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Thursday, July 14, 2011

So, What Do Neko Case's New Tattoos Mean?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

click to enlarge The new look of Case's arms - VIA POP-QUIZ KID

Anyone at Stern Grove on July 3? (Yes, duh.)

Anyone notice anything different about the arms of alt-country singer and cult figure Neko Case?

Well, we did. Case, you see, recently got large tattoos on each of her forearms. As the picture above indicates, they're quite noticeable, even from a distance. The right one says "Scorned as Timber," while the left reads "Beloved of the Sky."

So what do they mean? That's what we're here to tell you!

It turns out the phrases relate to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Case's alma mater. More specifically, they're related to a 1935 painting by Emily Carr herself.

But that's all we're going to tell you. For the full story, head to the Exhibitionist, where SF Weekly's resident Neko Case expert (and fangirl), Hiya Swanhuyser, lays out the story of Case's new tattoos in all their fascinating details.

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