Just when I thought I was out…

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!

Witness me!

On a Roll!

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!

For Freedom!

I’m Back, Baby!

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…

First Appointment of 2019

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!

 

BONUS BOWL!!!!

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2018 Wrap Up

This appointment concludes my third full year of getting tattooed by Horizakura. It feels like it has been much longer than that, but I suspect that has more to do with how much has happened in my life in the last three years than it has to do with the tattoo process.  If the start of this journey was a snapshot of my life at that moment in time, I am glad for the realization that things have generally only improved since.  It’s been fast and furious, but it’s been good.  I’m sorry I started this post with a retrospective, but you’re the one sitting there reading it so I feel like you are partly to blame.  On to tattoo things!

Below are pictures from my 54th appointment with Horizakura.  You will see he added some cherry blossoms, water, and waves around the sides and back of my knee region.  After uploading the photos to my PC, I realized I forgot to take a picture from the front to show how the waves on each side sort of wrap towards each other… we’ll call that a little manufactured suspense for my next post.  I did, however, have the presence of mind to take a picture of both legs to show how he designed the waves to create a natural symmetry between each leg.  I am really pleased with how it looks!

Christmas is right around the corner and I will be in Japan for 10 days, so our next appointment is set for mid January.  The trip is not tattoo related, but I am hoping to maybe visit the tattoo museum in Yokohama if I have time after my work is done.  Perhaps I’ll have something interesting to write about here afterwards.  Until then, look upon my works ye mighty, and despair.

A Rock to Stand On

My most recent 2 hour appointment came with more rocks and some new plant life for my tattoo’s ecosystem.  You can see the turtle is now standing on some rocks and we have some seaweed-y type plant life waving around.  I love it!  It may seem a little odd to love weeds so much, but with such a consistent water/cherry blossom background, I really enjoy little additions here and there to give variety.   Also, if you look at my left leg in the photos below, you can see the line Horizakura drew around my ankle in order to measure the border for my right leg.  I didn’t even notice it until I reviewed the pictures. I guess I forgot to scrub it off. Let’s pretend it was on purpose for a “behind the curtain” look at the process.

Horizakura and I discussed what comes next.  Looks like we’ll do another bonji on my knee with some fire around it, then the head of a dragon will be on my inner thigh with its body extending up to my torso.  I am beyond stoked.  I am also beyond furious that I already had to cancel my next appointment because of work.

Cry havoc and let slip the turtles of war!

Ya put your right leg in…

Exciting results from my 50th appointment!  Horizakura began outlining my right leg!  “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”  For my right calf, he drew up a Dragon Turtle.  You can see the shell of the turtle is covered in rocks and plants, and of course he has a dragon’s head.  You may also notice that the poor guy is an amputee.  I’m pretty sure Horizakura is going to add the fourth leg later on, or perhaps it will be covered by water or waves.  We’ll see!  I’m really jazzed up on this design though.  It has kind of a hard or rigid look to it compared to the goldfish on my left leg.  As for the rest of my right leg, Horizakura has a couple different ideas but still hasn’t decided on the layout.  There is a possibility that whatever is on my right thigh will be an extension of the dragon he wants to put on my torso.  Or maybe there will be something else altogether up there.  Either way, I’m just happy to be here.