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I have a few things to catch up on, but the most important thing (at the moment) happened yesterday.  I got my tattoo!  Well, the outline of my tattoo.  I arrived at the shop and checked in with Ron, my artist.  He pulled two pages out of the research I had brought him and said that they were his favorite images; luckily he picked out my two favorites as well.  He hadn't really thumbnailed it at all, given that an ankle/lower calf isn't really a tube and therefore hard to create for without the ankle there.  He began to draw on my ankle with red sharpie, using alcohol to periodically erase sections and draw again.  Then he outlined areas he was happy with using a thin point black sharpie.  He did nothing but draw on me for 2.5 hours!!  Then came ink.  Which, ow.  Yes, Virginia, tattoos hurt (especially around the ankle bones) but it's not unbearable pain.  Though I've been warned that color will only be worse.

We have two more sessions scheduled - one for him to do more black work, and one for him to do color.  Probably another five hours of ink.  I'm thrilled with it so far - and I can't wait to see what he does with it.


(I hope this works, someday I'll have to get smarter about dealing with photos online.)  Yes it's big (about 8" tall from the ankle joint to the top of the front piece).  The thing I don't have is a picture of the back of my leg, he erased that entire section at least three times to get something he liked, and yes it does all connect.  I'm still really excited about it, though a little disbelieving that it won't wash off at some point. 
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Wow, that's big! What colors is it going to be when finished?

I've been thinking of getting an Athena owl on the back of my neck, but I keep chickening out. Also, the money. Ooo, something else to add to my list!

The plan is for it to be dark, a lot of black shading and then watery kind of colors, greens, blues, purples. Kind of like the way color shimmers on top of an oil slick.

It's always good to have a list.

That? Pretty much rules :)

Thanks! I'm still jump up and down excited about it. Except when the sharp pain happens, then I'm sit very still excited.

I didn't know you were getting such a big piece! It's your first, right? That's pretty ballsy... go you! It looks GREAT!

When I first started seriously looking at doing this almost a year ago what I had in mind was smaller. But as I researched it got a little bigger, and then when I found this artist I realized that giving him a little more room to play would be a good thing. He asked me how tall I wanted it and put a mark exactly where I said "about here" and that's where the top of it is.

Yeah, one of the other artists in the room was all 'that's your first, damn'. But who knows if I'll get another so I figured I'd go all out to start. Thanks!

That looks so cool. I can't wait to see it with the color.

Me neither! I'm on his cancellation list - otherwise my next appt is early June. But I'll keep everyone updated.

Alcohol - so THAT's how you get sharpie off! Baby Oil my ass...

It looks fun - I'm glad you're happy about it and that you're finally getting to do it.

I asked what was in the spray bottle when I realized what he was doing. He also mentioned that it's easier to get off when skin is moisturized - and therefore usually easier on women who use lotion regularly. Heh. I did mention new years to him a little.

Thanks - yeah getting past the start was the hardest. Now I get to see what it becomes.

Oh my gods. That looks so good. Can't wait to see what else you get done. What kind of colorwork are you having done?

I am so impressed with him. Watching him angst over a spot that wasn't quite what he wanted for 20 minutes pretty much evaporated most of my fear.

The colorwork is going to be primarily dark, with some jewel tones - blues, greens, purples. The image I have in my head is the way some color rises to the top of an oil slick. He was talking with one of the other artists about how he was going to shade it (some areas looking rounded, some flat, maybe even a few beveled) and it sounds fabulous. Also reassuring to have other artists coming over to check out his work and compliment him. Whee!

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That looks awesome! Personally, I'm scared of getting a tattoo, but I like looking at them. Yours looks really cool.

Thanks - it hurt both a little more than I expected but a lot less than I feared. The freakiest moment I had all day was in the shower that morning looking at my leg and realizing it would never look like that again. Weird. I'm glad other people are thinking it's cool too, it just reinforces my squee level.

That's a big'n! What sort of significance does it have?

It's just rockingly cool. No deeper meaning or symbols for 'godsend' contained within. Though I'll probably make up a story sooner or later.

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That is cool. You are one ballsy lady.

Thanks. I don't think even I realized it would be quite that much ink before I'm done, but I'm totally excited about it. Now I get to introduce it to my parents. Which will require ballsy of an entirely different kind.

Damn girl, that is one awesome piece! I am totally impressed. It's going to be super hot when it's finished. Your icon is totally appropriate.

Thank you! I am glad my artist got excited about it too, I think it helped. Finishing is a ways away but I am looking forward to it.

Heh, i like your icon too.

Wow, that's a lot of work. owie owie owie. Looks fantastic!

Heh - everyone keeps telling me the color work will hurt more. I am ignoring them currently. Thanks!

oh my god, it is so beautiful. I love the way it works with the actual shape of your leg...like the bits over your ankle bones. =)
enjoy the ink!

I know, I'm so excited! And grateful that I found an artist who was willing to take the time to make it match me so well.

BTW I got your package - thank you so much! I'm in the middle of another book but it's next on my stack of things to read. The artwork looks amazing.

About time. It looks amazing so far. I can't wait to see it finished.

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