Thigh Pun

For my 68th appointment, I have a tattooed thigh and zero puns.  It’s the day before Thanksgiving.  Gimme a break.

Horizakura spent about 1.5 hours shading the background on my right thigh.  Generally speaking this is a pretty easy place for me to get tattooed… and if I’m being honest I actually fell asleep at one point.  The shop was warm and quiet, the jazz was buttery smooth (I was also super tired), it put me right out for like 10 min.  I was a little startled when I woke up and I think I might have kicked him in the leg.  Being the forgiving man that he is, he didn’t mention it.  Consequently, I felt like a million bucks after my power nap and the rest of the appointment was a pleasure.  It looks like there is maybe 2-3 hours of shading left to do on this leg before we’re out of outlines to fill.  We only have one more appointment on the books for this year, so hopefully this means we will start outlining my stomach at the start of 2020.  I’m very excited for that portion of this tattoo and the moment it captures in my life.

Damnit! I could have called this post “The Thigh’s the Limit!”

Bury My Heart at Swollen Knee

During my 66th appointment with Horizakura, he continued thickening the cave lines and shading the rocks.  I mentioned earlier how tedious and time consuming the thickening is.  Well I’m very happy to report that all the lines of the cave have been thickened, so hopefully from here on out the shading will go a little quicker.  I would have to go back and check my previous posts, but I believe my left knee was done, front and back, in only 2 or 3 sessions.

Nonetheless, all progress is progress.  Frankly, I’m just thrilled that we haven’t had to cancel an appointment in 6 weeks.  That’s the first time that’s happened this year!  Anyway, here are some pictures of my swollen knee:

Ice on my chain, Cave on my knee

For my sixty-fifth appointment on October fifteenth, year of our lord two thousand and nineteen, Horizakura thickened the outlines of the cave rocks around my right knee and filled some of them in.  It was an hour and a half, though it probably looks shorter because the process of thickening rock lines is really tedious and time consuming.  When he first outlined that part of my tattoo, I knew this day would come.  A day when he works and works and works but it seems like very little actually gets done.  Pesky rocks!

Nonetheless, I am thrilled that we were able to make two appointments in a row.  There is a good chance we can get another appointment in two weeks from now as well.  Hot dog!

Cast thine gaze upon mine swollen knee:

Tender Background Stuff

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:

Session 60 and a New Look

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!

A Short Interlude

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.

Cowabunga!

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!