I am finally getting back to normal with my respiratory health. The sinus and upper respiratory infection I battled with for weeks, finally met it’s match with the new set of meds the doctor gave me. I even was able to get in some running last week. I’m on my way.
Friday I really started battling a bit of tattoo fever. I was planning on getting some small ink done this next Sunday at a benefit for Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue, but I also really wanted something to commemorate completing my first marathon; no a medal and a finisher’s shirt just was not enough. I mulled over what to get, but I could never settle on a design. I wanted something different, and something bold.
Saturday as we were coming home from brunch, we made a last second detour to our local tattoo shop; Saints & Sinners in Oak Cliff. I think it may have been the brunch bloody marys or the chocolate wine that pushed me to just get this done.
I spoke to the artist and gave him what elements I wanted in my tattoo; 26.2 in roman numerals, the Japanese character for warrior, lots of boldness, and no flowery stuff. He went to work on it and had me come back in 30 minutes.
When I did, he had three concept drawings for me to look at. Two were good but just not enough wow factor for me; the third one blew me away. His concept had everything and had it bold as can be, I loved it!
Within 30 minutes he had the stencil all drawn up, and was ready to start my ink!
I laid on that table for about 2 1/2 hours, and let me tell you this; my buzz left me about an hour into the session. WOW! It was painful as hell in some spots, but painful in general because of the fact that I have no meat on my left leg. It has always been atrophied. Also I have a scar there from when I had my Achilles tendon lengthened about four decades ago. Yeah you would think that after 40 freaking years that a scar would not have much of an impact. WRONG!
It was so worth it though. I LOVE my marathon tattoo!
Here are photos of the process: