Monday, January 9

Hey, I Never Showed You My New Tattoo!

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So, the photos are kind of blurry, and I didn't take the time to make it camera-ready, but here are a few shots of the half sleeve I got in July of 2011. I do plan to write actual essays between now and February, but I figured a few of you would like to see this. If you did not want to see this, go ahead and keep that to yourself.

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Bene at Big Guns Tattoo in Madison did this for me. He specialized in exactly what I wanted, so it was a perfect fit. The process took a staggering 6.5 hours, and we did it all in one sitting. I learned a lot about myself that day; basically that I could experience pain to the point of hallucination without going into shock and messing myself. I consider it a learning experience, and it wasn't until afterward that Bene explained to me that most people don't knock out a half-sleeve in one sitting. Lesson learned.

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You'll notice that it only goes to my elbow. This is because by the end of February, I'll be completing the rest of the sleeve, right up to my collarbone. More than anything, you're looking at half of a year-long project that I can't wait to complete. Trust me, the finished product is going to be incredible. This ink also goes along nicely with my first tattoo, lurking over on my right forearm.

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. I'll be back before you know it.