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Sometimes, You Just Need a Physical Reminder

Posted Nov 10 2013 12:00am

My sister in law Joann loved butterflies. Of any shape, color or description - she just loved them.  In fact, when she passed, and my brother in law went outside, he sat at a table and a butterfly landed on the table next to him - and sat there for a while. When my father in law passed, the hospital put a sign on the room door to let everyone on the staff know what had happened - and the sign was of butterflies.

So butterflies remind me of Joann, I guess is what I'm trying to say.

I have a three inch scar on my arm from a Stage II melanoma excision and it's always bugged me. I wanted to get a tattoo to cover it, but really didn't know what to get.I went ahead and made an appointment with my favorite tattoo artist - he's done two small pieces for me  - several months ago, and Friday was the day.

I really didn't know what I wanted. I had some pictures for reference and knew I wanted a butterfly and red poppies - for remembrance - but otherwise, I didn't really know. In fact, I didn't even know if I'd keep the appointment. I really wasn't in a very good place - AND I had come down with a cold. So I was really feeling terrible. 

But I went in anyway. And T drew this. The different colored sharpies add dimension and show depth - he's a master colorist, has won tons of conventions and is really widely known and respected, so I have total confidence in his work.

Sometimes, You Just Need a Physical Reminder

Sometimes, You Just Need a Physical Reminder

I have big arms.

And then we started.

Sometimes, You Just Need a Physical Reminder

Halfway through, the outline mostly finished.

Sometimes, You Just Need a Physical Reminder

And here we stopped. Truly, I'd reached the end of my pain tolerance, and there was another client ready - and I don't know when I'll get back - my next scheduled appt isn't for a while, but he's going to try to get me in earlier, as he hates to have unfinished work walking around. He started from the bottom, so that, when I wear short sleeve shirts, it looks like I've had work done. The butterfly will be teal and purple and the flowers will be red.

Sometimes, You Just Need a Physical Reminder

I already love it.

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