In other news: I have new ink.
A week ago today (Thursday, July 29) I visited the amazing Theresa at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo (they also have a Facebook page). I had booked this piece about three months ago. (This, incidentally, is the reason I was inked two days before my wedding. The tattoo appointment came first. And, quite frankly? Marriages come and go, but tattoos are forever!) I have had three months to be super stoked.
As there was with fox, there is a reason I chose what I chose.
Dragonfly is an important character in my life. When I was little, my family took a trip out to visit the family in Ontario. While there, visiting one of my favourite places in the world (my Aunt breeds and raises Newfoundland dogs. She has always had at least ten huge dogs on the property, as well as horses, cats, and countless wild critters. It was a haven for an animal loving City Gal such as myself), I found myself relaxing with my Aunt and cousin. It was a beautiful summer day, so we were putzing about in shorts. While we were outside, a very, very not-small dragonfly landed on my leg. I was terrified! I was also very close to kicking my leg and banishing the creepy critter from my life as quickly as it had entered it. Thankfully my Aunt sensed my panic and told me that this dragonfly had chosen me as its resting place. When I thought about it that way, I looked a little more closely at the not-so-creepy critter and saw the beauty of its colourful body and shining wings.
Dragonfly represents acceptance for me. Acceptance and change.
When I visited Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo to chat about the design, as you can see, I did not ask for a simple bug. I decided to harness change and acceptance and add whimsy to the mix. I write. This is license to constantly fall victim to whimsy. I wanted something that was representative of me. I got it. (And really? As an animal totem dragonfly ain’t too shabby.)
The initial drawing was wonderful. The tattoo itself is breathtaking. The experience was (fucking painful, but) amazing. Theresa at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo, folks. She so perfectly translated my messy idea into elegant detail. A true artist. A Master of her trade.