I can’t wait until I’m older and have free reign over my hair
because I want to do a lot more with color (like dying the underside)
but my mom says it’s too much upkeep
s i g h
you guys why don’t we talk about Tahno’s pro-bending costume anymore
Wolfbats chillin’ in the swamp. Also, stop messing with the catgator Ming it’s freaking Shaozu out.
Wow this is really cute ah
going through my old blog/Tahno tag and queuing lots of stuff because I’ll be away this weekend
Tahno would be a southpaw.
I…have kind of weird feelings about this.
My mom and aunt are both lefties, as have been several of my friends. Most older lefties I know have had some attempt made to force them to switch handedness, which is not natural or beneficial to them. (Studies have shown that forcing a handedness-switch basically forces that area of the brain to switch hemispheres, which can take a chunk of the speech centers with it, causing stuttering. A friend of mine who had right-handedness beaten into him in Catholic school also struggled with stuttering during that time. Please note that I’m not saying all stuttering is related to this, as I know it isn’t.) Thankfully that’s less prevalent amongst younger people.
I’ve seen a lot of stuff where it’s assumed that the “evil” or at least “morally flexible” characters are left-handed. This is an old and ugly idea. The synonym for “right” is not accidental, nor is it a coincidence that left in Latin is “sinister.”
My mom once dated a rather superstitious man from rural Ukraine, who said that in Ukraine there were no left-handed people. What this meant, of course, was that left-handed people there were forced to become right-handed. He would watch in fascination whenever my mother wrote with her left hand. I think he’d been raised to believe that this was Satanic. Sometimes he’d talk about going back to Ukraine and ask if she’d come with him, but she was nervous about, well, basically being considered evil just because the way she was born.
In addition to the assumption that left-handed people are evil, there are the accessibility issues. Everything from scissors to kitchen knives to computer mice to subway turnstiles to can openers and so on and so forth is designed for right-handed people. I totally have right-handed privilege, and I know that when I manually interact with something, it’s going to be designed to work with my dominant hand. Only a few occasions have shaken that privilege—when trying to use left-handed implements, and one time when I injured my right thumb and was forced to do everything left-handed until it healed. SHIT’S HARD.
I actually do think adding varied handedness would be neat in LoK, and now I want to rewatch and see what hands people do things like eat/write/reach for things with. I’m betting that everyone will just be right-handed because that’s easier for the animators to keep straight, and people are just sort of assumed to be right-handed by default. Left-handed people don’t exist in most fiction. I was pleased in Final Fantasy IV when handedness was included, though of course it was only to make Kain left-handed because he’s T3H EVULZ (or at least morally ambiguous for most of the game).
I love Tahno, and wouldn’t hate if he was left-handed or anything. I just sorta kneejerk against him being left-handed because it’s edgy and baaaad like him. Handedness is just a random thing.
Also, he uses his right hand to gesture to Korra in the restaurant, and also to smooth his hair. We don’t see him eating or writing, but that would seem to indicate right-handedness.
(Bolin and Korra also prominently favor their right hands in this scene.)
guess I’m into this composition right now, hopefully it’s outta my system soon.
I wanted to draw Tahno getting his bending taken away since everyone looks so horrified when it happens… especially him, what with being a pitiful noodle and all. So yeah. Welcome to the own zone Tahno.
Tahno of the White Falls Wolfbats