Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Oh the pain? I asked — and paid — for it

For my birthday in June I told Bill wanted to get a tattoo.

I knew what I wanted and knew who I wanted to do it. Unfortunately, it seems everyone else in town wants to get tattooed by Erik at The Raw Canvas because I had to wait two months to get an appointment.

Well, if I had wanted a kanji or a Smurf or something, I probably could have gotten in sooner. But I had bigger plans.

And those plans now seem completely idiotic.


Because there is one thing about tattoos ... they hurt. Like hell. A lot. Imeanreally!

I decided to get a rather large back piece that would require more than one 4-5 hour sitting. No problem, I thought. It's all good. I'm a good sitter.

Then Tuesday came and we started my giant tattoo. After the first 10 minutes I wanted to be all, "Yeah, I was just joking. Hey, Bill, let's go to Bed, Bath and Beyond instead of staying here while this guy carves me with inky needles."

But I didn't. I sat (actually laid on my belly) like a champ for over four hours. Yes, people, I was tattooed for more than four hours. That was twice as long as my labor when I had Margaret.

And the glorious part?

We're not even close to being done.

But what is done is so awesome, it makes me want to cry a little.

So without further ado, here's a brief photo essay of of this first sitting:

The stencil showing my existing tattoos. In the end, there will be flower work that will integrate my existing tattoos with my new one.
Getting inked:
Making progress:

Here it is with the line work completed:
Then we started on the color:
And this is where we stopped more than four hours after starting:
The only way I'd be more pleased was if it was all done.

Ah tattoos, they are so much fun.


Anonymous said...

Oh, how I do love me some Mucha. The drapery work is wonderful.

You're such an effing BADASS!!!!!


TheSearchForME said...

That's beautiful! My husband and I both have tattoos, but much smaller. For his birthday this year I want to get him a tattoo we've been talking about that has to do with our kids. I've got the same problem though-the artist I want to do the tattoo is currently so booked she's not even taking appointments, UGH!

Really enjoy reading your blog-keep writing!

Rheanna said...

Mucha is my favorite artist and I googled Mucha tattoos today because I'm thinking of getting one. I see you posted this in 2009. Any updates? I would LOVE to see it coloured!