1/21/08

I thought I was just going to *look*

But I came out inked. Don't mind the terrible jammie pants, messy room or fuzzy pics (thanks for trying, jeep). But there she is! My claddagh over my wide arse. I got it done at Yonge Street Tattoo by the lovely Christian (who really is lovely and has KICKASS taste in music. Awesome loud, screamy stuff that would make other people's ears bleed). Seriously - all the guy did was photocopy my ring, looked at my pre-existing tat (a shamrock and a maple leaf) and came up with the pretty lil thing I gots there. I'm very pleased, except for the pain. I was in A LOT more pain then I ever felt the three previous times I went for tats and my entire body twitched from start to finish. I guess number five is completely out of the question now. Maybe I'll wait for the memory of the pain to subside and give it a go....we'll have to see :) I am enjoying the lovehandles on these shots though. Thank you, kick in the ass! ***EDIT*** JUST in case you aren't sure what a claddagh is, it's a traditional Irish wedding band (not just the ring that Angel gave Buffy like someone once told me in high school). You can find different histories about the claddagh here, here and here. The ring means different things each way it's worn; Your heart is open when worn on the right hand crown facing in, your heart is being considered on the right crown facing out and your heart is taken when your ring is worn on the left. It's traditional for all members of my mother's family to have them and I've had one since I was eight. It's just that I've always lost, broken or needed them resized, so I thought I'd have one permanently etched on me. My Irish heritage is a HUGE part of who I am and I take that with me everyday...now I take it with me in ink too.

28 comments:

Shrunk said...

Nice bum, where ya from? ;o)

This is Shaunna being totally insanely jealous. Love how your tattoo artist uses his white. It really makes that piece *pop*. I wonder why it was so painful though. Was he heavy handed?

Carrie said...

Amazing tattoo! It looks great, I love the use of white as well. He did a great job!!

meredi said...

Ha, I guess that's probably always how it is... "just looking"... :) Looks great though! I'm not really sure what a claddagh is or represents, but it's pretty! Sorry you had to go through so much pain to get it though, ugh.

Sarah said...

Very nice! I'm impressed by the quality too, the artist did a great job!

Shirls said...

its beautiful! and I also love the pj's too cute!

ALLA a.k.a green girl said...

Love your new tattoo!! awesome! and I love that it has meaning... I always said that if I ever got one, I really want it to mean something, not just a random graphic :)

Krissie said...

I absolutely love it. I admire your bravery. So beautiful!

And number 5 is awesome. Maybe you'll psyche yourself up for it.

Again, you are so brave!!

Bi0nicw0man said...

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I love it!!

DBF got me a claddagh when he came back from his training in Halifax this fall. Í love that it has different meanings....

Congrats!!

TrixieBelden said...

oh my god it's awesome! i love that idea. i totally know what you mean about resizing. i asked for a claddagh when i was in college, but stopped wearing it years ago. i just started wearing it again, but it's a little big. then again if you've had a claddagh since you were 8 that's a lot of sizes! anyway, i ramble. i love it!

Angie All The Way said...

You're one brave mo fo. I'd never have the guts to permenantly become inked, let alone 4 times. I've heard it's addicting!

It truly is beautiful and I love your pride in your irish heritage. You've gotta go to Newfoundland if you haven't already. I love their derivative.

Maria said...

Looks great - I think the claddagh is so beautiful, and love the story about the different ways to wear it.

And ... you found me, mouse. :P I still have my daily WW reads, but didn't want to be too loud around these parts. WW didn't work for me (in the end, I realised I had to figure things out on my own!). But, it's a fantastic program, and I wouldn't want to make anyone feel otherwise.

We'll see how the new blog works out, right now it's just testing the waters to get my writing itch out and have some conversations with other folks interesting in being healthy.

marie said...

Maria, we love you and whether you write about WW or the family dog, it's the fact that you WRITE and WRITE WELL that matters and that keeps people coming back.

Don't stray too far again.

*mwah*

Anonymous said...

Wow - could it be any bigger, yea I guess it could if you hadn't lost soo much weight. ha ha

Here from the Irish Horse's mouth is the saying that goes with the Claddagh

"With these hands I hold your heart and crown it with my love"

Mojo

marie said...

*mwah* thanks mojo :)

and it's tiny! whatchutalkinbout?

eurydice said...

ouchy! looks great.

Sara said...

wow you are one brave mouse! When I got my nose pierced the guy said a tatoo will feel like that over and over and over...so needless to say I'm one big chicken!!

But it is gorgeous and I love how it is so meaningful to you!!

Cat_82 said...

that looks great! I love tattoos that have meaning behind them.

I'm scottish, so I had my 'clan' motto translated into Scottish Gaelic and then had it inked in the same spot where your new one is! My brother and sister got the same phrase on different parts of their bodies.

Be prepared to have to explain it every time someone sees it by accident though.

The thing is, when people see my tattoo, they automatically ask 'what does that say?' If they're nice and actually just curious, I explain it....if it's a nasty old maintenace man who happened to catch a glimpse while I was bending over (who also sneaks glimpses down my top while 'fixing' the HVAC thing above my desk), I say "It says 'Stop looking at my ass'..." It shocks them every time....

It looks fantastic!

marie said...

Cat - I'm used to people asking about the tat on my leg, which is my own design but now has the unfortunate distinction of looking a bit like the lavalife symbol, so it's no big deal :)

Born to Run said...

I LOVE it! It's a great tattoo. Number five is a beautiful one too...

Tracey said...

That is fantastic....loving it!

jen999 said...

WOW!! That is a beautiful tattoo!! WTG, girl!! I'm totally jealous, I need a new one!! I love that he was able to combine the old one with the new, it totally complements the theme of the tattoo.. And I LOVE the pride you have in your heritage!!

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Well, ouch!

Jen said...

FRIGGIN AWESOME!!!! It looks amazing!!!!

And I was going to comment on the fact that your ass looked fantastic...so, um, there!

Lucas said...

Mouse,
I also have a tat in that spot and I'm with ya! It hurt like a mofo! I was shocked at how bad it hurt actually but am still going to add more to it in the future. You just have to figure out a way to deal with the pain. Love the design. Enjoy the art!

Jess' s Food Coma said...

Totally rocks! I am jealous.

Sonya said...

hey...one of my co-workers still works once a week at Young street Tattoos!

Great tattoo!!!!

Sarah said...

If it makes you feel any better, my tattoo was the same way, pain wise. I don't have any others to compare to, but my friend and I both went in to get "tramp stamps" (what a horrible name) and half way thru I told the guy he had to stop. I swear, my giblets (love handles, whatever...) were burning from the inside out. The tat guy yelled at me and from that point on I bit my thumb til he was done....almost lost my thumb. The girl I was with got a tat in the same spot and she said that was the most painful of them all. I consider getting others, but I don't think I could take the pain again.

Trish said...

While in the Dominican this week I was thinking that I should finally get a tatt...still have no clue what to get, but pretty sure I want one and soon. Nice work BTW!

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