So I did end up going under the needle yesterday, and man is my leg sore!! Holy fuckballz it hurt.
I remembered (from the first time) that the back of the calf was an extremely sensitive area– I just didn’t remember how sensitive. And where was all the work done last night?
Back of my calf.
I will say that the design was vastly different that what I had started off envisioning. I’ve had a spiral of Hindu text on my leg for years (gayaatri mantra) but wanted to fill it out some. Add background detail. Etc. All in keeping with my eastern theme.
Originally I just figured on some clouds and shading. Something basic. Something simple. But as everything in my life goes, the simple quickly morphs and mutates into… Not a monster, but definitely “more”.
So instead of fluffy, curlicue clouds, I got….
(It’s still a bit gooey and owie today.)
Shane tilted and offset this ginormous mandala to work with the spiral tattoo. He also didn’t mark over the text so that will still be visible (it’ll probably need some touch up).
And then we’ll probably add a smaller mandala on the front side– then cloud work to fill in the rest. And my leg will then be sleeved out.
So my little “just add some clouds” idea has built into a Texas-sized storm. And therefore I am not done, much to my dismay. And discomfort.
I am definitely pretty sure that I like it. It is much different than my original concept and I do worry that the spiral text gets too lost (at least at present). But I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. It may be ok that the mantra weaves between forefront and background.
I’m still trying to process it all.
Regardless, I’ll now be scheduling another appointment– probably another few (four?) months out. Which is soon enough, given the pain factor last night.