born in Easton Pennsylvania. He grew up in Daytona Beach, moved to Orlando FL in 1997 and now resides in Orlando, FL. Aside from tattooing at Built 4 Speed Tattoo in Orlando, Brett enjoys many different art forms such as graphite, charcoal, paint, pen and ink, mixed media/ graphic design, woodworking miniatures and studies classical guitar.
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