Yesterday I posted a tattoo teaser from my trip to Frederick, MD. Rick and I took an overnight trip there for our anniversary, which is on the 28th, because our usual trip was going to be too strenuous for me and I didn't particularly want to stay in bed all this week because of it. Why Frederick? Relatively nearby, and when Rick and I got married 14 years ago, it's where we bought our first house. It's an awesome town (city?) with a very cool downtown area.
My tattoo was an anniversary gift to him. It was DONE on the spur of the moment, but had been thought out long in advance. My karma was just waiting, I suppose, to feel good and pass a cool tattoo parlor at the same time. Kismet, I suppose!
|Courtesy of The Black Label Tattoo Parlor, Frederick, MD|
I love the space and the lighting -- it would make a great artist studio!
For my last three tattoos, I went to the tattoo artist with my design already sketched out, and all they had to do was transfer it to my skin and away they went. This time, however, I hadn't been planning a tattoo so I told them what I wanted and one of the artists sat at his table and drew it out.
That was very, very cool. Above his desk he had tons of art he'd drawn, and this guy could have rocked some much larger tattoos for me (there was a dahlia that would have been great in the center of my back, but I wouldn't get to see it!)
|Hotel rooms have unforgiving light. But my hair is red and that's a pink braid. And bifocals. GAH!|
I told you it was simple! Size-wise, it's the largest one I have (ink-wise, the one on my hip has more ink because the letters are denser). I'd been told this was a painful place to get a tattoo, and I remembered my shoulder tattoo was very painful, but this was nothing at all. I guess I've gotten used to needles!
A rather unorthodox gift, but there you go! Spontaneity is something I haven't been able to embrace much these past few years, so doing this with no plans felt AWESOME! And Rick's reaction was even better. He, just so you know, has absolutely NO desire for a tattoo on himself. So I got one for him.
Hope to hear from you guys (comments are good food!) and I'll write again tomorrow! Hopefully I'll be able to write the one about flying an airplane, if I feel as good tomorrow as I do today.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.