All Sailors Need Tattoos

Sunday, November 05, 2006
Barbara B had a post on Sunday regarding bad tattoos (and not bad as in good). Go and check it out, the pic she put up is unique to say the least. Because she said that she'd like to see mine some time, I thought I'd pull up the pictures I had posted back in the summer of my tattoos. I have a "big" picture in mind where the general patterns on the lower back and leg will eventually join up and cover both legs, arms and my back, and then over the shoulders to meet up with the chest piece. Yes it's a lot of work and yes it is expensive. Please don't bother asking how much. Let's just say when I'm done I will have been able to put a small down payment on a house/condo or have bought a pretty good quality used vehicle.


This was my first tattoo which I had done at about age 20 or 21. I was the third of our group of four to get one done. However, I didn't have any idea of what exactly I wanted at the time and picked a predesigned rose off the wall. Why did I chose purple when I can't stand the colour? Well, I didn't want red. Blue reminded me of those fake silk flowers. The "artist" said what about purple? I was so excited to be getting a tattoo (which I had wanted to do since I was a kid...seriously!) that I said sure. I loved it for years. Until I went to see Chris Rhyason at Bear's Skin Art here in Edmonton. Compared to his work, the first tattoo was crap. And purple? What the hell was I thinking? Time to finish: 45 minutes (approx.).


My first tattoo with Chris was this little gem on my lower back. Yes I have one of THOSE tattoos. I love going into the shop. Aw tattoos. The hum of the gun, the smell of disinfectant mixed with blood, and the sound of ground men bawling like babies. 'Tis heaven. Plus Chris is kind of a cutie and it's fun to embarass him with sexual innuendo. He embarasses easily. This little number took about 2 1/2 hours to do and was the most painful of all my work. It's quite wide (no smart ass comments about the size of my...um...ass) and the skin on your side is quite thin which means it's going to hurt more. On top of that, there's a lot of detail work in the rose and the stone which are located directly on my spine. Mother fucker. That's what I kept calling Chris under my breath as he worked over me.


Next up was my right leg. I have to start by saying that when I was trying to figure out what I wanted I began with something the size of the purple rose. Then it was about three times that size. Then this. When we were talking about the design, I wanted it to continue on down the top of my foot. However Bear and his staff won't do feet or hands as they tend to wear off (? not sure if that's exactly how they described it) and they can't guarantee the quality of the work. Fair 'nuff. Plus it would have hurt like a ... mother fucker. Hmmm, I wonder if I can use that expression in every paragraph??? I LOVE this tattoo. It is definately my favourite. My other leg will eventually look similar to this one with some alterations to cover over the original tattoo. This one took 3 sessions for a total of about 6 1/2 hours.


My most recent tattoo is this yellow rose...can you see the beginning of the pattern? Surprisingly this baby didn't hurt at all (ok, well there was one brief "ACK" moment) and it was finished in what seemed like five minutes but was closer to an hour. Mind you Chris had his hands all over my boobies at the time and from the angle of his head he could have seen right into my bra. Mmmmm. Good times. Most action I've had in a looooooooooong time. This will eventually have the black tribal lines coming out from behind it, flow over my shoulders and join the soon to be designed larger piece on my back. It's located on my breastbone/sternum just above my breasts and smack dab in between them. Open necked shirts show it off nicely although some mucky mucks at work don't really appreciate it. They can get stuffed.

So there you go, you've seen the Captain's tattoos. Enjoy maties.

11 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

The leg one is absolutely amazing!

I am so desperate to get a second one done...I have the design and everything I just need the funds. Ha! Um...computer to blog on or new tattoo? Tough call. I also want one that covers my left shoulder, upper arm and chest...I'm thinking some sort of Celtic tree of life... Anyhow, the next one is an ankle piece my friend designed - a coyote howling at a Celtic moon done in knotwork. Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Karen...the leg tattoo is amazing I love it...I have 2 tattoos, upper arm and upper back...I want to get another on myouter upper thigh hip area ( i think that best describes it)...i been thinking on a design for that for some time....i been sorta thinkng on a long sea serpent wrapped in barbed wire...don't ask me why...i'm not even sure myself......hope you don't mind me jumpin in here

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I absolutely love your leg tattoo,Karen! It is so beautiful and bold.

I feel all left out now, having no ink on me. Thanks for posting these.

Candy Minx said...

Yes, the leg is impressive, bright coloursand cool swirlygigs! Super photos.

I tried to comment on the weekend, I wrote a very loong commen and the blogger didn't take it, lost it, argh...I'll try again now over by Vincent DONfirio

Anonymous said...

Argh. Two tattooed bloggers we be, matey. Fine work you got there, Cap'n.

Candy Minx said...

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http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/2006/11/getting-my-geek-on.html

Red said...

Love the green on your leg, it's so vibrant!rlb

Gardenia said...

The new rose is amazing - 3 D, very vibrant. The vine on your leg is nice too. You and my daughter, and the commentors should get together - I will get Jocey to post all her tats up. She just got a sailing ship, banner says "homeward bound." When I go for Christmas I get my first one - a raven with a tree of life medallion in its beak. She dates tatoo artists - I say she needs to date a contractor who remodels houses!

Tanya said...

I must say that my fave is the one on your back and the leg one. Gorgeous.

Newly converted Tattoo Fan over here is already planning tattoos no 2, 3 and 4. Kate has agreed to give one of them to me for my birthday. Yippeeeeeee!

Sniffy said...

Blimey. I think you either have the body for tattoos, or you don't. I fall into the "don't" category. Yours are very artistic, but are so very obvious (I suppose they are if you get your bits out, but if you're like, they'll probably stay hidden): do you ever think you'll ever regret having such big ones?

Best tattoo story: Student shaves head and has "Twat" tattood on scalp; leaves college, grows hair back and gets a responsible job in a bank; reaches mid-thirties and starts going bald.

* (asterisk) said...

Thanks for sharing, Karen. The work on your leg looks really nicely done. Check out some of my tatts by clicking here, if you like.

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