thanks! this photo is my all time most popular deviation, even more so than my DD! i love that tattoo!! it's over 20 years old but because my hair is long it's covered most of the time, so it's still perfect.
you're avatar is awesome! once i took a bunch of acid and got fixated on pickles. i checked the person's house we were at and amazingly enough they had a jar of pickles much like your avatar. i went into a room alone and listened to neil diamond (i know, wtf???) and ate every single pickle in the jar and drank the juice. all my friends were like, o fuck don't eat all that, you will feel so horrible and prolly puke! but those pickles were just awesome. i couldn't stop myself. hahahgagag! i sprinkle random bits of useless thoughts all over the world. rofl!
thanks! it's by far the most popular tattoo i have. i just let my artist have free reign, pretty much. i told him i wanted something ornate and baroque that covered all of the back and part of the sides of my neck and the color scheme. he showed me the drawing and i didn't really get it--you know like those trippy drawings i colored in? i had to make them so they "made sense" since they were very difficult to decipher as just line art. it was like that. it wasn't until he was done that i saw his vision and not to be conceited, but i think it's one of the best i've ever seen, but i can't take any credit for it. it's quite old, but i have really long hair so it almost never sees the sun, so the color is still perfect! glad you like it! are you tattooed?
No, ma'am, much to many peoples' surprise. Years ago I thought it would be a neat idea, but I'm no longer interested in getting any. I'm not anti-tattoo (seeing as a friend of mine got one of my drawings tattooed on her yesterday), I just feel it's not for me.
I did design that personal Baphomet years ago in case I wanted to get one, but as you know that won't happen (it would have gone on my back, if you're curious).
The irony? Both of my younger brothers have tats, even though I'M the "freak" of the family. Go figure.
wow, i wanted tattoos from the first time i ever saw one. i wanted to permanently mark my body with art. i'd like to sell some of my art as flash, but it's so sleazy to get a flash tattoo, that it's sort of against my principles. but i love to draw tribal stuff.
what made you change your mind so definitely if you once thought you were interested enough to spend the time designing it?
there are people in my family with no tattoos who are a helluva lot freakier than me, and i AM FREAKY.
Eventually I got it into my head that tattoos should be EARNED, and I don't believe myself deserving of that honor. See, I have a more tribal attitude towards these things. I don't believe I've EARNED any tats. Goddammit, now I have the hiccups.....
actually, i think of tattoos just like that, only i think that they are earned by having the guts to do it, especially if it's big and in an obvious place, having the endurance to sit in uncomfortable positions for hours, the pain of course, and then you wear it for the rest of your life and when you're very heavily tattooed like i am, i am forever a spectacle when i go in public. not so much in the bay area, but in other parts of the country and abroad, sometimes i feel like the center of attention, which would be ok (lol!) but it usually isn't good attention. sometimes it is and then i really appreciate it.
plus, there's the thousands and thosands of $$$ i've had to come up with for them, the time commitment, my tattoo artist lives in a busy neighborhood in sf which is about an hour's drive from here and i am absolutely terrified of driving in sf. sooo....oh yes and healing time, and design time.
and i guess if you want to look at it in terms of earning it in a tribal way, i very much saw it as a rite of passage. i secretly got my first one when i was 17, i didn't know anybody else who had one, no one personally and i KNEW i had to have a fully body suit. there was never any question. and i have a lot of insecurity and being able to get tattooed with all the barriers i mentioned above, makes me feel strong and time after time it proves to me that i can be strong if i really try.
oh god, i get hiccups all the time. i have a cure that never fails. take a glass of water, take a big drink, bend over so your head is below your waist and swallow the water. i can't remember how i figured it out, and sometimes you have to do it a couple of times, but i've told many people and they always say it works. of course, having said that, if you try it there's no way it will work! hahahaha!
oh, funneh, your cure is close to mine. did it work? how sad, no tequila and the prospect of a monday. :/ maybe you'll have an amazing dream that will carry you through the day. when i'm really lucky that will happen, i'll dream of something, or even just the emotion, that makes me feel wonderful, and i will carry it around in my head, feeling, with amazing clarity, the feeling in the dream. it works the same with nightmares.
you need a partner of means so you can lay around drawing and eating bon bons.
it was meant to be, for me to find greg and for him to tattoo me for 20 yrs and beyond! i read about him in a book called, "modern primatives." he was working at a shop in san francisco, so i went there (i was going to college about an hour away) and met him and talked to him about a piece he'd done that was featured in the book. it was a very detailed celtic piece that he'd done with traditional hand tools, on his own bicep! i wanted to see it in person. it was as amazing as i thought it would be and we talked about designing the celtic piece on my left forearm (that's the first one he did for me) and he gave me an appointment 6 months from when i met him.
we got along well, i was thrilled with his work and after that first piece, i knew he was the artist for me. there were a lot of things in his art that were in my art and we had all sorts of similar art ideas. he's a fascinating well educated person who grew up with a father who was a traditional painter and they lived all over the world. he went to the san francisco art institute and started working at a tattoo shop.
i have no intention of ever being tattooed by anyone else. it would feel like cheating! lol! sorry if that was way more answer than you wanted!
It was longer than I thought your reply would be but if that's the reply you sent who am I to argue? I'm just envious that you have that much trust in a tattoo artist. I have 6 tattoos, done by 4 artists. 2 of the artists did 2 tattoos on me. Only 1 of the 4 did I get a feeling of trust with his work. Unfortunately for me to keep getting tattoos from him would be wildly expensive and impractical since he lives several hours highway driving away.
having greg as my artist is impractical and very expensive, but it's worth it to me. it's hard though because he lives in san francisco and i live about an hour away, which isn't too far, but i am scared to death to drive in sf and always manage to get lost when the session is over cause i'm so tired and tripping on endorphins! he charges $150/hr. i don't know, some charge more, but i think most charge less.