Friday was a big day for me. After years of wanting a tattoo, I finally took the plunge. It was a great experience all the way around, and I’m so glad I trusted in Ricky Lahourcade to do it (thanks to his girlfriend Abbe for the recommendation).
It was an hour of nervous anticipation as Ricky made modifications to the drawing based on my rambling statements along the lines of “some color-y things around him – oh, yeah, and make him less cutesy and more edgy.”
The image that came back was more perfect than I could have ever dreamed – a feisty little rabbit with funky clothes and twinkle in his eye.
We spent the next two hours in Ricky’s workspace with my arm stretched out, hard rock music playing (loud enough to almost drown out the sound of the tattoo gun), and talking about everything from tattoos to Las Vegas. My brother told me it would help to talk, and he was right.
When you get a tattoo they first put the image on your body like an iron-on transfer, and then the outlining begins. This part stings, but it is bearable. My friend Debb showed up as soon as the outlining was done, and she kept Warren company while I got the tattoo colored in. Ricky probably isn’t used to having an audience while he works – especially one with a camera and video – and I’m so thankful he’s a nice guy who let us geek out over the whole thing.
When it was all over, I was very pleased with the result. It was exactly what I was looking for.
The next day I was talking with a friend about why we were doing all these “crazy” things so close to our departure. I’m not sure if we’re finally feeling free to be 100% us (since these are all things we’ve been wanting to do for ages), or if it is because we still have the support of family and friends and that makes it safer. Either way, it has been a very adventurous few months.
We put together a little video of the tattoo experience and hope you enjoy. (if you do not see the video, click here)
If you were going to get a tattoo, what would it look like and why? (extra points if you tell us where you’d put it)
*Many thanks to Larry Kaminer for coming up with the title for today’s post