Nightshift, Saratoga Spri...

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Nightshift, Saratoga Spri...


Jeff Sharlet







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Nightshift, Saratoga Springs: Nice middle-aged lady clerk with a giant smoking Glock tattooed down her left forearm, “No Regrets” inscribed along the barrel, says no to a picture. Actually, what she says is, “I can’t allow that.” And: “Everybody thinks it means I killed someone. Do I look like I killed someone?” // Bobby Doe Eyes, on the other hand, is only too happy to put his Pink Floyd body art on display. Even though the first record I ever bought, or helped buy, was The Wall—I wanted the Star Wars soundtrack, but my big sister hijacked my allowance—I’m Floyd naïve. “What’s your favorite Pink Floyd album?” I ask. Bobby looks confused. He’s showing me what I’ve since learned is the Wish You Were Here insignia. But he doesn’t want to be rude. “Um, I guess I usually say Wish You Were Here, but, um, maybe it could be Dark Side of the Moon?” // He says he’s saving for a whole Floyd sleeve. Every album, wrist to shoulder. He holds out the other arm. This one I don’t have to ask. Zeppelin IV, the Hermit—the spooky guy in the robes, with the lantern—a Tarot symbol of “deep understanding.” See? I know some things. I grew up listening to PYX 106, too. “Crank It Up!” I remember. // “What’s next for that arm?” I ask. He points to his uninked freckled expanses. “Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Miller Band,” he says. “It’s going to be all classic rock..." He tries for an exclamation point but winds up with an ellipses. Try it again: Classic rock! Crank it up. It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled. // #nightshift #noregrets #pinkfloyd #zoso #picturesandwords #snapshotjournalism #truestories




Jeff Sharlet, “Nightshift, Saratoga Spri...,” The InstaEssay Archive, accessed July 18, 2018,