Even before I went to Heather’s wedding (where it seemed to be Heather’s friend you needed to be a science/math person with a tattoo), I decided to get a tattoo.
I actually decided to do it a few weeks ago because of the amazing Greg Brown and his grassroots, do-it-yourself comedy festival. Because Greg reminded me, with amazing bravery and flair, that life is not a dress rehearsal.
I’m brainstorming about an original design, possibly something based on my favorite atmospheric phenomenon, the Kelvin-Helmholtz wave, which I think would make a killer armband. And lucky for me I am friends with an absolute Asheville Tatooed Goddess, brilliant and beautiful, who has a full back tattoo, a sleeve on both arms and a tattooed upper chest. It’s good work, too, bright and clean.
Here’s her snake and chrysanthemums, and her burning heart:
Part of her sleeve:
And the woman herself.
She bleeds cool. Without even trying. If you had to try, you could never be as cool as her. She is also very well read and an amazing cook.
She recommends this guy:
And here’s what she said when I asked for advice:
that’s my guy. he’s the best. great artist. listens and then does his magic. really easy hand too. worried about his clients well being.
if you don’t like the style, give him a chance to see your idea and see what he can come up with and while you’re at empire tattoo check out jay chastain’s portfolio. that’s the owner and he’s awesome. he and danny are great friends.
empire is professional, neat, clean, safe and talented.
my advice to you. make sure it’s what you want. work with the artist so he can create a piece of art, not just a tattoo, listen to his suggestions. use the plastic method for healing. look it up online. overall, it just means for the first three or four days washing well with antibacterial soap, drying thoroughly, then applying plastic to the wound using medical tape to keep it on…you do this every four to six hours until the tattoo peels on the third or fourth day. after it’s fully healed, ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEEN!!! AT LEAST SPF 15, BUT HIGHER IS BETTER. THIS PRESERVES THE COLOR AND QUALITY OF YOUR TATTOO. have fun. be prepared for pain but, don’t be scared. it’s tough but, it’s over in a couple of hours and you have a beautiful tattoo when you are done. i know empire has a shop rate of a hundred and fifty bucks an hour, which may seem hefty to you…..remember you get what you pay for. try to get an appointment during the week at noon. that’s when they open, you can be first, which is the best. after, treat yourself to a nice lunch and a drink…..you deserve it!!! remember, keep it clean when it’s healing, it is an open wound after all.
i’m so excited for you. i can’t wait to see it. what is it?
oh yeah, and if you want to check out the empire tattoo myspace it’s on danny’s friend list, as well as jay’s…..
let me know how it all goes.
your personal lord and tattoo saviour,
Anyone else have any advice?