I feel like I’ve probably used that title before. Anyway, below are pictures from my 63rd appointment with Horizakura. This appointment actually took place on August 20th but for reasons that aren’t worth explaining, I’m not uploading until now. It’s a little difficult to tell what was done here because it’s all mostly healed already, but he mostly shaded that wave on the side of my knee and the water on the back of my knee. Not much else to say here. I have another appointment tonight after over a month off, so I’ll have another post tomorrow morning.
Attend the tale of my 62nd appointment with Horizakura! This was a brief one hour outline session during which he drew on and outlined some background elements around the koi that was tattooed two weeks ago. Despite his tattooing me in nearly identical locations as last appointment, I was noticeably more twitchy this time. I cannot explain why. I felt really great after the last appointment, but this brief jaunt down my thigh and the back of my knee was not great. The human body is a mystery.
Looks like we will have one more appointment in two weeks to connect some of the background on my left and right thighs. The goal (I think) is to achieve that typical “V” pattern that you often see in the armpit area of sleeves. I’m not at all looking forward to the position I’ll be in for him to tattoo me there or the compromising, unsightly photos that I will have to take of the results.
Here are some awkward photos to prepare you for that:
For my 61st appointment, Horizakura outlined a new koi on my right thigh and began the process of outlining background and connecting the leg to my backpiece. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but I really get spoiled by the silence of tebori. It’s so much more meditative and soothing than the machine is. That said, I do enjoy how much gets done in our usual two hour session. Feels good man.
We grabbed a couple beers after the appointment and while I was telling a story about my last trip to Japan, it sparked a whole new idea for my torso tattoo. I feel like I’ve already spilled so many ideas for what we were going to do there and it keeps changing, so for now I’m going to keep it secret until we know for sure that this is what we’re doing. It’s different than what I thought would go on my torso… but it’s also a really cool idea that ties to a personal experience and still fits with the overall suit. My next appointment will be the back of my knee connecting to the backpiece and the following appointment could very well be the start of my torso. I hoped to lose a little weight before I had to start posting pictures of my gut here, but that ship has sailed. I’d rather be fat and tattooed than skinny and not tattooed.
If you’ve been here before, you may notice that I have changed the look of the blog. The more I look at it, the less happy I am with this new look. I’ll have to spend some more time on it, but the real reason for the change was based on feedback I got from an internet stranger. That person said they were trying to find quick access to specific parts of the tattoo, but were unable to do so because I didn’t have any sort of short cuts or pages set up for that. This new format has allowed me that opportunity, as you can see on the left side of the page. This will have to do for now.
Below are pictures from my 60th appointment with Horizakura. More tebori on the top of my shin/below my knee. Not much else to say about this. He did some doodling on my thigh/torso and suggested that next appointment he will start outlining another koi on my thigh and a dragon on my torso. Until next time!
Oh! I didn’t see you come in. Have a seat, won’t you? Let’s talk about my 59th appointment with Horizakura!
We chatted a lot during this appointment, so the time really flew by. Horizakura shaded a clump of waves on the inside of my right knee and laid down some black in the rock under and behind the turtle’s leg. This will be my last appointment until early June, but I feel really good about the progress that has been made in the last two appointments.
Looking ahead, we discussed some more ideas for the rest of my suit. There is still maybe three or four appointments left before we really have to decide what is going on my thigh, so hopefully inspiration will find us before August! This year feels like it has started out really slowly, but according to my spreadsheet (shut up) it is pretty normal to have logged five appointments YTD in mid April. I’m optimistic that we can finish the year strong! Until then, I took a couple extra pics this week to earmark our overall progress to this point.
At the beginning of my last post I was filled with the excitement of having two appointments in a row. Shame on me! I ended up having to cancel an appointment because of a work trip in LA, so our run of 5 appointments has become 4 appointments. Could be worse! As work gets busier and busier, I’m becoming more and more thankful for the opportunities I actually have to get tattooed now. One of my greatest fears in life is losing my momentum and not finishing this thing.
That got dark…
…Dark like the background Horizakura laid down during my 58th appointment! It should be fairly obvious to see what is fresh in these photos. It’s the shiny parts. Not much more to say here. We have one more appointment in two weeks which will likely continue the background/rocks around my knee. After that appointment, we’ll be on hiatus until early June. Infinite sorrow. Ok maybe not infinite. Several weeks of sorrow. Looking forward to our next appointment nonetheless!
Horizakura and I met for my 57th appointment on Tuesday, the second appointment in 2 weeks. Feels great to be back into a schedule! I’m not sure how long it will last as he has some travel coming up and work is getting busier and busier for me… let’s enjoy it while we can!
Nothing too wild here. This was about an hour and a half of tebori on the rocks around my right ankle. Easy breezy!
Seven weeks between appointments is just too much. You should see the walls of my house… they’re covered in tally marks counting down the days like a prison cell at the Château d’If.
Despite my long absence, I don’t have much to say. Below are pictures from my 56th appointment with Horizakura. He began shading the background of my right leg, including thickening the rock lines. I really love the way those thick rock lines contrast with the thinner lines of the waves and cherry blossoms. It makes me all the more excited to see how the cave on my knee will look once those rocks are THICC.
Look upon my thighs ye mighty, and despair…
No tattoo appointments until next week (Horizakura and I have been like ships in the night), but in the meantime I thought I would give a little share of a new tattoo podcast I’ve been listening to. It is called Books Closed and is hosted by Andrew Stortz. The content centers around changes and trends in the tattoo world and is also just chock full of fun personal stories from tattoo veterans. I’m sure the content has a deeper level of interest for actual tattoo artists, but even as an enthusiast I have had a great time listening. Give him a follow on YouTube or something. Tell him Jordan sent ya!…
…don’t actually do that. He has no idea who I am.
Last night I had my very first appointment of 2019. Horizakura spent an hour drawing and about an hour tattooing a bonji inside a cave around my right knee. I am happy with the results and feel his idea of putting the bonji inside a cave is pretty unique. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it done before. He also added water and waves at the top of my shin and the sides of my knee as well. I returned from Japan two days ago, and I have to say the exhaustion from jet lag made this harder than it needed to be. Overall, not too bad, but a good reminder of why a good night’s sleep before a tattoo is important!
Speaking of Japan, I did get to visit the Yokohama Tattoo Museum. I’m not sure that I have much more to say about it that hasn’t been said in other places around the internet. My personal favorite parts of the collection were the very old photographs of tattooed people. I really love seeing how the techniques and motifs have stayed the same or changed through the years. It sort of gives me a sense of connection to something larger than myself and this personal experience. There are lots of pictures of the museum online, and I didn’t see any signs in there saying not to take pictures, so I will add a couple of my favorites here as well. If you’re into this stuff the way I am, I highly recommend checking it out if you ever find yourself in Tokyo. Yokohama is an easy train ride and worth the time. Get some ramen too!
My trip was great but I am really glad to be home and back into my day to day. Coming home to a tattoo appointment was a great way to cap the trip off.
Take a look, in a book!