new year, new tattoo

We all know what this means…

someone is getting tattooed!

I was finally able to use the gift certificate my fiancé had given me for my birthday in October. I was getting my elbow tattooed so I tried to time it when I wouldn’t be carrying around any nieces or nephews or repainting any floors, because any of these things would suck hard with a bum elbow.

The timing worked out that I’d be starting the new year with a new tattoo and I think there’s some sort of symbolism in there that I can get into.

tattoo artist gene coffey

We got started after working out the stencil size and placement for about 30 min. Gene had me lay down which was awesome, kind of like nap time with someone applying a belt-sander to your elbow.

in progress

I picked a trillium design as homage to my time spent in Oregon. While it is not native to Oregon alone, it grows there and that’s where I learned about it. Trilliums also bloom in an eggplant purple color but I thought the white would read the best. I also thought the white would hurt the least so that worked out well.

Other facts about trilliums: they only have 3 petals and 3 leaves, they only bloom every 3 years and if you pick one, the whole plant dies. DON’T PICK TRILLIUMS.

the finished tattoo

It didn’t even make me puke or crap my pants (fair standards for success, no?). Actually, the tattoo went really well. I’d psyched myself up but it wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. Also, a couple of years ago, I suffered through several hours of an excruciating side piece and relative to that, this was totally tolerable.

So, my best advice to people who want to get their elbow tattooed is to undergo a root canal without any numbing or stand in front of a moving bus. Once you recover and get your elbow tattooed, you’ll be able to take it like a man and impress all your friends.

JK, but I did feel totally awesome when Gene told me I’d been a champ. I love exceeding my own expectations.

close up

I was so stoked to see the final product. This tattoo turned out a million times more awesome than I’d ever imagined it. Gene is the best, check out his awesome portfolio. Also, I’d like to give a big thank you to Jocelyn for taking reference pictures for me. Without her this tattoo would probably have happened… whenever I found a decent image on GIS, but it would have been less meaningful.

Afterwards, Kat and I went to Mike’s work where I had victory nachos and a victory margarita.

So now the healing period. They sent me home with A + D ointment and a plastic wrapping to keep it clean. It has swollen quite a bit but I managed to take a nap with my arm over my head which helped drain some of the fluid out.

fat elbow

That whole fluid drainage thing was pretty gross so I’ll just leave on that note. Sorry.

Happy New Years!

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3 Responses to “new year, new tattoo”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    I love the curling lip of the petals, and the color detail. White on tattoos is so nice too. And great scale!

    Gorgeous and inspiring!

  2. Diane McDonald Says:

    That’s really beautiful. You must have some great amount of pain tolerance. Hope it heals fast.

    Happy New Year.

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