The T’s, Jean, and I just got back from talking with Wendy at HBTattoo. Terri has an appt. scheduled for later this month and I have an appointment set for this coming Thursday evening at 6pm to have a new piece inked. Jean will also finally be finishing her back piece (as can be seen here) after Wendy is done with me. And we are both excited about the completion of her piece. It has indeed been a long time coming.
For this session I have chosen to finally have two items finally etched into me. Both of these are pieces I have been mulling over for some time now and have finally found how I want to do it.
The first, and top piece, will be on my upper left calf and comes from the Lindisfarne gospels which date in origin from between 710a.d. and 721a.d. More specifically it is an oval portion of the inside of an illuminated letter “O” from the beginning of the letter from St. Jerome to Pope Damascus. Ever since discovering illuminated texts I have lusted after this single portion of a letter like no other. Something about it speaks to me, though if I were pressed I would have a hard time explaining why.
The second piece (which will reside just below it as shown) will be a small celtic cat which, I believe, is from the Book of Kells, though I have been entirely unable to relocate the image and verify its origins. (Any help verifying would be very welcomed.) I am very drawn to this image more than any other “celtic cat” zoomorph that I have seen. The “plumpness” of the kitten and apparent demeanor allow me to identify it most closely with my actual cats, whereas all the other cats from the Book of Kells and beyond are all lanky, svelte animals, which bear little in common with the cats I love.
Please excuse the rudimentary image below. I can assure you the final result will be -much- more clean and impressive. This is a simple composite which will give you a good idea as to what the final piece will resemble.
And yes, I decided to do all black work, as it is closest to my personal style and preference. I just can’t bring myself to have a “realistic” or “reproduction” piece inked on me. I just love the look of black work too much to have anything else.