Life

20 years of tattoo collecting

So this year I'm going to be 38, which means that I've been collecting tattoos for 20 years. The biggest "rush" of ink has been in the last 5-6 years as I've actually been able to afford it, whereas before it was getting a piece done whenever I could spare a few hundred dollars (which wasn't often) and it also meant the pieces were smaller. The challenge with the sleeves was that we ...

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Angela's First

I've been collecting tattoos for 20 years. In that time, Angela has never gotten a tattoo. Her sisters and her brother all have, but she was the last of the great holdouts. I'm pleased to announce that as of January 29th, that is no longer the case! Angela has lost her tattoo virginity. And I couldn't be prouder. =)

For one, she handled it like a trooper. She went ...

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Last tattoo session pics

Today I got more work done on my sleeve, but I'd neglected to post (and even take!) pictures of the next-to-last session. So if you look at Flickr you'll see the last bits I got done (the flaming cross and re-darkening the tribal Jesus), but not the stuff before that (which actually consisted of two sessions). I'm so bad for that.

Anyways, the pics don't really do it justice as it's a hard thing ...

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More work on the right sleeve

Spent a few hours last night laying some of the groundwork for getting more of the second sleeve done.

This is was re-lining and darkening of my existing cross, and I think the flames look pretty darn sweet.

This is re-lining and darkening of my tribal Jesus, and fixing the J (the ticks it used to have were too thick, making it look odd):

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Starting second sleeve

So this past Wednesday I started on finishing up the second sleeve (my right arm). Unfortunately, with my wife's new business, she's been too busy to take pictures and I'm not one of these "take pictures of yourself in the mirror" guys. So I'm going to shamelessly link to my artist's instagr.am picture of it. It's not the whole tattoo, but it's a pretty cool looking picture nonetheless.

That's ...

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Linux

Ok, I'm committed now

Well, I've been working for Red Hat for two years, one month, and 14 days now. It's actually amazing how time flies. I guess when you're doing something you love, with amazing people you respect and enjoy working with, time has no real bearing on anything. When I first started working for Linux-Mandrake (now Mandriva) back in 2000, I got Tux inked on the back of one leg. Tux is fairly ...

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Life

Pics from session 4

My Flickr account now has pictures of the work I got done last Saturday. The sleeve is getting close to completion! Yikes... three sittings in 2 weeks. What was I thinking? Feels like as soon as the burning and peeling and itching settle down I'm off to do it again. =) At least the next session isn't for two weeks yet... good to give the arm time to ...

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Pics from sessions 1, 2, and 3

So my Flickr account now has pictures of my new in-progress sleeve. The first session was just the line work and that was done on July 18th and took 5hrs. Sessions 2 and 3 added color; session 2 was done this past Monday (the 17th of August) and took 6.5hrs, and session 3 was done yesterday (Saturday, the 22nd of August) and was 3.5hrs. I think it looks pretty sharp. ...

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