I finally got the tattoo I've always wanted (well, I've had the idea for about 5 years)!!! I wasn't exactly sure about what I was getting myself into. I luckily couldn't remember the pain that is involved, but I was extremely nervous to say the least! I made myself sick the whole day. Zac even told me at one point if it makes you that sick why are you doing it?!?! I told him he should have seen me the day we had our first date, haha and look where that turned out. :) I was more excited than anything.
I had hoped I could get it done earlier so I wouldn't have to wait any longer, but to my horror we (Zac + I) had to wait another agonizing 30 minutes because he was doing another tattoo. Haha. I'm overdramatic aren't I?
I made Zac hold my hand for most of it :) He was also in charge of the picture taking. Such a sweetie :*
When he first started I thought OUCH, this hurts worse than I remembered!!! I have to sit here for an hour and a half of this? Some parts were worse than others, but it gets easier the longer you sit. I wished he had the time to knock it all out, but we just did all of the outlining + the lettering. I get to go back in 2 weeks to finish it. I can't wait to see it all finished. I'm already in love with it.
I found the phrase in this book when I was in college. It is translated as "Life in Rosy Hues" or "Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses"; the literal meaning is "Life in Pink". I love the color pink + most of my paintings all have that color in them. I had skin cancer in 2005 + ever since then I've tried to live my life like I may not have a tomorrow (to a certain degree). It may sound morbid, but it's not to me. I need a constant reminder to lighten up + enjoy life (that's one of the many reasons I fell in love with Zac, because he has such a positive outlook on things). I also wanted the tattoo to represent life + death.
Most of the imagery came from Audrey Kawasaki's paintings, with the exception of the flower. The flower (Scabiosa) came from this book + was in my wedding bouquet. I'm so happy with how David (we became friends while getting our BFAs at the U of M together) at Underground Art put it all together!!!
I'll do another post when it's all finished :)
*I can mark 24. Get another tattoo (the one I've always wanted) off my 28 before 29 list.