[Warning: body mods]
I liked Ieva’s badger design so much I asked my old friend Leah K. if she’d be willing to turn it into a tattoo on me. I was scheduled to have that done last December but I was interrupted by my kidney stone. Her schedule’s very busy but she poked me a couple weeks ago and offered to come in on her off-day. And, so it happened.
My first piece of ink was done by Tux Farrar in 1984, back in Baltimore. In those days, it was a kind of sleazy thing and the tattoo shops were usually in the bad part of town next to the porn theaters (back when there were “porn theaters”) – I was the quintessentially nerdy kid who showed up on a bicycle.
The technology and techniques have changed a lot since then. They used to use deodorant as a transfer medium to move a copy of the design – now it’s all inkjet transfer paper. Even the needle-machine is different; nowadays Leah is using some cool-ass rotary thing, which has a horizontal motor instead of a doorbell interrupter. I’m sure that’s a much more reliable design.
I’m so white.
Thanks Ieva and Leah! I will keep this always.
Leah usually does her work in “watercolor” style. It’s fantastic. [instagram] It has been so fun and fascinating to watch her style evolve over the 20-odd years I’ve known her. This is “hufflepuff” – another badger design Leah did on someone else: