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New Ink

A couple of weeks ago I went with my stepdaughter to her favorite tattoo shop.  Jessica has a full sleeve on her arm and needed to have more work done on it. While I was there I decided to have some work done, too.

You see, I’ve had a tattoo on my ankle for about 7 years now.  And, while I liked it, I didn’t love it.  I picked it out off the wall in a local tattoo shop and felt like it wasn’t very unique.  I also felt like it was a bit too small.  You can see it here.  So I wanted Jessica’s buddy Fred to update it and make it more unique, more whimsical, just more.

Of course I brought the camera along.


Yes, it hurts.


And it takes great concentration on the part of the tattoo artist.


And yes, I love it!

You want to hear something funny about this?  The day we went to get the tattoos I put on Facebook that I was going to get some new ink with my stepdaughter.  I told her, “some of my friends are dorks and they will think this means I’m going to Staples to buy a printer cartridge.”

I was right.

You know who you are.

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  1. I might have been one of those people… What?

    I’ve become strangely addicted to the show “Tattoo Highway.” An interesting culture.

  2. Missed the status update … but am pretty sure that my inherent dorkitude would have kicked in had I seen it.

    Great tattoo — MUCH nicer than a printer cartridge.

  3. Yes, I was a dork and thought you meant computer ink. My Dh has a tatoo from his time in the Marines. My skin is silky smooth and ink free. ;0) Enjoy your new art.

  4. Very funny! Who knows the lingo unless you are involved? Do you know what sick kicks are? (You might, you have a daughter of the right age.)

  5. Brave woman! I’m scared to death of needles (bad childhood experience). The colors are really nice, maybe an anklet with a matching flower would accessorize your updated artwork.

  6. Its gorgeous!

    And I for one new exactly what it was – due for some new ink myself. Its just that its been 12 years and I’ve turned into a wuss since then, so I keep stalling 😉

  7. ooooww!! It looks great though. I like the updated version a lot. I’m a wimp when it comes to needles so go the henna route every now and then.

  8. Delurking to say that I love it! I have one tattoo on my shoulder, and have been wanting something on my foot/ankle…now I want to make the appointment!

  9. That is beautiful. Since I currently bear a thick black ‘tribal’ tat from years ago (blech) I sooo appreciate art with those delicate lines and beautiful flowers – like yours. I love those curly stems and detailed leaves!!! Great work!

  10. that looks terrific! I am going to get more work on my right sleeve today as well. I love shiny new ink 😉

  11. Although I would have understood the reference to ‘ink’, not sure I would have pictured something as elegant as that updated bit on your ankle. No ink for moi, and no needles unless it will ward off the plague. LOL

  12. I have to say, I am not a fan of tatoos but that looks great. It’s the first time I have ever said “oh, that might be nice to get”. But this chicken ain’t getting a tatoo!

    I would have had a trip to Staples in mind too – yes, I am a nerd….

  13. with as much ink as my stepdaughters both have, I’d have known what you meant. Yours is the first in a long while that has made me think about getting one again.

  14. I, too, would probably have thought printer ink. Or ink for some art project. I don’t have enough friends who talk about tattoos as “ink”, evidently.

    I can’t imagine ever getting a tattoo myself (shudder), but I do think yours is pretty, and like the “updated” version better.


  15. Hipster that (I’d like to think) I am, I would have understood the reference…OR, I would have thought, “Cool. Carole uses fountain pens too!” (Does that make me an uber-dork?).

  16. Nice! I’m itching for some new ink. I know what I want, I’m just waiting for one of my students to draw it for me.

  17. Dork here, saying “OUCH, OUCH” to every one of those photos! Never in a milion, gazillion years, but I will say yours is one of the better ones I’ve seen.

  18. Nice! I like it!

    I do not currently have any myself but I’ve been thinking about getting one to celebrate getting engaged and married…we’ll see. I floated the idea of R getting a wedding band tattoo but he didn’t really like it (cuz he’s a wuss) ;o)

  19. Nice! I’ve been thinking about getting a tatt for years. My facebook quiz (what kind of tatt should you get…) says I should get words. Still throwing around the idea. I’m trying to get a friend of mine to draw what I want. We’ll see. 🙂

  20. Beautiful tattoo! Very cool! I got my first tattoo last fall and am excited to get my next one, but that’s a few months off yet. (if you’re on Ravelry, I’m Restoknitter and my tattoo is my avatar photo)

  21. I was wondering if you were going to blog about this. The new additions look beautiful. He did a wonderful job. I’ve been toying with the idea of ink for awhile and may take the plunge this summer. I was always scared of the pain but I’ve had 2 children now; it can’t be THAT bad, right?

  22. LOL! When I saw that on FB I wondered why it was a big deal to go buy printer cartridges. You’re right – I am a dork! It does look great!

  23. Raises hand! I would have been one of those that thought you went to Staples!

    But, now I understand…and I love that tattoo. It is stunning! And, I think it’s you!

    I’ve thought about it…but never had the nerve…

  24. I knew what you meant as soon as I saw the title to this post. It’s wonderful! He did a lovely job.

    I need to decide on what I want once and for all and just do it.

  25. Very nice! I was wondering when you were going to show us.

    BTW, when I saw the “getting ink” comment I immediately thought tattoo. No hesitation.

  26. So here’s a bunch of questions… did it hurt? when did you first get it? did you think ‘what will this look like when my body betrays me? will this look silly/ugly/odd when I’m old and wrinkly?

    I keep thinking I might want to get one (but then I ask all those questions). To blend with (coordinate with?) a birth mark on my back/ribs that people often think is a rash (and ew, who wants to see rashy infection?), but it’s just colored skin.

    My bro has a traditional 3/4 suit, and some odd tattoos. Says he does not plan to sell his skin (a black market commodity, you get half the money up front and your family gets half when you die).

    And very funny about the ink!

  27. I love your tattoo. I got one in April on my 52nd birthday, it’s my own design, on my ankle and I love it so much, it makes me smile every time I look at it. My husband hates tattoos and ignores mine completely. Very funny I think.

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