Friday, 24 October 2014

How many tattoos do you have? Part nineteen - elbow flowers

I just got these on Sunday, as you probably saw if you follow me on instagram. Anyway I LOOOOVE them. Caroline, who I work with at Tattoo Zoo was nice enough to help me figure out how to fill one of the last spots on my arm.

*record scratch sound*
WAIT!! Both arms are basically full you guys, so weird. Oh my god. No more arm tattoos???!!!

Anyway ...

It was a really awkwardly shaped spot so we decided something organic like flowers would work best, and she is the master of the super traditional classy tattoo, so obviously we went for a classic flower design. I love the black leaves.


Getting your elbow tattooed for the most part isn't as bad as you'd think it would be. To be honest it was mainly weird, every line felt completely different. Some bits I could feel in my fingers and some I could feel in my chest. I guess there are a lot of nerve endings in around the elbow! Surprisingly, the part that hurt the worst was that little third of a flower up beside the skull optical illusion, the furthest bit from my elbow. Bodies are so weird. 

I am so ridiculously happy with these little guys. They're beautiful!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

some of my favorite tattoo artists on instagram

This is my profile, um so if you like pictures of dogs and my shoes this is where you should go.

My instagram feed is probably 70% tattooers at this point. It's nice to scroll through and just see beautiful piece after beautiful piece. And some of the stuff these guys are doing just blow my freaking mind. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite artists right now so you all can follow them and see good tattoos in your feed as well.

I'll pick out a few of my favorite recent photos from each of their profiles and you can see what I mean.




And, well, there are many many more amazing tattooers out there on instagram but that's probably enough for one day, don't you agree? I swear, this is only a fraction of them that I follow...and then the rest is basically people with cute dogs and cats. So I have the best feed ever.

I purposely didn't put anybody local so as not to seem biased but I also work with some fantastic artists down at ye olde tat shop, and this city has tons of great tattooers. 

In fact, I got tattooed today by miss Caroline Paquet.

Just some filler flowers on my elbow but still, yay! I'm so stoked about them. 

They are beautiful! :)

Friday, 17 October 2014

How many tattoos do you have? Part eighteen - old fashioned lady and a shark fin

This is one of those tattoos I always forget exists. It's on the very back of my arm so I can't see it, and I got it completely on a whim one day at work. I think it was a kind of a tattoo party day (where everybody is getting tattooed) and I wanted to be part of the fun so I picked out a design from a flash book and twenty minutes later had this tiny lady.

It's just a small gap-filler but I think she's pretty cool. I got this from my boss at the tattoo shop, Gerry.

Do you have any tattoos you forget about?

sick day

sneeze on Make A Gif


I kind of hate having a blog but I don't know how else to keep it all. Stories, memories, bursts of inspiration, photos... what do blogless people do? Write in in a journal? Remember things with their brains? Do nothing and let it all pass them by?

I know I can't do nothing. I love writing and creating and documenting. And blogging is such a part of my every day routine at this point; I've been doing it for somewhere around eight years now. 

But I don't love it. I don't even like it that much. I don't have much to tell the world and I don't think I'm that interesting anyway. And honestly there is a lot to be said for having an air of mystery about you, not broadcasting every thought and event.

...says the girl who loves instagram and twitter.


I don't know what I'm saying. I wouldn't say I'm quitting but I do feel less like a "blogger" and  more like a person who hates being a smoker but continues because breaking the habit is too hard.

Blogger is a stupid word.

This is stupid.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

I'm fine, I'm fine, ohhhh god I'm sweating

I managed to not get sick for over a year and it was just great, you guys. I'd like to credit all my hand washing and not touching my face too much, because dudes, I have come in contact with a lot of people in that year. Working two jobs with the public, touching money, taking multiple buses every day, living with kids... I did pretty good!

But then I worked really hard for a couple months, and had a lot of stressful things and unknowns, so this week, once I finally decided to only work five days a week, once I got the job I had been working for, once I realized I am going to be fine financially this entire winter, I told myself "hey self, you can relax a bit" and BOOM, instantly sick.

It's just a sinus thing, just a head cold, but OH MY GOD BEING SICK SUUUUCKS.

I was lucky that yesterday when it hit me I had the day off, so I got to do this all day, watching the X-Files.

But today my alarm went off at 5am and, terrible ungodly headache or not, I had to get up. And now, sneezing and coughing and wiping my nose on my pj t-shirt sleeve (what, I'm going to get dressed in the next five minutes, don't have a cow), I have to get it together and get ready for a day of strategy, meetings and trying not to be disgusting in a shared offices space. 

So, in conclusion, feel sorry for me. I think I have a fever.

The end.