Pulled my first etching in Italy today.
It's based off of the Italian principle of bella figora/brutta figora...
Which loosely translates to outward appearances and how people perceive you.
It's pretty interesting learning all the differences between American techniques and those used in Italy. For one, we etch in zinc plates rather than copper. And it goes by sooooo much faster. This is the first state, and it only took me about 45-50 minutes in the acid, which would have been closer to 3.5-4 hours with copper.