Well, not tattooing, getting tattooed.
For years and years, I have wanted a sleeve. I decided a while ago that I would dedicate each arm to my kids. Sebastian is my left, Sawyer is my right. I have their names tattooed down the inside of my arm, wrapped in ivy (Sebastian has dragon flies and Sawyer has lady bugs). I put them there so that my kids would always be inside my hugs. I have my nicknames for the kids tattooed on my upper arm- Halloween Boy for Bastian and Roller Coaster Girl for Sawyer.
So, I have known that I was going to do this, and I have thought and thought and thought about it. I knew I wanted a combination of things that make them happy, that remind me of them, that are inherently representative of them to me. Sawyer, being only 5, is still developing. I am slowly figuring out what makes me think of her (chances are, there will be a bottle of ketchup on my arm for her) but we have years for that to develop. Sebastian however, is going to be 13 this year. And some of the loves of his life haven't changed yet. There are images so iconic for me of him, that I cannot look at them without him popping into my head and heart. So, I knew, I was good to go.
In December I started talking to my tattoo guy, Justin about a sleeve. I had always struggled with what this was going to look like. The images I am picturing literally have no association to each other, other than Sebastian and his love of them. How do you link a hippo and a remote control? How are Wonder Woman and an octopus similar? How do you fit a puzzle piece, an anatomical heart and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas together? The mish mosh I was picturing in my head was bordering on horrifying.
Justin then had a very simple, but profoundly calming conversation with me. He told me that was what a good artist was for. He said with a sleeve, you can do one of 2 things- either pick a theme, with images similar and related, or you can pick a style. With something like mine, the fact that Justin is drawing and designing the images, means that a similar style would be applied to them. And it is that style that will unify the image.
It was so simple. But it made complete sense. I signed on immediately and made my first appointment.
|My tattoo (super fresh, still oozy and wrapped) and the sign that inspired it all.|
So, as I fiercely charge further into 2014, I am bringing a bit more colour and decoration into it with me. And when Sebastian sits beside me on the couch and quietly traces his fingertip along Sally's face, I remember why I am doing this. When he saw the Count yesterday, and his eyes got big, and his mouth dropped open when he realized who it was on my skin- I realize that this is a good thing to do.
It doesn't hurt that I like the look of that much ink in my skin. It's kinda badass.
Rosie N. Grey
The N stands for "next up- who knows??"