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written on the body [Jun. 15th, 2002|10:52 pm]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

Three hours of inking later, and I am the proud owner of a new tattoo!

Regino at Ink Stop Tattoo did an amazing job. He started by carefully cleaning up my design with a trace outline that I almost thought I loved more than the filled in design, and the first two sessions, abot the first hour and 45min, were spent inking the outline. All in all, after this I was like "well, that wasn't so bad" and decided to go ahead with the black portion.

WOW. I've never quite experienced something that turned me as primally flight-or-flight as when I walked out of the studio. My pupils shrunk up to tiny little dots and I could barely feel myself walking, I was so impossibly floaty. Complete primal this is what I need to do to get from point a to b. I think that's the closest I've ever seen "the person who I become when I sleep" come to the waking surface ever. Demanding, hair trigger hostility.

I'm incredibly happy with the design- as soon as I heal up and stop bleeding and sober up I'm sure I'll be able to get much better photos. In about a month, I plan to return to finish to the full color design. Give myself time to heal, to calm, and to get re-excited about the rush.

you will note that the inner thigh is not filled in with color- there was a bit of a difference of opinion as to whether it should be done in a lighter black shade, color, or left empty. I'm fairly certain I want to stick with my original design idea in previous posts, but I welcome comment and discussion.

off to bed, I think. I'm completely wrecked. Tomorrow, off to toronto. I have other news of a less fun nature I will probably post privately later but I'm not going to bring myself down just now. I'm really just happy and floaty and I think I deserve a little out of body time.


[User Picture]From: ntang
2002-06-15 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. That looks really good.

Have you considered leaving it in black and "white"? Honestly, I think it might look better that way than colored in.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2002-06-15 10:08 pm (UTC)

that's a really tough call

I'm going to find it hard to decide that. The design has always had color, in my head, and now that it's written on my body, I really like it the way it is. I'm going to have to think long and hard about what I want but I know that would happen. I expected that coloring it would be a second session, and I knew that I would have time to reconsider my thoughts on that.
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[User Picture]From: ntang
2002-06-15 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: that's a really tough call

Well, from a purely aesthetic stance, you could always take some sort of inks or dyes and just tint or paint your skin with various color schemes to see what you think of them, experiment, try them on for a while, etc., before you make up your mind.

If you do try that, you ought to photograph each one under the same lighting and such and keep a gallery - not only would it be interesting to show people, it'll make it easier to make the decision in the end.

Then again, it's 2 am, so take any suggestions I make with a grain of salt. ;)
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2002-06-16 03:57 am (UTC)

a good suggestion

LL was all "cool! we can get Crayola markers and play coloring!" :)
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[User Picture]From: zoo_music_girl
2002-06-16 01:56 am (UTC)
Looks great! I think you need to do something with the inner thigh but I'm not sure what.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2002-06-16 03:52 am (UTC)

i think

the following change is definitely going to happen

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[User Picture]From: zoo_music_girl
2002-06-16 04:17 am (UTC)

Re: i think

Yes, that's better. I'm inclined to agree with Cat about the B&W too, it's such a striking design that it stands up on its own, without colour.
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[User Picture]From: ladycat
2002-06-16 03:49 am (UTC)
Looks great! I'd leave it black and white if I were you, it's really striking.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2002-06-16 04:57 am (UTC)

i'm getting the sneaking suspicion

I might just do that.
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[User Picture]From: djstorm
2002-06-16 06:08 am (UTC)

Wow great tat..

It looks fantastic the way it is now. I don't think it should be colored in.

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[User Picture]From: emeraldgrrl
2002-06-16 09:38 am (UTC)
Excellent! Looks great. Hope you heal nicely with a little tender loving care from LL and a good cream. As far as the inner thigh, I don't care for the black-filled in as much, nor the white. When you mentioned it in the post and I looked at the design you have now I thought the lighter black would look nice. My 2pence.
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From: dayoh
2002-06-16 04:22 pm (UTC)
That is the coolest tattoo!!!
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[User Picture]From: rosie314
2002-06-17 08:54 pm (UTC)
what a cool tattoo.
but ouch! :)
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