Jan. 16th, 2010

ferrumaeternum: (neytiri)
Number of hours for this session: 1.5
Total number of hours tattooed so far: 41.5

Well, it turns out Lane revived the evil, mega-painful tattoo machine just in time for me. I was the guinea pig the first time around as well as the second, which is a bad idea because I’m too proud to admit to him how much it hurts. Maybe I’ll get lucky and it will be out of commission again next time after more of his clients complain. (I’m sure they will because it hurts like a bitch.) The worst part is that the areas he tattoos with this machine heal amazingly bright and beautiful, so as much as I hate it at the time, the results definitely make up for it.

So, Lane finally added the rest of the cherry blossoms, petals, and the peacock’s other foot. Just the gray background shading is left, so I’m confident my backpiece will be finished sometime this year. (He wanted to know if I felt like adding onto the shading then, but after he used that machine, I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it.) I had almost blacked out that day before he even started tattooing me, so I wasn’t in the greatest shape anyway.

Lane likes to freehand draw most of the work onto my body before he starts tattooing, which requires me to stand still in one spot for a while. With the sun coming in through the entire storefront, it can get really warm in there. That combined with the lack of sleep, my vision started to fizzle to nothing but blackness, and all sound seemed to be far away and down a tunnel. I knew I was in trouble, so I sat down until it passed. I don’t like admitting that I’m prone to fainting, but I’m going to swallow my pride next time and admit I need to take a break if I’m not feeling well. I still think it’s funny that I almost keeled over from nothing when I’ve sat through sessions up to five hours long and haven’t even cried or told him to stop in the middle of tattooing.

My next appointment is on Friday, so hopefully I’ll have another big chunk of the background finished next time!

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