I’m sorry I couldn’t come up with a more interesting title than that. I sometimes wish I had just numbered these entries instead of laying awake at night trying to think of a title. Not that you should care, this is my cross to bear.
For appointment 73, Horizakura continued to outline the phoenix on my chest. He also added more clouds which are not present in the original painting. In my previous entry, I suggested that this might be to add more layers and make the thing look more like a tattoo. I was kinda right. I asked Horizakura about that during this appointment and he said he is adding the clouds to break up some of the color in the painting. Traditionally, Japanese tattoo is very judicious with its use of color (This is mostly due to what was available at the time, though I think their lack of pigment ended up contributing to a more specific aesthetic. That’s a conversation for a different post.) and since the original painting is very colorful, Horizakura believed adding black/gray clouds and wind would help balance that out.
My wife and I are going on vacation, so I’ll be missing my last appointment in March. Horizakura also has some travel plans, though he may have to cancel due to growing concerns of Covid19. So I may or may not have an early April appointment. Take a good look, you may not see me again for a while!