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Thursday, October 4, 2012


Sometimes you're just going along with your life and you're hit by a startling revelation.

I was watching football and The Lion King this last Sunday and I had one of these revelations.

My brother looks like Simba. Are you ready for this? Probably not.
I'd like to thank the frametastic app for allowing me to illustrate my epiphany.


I finally got my tattoo! It's still healing and pretty itchy but I love it. Right now it's just black and gray outline but in November we'll be adding color. I sat for 2 1/2 hours and let me tell you that was enough. It didn't hurt really bad the whole time but the last part was in the middle of my back and it was downright unpleasant. Melissa and Jason came to hold my hand and then get drunk with me afterwards which was a mission mightily accomplished. (Thanks to the extraordinary major motion picture "Pitch Perfect" and a bottle of Malibu stashed in my purse. No, we are not adults. Aca-obviously.)
Here's the play by play:

These are the sketches from my artist, Traci at New Rose Tattoo in Portland. Basically, it's a paint by number that goes from unfinished(empty) sections, to flat color, to realistic flowers overflowing the frame. I described this idea to her and she captured it really perfectly.
Ignore the double chin. Or don't. Totally your choice. But this is Traci positioning the tattoo stencil on my back before making it, you know, permanent. Also, you can barely see it but Traci has an awesome naked mermaid on one arm and owls with books (harry potter related?? I didn't ask...) on the other. Awesome.
I sat for 2 and a half hours. Did I mention that. I'm a badass.
Well, sort of a bad ass. I don't actually think badasses make this face. But notice that she is smack dab in the middle of my back here. Not the best.
And now I have a tattoo. Just like that. Well, almost like that. I still have at least one more session for color and shading.