Sunday, December 02, 2007

I'm So Bad-Ass, I Can't Even Stand Myself

In honor of my Nic, who had a similar tat on her shoulder, I got my Eye of Horus done at White Tiger Tattoo yesterday, as did my dear new friend, Yvette, who was a good friend of Nici's.

My camera was in the process of biting it, so the picture came out blurry, unfortunately. I auto-enhanced it, but all it did was darken the outline, make my hair appear orange, and "enhance" some very unattractive spots on my otherwise creamy-white neck. And you can't see the gorgeous detail, really, especially the flecks of yellow within the iris, but still, you can tell how lovely it is, yeah?

The artist is amazing -- there are some pictures in his portfolio that blew me away, such as the life-like portraits of Johnny Cash and Audrey Hepburn. Geez, that kid...Adorable, laid back kind of guy, with a peculiar chair-side manner.

Why "peculiar" you may ask? Well, imagine that you've never had a tattoo, never even been to a tattoo studio, and you're scared out of your mind, and visions of scarecrows are dancing in your head (yes, there really were scarecrows dancing in my head -- not pleasant), and the dude doing your tattoo is half your age and so darn cute, which only reminds you of how old and un-cute you are, and he says to you, "Is this your first tattoo?"

And you reply, "Why, yes. Yes, it is my first tattoo."

"Hmmm," he says. "Pretty ambitious place for your first tattoo, back of the neck..."

And your dancing scarecrows stop gallivanting about and stand there, fabric ears all aprick, and you hope and pray this young man shuts his purty little mouth, ceases with the ominous commenting already and just GETS TO IT, but noooo, young dude continues with, "Yup, well, lots of stuff going on back there, you know..."


What the hell does he mean, stuff? Painful stuff? Stuff that will cause my head to explode upon needle contact kind of stuff?

At that point, the scarecrows crumpled to the ground and wept tears of hay.

Honestly, though? Not that bad. Pain was horrible yet bearable. I only moaned a few times, and softly at that. Oh, and I only snapped at poor Yvette one time. She'd asked me if I was okay, and I said "YES! Now stop looking at me! DON'T LOOK at me!"

My next tat will be a fairly sizable Isis on my left thigh.

Ever hear a gaggle of scarecrows laughing their stuffed butts off before? Eerie yet surprisingly charming.


At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Yvonne said...

Good for you. And I like the tattoo - I always liked Nici's reasons for getting hers.

I've got a small stylized fish on my side, and I'd like to get a compass rose somewhere.. but I don't know where that somewhere is yet, exactly...

At 8:07 PM, Blogger KimPRDH said...

Ms. Lori you are bad ass!!!!!!! Very cool tattoo and love that it is so symbolic for Nici.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Ms. Lori said...

Thanks, Yvonne! Folks warned me that tats are addictive, and I guess they were right!

Kim, thank you for acknowledging my bad-assedness. You should get a tat of Dancing Dan on your back, girl.

Kidding. ;-)

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Redneck Nerdboy! said...

I asked for an "Eye of Horus" too, but I think I was drunk and slurred my words 'cause the tat guy gave me something tooootally different!

At 4:17 AM, Anonymous Bear said...

Hi Ms. Lori, sorry to comment on an old post, but I have a request about this tattoo. My name's Barry, I'm Angelina's (Arkiewriter) husband and fellow friend of Nici. I was wondering if you could honor a request for me? Ang has talked about getting a tattoo for years and I know it would mean alot to her if I suggested this one, the Eye of Horus, for it's significance. Do you by any chance happen to have a better photo of it? I hope I'm not intruding, I just thought I would attempt to make Ang happy and honor Nici too. I linked the name to my LJ, feel free to comment there if/when you can. Thank you!!


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