I wonder how many miles she’s got on her?
I wonder how many miles she’s got on her?
I told myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t make any more rash decisions and get tattooed on a spur-of-the-moment basis. My first tattoo, which has long since been covered-up was a spur of the moment, drunken decision which I can still forever feel because it was a poor job and is raised & scarred.
That being said I have been dying to get some more tattoo work done for a while now. I want to finish the half sleeve on my left arm, plus there are various other ideas that have been floating in my head for quite some time. Recently however I have had some medical issues that potentially may see me having to start taking a medication that will limit my immune system and make it potentially not wise to get tattooed.
So with that in mind I decided I really wanted to get something that I had been wanting for a long, long time but was never quite certain where on my body I would put it.
I headed down to Gen-X Tattoo in Willoughby,OH and got the following beauty on my right wrist:
I decided to put it facing me on my wrist to forever serve as a reminder to myself to hold on to my beliefs.
After I called the shop up to see if they would have the time (and desire) to do a non-custom, relatively easy walk in, I looked up the portfolio of the artist that would be doing the work. By pure happenstance after after looking through her drawings, I may have very well found the artist to work with for one of my long-desired pieces — a modern update on Columbia/”The Statue of Freedom” (The statue that adorns the dome of the U.S. Capitol building.)
So I’m hopeful that my medical issues won’t limit me to harshly in getting the rest of the ink that I desire.
As a foul-mouthed, heavy-metal loving tattooed conservative I am often confronted with issues that cause disagreement with others who are supposedly on the same side of the political spectrum as myself.
This morning while drinking my morning coffee and skimming through one of my favorite stops on the interwebs (IOwntheWorld.com) I came across a post about Rosie O’Donnell’s 13-year-old son allegedly getting a tattoo. The ensuing comments on that thread prompted me to write the below response.[IowntheWorld.com is still one of my favorite stops on the interwebs though.]
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This thread reminds me of a conversation I had once with a (very) liberal college professor of mine. Not having liked the college experience much after my first year, I spent most of my next 6 years after High School graduation jumping straight into the workforce. I was a few years older then most of my classmates and thus, pretty much the only one that had the cajones to open up and argue with said (very) liberal college professor when he started on with the usual progressive ideological nonsense. The class wasn’t even a politically oriented one.
One nice spring day, after a rather miserably cold Cleveland winter, I came to class wearing a T-Shirt as opposed to the normal sweatshirts I would wear. I instantly noticed the look of amazement in (very) liberal college professor’s eyes when he notices a bit of one of my half sleeve tattoos poking out of my Ronald Reagan “Old School Conservative” tee shirt.
“Joe,” he started off, the sense of moral superiority firmly in his voice. “I’ve got to say that I’m completely shocked after all the Conservative Right-Wing viewpoints you’ve expressed all semester to see that you have tattoos. How do you justify that while holding such a rigid belief system?”
I chuckled then looked straight at (very) liberal college professor and said, “The answer is in the second paragraph of the Declaration Of Independence. You see as a Conservative I believe that I am endowed by my creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
He didn’t like that answer and pressed on with the ‘how can I justify having tattoos with being conservative line of questioning. He then brought up the religious right and other liberal talking points.
“You are confusing the hard-core religious right, and uppity snobs with what being a ‘conservative’ means,” I went on to tell him. “You see while liberals tend to want to pigeon-hole people and lump everyone into a group into a specific spot where that group falls into the social-order. But as a conservative I am most concerned with the dignity & freedom of the individual. I know that each and every man is his own unique individual and the choices we make as free individuals are our choices & not ones to be made by any other individual or collective.”
He basically didn’t have a response and we continued on with class.
I won’t try to explain my choices of body-art here, as they are my own. Do I regret some of the choices I made? Of course I do, but those choices helped mold me into the man I am today. Each piece of art on my body is a reminder of the person I was at that time & place.
As a firm believe in the first amendment I will never deny the right of anyone to speak there mind. If you think tattoos are stupid, or that they defile the body or any other reasoning you have to dislike body art — that is your right.
It just irks me when people who are supposed to be on the same side of the political spectrum as myself can’t view the choice of getting tattoo as nothing more then an issue of individual liberty — and thus a choice that perfectly aligns with being conservative.
Being tattooed myself, it would be highly hypocritical of me to condemn someone for getting ink. That being said I love me some bad tattoos.
While scrolling the interwebs today I found one of my new favorite sites. Wtftattoos.com How did I not know of this site sooner?
Here are just a few of my favs:
Find more at WTF Tattoos
Yesterday, I made a trip to North Coast Body Mod and got my first new tattoo in almost seven years. I’m pretty picky in what I get, and after a few early mistakes when I first started getting inked a decade ago, I decided that I have plenty of time to decide what art I want to adorn my skin with, after all my body art will be a part of me until my very end.
I started phase two of a left arm sleeve design that was started almost 8 years ago by Brian up at North Coast, when he worked at another local establishment. That original piece was an oriental style dragon on my upper left arm.
Since I was a little kid I have always been fascinated by dragons, both the European version of dragon mythology where they are depicted as being a demonic type creature as well as the Oriental version of the dragon mythos, where they are seen as a much more benevolent creature and are actually revered, rather then feared.
It is hard to say about the Dragon tattoo on my arm since it as drawn and designed in America, by an American artist, but it would be closer to the Japanese style as it is drawn with three claws, whereas Chinese Dragons generally have five.
The piece that I had added to my half sleeve design wraps around my arm coming down just above my elbow joining with the dragon art that has been there now for the last few years. The new piece is of a koi fish that is swimming up a waterfall.
There is an ancient legend that if a koi manages to swim up a waterfall at a certain spot called the dragon’s gate that it will then transform into a dragon. That story has always fascinated me and I wanted to incorporate it into my artwork.
In Japanese culture koi are seen as a symbol associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.
Currently the outline and most of the shading are completed, I am now giving it some time to heal and in two weeks will go in for color and for a smoother joining with the first piece that was added seven years ago.
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