So, by now I've let the cat out of the bag and you know about my new art. Permanent art that is. A tattoo. I know. You are thinking either A.I've lost my marbles; B. I am having a mid-life crisis; or C. I am a rock star. Yep. I say this because those have been the 3 reactions I've gotten. And it is across the board age-wise these reactions. At school my kids have cracked me up....Mrs. Horne!!! Is that real???? Mom's have glanced and can't help but stare. My daughter won't quit exploiting it to her class. (I understand that during art while I was gone she yelled out to the entire class, "SHE"S getting a TATTOO TODAY!!!) The whole class then gasped and giggled. So why all the fuss?
Well, let's see. You have seen my photo above, right? I am a blond, blue-eyed, very naive, Southern girl that still does not wear white shoes after Labor Day. It's out of character. But you know, I have wanted a tattoo for years. Seriously. In college it would have probably been grounds for expulsion from Phi Mu. As a young married woman it'd have been a rebellious act while away from my husband. In other words, I have let society tell me that it was not okay for ME to have art on my body. Oh yes, I can make art, sell art, but to have it permanently embedded on my skin would be shameful.
Back to why did I choose now to do this. I can best explain it like this. I am finally very, very comfortable with me. The whole person me. It only took 39 years. No big deal. And I love the me I have found. So one of the first steps to getting the cork out was to let the real me do some of the real stuff I've let lie dormant. I have let fear take hold of my life way too long. And I don't mean fear of heights and crap like that. Like fear of looking stupid. Like fear of failure...or the fear of disappointing others, or fear of not having friends, or better yet what friends are saying. You get the picture right? Like letting go and letting myself ENJOY this life. This crazy imperfect...yet perfect life. I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again....I think way too many bloggers paint wayyyyyy to pretty a picture in their postings. Heck yeah, it's super fun to brag and show off the art we make and the share lives we lead. But sometimes underneath all that mascara and lip gloss is fear. So fear, you are now being faced by me. Yep. I am now a chapstick girl.Tiffin did her magic searching and found this amazing tattoo parlor. One artist in particular had the "style" I wanted. I called to make an appointment a few weeks before going to Portland. And guess what? She was booked until freaking April. Crazy, right? So the owner and I talked for a spell. With my sweet southern twang I told him what I wanted and he sent me to another of their artist's websites to view and get back to him. Okey dokey. And there she was: Karina. Man I knew she was the one. Check her out. You'll see why I was smitten.
Thursday am Tiffin and I rented our super cute Ford Fusion and headed to Infinity. This place was hopping. People in and out. One guy was getting a giant falcon across his chest, the lady beside me a giant hibiscus flower on her leg and foot and more were working on images. Tiffin and I both agreed we could have hung out there all day and been totally fine! The owner and artists were just so nice and talkative. We tweaked the art I sent her (yes I sent a nest painting of mine to her...I imagine an artist getting a tattoo is like a teacher being taught.) and made the stencil first. Got the image just right, and the right size. Of course it had to be stylized a bit. But it was perfect. So she set out with the tiny black outline. Then the color. Now the photo below was posed just for you guys. It didn't hurt. Nope. (OK...I am SO PAINTING a Rosy story. It hurt like hell. But that photo was totally posed. True story. I was however sweating bullets and trying to tourniquet my arm to help the pain. It didn't work.)
Here it is after the outline was done. Which was the worst part. Man....
Well, here it is. It's perfect. And so symbolic. I am so glad I waited. Because this image means more now than ever. And if the sublimation press burn doesn't un-scar itself I may be back next year for a bird. Yep. Just letting you know now.