Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beautiful Pain and Thankful Thursday

My new tattoo(s) came out AWESOME! I am so ecstatically happy with them!

I say tattoo(s) because I started a sleeve. Right now I have four items that kind of stand alone on my left upper arm. I'm going with an old skool sailor theme. I have a hula girl, a ship, an anchor and a Sailor Jerry butterfly. There is still room for me to put more on there, such as a nautical star and/or maybe a swallow. Eventually we'll fill in the rest of the negative space with stars and such to make it one continuous tattoo sleeve.


But let me tell you, it really really freakin' hurt! It took 5 1/2 hours from start to finish. Anyone out there who's been tattoo'd will know what that means... We completely finished them all, so there was the outline, black shading and then coloring. Essentially going over the same area three different times with sharp pointy things. **Groan** But I did it! I'm bad ass. My artist was stoked I was able to handle it and I've already talked to one guy this morning who was uber impressed that I did it all at one sitting.

I also got an unrelated tattoo on the lower part of my left arm. It's a memorial tattoo for my cousin who passed away a year ago today. I've been planning this tattoo for months and I'm glad that I was able to get it done before the anniversary. I try to keep him in my thoughts and remember but it does get hard with life getting in the way. Now with this tattoo I'll have a visual reminder everyday to live life to the fullest and love my family.

And that brings me to this week's Thankful Thursday. My family. I have a phenomenal family. My father raised us with the idea that it was "Us against The World". We all love each other even when we eff up. That's the most important thing in the world. Family, family, family. Nothing comes before that.

So this Coke Zero is getting raised to my family and to JMG. We miss you and we love you.


  1. Dude, I know the pain of a long tattoo session. I would have done all of it in one sitting, but I had an adverse reaction to the T3s I borrowed from someone's prescription (not smart).

    Are you planning to post pictures of your tats? I'd love to see! Your sleeve sounds so cool!

    You're is so important. I'm so thankful for mine too!

    Oh, that dirty Sailor Jerry. We had one very eventful night together down in San Diego back in '08 that involved me wearing a beer box on my head, repeatedly growling, "Barnacle Brandi says ARRRRR!" as I slid off of my chair.

  2. I've been debating whether or not I want to post pictures of the tattoos. I'm trying to keep a level of anonymity on here. The Man doesn't know I keep this blog. He's all old-like and doesn't quite get the over-sharing mentality of the internet. Although if anyone who knows me in RL actually found this they'd know it was me within seconds... Debate continues...

    And oh yes, Sailor Jerry rum. CAN'T DO IT. I had a very very very bad experience with Capt Morgans in collage (I didn't have a mixer so I just shot it all night with Dr. Pepper as a chaser. Not recommended to ANYONE). So yeah, I can't even SMELL spiced rum without gagging. But I love his art.