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.
Without further ado…
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.
Nothing more to add. Enjoy!
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.)
During my 44th appointment, the door buzzer went off. As Monji went to answer the door, Horizakura casually mentioned that he had a friend and Horitoshi family member from Belgium visiting. The door opens and in walks none other than Shad “Horitsukikage”! I have known about Shad for a long, long time through my research on the Horitoshi family and figuring out the who/what/where/when of my tattoo. It was pretty awesome to meet and chat with him and Horizakura during my appointment. In my early twenties I would spend hours admiring the work of tattoo artists from all over the world. At that time in my life, I didn’t dare dream I would be where I am now. As a result, it never occurred to me that I might have the opportunity to meet some of these artists I respect so much. I’m going to cut myself off here for fear of embarrassing myself more than I have. Suffice it to say it was a damn good appointment with some damn good conversation and damn good tattooing. Damn good.
I almost forgot, this will be my last update for about a month as work/travel gets in the way of tattoo appointments. In light of that, the pictures below show my whole leg sleeve (pant?) as it currently is. They also show a very boring, mostly untattooed leg.
Well hot damn! Appointment 43 is in the bag and Horizakura connected the leg shading to my already shaded thigh. Feels great to have it beginning to form one piece! The back of the knee was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think the line work hurt worse. It is worth mentioning, Horizakura was quite merciful in his approach and would shade an area behind my knee, then move on to a different part of my leg to give me a break before returning to the back of the knee. I suppose maybe some people would rather just get it over with, but I found that procedure very tolerable. The man knows his craft.
The only other worthwhile note here is that he used those waterproof bandages again at my request. I was a little ahead of the curve this time though. I buzzed all the hair off my tattooed leg so it wouldn’t hurt like a bastard when I pulled the bandages off. Worked like a charm!
I lied. One more note. I didn’t move. I’m traveling for work, so these photos come to you from the bathroom of a Holiday Inn in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.