I got my tattoo! And, it’s awesome!
Saturday afternoon I went with Karen to help her finish Christmas shopping. This is the first year that she’s ever waited this long, and oh my goodness – I was amazed at how many people wait so long and are willing to face the crowds!! It was insane! There were people everywhere! And don’t even get me started on traffic!!
That’s not the point, but I felt the need to share!
Before we headed out, we had swung by a tattoo shop that was supposed to be open, but there was a sign on the door that they would be opening late. (Fine! Be that way! Can’t you tell I am dying to give you my money?) After several
days hours of shopping we were finally headed back. Karen said it wasn’t out of the way to stop back by the shop – so we did!
I showed the lady what I was thinking and after working on the design for a few minutes her design matched my vision. So, I rolled up my sleeve, sat down, and promptly burst into tears.
Karen offered to hold my hand.
I have the best friends!
The artist handed me a paper towel to mop up my face and she began. I was worried at first because I was very clear this was a memorial tattoo and I needed someone who would respect that – and she seemed, well, dry. I have an overabundance of personality and pretty much expect that in others – so a dry tattoo artist wasn’t first on my list. But, as we sat there and talked and she worked, I finally saw a human side to her and when it was over and done with, I realized that she did a great job. She engaged me in a good way and distracted me just enough that the waterworks didn’t flood the building and cause us to float out the front door.
I think we were in and out in under 30-45 minutes. It didn’t take long at all; and now I have a beautiful piece of art on my forearm. It is very simple, very elegant and exactly what I pictured.
P.S. I woke up Sunday with what I thought was an eye infection, and after finally managing to get my contacts out, I called and got an appointment with the local Doc in a Box. Scratched cornea. Fortunately, not a rip or a tear, just a little scratch. So, I’m confined to my glasses and have several different eye drops that I’m putting in every couple of hours. Should be better by tomorrow – fingers crossed!
P.P.S. The Cowboys just suck. There is no way to sugar coat it. If I hadn’t already been crying due to my eye, the game would have had me in tears. How do you blow a lead that big? How do you have such poor clock management skills? How do you have such poor play calling? And, when did our head coach start pointing fingers? Really? Ugh.
P.P.P.S. If you missed the original post where I found my inspiration for the tattoo, you can find it here.
32 thoughts on “Tattoos and Tears”
I like it. Nice and simple, and very elegant. A touching memorial.
Thank you! That’s exactly what I was looking for. My mom say it in person for the first time today, she was pleased.
Enjoy your tattoo. It’s a lovely choice and a wonderful way to keep someone with you.
Thank you Ronit! It is smaller than it appears in the pictures – and I think I’m really going to love it!
Love the tattoo, Kate. It’s perfect!
Thank you!! I’m loving it more and more each time I see it!
Kate, I had tears rolling down my cheeks as soon as I saw the picture of your tattoo. How perfect! A simple, but beautiful reminder!
I’m sorry about your eye and hope that it has healed…
My eye is better – I’m attempting my contacts today!
And thanks – the tattoo was just as hard to get as I expected it to be, but also very healing!
I like the tattoo! It really looks simple and elegant and memorable. Hope your eyes are well.
Thanks Christy! I just love the tattoo, too! And my eye is getting better, thank you!
Looks beautiful Kate!
Thank you! I am feeling really good about it!
It looks great and sounds like it was a very cathartic experience too. Xo
It was very cathartic! The tattoo artist said that memorial tattoos are always hard because they tend to make the event “final”. I’m very glad I did it though, I’m very happy! 🙂
It’s gorgeous! I loved it! OMG scratched cornea totally blows. Hope it gets better soon.
Thanks! The more I see the tattoo the more I love it!
I think one more day in my glasses and I should be better! I can already tell a difference this morning! Thank you!
I love the tattoo and I love your writing!! You always make me laugh. I agree- the Cowboys suck! ( I also liked how you self-defined as “an over abundance of personality” – love it!!
Thank you, thank you! I’m am acquired taste, that’s for sure! The Cowboys are just breaking my heart this season. And the last. And the one before that… Sigh.
See … I even laugh at your comments 🙂 Love it!
I love it!!!!!
Glad you got the tatto that you wanted.
I can’t believe the cowboys lost. It makes the Eagles game less pathetic. Thanks.
The Eagles are looking like superstars after our performance on Saturday! I may have to start cheering for them!
Okay, that’s not going to happen, but still! At this point, I would be surprised of the Eagles don’t win the division. You win this year! Oh, we never made the bet, did we? LOL – that works out for me!
and thanks, I’m still adjusting to seeing the tattoo – it is only 1.5″ x 1″, but it seems very prominent on my arm! I do love it though!
You should join us. We need all the positive energy we can get. I think we bet 1000 – didn’t we?
I think it seems so prominent because it is so meaningful to you.
Dean is always introducing me to the neatest people. Via her blog post I found you. It’s a really wonderful tribute. Nice to meet you Kate.
Thank you! And how awesome of you to leave a note – I just adore Dean!
It turned out really elegant! Bu for the scratch (I am not a big fan of wearing glasses and hate it when I eg have a cold or migrane and can’t have contacts), hope it doesn’t hurt you!
Thanks! I’m very pleased with it! I looked down earlier and it was just like someone wrote on me with a pen – It does look bigger in the picture, but in reality, it’s about the size of a quarter… oh – uh… you don’t have quarters… It’s just a little bit bigger than my thumb! When I put my thumb over it, only a little bit sticks out.
I’m hating the glasses – I so seldom wear them, but I am pulling through and taking my meds!
P.S.- Sorry about your eye. And the Cowboys.
Thanks! And thanks! LOL
That’s a really nice tattoo Kate. A lovely way to remember your brother 🙂 Hope you recover from that eye infection soon! 🙂
Thanks and thanks! The eye is already healing up – but as long as I was seeing a doctor, I mentioned that my lips have been chapped for weeks now (which is very rare for me) and so she gave me a steroid cream… day 2 and I can tell it is working, my lips feel better, but I know they are healing because all of the sudden my bottom lip itches like crazy!!! Agh!!
If it’s not one thing it’s another with me! 🙂 Have a great day Dean!