Jack Balas, 2022; BRANDON ON THE GYM BARS (#2282); India ink on paper, 30x22 inches

Brandon was working out on the gym bars in the park when I walked by. I'd been looking at a book on ancient Greek sculpture that morning, and the Eye of Horus tatt on his back was a good reason to ask for a photo. "I'm trying to think of something for my front, though," he said as he shook my hand like being caught in stone. "How about page 18?" I asked, "or even page 31?"

Today is Tues.July 12, 2022 (the painting, not the story.)