It’s been a while since the last time I got a significant tattoo, which means I’d forgotten just how painful and exhausting they can be… But they’re also thrilling and beautiful if done by the right artist.
Maytee did a fantastic job with clean lines and beautiful shading (despite the shaking I was totally unaware of but that she politely pointed out at the end of our session). In this initial phase of what will most likely be a three session process, she added an ornate antique frame to my existing Mark Ryden piece. Following this piece, she will add two portraits from the work of Angelique Houtkamp.
Also, Tony was able to document a bit of my experience, so here’s a video of my decidedly goofy self getting a beautifully painful tattoo. Call me a masochist, but I can’t wait for the next!
My life has been a little crazy lately. I’ve been planning my sister’s fifteenth birthday celebration more arduously than I did my own wedding (maybe because I had professional help for the wedding that I’m that much more grateful for now as hindsight is always 20/20), working a grueling day job at a prominent fashion/retail company, devoting significant time to my freelance writing in hopes that it will take off soon, and generally just trying to keep the mood around all of these things more pleasant than not.
If I’m honest, I’ll admit that none of this phases me – I rather enjoy the idea of tackling all of these challenges head-on. But with all the hard work, I’ve decided a reward is in order. With the recent compensation from my last job, I have booked a session with the ever-talented Maytee Bringas at Phat Joe’s on Saturday, April 9th. This session will double as a reward for my sister for being so great to work with on her birthday festivities – she’ll be piercing her tragus there as well. (Nothing quite like some ink and metal to bond two sisters together.)
The pic in this post is a mock-up that Tony worked on to illustrate how this piece will look once it’s complete. I already have a Mark Ryden portrait on my lower back (done by the talented Chris Garver back when he was on Miami Ink) and will be building around it with some inspiration from Angelique Houtkamp. Once that’s done, I’d like to start working on other pieces (keyhole pin-up, etc.) but this one has me particularly excited as it’s going to finally give some beautiful detail to work that was begun years ago. It’s time to get going again and I can’t wait.
I’ll be posting pics of the work in progress. Check back soon. Only a few weeks left for some fresh ink! <3