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.