Three months, thirteen hours, two sessions, and a shit load of movies later, my birthday tattoo‘s finally done! ^_^
I didn’t think it would take me this long to go back for my second and last session with Ram, but I couldn’t afford to miss another class and had to wait til Module 3 was over. (I passed by the way, YAY!)
I do think this is my prettiest tattoo yet. Not that there’s much to choose from, but I just think it’s absolutely gorgeous.
My pain tolerance was horribly low that day. I usually only really start feeling the pain around two to three hours into it, but I felt all the pain from the beginning. It felt a lot longer than the first session, when it actually took less time.
It’s been about a month now since I quit my once-perfect job, which sucks, but I just couldn’t take it there anymore.
Long story short (because I don’t believe in badmouthing a former employer), the offshore head office hired some new people which resulted in some Game of Thrones shit to hit the fan. I was never one for office politics, so I left.
I wasn’t a bum for long. I’m doing graphics and shit from home. It’s a little lonely, but it pays the bills. I also lost the 15 lbs I put on last year so yay!
To celebrate not being unemployed, my 28th birthday, and a little over a year of singledom, I decided to get my 4th tattoo.
I’d wanted something connected to my octopus for quite some time since it feels a little half-assed to me now. It’s kinda just to one side of my back, leaving a lot of blank space, so I asked Ram to design me a Ukiyo-e/Irezumi-inspired chrysanthemum in waves to make everything look more cohesive. (It was inevitable that I’d get something Japanese-y eventually, yes?)
Due to its size, it had to be split into two sessions. We only got the lining and the chrysanthemum’s colours done this time.
My brother, Andy, and I got almost-matching tattoos for our love of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It’s such an amazing show; Fantastic world building, and flawed, multi-dimensional characters, and we’ve spent many a night binging this show as a family.
While I’m still mad at that godawful The Last Airbender Movie, I’m glad now that they changed the bending symbols in the movie , that way these tattoos are only associated with the animated series.
I got the Water-bending symbol below my right clavicle and the Water Tribe emblem below my left. I knew I didn’t want it to be just plain blue because I think it’s a bit of a flat colour on skin on it’s own. Ram used a medium blue for the outlines and a sea foam green to fill it in, but it came out more on the greenish side for some reason. Which I like better, even if it’s not completely faithful to the original art.
Andy wasn’t feeling the Water Tribe emblem too much, so he got two Waterbending symbols, one flipped so they’d be facing each other.
Noelle and I missed FB’s Free Comic Book Day because we were at Psyko Studio Tattoos in Cavite getting our first tattoos!
This is Ringo, my octopus. Ringo and his garden in the shade.
This took around 7 1/2 hours to do, counting several breaks. If I’d gotten something smaller and simpler, I would have said getting tattooed was easy. But after about the first 2 or 3 hours, it gets harder to block out the discomfort and the pain. The really bad parts were when the needles hit parts with bone — like the shoulder, spine and the shoulder blade. The ultimate WORST was the parts near the underarm. Words are not enough to describe the agony. Hahaha.
This was done by Ram Marual. I gave Ram a bunch of octopus pegs, left everything in his hands and the finished product so went above and beyond any of my expectations.
If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, I highly recommend getting it at Psyko Studio Tattoos Cavite. It’s a little out of the way if you live in the Metro like me, but so worth it.
It’s so beeyootipul! ♥♥♥ I can’t wait for it to heal! ♥♥♥ (Now, when and how do I tell my parents?)