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I have had “get a tattoo” on my yearly “to-do” for quite some time. At first, it was a “I want another tattoo!” and then after I lost my brother, it became part of what I felt I needed to do to cope with the situation. Tattoos have always been more than just a fashion statement to me. When I was younger, they were a way for me to finally start to love my body, something I’ve always struggled with, and over the years, they’ve become a way for me to document what is going on in my life. Now, that being said, not just anything goes. I got my last tattoo, the blue butterfly on my wrist, on my honeymoon, and it was to commemorate the new phase in my life and the loss of my maternal grandfather.
Butterflies may seem a little, well, flighty, but for me, they are so much more than just whimsical and pretty. Butterflies are the end result of painful, life altering change. A process that takes something plain and a little gross and turns it into something weightless and free. When I lost my younger brother, it broke a part of me in a way that I am still working to understand. It changed me, and while I am still “me”, I’ll never again fully be the person I was before. This tattoo is just a visible symbol of that change. Now to the less cerebral part of this little adventure. This is my 6th tattoo and I will say by far the most painful. I have tattoos on either side of my ribs, on either side of my lower back, and on my wrist, and none of those were even close in terms of pain. By the time we were finishing with color, he was holding my foot steady while he was tattooing, and as soon as he let go, my foot would start involuntarily shaking. As painful as it was, it was one of the best tattooing experiences I’ve ever had. My artist Robert was fantastic; he worked quickly and efficiently, and he was really great about giving me breaks when I needed, making sure I was as comfortable as possible, talking through my design from size to placement to color, and never once making me feel like I was being annoying. I LOVED working with him, and I really hope I get the chance to do so again.If you are in the Tallahassee area and feel the need for some ink, be sure to check out Monument Tattoos. They have some incredible artists, and they’ll make sure to match you up with the best person who can best help you execute your vision.
As you are all well aware, I am completely at peace with my crazy cat lady-ism. Heck, 99% of the time I embrace it wholeheartedly. I love my fur babies, and I have a ridiculous amount of photos to back it up. Which brings me to today: after Charlie died last year, I wanted to get a memorial tattoo, and after 4 (oh yeah, it was 4) failed attempts at getting an appointment with the two artists I was interested in getting work from, I decided to shelve the idea. In hind sight, it wasn’t a bad thing considering I’ve since decided against my previously chosen artwork. Now I am going to wait until I find exactly what I want. However, the itch to get a new tattoo is still there. I’ve been considering getting one of the other tattoos I’ve been wanting, and the top contender is something to take my crazy cat lady status up a notch. I want to get a cattoo.
All of my current tattoos are fairly large and extremely colorful, but for my cat tattoo, I am finding myself drawn to more simplistic black and grey images. I really wish finger/hand tattoos had a better shelf life because a tiny cat on the inside of my right ring finger would be completely awesome, but if I am going to go through the pain, I want it to last.
Images from Bored Panda.
The feeling that I want another tattoo. I hasn’t been quite two years since my last one, so a little more waiting is probably in order, but I’ve got the itch. Considering the blank patches of skin on what I deem to be my tattoo-able areas, looking through board after board of ink on Pinterest. My mother is probably reading this and rolling her eyes, but don’t worry yet Mom! I don’t even have a design in mind yet.
95% sure it will be something with lots of color, maybe poppies. I’ve always thought that they make gorgeous tattoos.
Images from here.
Sunday night was one of those perfect low key evenings. Andy had his new video game extension pack to play, so I got to hang out on the couch and read/click around Etsy all evening without feeling like I was ignoring my husband. Which may sound a bit boring, but with left over pizza and some vegan carrot cake, it was exactly what the doctor ordered. My Etsy browsing turned up this sweet little shop called Burrowing Home.
I have to admit it was the temporary tattoos that drew me in, I wouldn’t mind getting a bunny tattoo one day…
All images are from Burrowing Home.
I can’t decide if this glorious long weekend has been productive or not. I was going to post about finding a place in town that sells authentic french macaroons, but I left them in the hot car and while they tasted fine…..not a single cookie was worth taking photos of. So I was going to take pictures of brunch with friends instead, then I just didn’t. My to-do list hasn’t gotten any shorter, but I did pull some boxes out of the garage and sorted/put away the contents. Meh, we’ll go with productive.
Back to brunch on Sunday, I got to spend time with some of my favorite college friends. Some were back only for the game, but two of my guy friends are back at FSU for the next bit, working on additional degrees. We talked about the crazy things that happened in college, how we were to old for some of the shenanigans now and of course tattoos. I know I said I didn’t think I’d want another tattoo for a while, but once we all started talking about the pieces we’ve had done recently and pieces we might want in the future, I started to feel that itch again. Now I am back on Pinterest flipping through files and making notes.
Click, re-pin, click, re-pin….here we go again!
Images from here.