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:
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!
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.
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.
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.