Date: May 4, 2012
Time: 2.5 Hours
Breaks: 1 (five minutes)
Total Tattooing Time: 38 hours
I had just rolled out of bed and I noticed an 8:45am text from Rubendall: "I have a cancellation at noon today if you want it. Let me know."
"I left a message at the shop last night," I replied. "I'm definitely taking it. Seeya then."
The night before, I had left my phone at home as I traveled to a neighbor's house for a few Manhattans and a rousing game of scrabble (as much as I love Words With Friends, you occasionally gotta roll analog). So, when I returned home to discover a voicemail from the shop manager, I promptly rang up the shop to confirm the appointment.
When I arrived at the Massapequa location, Rube said, "That was a funny message you left last night - were you out drinkin?"
"Yeah, but I didn't think I'd had that much to drink," I replied.
"Well, ya didn't sound drunk, but you definitely sounded like you were trying to hold it together," he laughed. "We've all been there. That's why I texted you this morning to see if you were still feeling up for it."
With a waiting list like Rube's (booked through 2013), there's no way in hell I'm ever turning down an open appointment.
It was a short session today - all blue fill on the lower back (pictured above and below the waistline of my kimono), all sitting upright in a chair. This time around, I managed to get comfortable in the chair and I actually found it a lot easier to deal with than lying face-down on a table. Sometimes the table is fine; other times I just can't get my neck comfortable or the pillow positioned properly or my beard winds up getting mashed into my mouth. As I've said before, every sitting (or "laying") is different and you never know how well you're going to hold up until that needle punctures the skin.
This session was pretty smooth sailing, presumably because we weren't running over a lot of bone (fortunately, we've already knocked out most of the lumbar/sacral area with the black/grey shading). What I really love - and what I hope is apparent in the photographs - is the way that the scales are showing through the water. It's always fascinating to me to see the way color and grey shading interact, creating depth and dimension.
With any luck, we'll be able to finish up the remainder of the blue scales at my next sitting - which includes the claw on my right buttock and the tail on my left - at which point we'll continue on to finish the face and begin the belly-scales in red.
Until then... summer is here, kids. If you're gonna spend any time in the sun (even just through the window of your car) don't forget to break out the 50-SPF sunblock and protect your investment.
Oh, and in case you're interested in a female perspective on the bodysuit process, my lovely lady recently had her hips/ribs done by Daniel DiMattia of Calypso Tattoo. She blogged about her process over here.
[Ed. Note: I realize that this blog entry is almost four weeks overdue. Admittedly, I scabbed up pretty good and couldn't get a decent photo during the first two weeks, but I promise to stay a little more on top of the process. But, shit... life is what happens while you're trying to blog.
Or something like that...]