I so hella heart my new tattoo.
On a suggestion from RedSilvia (who is ultra-hip and cool and to be trusted in matters like these), I booked an appointment with Tanja Nixx, the owner of the famous Lyle Tuttle Tattooing in North Beach, San Francisco. I’d found a couple of hearts online that I liked, and I told Lala I wanted forget-me-nots (my favorite flower and one of my mother’s favorites, too) and a kiwi bird, so she played around with images and photoshopped something that I liked enough to present to Tanja. And then Tanja made magic with it. She gave me the EXACT tattoo that I wanted. I’d been worried that when I got it done, it wouldn’t be right (a valid and normal worry, probably). I worried that it would be too small, or crooked, or just Not What I Wanted, even though I couldn’t quite articulate what it was that I did want.
But Tanja. She got it right, man. So right.
Isn’t it phenomenal? It’s perfect. I love it. I also love Tanja — she is good people. She also has a cozy tattoo shop, something I didn’t know existed. I was relaxed. And it really didn’t hurt, that was the crazy part. At its worst, it felt like when you’re scratching a mosquito bite — hurts so good. Really. I didn’t believe it when people said that tattoos don’t hurt. And I think that a tattoo elsewhere might hurt a GREAT deal. But let’s face it, this part of my arm is not anywhere close to a bone, and while a couple of places stung for a second, mostly it was just fun. And the endorphins! Those are great! I’ve felt that high only a couple of times before while running, and it’s totally worth it.
Oh, closer? Okay. This is hours afterward, obviously fresh but still looking good:
Here I am a little bit red and feeling really tired from the day, but LOVING it:
Yep. The funny part is that this is so much for ME. Mom would have found it kind of silly, I think, if not outright ridiculous. So it’s funny to memorialize her this way. But she would have liked it because I liked it. Hooray!
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