Back when I was attending summer school in Oxford in my younger years I decided one afternoon that I wanted a tattoo. I can't remember now exactly what I thought I wanted that day but I imagine it was something along these lines...
No offense to those that love dolphins.
I remember taking the bus to the local shop and sitting in the waiting room with only three chairs. No air conditioning in the middle of July. I just sat there, sweating, watching the artist work on some Bengal tiger sleeve on this one guy. I waited, and waited and finally left after an hour of listening to the low hum of the needle and not really being able to pinpoint exactly why I had even decided to go there in the first place. Welcome to being 18 years old in a foreign country with no adult supervision.
So I left, lesson learned. I always knew I wanted a tattoo but nothing ever really sent me to the shop till I ran my first half marathon in Philadelphia 4 years ago. It was a life changing day for me. Within two weeks I was off to the shop and had artwork from the medal, blazoned into my back for as long as I shall roam the earth..
I can't find the photo from my actual tattoo that I have now but see that foot? I have that foot with the words, more in cursive writing around the side of it that says "Philadelphia". It's about the size of my hand and I love it. No regrets.
So, my next project is the Ironman tattoo. I went and met with an artist last week. I just wanted to go over a few of the details of what I was thinking since it's not just the standard MDOT. She came highly recommended as one of the best artists in town and the studio itself looks like an art museum. It's just a beautiful spot but when I met her, she seemed kinda indifferent. She wasn't rude but she wasn't overly excited or helpful either. I want waves inside my MDOT but she says that it has to be big for her to do that. Maybe she's right but the artistic side of my brain wanted to say "liar". On the flip side, why would I question her, she's the artist, not me. The other issue I have is where I'm going to put it. Part of me wants it on my calf. Part of me wants to put it high up on my quad. I have a feeling that'll be a last minute decision though.
I was with some of my girlfriends the other day and we were debating the MDOT tattoo location and one said "if you put it higher up, you can hide it" but then the other said "yes, but the MDOT tattoo is the trump tattoo, it belongs where people can see it, even in an evening gown, it's ok to let others know, you're an Ironman."
What do you guys think??