Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tale of Two Tattoos

I have wanted a tattoo for YEARS. Well, two. No, three. Um, four, but that's pushing it. I've always, always wanted the Rolling Stones Tongue tattooed on my arse. Never was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, but when I was in High School I had a patch of that sewn to the butt of a pair of my jeans, which drew more than a few suggestions. I don't think that one will ever happen, but it's funny.

I also want a band like my son-in-law Tony's, which has very medieval-looking tendrils and a sun in the center. But his has a broken rock in the center of the sun, & I want a smiley face with round purple glasses like I wear. That's another maybe.

Wanted Richard's name in fancy tiny script like Emma got on her arse in The Importance of Being Ernest, only on my upper thigh near the pantie line, but I don't think I'm going to do that anytime soon.

A few years ago my dh suggested I should have an ice cream cone just above my breast, for reasons all his own. But then he said, it doesn't matter, because he doesn't want me to have a tattoo at all. Ever.

Then on Valentine's day he changed his mind. Might have had a little to do with the fact that a while back I told him that when he dies, I'm gonna step over his corpse, go get a tattoo, and *then* call 911. So on Monday the 15th I went, took my art to the tattoo parlor, & on Tuesday the 16th I got inked.

The place I went is Alter Ego Tattoos in Knoxville, on Kingston Pike. Cleanest place I have EVER seen! Jon is the owner there, and has done tattoos for my daughter Des & her dh Tony. They said my artist would be Boyd. Here is my outline...

And hereon the left Boyd is, mopping up some extra ink. He has very WARM hands, by the way! Don't look at my face, didn't get a chance to put any makeup on! Arrggh!

Over there on the right, Brand new!

and here on the left, two days old. Healing nicely. Never did even get pink around the edges.

Alright, on to the next one! My ds#2 Artemas recently turned 18. When he was about 10 years old, he said, "Mom, you know that lizard like on the Sobe bottle? When I'm old enough, I'm gonna have a tattoo of that!"

I was like, "Sure you will." Everybody knows that between 10 years old and majority, little boys change their minds a bazillion times.

But he never did, and after I got my tattoo, he was like, when can I get one? He earned money this past year on Etsy, so I told him to get a pic he liked, we'd draw something up, & he could get it done.

So we took his drawing, along with my interpretation of it and a few notations, on over to Alter Ego and would you know, Boyd had an opening on Monday Feb. 22!

Artemas just about worked himself up into a state over whether it was going to hurt or not, so that by the time Boyd got started, he was beside himself. About 5 minutes in, he got to feeling light-headed. Didn't help that he only had a Mtn. Dew that morning.
Boyd gave him a glass of water & some skittles, took a short breather & got started again. Artemas handled it fine after that.

Here (above, right) he is getting the work done. There's also a video on Youtube called The Awesomest Lizard Tattoo, in which I am talking in the background. Maybe I was kidding, heh heh.

Here it is in the first hour, covered (& bleeding a little).

And here it is about an hour old, washed & dressed with chapstick. Great job! I love it, and Artemas does too!

4 comments: said...

I love the ice cream. Its cute and not manly looking at all! And the lizard is manly and I love the colors on it! Wow its amazing what they can do.

Good said...

Love it! I want some more tattoos, too. I'm glad you finally got yours!

Vixen/Apron Frenzy said...

Those are awesome! I have two and my plan for my third all ready to go. Just saving up the money.
aka @ladybugsgrama

Peggy Sue Brister said...

I got my first (homemade) tat when I was 15. It was a small heart on my left inside ankle. It was done w/ a needle & India ink. I decided after my mom died in 2001 to get that heart covered with a big sunflower, because that is what she called me (because I like sunflowers and constantly eat shelled sf seeds)
That was my only tat for several years. Then I ended up getting a sunflower around my belly button. Then I got a vine across my lower belly that ends in a sunflower on each hip bone. I have my husband's name (Jeremy) on my belly right under my belly button sunflower, then I have a dragonfly on my back with my last name (Brister) under it. You can't tell I even have any tats with my clothes on. But if ppl see me in my bikini, that is when they start judging me. I say that because I know ppl do judge based on tats. I use to be one fo them eventhough I had one.