Things I learned last night - Tactical Ninja
Dec. 29th, 2010
09:34 am - Things I learned last night
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.