Autodidact: self-taught

Mar
07
2012

Chek You’re Speelling

by V. L. Craven

Chek Youre Speelling

Mar
04
2012

It’s always 1938 in London

by V. L. Craven

Its always 1938 in London

 

It’s by Matteo Pasqualin.

This is the photo album from his facebook page.

Feb
29
2012

Strategy for Extended Tattoo Sessions

by V. L. Craven

Strategy for Extended Tattoo Sessions

 

I’m getting my longest tattoo yet tomorrow, and I’d like to do as much as I can during the first sitting. My current limit has been 2.5 hours, where I only use distraction techniques like reading and breathing. I want to go like a pro tomorrow, though, so I consulted the internet.

This is an excellent post about coping with the pain of a long tattoo.

Short version:

  1. Beforehand eat a large and balanced meal and take some ibuprofen.
  2. Have snacks and drink (and more ibuprofen for swelling) during the tattoo to sustain blood sugar levels.
  3. Take things with which to distract yourself–books, iPod, laptops, etc.
  4. The biggie: breathing and meditation techniques:

 The simplest way to reach this relaxed state is to focus all thought upon one’s breathing, literally one single breath at a time, if needed. The brief pauses in the tattoo process, when the tattooer is dipping into his ink caps or cleaning her needle tips, provide frequent opportunities for taking a deep breath, releasing tension, and resetting one’s mental focus.

Imagine as you exhale air, that you’re releasing the uncomfortable sensation felt in that moment.  Over and over again, in each passing moment, this technique can help remind you of your own strength and endurance.

He also mentions topical anaesthesia like Bactine products. I’ll ask my artist about it, though.

Feb
25
2012

My Next Tattoo

by V. L. Craven

I got my first tattoo fourteen years ago and it no longer means anything to me. I at least chose something that, at the time, was meaningful and original, rather than just walking in, pointing at some flash and saying, ‘Gimme that dolphin!’

But I got it before I was a fully formed human being and it’s easy to cover up, so it’s getting covered this Thursday. I have all of my work done by Port City Tattoo in Wilmington, NC. Everyone who works there is incredibly nice and talented as hell. I’ve had work done by all three artists, Humphries, Justin, and Little Brian and have been thrilled by all of their work.

Little Brian did my husband’s tattoo of our dog:

My Next Tattoo

Which is nothing if not incredible.

For my cover up, I took in reference pictures and told Humphries to have at it, as I know that whatever he does is going to be incredible. He said it could take up to six hours, which will make it the longest tattoo I’ve had yet. I know it’ll be two sittings, at least, because I think my limit is 2.5 hours. We’ll see, though. I’m going to take my Kindle, my DS and my iPod, which has a couple video games on to try to distract myself from the needle stabbing my delicate flesh. I’m also going to try to psyche myself up all week.

Wish me luck.

Feb
20
2012

Correct Kanji for Tattoos

by V. L. Craven

People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons. Personally, I don’t see the point in getting a tattoo in a language and/or alphabet you don’t read, but whatever your reason–there’s no excuse to have something misspelled (in case you live under a rock, Hanjismatter is a site full of these. It’s reverse Engrish .)

So here’s a resource . Plug your kanji in and it’ll tell you what it means.

A friend of mine who speaks Japanese put in a sentence and learned a new idiom: 死んだ子の年を数える, which means ‘to count the years (age) of a dead child’, which is equivalent to the English/American idiom ‘to cry over spilt milk’.

That’s pretty … wow. (I like it.)

Feb
02
2011

My most recent tattoos

by V. L. Craven

See hover text for title.

My most recent tattoos

My most recent tattoos

My most recent tattoos

My most recent tattoos

Jan
30
2011

Incredible Tattoo

by V. L. Craven

I’ve recently re-discovered this awesome (ever-expanding) collection of science/geeky tattoos.

I love snakes and this is the most amazing snake tattoo I’ve ever seen:

Incredible Tattoo

From the site: An anonymous reader writes, “I am a computer programmer and amateur herpetologist. On my leg is Henry, a North Brazilian Boa constrictor — rare in captivity at the time. I brought him in for photos before we began, and again after it was completely healed. As you can see in this photo, his colors were altered in the tattoo to stand out better. It took 20 hours over the course of 14 months to complete and was done completely freehand. Each scale was drawn individually. This photo is so special, since he’s posed very much the way he came out on my leg, tongue and all. It’s not like I could give him instructions on what to do.”

Impressive work. That artist deserves major props.

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