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Here we find two random textures from my gallery. I enjoy them as abstract art, but you're welcome to use them in your work any way you like - I just ask for a link back here so people can find the textures too.
It felt ... unexpectedly satisfying. And I don't mean because it was giving me a tooth ache, and with it gone the pain too, but the actual yanking of the tooth while under local anaesthesia was a strangely pleasurable sensation. It was... I don't know how to describe it. It was like pulling a strangely shaped rock (err. a tooth shaped rock perhaps) out of the ground, or some odd root vegetable (um, a tooth shaped carrot perhaps). Only, the rock/vegetable was my tooth and the ground is ... well obviously the comparison is to my gums. Or pulling a book out of a tightly packed shelf by rocking it back and forth. Or a remote from between to sofa cushions.
I dunno. That should be enough to get your imagination going.
Obviously if I had a tooth pulled I didn't take the best care of my teeth - and the whole time I was in the US I never saw a dentist. When I got back home last year I had my teeth taken care of, which involved several fillings. All was good. Oh, there was a hiccup where I chomped on a bit of ceramic debris in some Chinese take out and chipped part of a filling, but no big deal. Then maybe a week or so ago some sensitivity to heat came back (it can happen for a while after getting a filling, but it had gone for the most part), and then three days ago it started to become rather acutely painful.
Two nights ago I needed ibuprofen to sleep, and last night the pain was the worst I've ever experienced. I almost took pliers to my own face but the pain was radiating all over the place and so I couldn't tell which tooth it was. And because I was feeling pain over such a big area of the right side of my head (my inner ear was even hurting like a motherfucker) I couldn't tell if it was one tooth at fault, or if somehow I had... I dunno, skull cancer eating my face apart. I made peace with death in that moment. I know it sounds melodramatic, but holy fuck, you experience that kind of pain and see what happens.
If you're lazy with brushing and flossing your teeth, take my word for it, an entire life of brushing and flossing is worth the trouble to prevent the pain I experienced.
So yeah. I barely got any sleep last night, woke up and mum took me to the dentist. He did dentist stuff and realised the tooth pretty much had to go. Complications from when I had my wisdom teeth removed meant that a root canal wouldn't have much chance for success. I didn't mind. He gave me a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers and we made an appointment for 5 days from now. I didn't last the rest of the day. Holy shit. The pain would come and go, and at my dentists advice I used cold water to calm the pain. But then just fridge cold water wasn't enough and I swear I nearly blacked out trying to get up to get crushed ice. Then that did the trick for an hour or so, but then even sipping that wasn't enough, and I found I had to keep a constant flow against the tooth. It was at that point my family, seeing me in such pain (they didn't see me writhing in bed that morning) rushed me to the dental hospital in the city.
And. Yerr. One less tooth. Much less pain. And what a difference the absence of pain makes to a person's mental well being.
Favorite visual artistThe likes of Giger, Moebius and Syd MeadFavorite moviesAlien(s), Sunshine, Eternal Sunshine, Cashback, Starship Troopers, Tron, V for Vendetta, The Matrix Favorite TV showsTrue Detective, How it's Made, COSMOS, Mad Men ... etcFavorite bands / musical artistsUNKLE, Daft Punk, Lorn, Kavinsky, Queens of the Stone Age, BRMC, Trail of Dead, White Lies, Editors, Kyuss, more... always more.Favorite booksPhantom Tollbooth, The Outsider/Stranger, Discworld novelsFavorite writersTerry Pratchett ... more.Favorite gamesGTA (all of them), Rez, Mr. Driller, more. Favorite gaming platformPC, even though I've played mostly consoles since my PS2.Tools of the TradeKeyboard, mouse, stylus, pen, paper, markers. Oh, and a camera, that helps.Other InterestsFlight school.