So after chatting a while Jo broke out her red pen and went to work free handing some art on my shoulder. What we were working towards is adding in Japanese waves in black and grey around the existing piece, incorporating some hibiscus flowers. The on my back we would have the KOI fish swimming up over the top of my shoulder. The reason I want to use water is because my earth sign is fire and I am extremely attached to the ocean. The hibiscus flower is the national flower of Hawaii where I lived only for a few years but the islands, the fiends I made there, and the time I spent there have left a huge impact on my life. The Koi will be over my shoulder and there will also be splashes of water on my chest, close to where I have another tattoo. This piece is one I designed for myself about 5 years ago. It is 4 AUM symbols formed together to create a circular seal. This is actually my favorite tattoo to date and also one of the most painful ones. The closer you get to the nipple the more sensitive the skin is.
I like the image of the KOI fish not just because it is beautiful to look at but also because it also symbolizes perseverance, willpower, and strength. The KOI I am getting is also not just a regular KOI but a KOI Dragon. The legend of the KOI states that it struggle swimming up the Yellow river to through the Golden Gates where it reaches a lake filled with treasures and transforms into a dragon. The KOI Dragon is in the transformation stage between being a KOI fish and dragon as it struggles up the river and through the gates. However I do not want the dragon features to be too prominent on the KOI, just slight changes to the eyes, the whiskers, and maybe the fins. There is also symbol I wanted incorporated into the design that Jo suggested we can put on the KOI’s forehead. That is gonna be a bit of a mystery.
So after Jo sketched on some of the ideas, basically to get an outline of where to place the objects, she put a large piece of sticky tape over me that picked up the design off my skin. Along with some hair, but I do no think I am in position to be talking about pain just yet. And Yes I know I am pretty hairy but fortunately Jo’s studio is right next to a beautician who does waxing, so I am covered! It is pretty neat how the image looks once it is laid out on one piece of plastic I really can’t wait to see what drawings she comes up with based on the first consultation. I am hoping we can get started with the tattoo this coming weekend and as excited as I am, I am also nervous. This is a really big piece and I am thinking this will take at least 10 hours broken up into 2 sittings, one for the outline and the other for shading. The designs is also going right over my shoulder and touching my collar bone, which can not be pleasant. But no pain no gain and I really want this piece. Also having my first custom tattoo inked on me by a female is pretty cool because the artist is just as important as the piece. And Jo seems like a really cool mellow person and I am looking forward to getting worked on by her.