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.
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.
As my most recent post was more about “playing catch up” with my progress, here is the most recent work from my 49th appointment with Horizakura. The primary focus here was the back of my knee. I think about a third of this was already done on appointment 43. As I said in that post, the back of the knee was not as bad as I was hyping myself up for it to be. This whole appointment was pretty easy breezy. You will notice in the picture of the inside of my leg, the only unshaded portion left is that wave under the Koi’s chin (do fish have chins?). I am not sure if my appointment this Tuesday will be shading that or if Horizakura will begin outlining my right leg. Either way, I’m super pumped!
We have started talking about the content for my right leg, but considering we live in a culture of immediate gratification, I’m going to make you wait. HA! Check back in a week.
For session 47, Horizakura continued on his merry way up my leg shading water and waves. The longer I’m in this process, the more enjoyment I get out of seeing the background come together. It’s amazing how a dynamic background can elevate the subject matter in the foreground. If I was a more artistic person, I’m sure I would find a way to apply that.
Artistic theory aside, getting my knee tattooed was just not any fun at all. The memory of pain fades with time, but I’m pretty confident the ass hurt worse for me. Probably due to the delicate nature of the skin over my knee cap as compared to the “ample” areas of my butt. My understanding is that thicker areas require more force to saturate with color/shading. This might be specifically for tebori… I don’t know anything about applying a tattoo, so I should probably just shut up.
The good news is, my knee is done and besides for some flower petals, I won’t ever have to get tattooed there again. The bad news is, I have another knee.
Of course, no matter what, I’m stoked with the progress! This will be the last update for a few weeks since I had to cancel my next appointment for a work trip. See you in late July nerds.
I have an appointment on the books for tomorrow June 19, but due to a chaotic couple of weeks, I did not have time to update from my last appointment. This appointment was pretty chill, only 1.5 hours. It’s a little hard to tell what’s new vs. newish vs. oldish, but it’s there.
You may notice that left kneecap looking pretty roasted. That is due to driving my Jeep with no doors…. I didn’t even realize it until a few days ago when I looked at my knees side-by-side in a mirror. Whoops. Now I apply sunblock before driving, although I really do need to get on a better SPF skin care regimen.
I had an extremely busy few weeks, but we’re finally back at it. Nothing much of note here, Horizakura spent 2 hours working from my ankle to just under my knee. It’s funny that even after 45 appointments I’m still surprised how much the background changes the way the outline looks. All those lines just look like chaos until it starts getting filled in and really becomes something. The change is almost as drastic as the change from bare skin to outline is!
Also, the tripod plate for my camera was left at work, so human tripod credit goes to my loving wife Christine. My sincerest thanks for interrupting your morning routine to help out! (She demanded credit.)