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Local Photog Gets Canon Tattoo. Soon Regrets it.


Local photographer Axle Pinion is a little embarrassed these days. Embarrassed because six months ago he had a Canon logo tattooed to his right forearm. He was deep into the system, after all, and loved all the megapickles and frames per second and the sweet white lenses and the vibrant online community.

Yup, he was punch drunk in love, and on a steamy summer night, 5Diii cradled lovingly in his Cotton Carrier hand strap, he thought, “what the heck, I’m going to show the world how much I love Canon…I’m going to get a Canon tattoo!” The 5Diii was neither touched or dismayed at this proposed public display of affection, as it was after all an inanimate object with no real cognition or self awareness.

Unhindered, Pinion drove to the tattoo parlor on the edgier side of town (you know, the one with Dunkin’ Donuts instead of Starbucks. How gauche!). And with megapickle passion burning in his veins, he did the deed and immediately posted a photo of his thus needled and reddened skin on Instagram. The digital Canon love quickly followed.

What happened in the intervening months is a little fuzzy, but what we do know is that there was a falling out of sorts, something about DxO and exposure range and Pinion becoming disenchanted with his Canon gear. One thing led to another, voices were raised (actually, just Pinion’s voice, because let’s not forget that the 5Diii for all of it’s capabilities, can’t speak), and Pinion snuck off one night to visit PentaxForums.com with an innocent post, “Thinking of switching to Pentax.” That was the beginning of the end of Pinion and Canon. The cult of Pentax welcomed Pinion with open apertures.

But there’s the whole issue of the man with the Canon tattoo. What to do? What to do? Pinion is a touch vexed, but he reckons he can just wear long sleeves. Even though he lives in Tucson, AZ, where summer temperatures can reach as high as 20,000 degrees. Or something like that. At least the long sleeves will also cover the Nikon tattoo on his left shoulder. Now where to put the Pentax tattoo?


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