I remember being turned onto this fun memory trick when I was working on a salmon display for the Sitka Sound Science Center a few years ago. Since then I’ve often used it to teach fishy neophytes the five salmon names: Chum rhymes with thumb, “poke you in the eye Sockeye”, King for the biggest finger, Silver for the ring finger and Pink for the pinkie. And now I have a piscatorially pedantic image on a shirt so that you too can join in on the fun.
My drawing is inspired by studying the look of old palm-reading charts. Palmistry, also known as Cheirology, is the ancient art of reading one’s fate by carefully examining the lines of the hand. Pseudo-science or the real deal? You be the judge!
Memo Jauregui did the vibrant digital coloring with a few adjustments by Grace Freeman.