I’ve still got a few slots open for Seattle, so let me know if you’re interested in a little tatty!

A few weeks ago, I tattooed my client K. (no, this is not the start of a Kafka story).   She was getting a memorial tattoo for a friend that had passed away and decided that she wanted his name tattooed on her foot in a nice, simple script.  Seems pretty straightforward, right?  I do the tattoo and she’s psyched and goes home.

K. calls the shop about three days later.  “I want to have the tattoo covered up.”

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, and apparently, they also don’t expect having to talk about their tattoo all the time, especially when it’s just someone’s name across their foot.  In the three days that she had gotten the tattoo, she had to explain, multiple times a day, that the name was not her boyfriend’s name, not her kid’s name, not her brother’s name, etc.  And then people would say, “Well who is it?”  And then she would say that it was a friend of hers who had passed away.  “Oh, I’m sorry.  How did he die?”  And on and on and on.  This was a unforeseen effect of her getting the tattoo, and it caused her to revisit the unpleasant memory of her friend’s passing several times a day to such an extent that she decided- in three days- that she wanted it covered even before it was healed.

All this begs the question:  Why get any words in your tattoo?  Maybe she could have gotten a symbol or an image for her friend, something that would remind her of him but that to the rest of the world was just a thing?

Here’s the new challenge for the 21st century: let the picture speak for itself.  The private dialog that you have with your tattoo can be your own and what the public perceives it to be can be whatever that will be.  At their core, tattoos are drawings, and drawing is visual communication.  Adding words to it may, in some cases, be gilding the lily.  Or labeling all the flowers in your garden.  Or putting just a word on your body with unexpected consequences.

I definitely cannot say that June has been a dull month (see the bad pun in this blog’s entry)! There are so many exciting projects coming down the pike, and I am ever grateful and humble for my clients’ patience and trust. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sue managed to update our actual website, too, with some new tattoos and new pics in the photo section. I also realized that I forgot to thank Val for giving up a Saturday to polyurethane shelves and counters, so special (if late) thanks to her for being collateral damage in her husband’s crazy schemes.

And in case you don’t want to travel for my special touch (no lawsuits, please), I’ll be taking this show on the road.

Mooncusser Tattoo:  I’ll be doing my stint in Provincetown  from July 1st – 4th, so if you’re out on the Cape, come by and say hello.  It’ll be a great few days, and I’m excited to be working alongside such a talented group of tattooers.

Hidden Hand Tattoo:  And hot on the heels of being about as far east as I can go, I’ll be zipping over to the West Coast to tattoo in Seattle again at Hidden Hand Tattoo on July 13th and 14th.  If you live in the Seattle area and would like to get tattooed by me, please email me at tsunamitattoo@hotmail.com.  I’ve booked a few appointments already, so act now while supplies last.

Here are a slew of tattoos in various stages of completion.  Thanks for looking!