First look of the new arm! These photos were after the first session, so at this point, about 80% of the linework was done. I went back 2 weeks later (last week) to finish up the outlining, then do all the shading. Total time was 7 hours.
So WHY NOW? CUZ I FELT LIKE IT OK. Lololol. But srsly.
I’ve always liked tattoos, but my previous ones were always purposefully discrete. Not because I didn’t want them to be seen, but factors such as “business casual” and “client meetings” generally overruled any desire for large tattoo pieces.
And then I wasn’t a lawyer anymore. Husband kept telling me, now you can finally get your sleeve! But for a while, I wasn’t ready. I didn’t want to do law anymore, but that didn’t mean I had the option (luxury) of not doing it anymore – just because I didn’t want to. What if I have to work a corporate job later on? Husband would assure me, you won’t; just get it. Hmm. Not convinced.
Months passed. Then a year. Then it was over a year, and by then, I had found myself doing something that was not only rewarding, but was something I really enjoyed doing. And I was pretty good at it, to boot! Official confirmation that one CAN love their job! Also, official confirmation that I will never again work for someone else, doing something I hate. I will never again wake up, every morning, and dread going to work. I will never again work a job where I don’t feel proud of what I’ve accomplished at the end of every day.
I set myself a couple of personal milestones, of which after I achieved, I would be rewarded with my much sought-after sleeve tattoo. To sweeten the deal even further, Husband offered to pay for the whole thing, as a prize for achieving my goal, but I wanted to pay for part of it myself, so we split it. But I love him for offering. <3<3<3
I contacted my artist of choice (I had someone in mind for about a year now) and proposed my ideas and inspiration. We set a date for my first session in January and this is what the artist came up with –
AND IT WAS GOOD.
Explanatory post to come!