Tattoo, second stage.

So, now that I’ve tested out my remarkable wimpiness against the process of getting a tiny tattoo, I’m ready to launch out on something a bit more serious.  I gave the bloke at the studio my picture of the Bewcastle Cross


and asked him to turn it into a design that could actually be tattooed on.  While I was asking for the impossible, I also mentioned that I would like it to go around the cross on my shoulder.  He measured how much space there was on my arm and came up with this:


which I think is brilliant.  I’m pretty certain that no one else in the world will have one like this 🙂  So now it’s just a matter of saving up for it.  No one told me that the major sacrifice involved in getting a tattoo would be financial.  But I think I can justify the outlay to myself if have it for my birthday.  (Which happens to be less than a month away.)

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That style of decoration is called “whitevine” and, when done as calligraphy, it is normally coloured in. The vines are painted white, with shadowing to show they are “round”, while the animals are painted in their natural colours and the background in strong, rich colours – typically green, blue, red &/or gold. Google “whitevine calligraphy” and you’ll get some pictures of what it looks like. Whitevine was heavily influential on the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements of the late 19th/early 20th centuries. I’m normally not keen on coloured tattoos, however I’d defiitely make an exception in this case.… Read more »