Yesterday marked my 25th appointment on my back and the ten year anniversary of my first ever tattoo appointment (details on that can be read here). I’m inclined to think back to the start of all of this and wax philosophical. I had some pretty ridiculous ideas in my head about how all of this would pan out. In the end, I don’t feel it would be terribly kind of me to subject my 3 readers to that. The next time we meet, feel free to thank me for sparing you any more overwrought exposition. ON TO THE BUTT STUFF!
The joy I felt at finally being tattooed above my waistline left as quickly as it came. Horizakura started shading the tail of the dragon (euphemism not intended) on my hip and butt. This would have been an incredibly easy and relaxing session if not for the fact that I am getting old. By the end of our two hours together, my hips and knees hurt so much from being in the fetal position that I wanted to scream. I was determined to not interrupt him to stretch out though because the tattoo was feeling really good and I didn’t wanna disrupt his flow. Worth it!
If I’ve held your attention this long, I also wanted to make a book recommendation if you’re interested in learning more about Japanese tattoo. Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design by Brian Ashcraft with Hori Benny, is a really great look into the symbolic and thematic elements of Japanese tattoo. I have quite a few books on Japanese tattoo and none of them has as clear an outline of the symbolism behind this art form. The introduction is a brief history and assessment of current tattoo culture in Japan. Factually, it is accurate based on what I have read elsewhere, but it is by no means the most exhaustive or thorough source of that information. The real meat-and-potatoes is in the chapter by chapter breakdowns of Japanese tattoo elements. In some ways, I really wish I had had access to this book 10 years ago when I began planning out my tattoos. It would have been amazing to have. On the other hand, not having this resource forced me to really lean on the artistry and talents of my tattoo artists, which I believe has its own merits. If you’re interested in the book, you can read the Table of Contents on Amazon to see the breadth of content covered. Let me know what you think!