Testing square signatures on Thai paper
A friend ordered chops for me from the back streets of Hong Kong Island: two solid stones with my Chinese name hand-carved in antique characters.
He texted me just as I was about to board a plane in Chengdu: ?Are you sure you want that pasty red ink stuff for your chops? Or would you rather just have a regular stamp pad?? he asked.
The previous day I?d seen a Chinese painter mash his chop into the red paste, warm it up to a buttery red froth, then smash his signature onto a piece of smooth mulberry paper. It had more integrity than a signed name could ever possess. His combination of strength and control was irresistable. I had to try it.