The image of the pagoda on “reproduction pink” sets the tone for the rest of the poem. The reader will find Britannia in the same sentence as East Asia, and Josiah Spode mentioned one stanza before Hokusai, an Edo-period Japanese print-maker whose most famous work is The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. The men were contemporaries of sorts, and each has had a lasting influence over his respective art.
There is pain associated with the tattoo needle and to think that habaneros sweat makes the reader consider the color orange, and the city of Pittsburgh in a different way. This displays Rigby’s attention to detail and her ability to use them to ground emotions and to give feeling to place.