I really do prefer shiva Paintstiks for portrait work.
Happy 27th Birthday, Ben!!
This one is from the MOMA
Although the origins of Valentine's Day are unclear, the oldest surviving card - from 1415 - is in the British Museum. Charles of Valois, Duke of Orleans, created it for his wife (Bonne of Armagnac) while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. (A poet, Charles survived the tower, despite a lengthy stay.)
When postage rates became affordable, people began to send Valentines without signing their names. Some of those anonymously sent cards contained risque verses, leading some countries to ban the practice of exchanging them.
It is said that in the late nineteenth-century, the Chicago post office rejected thousands of Valentines because they were too inappropriate to be carried by the U.S. mail. Even in the 21st century, Valentine's Day has been discouraged in India and banned altogether in Saudi Arabia.
Pink Ribbons from Anthropologie