silver linings

Posted: December 13th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: deardiary, questions | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

today i was supposed to get more work done on my tattoo, unfortunately it’s also flu season. i made it all the way out to the warden station near where Leah Miller runs her tattoo business from her home, only to discover that she, and her whole family, is struck with the seasonal sickness i just got over.

strangely, i’m not really pissed about this. sure i spent a couple hours on transit on a saturday morning where i might have otherwise lain in bed catching up on my rss reader, but really, that’s not a great loss. in fact, it’s probably a good thing that i didn’t spend my day getting tattooed.

first, i’m about to embark on a two week trip through north-eastern north america, which is sure to put a bit of a dent into my bank balance, so not spending $600 on a tattoo appointment is going to help that cause. also, spending so much time in a car and traveling with a freshly tattooed arm was probably not my brightest idea anyways.

second, i’m just getting better from having been sick so perhaps i’m better off letting my body heal itself completely before spending four hours with the incessant buzz and painful sting of the tattoo needle.

and finally, i really need to do some thinking and find some really good source/reference imagery for the next phase of the tattoo.

you see, Leah and i are basically making this up as we go along. Leah’s style really requires freehanded drawing on your body, and she makes some really beautiful tattoos with this method, but it’s important to have some reference material with you when you go in for a session. we started with a great design that Emily drew for me, based on a rather abstract concept that’s been floating around in my head for the better part of a decade or so, but have since tried to expand the design/concept on our own.

so far we’ve been successful, but i know that i need more source material and i’m having a difficult time finding stuff i like. i’m hoping you, my dear three readers, will be able to help me out.

i’m not going to get into a description of the concept that underpins the tattoo, the original email was some obscene amount of words and contained all sorts of unpleasant philosophy jargon, but i don’t think it’s necessary for you to help me out.

what i’m looking for right now is an organic element that will sit in contrast to a CPU’ish looking portion of the tattoo already in place. i’m not sure what it should be, i’ve looked at images of seeds, microscopic cellular structures of all sorts, different types of nervous tissues and structures, but I can’t find the image that really gels and that would work for me.

so, if you’ve got any ideas, please hook me up with a link as a comment (or send me an email darrenc at gmail), you never know, something you find might end up being tattooed for all time on my arm =D

more work done on my tattoo

Posted: November 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: deardiary | Tags: | 2 Comments »

i had more work done on my tattoo today, i’m very happy with the results.
tattoo - shoulder

it’s still early days but i’m beginning to get an idea of what the complete picture is going to look like.

tattoo photo #1

Posted: August 11th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: deardiary | Tags: , | No Comments »

i promised a photo of the tattoo, here it is:
tattoo 1
it wraps around the arm, but i’m most happy with this little bit right now. line work only, no filling in or colour (still deciding how much/what colour to go for).

tattoo day!

Posted: August 10th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: deardiary | Tags: , , | No Comments »

way back when i was seventeen years old, i decided to get a tattoo on my left forearm. i really liked that tattoo, it looked good and expressed something about myself at that point in my life. despite the prognostications of some family and friends, i never really regreted getting the tattoo.

that’s not to say i didn’t regret some elements of the tattoo, my thirty year old self knows that it wasn’t the wisest decision to get the tattoo done by a “friend” when visiting montreal during march break way back when. also, i count several talented artists as friends (and did even then too) and despite how much i liked the design i did sort of regret picking it out of a tattoo magazine.

so, a short 13 years later, my tattoo is faded so much that most people don’t know i have one, i’m about to get it covered with a new and improved tattoo. custom designed by my good friend emily (thanks em!), expressing a complicated idea that means quite a bit to me, and executed by a talented tattoo artist, i’m hoping i’ve learnt from my first tattoo experience!

i’m not sure how many sittings it’s going to take, but i’ll post photos as soon as i am able.