I’ve been talking about getting a tattoo for ages. I always talk about an arm band or shoulder arm piece. I scour the internet for ideas.
Finally a week or so ago it came to me, and it was perfect, I want a compass, and it needs to be where I see it all the time, so my left forearm is my desired location. Then I decided it needed ornamentation, so I worked out a sleeve design cobbled from several pieces I found also on the internet.
I made an appointment with Edgar at Oceano Tattoos and showed him my ideas. I had printouts of all the things I was taking from one place or the other, but nothing that showed exactly what I wanted, That is his job.
My appointment was today at noon. He showed me what he had worked out, and I liked it, a few things to tweak, unfortunately I forgot to give him the exact font for the lettering…
Calle 60, Por 55 y 57 #486 (upstairs),
Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc.
999 232 9040
So first things was to place the stencils,
then he did some hand drawn connections to aid in the flow of the sleeve
Then time to get to work. This took 4 hours. The first 2 were laying down the ink over the stencil outline. This wasn’t bad at all as far as pain is concerned, and I actually liked the light color and openness of all the loops and swirls. But no way was he gonna let me stop there!
The 2nd 2 hours was a different story, this was the enhancing and filling in, and finishing part. There were a few places where it was seriously uncomfortable, I just went to the music, closed my eyes, and sang in my head as loud as I could. A couple times he had to tap me and tell me to stop moving.
So after it was all done, and I had my home care instructions he shrink wrapped my arm so no dust or dirt would get in on the way home. I walked to where I catch the bus that past my house, and got home about 4;45pm and I was starving, so ate a salad first, then checked on the stray kitten we took in on Saturday, then unwrapped, and by then it was so wet with sweat, it just rolled out of the plastic.
I washed it, and greased it with vitacilina and here are hours old fotos!
I really love everything except the letters. After he filled in the N I had him not fill the others, I may make an alteration.