So much for it not becoming a trend! I forgot to take pictures after session 14. 14 and 15 were only a week apart, plus I had was super busy at work and also got married. Cut me some slack. During my 14th appointment, Horizakura filled in the wave under my left butt cheek. It’s pretty difficult to see without me pulling my butt cheek up, but I’ll spare you that image. He also shaded the wave to the right of the koi’s face and finished the background to the right of the koi.
My 15th appointment really demonstrated what Horizakura was saying about stretchy parts of the body being slower to tattoo. The skin on my thigh is pretty tight so Horizakura was able to cover a lot of area in the usual two hour time frame. Good stuff! As you can see, he shaded the background to the left of the koi and the wave on the top. I learned something interesting about the process after this session as well. The scalloped edges of the background are drawn on by hand with marker before we start each time. However, I always noticed that he would poke me a few times on each marker line before he would get started. It always felt a little bit different than when he’s shading and I was never sure why. Turns out, he’s stabbing me without any ink on the needles! He basically gives me a cut where the scalloped edges will be so that when the marker wipes away, he still has a guideline! You can see evidence of one of these cuts on the left edge of the tattoo on my thigh, just above the topmost shaded background.
Session 15 put me at about 28 hours on my back so far. Not too bad! It did occur to me recently that it’s a pretty good thing I’m not a taller person… that would just be more space to fill in.
Below are the results of my 13th appointment. I found the results to be pretty inspiring. Appointments 12 and 13 were only a week apart (instead of my usual 2-3 weeks) and as a result, he had to begin work on a completely different part of my body because the previous week was still healing. He began to shade my left thigh. After taking the pictures, I really can start to see the background of this thing come together. It’s really exciting!
As a technical note, Horizakura explained that his plan was to get through all of the background shading on my butt first. He said the rest of it would be fast. I’m assuming fast is relative in this case, but nonetheless it was exciting to hear my back might progress more quickly than the current pace. Not that I’m getting impatient. But(t) seriously. I’m getting impatient. When I asked why he wanted to finish this area first, why it was slower, Horizakura explained that because the skin stretches so much in fatty areas (news flash: I have a fat ass) it takes more time to fill with ink. He said the position is also awkward. He didn’t clarify, but it’s fair to say it’s awkward for him to have to touch my butt and for me to have my butt touched. Overall, I feel like it’s a good policy. Let’s just get this nonsense finished so we can move on. Also, it’s by far the most uncomfortable place I’ve been tattooed. I look forward to having this part BEHIND me. I would like to dedicate that pun to Mike Leonard.
Welp. It finally happened. I forgot to document an appointment. It was only a matter of time, but I’m really hoping this isn’t the beginning of a trend. It’s interesting how the process of getting to the next appointment can make you forget about the previous appointment. I often realize the morning of a session that I forgot to take pictures of the previous session’s progress. I guess part of that has to do with my previous work not being fully healed before the next appointment begins. I think to work against that, I’m going to start showing more pictures of unhealed or actively healing work. Sure, it doesn’t represent the final product, but it does illustrate a major part of the process. Below shows the results of both session 11 and 12. If it isn’t clear, mystery session 11 was finishing the wave on my butt (perma-dump) and adding background on my right hip. Session 12 was 100% left butt cheek. There is some black behind the wave, I can’t remember if that happened during 11 or 12.