Tats

Updated on June 21, 2021 in General Stuff
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For a little while now I’ve been considering getting a tattoo. All my siblings (all younger than me) have multiple  tats and so do my children, including my daughter’s fiance- a big, beefy former Army sapper with tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt and a slight landmine leg injury limp to show for it (but a truly great guy). So I’ve been contemplating getting the guitar that is my logo here inked for a while. The logo comes from a drawing that my Dad, an architect, did for me in around ’83 or ’84. We were sitting around the kitchen table talking about maybe a business card for me and my guitar playing aspirations. He whipped out a vellum graph paper pad, a plastic drafting triangle, and a plastic hole thing and freehanded that drawing of my 335 in about 10 minutes. Then he took it to work the next day and shrunk it down and stuck it on the back of one of his business cards as a prototype. It ended up a fascinating study of line weights, etc. as the graph lines started to vanish as it got smaller. I still have all the original handwork from Dad and Jeff was gracious enough to turn it into a great digital rendering for me.

So now I’m 60 and really don’t have any reason to not get it inked on my arm. So we went to lunch with the tattoo crew this afternoon and asked them to recommend a tat artist to do the work and, of course they’re delighted to help. Then badass Army boy says, “I’ll give you $100 if you get ‘Thug Life’ tattooed across your stomach”. Thug life is an old goofy joke between the kids and I, particularly my daughter. Both kids then ante’d up another $100 apiece. Then tough guy said heck, I’ll pay for the whole thing. And we were on like Donkey Kong.

So now I’m getting two tats. One’s Dad’s drawing on my left upper arm, and the other is whatever “Thug Life” design he comes up with wherever he wants me to put it.

Wish me luck.

 
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Good luck! It’s almost rare to see anyone around with no tattoo at all. Maybe some day ….

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Oof! Yeah, there’s that risk ….

If the guy is doing the work and you can’t see it as it progresses because it’s on your back or something, maybe bring a proof reader you trust and who is not dyslexic to watch him. Though I guess you can’t misspell an image of a 335.

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Kel gave me a t-rex meme tat (gift certificate; a pro did the art) last year. She found the artist, and surprised me with the gift cert. At 53, what do I care? I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on it. The college students, in particular, love it.

I have a treble clef on the other arm; each one is a commemoration of a major life event.

Pics, as you get them.

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The customer service manager here, a real tat fanatic, told me you should allow 6 weeks with no sun and not real washing for the things to set. With the ridiculous amount of outdoor work the wife has lined up for me, I may end up delaying the whole thing past the hellish summer months here.

But eventually I will post.

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Along those lines, the best post-tat care products I have found come from (wait for it…)

 

David Lee Roth.  Yes, that DLR.

He’s a huge tat fanatic, with a very expensive traditional Japanese, 7/10ths body suit tattoo that he spent 3 years in Tokyo getting done. Of course, being one of the biggest rock stars on the planet, he also had the dough to start a company. He’s also an outdoor enthusiast, so the products are barrier reef-safe, and he’s a car guy, so the protective lotions won’t grease up the tuck n roll upholstery inside your 6-figure hot or restomod rod. Most def recommended.

https://inktheoriginal.com

 

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Thanks bud.

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