First Appointment of 2022

My 99th appointment with Horizakura was very similar to my last couple appointments. So much so that I’m not sure I have anything to really say here. He spent about an hour and a half shading my left forearm/elbow ditch. Tebori is much more gentle on thin-skinned areas like the ditch, so it wasn’t bad at all for me. I actually nodded off a couple times which I don’t recall happening since we were tattooing my thighs. I try not to do that if I can help it but it’s just so damn relaxing sometimes. That’s all I’ve got for you today. Look at these pictures.

In retrospect, I wish I had taken a more “straight on” shot of the ditch. I’m not sure why I didn’t, but I suppose you get the idea.

Hitachino Nest and Sena Tattoo

I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel for how I should title these posts. Hitachino Nest is one of my favorite breweries in Japan. I learned about them on my second trip to Tokyo in 2015 and really enjoyed drinking a distinctly Japanese beer that wasn’t one of the ever present brands you always see (Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, and the other one that I’m forgetting right now.). I was thinking about the beer a bit and decided to see if I could find some to bring to my appointment. Lo and behold, a liquor store just 20 min out of my way had some in stock in their Build Your Own Six Pack area. I cleaned them out, all 5 bottles, and brought them to my 98th appointment. The only reason I bother to spend so much time on the beer is there wasn’t much else to this appointment. The typical pleasant chat, calming music, and easy forearm tebori made it as pleasant as always. We started this appointment a couple hours earlier than usual, but wrapped up after an hour so that Horizakura could spend some time tattooing his apprentice. In between my appointment and theirs, we drank a Hitachino nest and chatted, and that was about it! We wrapped up the appointment at peak rush hour traffic for NYC (although it was a little lighter than usual because of the holiday season), so I decided to pop over to Sena Tattoo to check out their stock of GxBxT apparel. I had my eye on a particular hoodie with a Lango Oliveira design on it. Then, since I was in the area, I also went over to Five Points to buy a t-shirt. I don’t imagine I’ll ever have the time or body space to get a tattoo from Garver or those guys, so buying a shirt is pretty much my only way to support them and see the space. Afterwards, I drove home. Thus concludes the story of my 98th appointment with Horizakura. ASAHI! That’s the other beer brand I couldn’t remember!