The blood-dimmed tide is loosed…

It’s a good day when you can work Yeats into a blog post title.  My final appointment of 2017 was a quick 1 hour shading session on my lower leg.  It was all light gray waves and as you can see from the pictures, it’s still quite bleedy.  Yes, I know bleedy isn’t a word.  If you want a blog that only uses “real” words, you can go elsewhere!  Happy New Year!

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The Bee’s Knee

It was only a matter of time until I had to learn what it’s like to have my knees tattooed.  That is precisely what happened last night and it was just absolutely no fun at all.  Everybody deals with pain in different ways and everybody experiences it differently, so I don’t consider my take on this to be a fact.  That said, I find when we get to an area that hurts more than usual, I find the best method for dealing with it is to accept the presence of the pain while forcing my mind to focus elsewhere.  It seems to help for me, if for no other reason than it keeps my mind occupied.  The tricky thing with the knee, however, was that every time my mind would start to wander, I would feel my reflex kick in or my leg would want to flinch.  It’s hard to flinch a butt cheek, so I hadn’t had this problem before.  My mental gymnastics were rendered useless and I had no choice but to focus on what was happening and try like hell to not let my leg wiggle.  It was a blast.

What’s better than that? Knowing I still have one more knee to go. And they both have to get shaded.  I have made good choices.

Ok, enough whining.  It hurt like hell at the time, but feels pretty good now and that’s what matters.  Horizakura added some cheery blossoms and water/waves on my knee.  I love how kinetic it looks, especially when I bend my leg.  As always, I’m really happy with the results!  He worked really hard to get the waves on the inside of my knee positioned so that it would look good with my knee bent and straight.  Gotta love that attention to detail!  Two notes before photos: 1) I’m so swollen it looks like I have no knee cap. It’s under there somewhere.  Is there a such thing as cankles for knees?  Thiees? 2) I took a side photo but the door was in focus, not my leg.  I am too ashamed to post it, but not so ashamed that I wouldn’t tell you about it.  It mostly just showed where this appointment stopped and the empty space on the back of my leg.

I’m sorry this post was so long.  Photos!