April 22, 2005

Rise, let us be on our way.

One session down. Christ-on-a-stick this hurt.

Posted by dianna at April 22, 2005 10:37 PM

it looks excellent though! good job suffering thru the pain. it's going to be colored in, right? dark purples and bright reds?

Posted by: michele at April 22, 2005 10:57 PM

Heheh. Good job, my ass. I'm the biggest sissy on the planet. Jacob can tell you.

Yep, it's going to be colored in. Green leaves, green stems on the tomatoes and red stems on the blackberries, deep purpley blacky berries and bright reddy orangey tomatoes.

Posted by: Dianna at April 23, 2005 09:22 AM

Dude, those are very blackberry-y blackberries. And the leaves all look awesome. He works freehand? Mother of god.

Sweet! Well, and kind of tart, and fairly acidic.

Posted by: katie at April 23, 2005 10:33 AM

that is gorgeous!!

Posted by: kati at April 23, 2005 10:42 AM

Thank you thank you!

It wound up being a sort of modified not-really-freehand. We had a moment of mutual "what the fuck are you thinking" where he couldn't believe that I had actually thought he could lay out and outline the entire thing in one sitting, and I couldn't believe that he actually thought he could lay it out in sections and have it turn out looking cohesive. So what eventually happened was that he laid it all out really sketchily on a tracing of my back until I was satisfied that it would all connect properly, and then he cleaned up just this section into something stencil-able and did the tattooing from that.

The bottom-left tomato leaf and the cluster of blackberry leaves closest to my shoulder (not the very top cluster, the one to the left) are my absolute favorite bits except for maybe the top cluster of blackberries and the stem-part on the rightmost tomato. And the stem going across the horizontal part of the H, and that little flipped-up bunch of tiny tiny leaves right in the middle of my back. There's also that cluster of leaves poking through the O, but that hurt like the mother of all hurty things and I refuse to call it my favorite part until I forget how much it sucked.

Posted by: Dianna at April 23, 2005 11:34 AM

Oh, and I almost forgot, I got to show my boobs to everyone in the shop for a solid hour and a half. That was exciting.

Posted by: Dianna at April 23, 2005 11:58 AM

that is so amazing! (tatoo, not the peep show) however, every time i look at it i see pain, and it's not even my back. you are super brave.

Posted by: marina at April 23, 2005 01:10 PM

what? weren't you allowed to lie down or cover yourself with something?

Posted by: michele at April 23, 2005 01:46 PM

See, this is the myth that I'm trying to dispell. Less than five minutes into the tattooing itself I went green around the edges and had to take a fifteen-minute break while I tried not to pass out. Jacob had to run out and get me a soda and some lollipops and come up with ways to distract me. I am much more Super Sissy than I am Super Brave.

Posted by: Dianna at April 23, 2005 01:52 PM

Well, yeah, I was offered options including taping a towel thing over my front or putting up a screen. But the towel thing sounded uncomfortable and I decided I'd feel better being able to look around at things to distract myself, so I just lay down and only flashed people when I got up. I did get interesting looks from a couple of guys who wandered in off the street, though.

Posted by: Dianna at April 23, 2005 01:54 PM

I like the part where a blackberry stem is crossed by another stem right above the two O's.

Wow, for all my alleged disreputability, I've never paraded around a tattoo shop totally topless. You win this round.

Posted by: katie at April 23, 2005 03:38 PM

And who says you're disreputable? It's nonsense; your reputation is very well known.

Posted by: Dianna at April 23, 2005 06:05 PM

Holy crap, that's a nice art!

Posted by: jason s at April 25, 2005 03:13 PM

Holy crap, thank you! And then thank you some more, because if you hadn't reminded me to check out portfolios at Everlasting I probably wouldn't have found an artist yet.

Posted by: Dianna at April 25, 2005 03:25 PM