A wedding is just an excuse to show off new ink.

5 Aug

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.

Thank you.

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8 Responses to “A wedding is just an excuse to show off new ink.”

  1. Jada August 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    Beautiful Kim 🙂 I am thinking of getting one soon here! Just wanna be sure of what I want! 🙂 We need to coffee soon! so much to tell you 😀 beautiful Tattoo! and beautiful story behind it 😀

    • vyxen August 6, 2010 at 7:11 am #

      Get. One.

      🙂 One of the best things I have ever done.

      Yes. Coffee! We shall gear that up soon! 🙂

  2. Manca August 6, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    Love the ink! ❤

    And I have to say, I find it quite amusing that Google decided to stick an ad for Tattoo Removal Specialist at http://www.rethinkyourink.ca at the bottom XD

    • vyxen August 6, 2010 at 7:11 am #

      LOL! Google is so thoughtful. 😀

      Thanks Manca! ❤

  3. kendrajkantor August 6, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    Love it! It’s so pretty! Dragonflies are beautiful and I think it’s great that you have such personal symbolism.
    That’s how I am with birds, and butterflies.

    And I’m really jealous you got your second tattoo before I got my second tattoo! lol
    I have 2 planned, hopefully I’m next 🙂

    • vyxen August 6, 2010 at 7:12 am #

      I won’t be next again. I thought about scheduling another appointment while I was at that one, as that artist is now scheduling into October, but . . . it hurt. 😉 Well. More so, though, is that I forgot how much I don’t like after care. It’s a pain in the ass. So! I’ll forget how much I hate it, again, and THEN get another. (I have four more that I want. lol!)

      I hope you can get one SOON, K! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in mind for your next! 🙂


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