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Things I learned last night - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 29th, 2010

09:34 am - Things I learned last night

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I probably shouldn't join the army.

"Well duh, Tats" I hear you say. Yes, I know, I'd spend the rest of my life scrubbing out dunnies with toothbrushes after pulling attitude on someone who I didn't think deserved my respect, and that'd be no fun.

BUT! There's another reason, one which I discovered last night while I was being tattooed.


Y'see, it's a complex design. Every artist involved with the process has gone a bit bugeyed when they've seen it - there are a lot of parallel lines and apparently this is one of the hardest things to get right in body art. And the most important part is getting the stencil right, because everything that follows - the tattoo, the scarification - will follow the lines of the stencil.

So Antoine, who has been tattooing for 15 years and worked in 26 countries*, decided to do the stencil in four pieces. This meant me standing straight and still while he lined up each piece and put them on.

After I fainted the first time, he thought it might be an idea to go stencil --> tattoo --> stencil --> tattoo rather than put the whole stencil on in one go. Yes, I fainted in the tattoo shop before anyone came at me with a needle, just because I had to stand still for 15 minutes. I did warn them it was coming, but apparently I was already on the way out when this happened, and I actually swooned into the arms of my tattooist and woke up on the table being force-fed icecream by Polly and wondering where the hell I was and how I got there.

It gets worse, there were witnesses. And I'm sure they all thought I was a giant wuss. Antoine was very understanding (I imagine he's seen it all) and after I explained that the last time it happened was 5 years ago when modelling for a friend, and that was after 15 minutes of standing still with my arms out while she pinned stuff, he told me a story of one guy who did it three times and peed himself, and I felt better and we tried a different tack, which worked.

So without further ado, pics!



What? I have no idea why I'm clutching the towel so hard..



This isn't the complete design, it actually goes right up onto my neck as well, but you get the idea. This is just what they call a blood line, which will guide Scott when he makes the cuts for the scarification. The scar lines will be about 3mm wide, and I'll look like I had a fight with a lawnmower. And then it'll look like something else, when it's healed.

Meanwhile, that took about 2 hours of actual tattooing and the only bit that curled my toes was the bit right at the bottom between the pin bones on my hips. That was owie. The rest? Meh.


I have a week to heal from this and shear a mob of sheep, and then scarification time. I'm still not sure if I'll get it all done in one go or not. Last night's experience suggests I'll probably be able to tolerate the pain, but I'll go with recommendations from the experts (who are all a bunch of geeks btw - should've seen Scott and Antoine talking body mods like some people talk Linux).

* factoids, don'tcha love 'em? And, I was right, he is French. Also, extremely professional. I'm running around the tattoo shop topless and he's making easy conversation and meeting my eyes. Nice.

Step one - check.

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From:victoria7
Date:December 28th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)

WOW!

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I want to know what that is? How is it meaningful to you?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 29th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)

Re: WOW!

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It's essentially a nod to transhumanism. The solar cross in the centre is my personal symbol and the rest is a stylised circuit board, representative of brain/heart/sex connectivity and my relationship with my body.

Which all sounds a bit woogie-woogie, but there you go.
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From:victoria7
Date:December 29th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)

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Boogie woogie or not, it's awesome! :-)

I can't wait to see it all finished.

How's the healing going?
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From:syn_abounds
Date:December 28th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I got a tattoo done up at Tattoo City that required me to be topless as well as the tattoo curls around my right breast. I also had an extremely pleasant experience in terms of professionalism and pleasantness. :D

Your design looks seriously badass and also somewhat like you're being assimilated into the Borg. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:December 28th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
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That is a really awesome design - it somehow seems futuristic and yet ancient and mystical at the same time. Very cool!
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From:thatgirljj
Date:December 28th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Wow... that's going to be really beautiful!

You may just have a wonky low blood pressure thing from standing too still for too long.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 29th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
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I'm amused by the way it looks like the Unicorn is rearing up against the encroaching circuit lines. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 29th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
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The unicorn will save us all from gadgetry's clutches!
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From:morbid_curious
Date:December 29th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
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Wow. That is incredibly neat. (Also, I like the unicorn too.)
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From:pythia
Date:December 29th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
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That's awesome!
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:December 29th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
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That is beautiful, vert intricate... Love it, very much. So elegant... Few words can really do this justice.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:December 29th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
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holy shit!
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From:danjite
Date:December 29th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
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Really, truly excited for you.

Very.

Yay!
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From:wildilocks
Date:January 1st, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
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fantastically amazing!
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From:octopusgrrl
Date:January 3rd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
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That is looking awesome (and makes me want to get a major backpiece as well...!)
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