On a Sunday in January of 2004, Sally, Darryl and I were in
Buenos Aires and decided to go to the very popular street
market in Boca. As I was walking through the stalls, I met a
woman selling batik hangings. I particularly liked the one
featuring the pattern at left. You can't tell it from the photo,
but it's mostly teal in color.
Darryl asked me what it was, and I replied that it looked like
a couple of fish. Sally said they looked like bats. No
consensus was reached, so they were dubbed batfish.
Awhile back, I was lying in bed one night and thinking--for
some unknown reason--that I needed to give MattIsch.com
some kind of identifying symbol--a logo, if you will. The
batfish batik hanging over the bed filled the bill precisely.
Since I had been called "Bat Fish" by clever
second-graders since the early 1960's, it also had a bit of
Thus, A logo was born. Since I can't really decide if this is
two batfish or one batfish with two heads, I've declared
"batfish" to be both singular and plural.
Now you know.
|The Legend of the Batfish