On April 7, just after I walked through Ghent in my original soft armour, I wrote Tattoo Joris this text on my Facebook page. Today, May 6, Joris gave me the words I wanted.

(April 7) 

well, this is what i do
i find stories
although usually they find me
i look for the dots and connect them
it is easy
you just wait and keep your eyes open

once upon a time i bought myself a three piece walking suit
i called it my soft armour
i wore it for 108 days
it protected me
i collected stories in it
i embroidered them on the inside
and carried them around outside
day and night

one day, when i was on the road
i realised i didn’t need my suit anymore
because i already had a soft armour
an old one
i tried it on, it fitted well
when i walked the streets naked all stories came together

the next day i left on a train
going home
it was a complicated journey
detours and delays
dragging suitcases up steep stairs
changing trains forever

just before i arrived where i was heading
in the last train to a big city
i looked up and saw joris
he was covered in stories
tattooed all over his body

i asked him where i could find a good tattoo artist
he said i had found him
he gave me his card
and asked me to write him what i wanted

so i’m writing

i want words

i want a soft armour forever