I got more work done on the tattoo last night. Almost 3 hours without a break, but it wasn’t so bad, really. I think I must be getting used to it.
These pictures show the color he added to the flowers last time, plus last night’s work where he darkened the swan and background and added shadows under the waves.
I wish I’d brought my camera last night, because there were two people hanging out in the shop that had the most amazing works in progress by Chris. This guy named Troy who has a large back piece, with some of it done by hand instead of with the machine (“just like shootin’ pool”, says Chris), and a woman named Marny who has a full body Japanese piece with all carousel animals come to life, in amazingly intricate detail.
It’s always nice to have people with such obvious good taste in ink ooohing and aaahing over your own. And Troy is also a hardcore music geek so he helped keep me distracted talking about Albert Ayler and Neu and John Zorn the whole night.
Bob Moreau, who started Perfection Tattoo back in the 70′s and taught both Chris and Dave Lum, also popped by for a few minutes and gave my swan a thumbs up.
Next visit is on the 30th and should be the last.
For my next tattoo (oh good lord, I’ve got the bug bad now), I’m going to get the same half-sleeve design on my left shoulder, but working around the existing stained-glass window ink I’ve already got. Same lilies, but instead of a black swan it will have a couple of cardinals. That way the left arm will be my mom’s side of the family, and the right arm my dad’s side. Chris is jazzed about it. Gina is less so (mainly due to money), so it might be a few years before I can manage it.