Friday, March 20, 2009

My my my, my tattoo...












Okay. Take the two top pictures and then combine the best of both and then place the base of the limb at the inside of my left elbow with branches extending down the inside of my forearm, the tips ending at my wrist. Then imagine that the limb has a fork in it and that the second limb branches up to the outside of my upper arm.
You might have to squint your eyes a bit to get the picture but that is OK. I don't want something too stylized like the first forearm pic, or as dark as the second forearm pic and the branch is going in the wrong direction in each of those. The upper arm tattoo pictured above is altogether too dark and masculine for me but it serves for illustrative purposes.
I really love the loose yet realistic style and colors in the acrylic painting and the stamen detail in the photograph.
So that is the idea of what I want. It will cover a lot of area without being heavy and well, it just feels right.
Cherry blossoms have different meanings depending upon which culture you ask, and all of them are appropriate.
In Japan they represent the beauty and transience of life. In China they represent feminine beauty, strength, and grace. There is an element of remembrance in every interpretation and I like that too.
I am ready.









21 comments:

The CEO said...

If that's what you want, go for it. You should talk to Wandering Girl, she has experience, and a beautiful tat.

Spellbound said...

It is lovely and i have often though of getting one, but i have come to think that it's not a thing of my generation and might be untimely. My daughter's best friend is Jewish and has a number of amazing tats, regardless of her lightly held belief that they will keep her out of Jewish heaven. If she can do that maybe, maybe, i can too.

Huff Daddy said...

That would be sweet! Not that you need it, but I approve of your thought process, a tattoo should have some personal meaning. Too many "kids" get one without any thought process. JMO.

Those colors would be awesome too!

WanderingGirl said...

I lurve it.

C said...

Nice idea for a tattoo.

Brook said...

C- Hello! As a former single mom-and sometimes(okay often)in my mind a single still I say welcome and I too have dipped in the younger end of the xy pool. Have fun! I mean it.
CEO-Call it a right of passage if you will but I consciously decide that is time to mark a time in my life, punctuate it, and go on. Not leave it behind understand because it will be there with me every moment, as it is now, but to look down and say oh yes, here it is and will always be, will allow me to look beyond as well. It makes sense to me.
Spellbound-I confess I feel old. Really old. And really young too.
And stupid. And wise. And strong. And now I say fuck you, well, not to you, but in a way to me-all those little voices that say but and have you thought about...I am sick of it. What I want is not silly or ill thought out or young and foolish. That is what I have to say to those little voices. Who's to say that true hell is not what we are living right now? Some weird limbo that we need to learn from then move past. Philosophy 101 in a pitcher of beer and maybe an orgasm or two. Shhh...
HD-I have thought and waited 20+ years. It is time-you know? The colors and general delicacy of the design seem right-I am glad you like, I will be glad to model when the jar is filled and then emptied.
WG-I lurv it too-see above. What do you have? And I still need dates for April, seriously. Possibility of dropping monsters off in person(and having fun at a hoe-down) due to timing of Spring Break and all. Just saying.

Brook said...

I put alot of thought into those replies. I really want you guys to read them.

Huff Daddy said...

Well, can't wait to see it!

Life On Edge. said...

I thought about 5 years of my first tattoo!(I have two). They had a very symbolic meaning to me too. I got the first one when I was something like 32... the second one one year later.

I love the pattern you chose!! I love what it means too! it's totally you!

And I put a lot of thought in my replies too... :) the replies are actually sometimes more developed than the actual post... I read them!

Brook said...

LOE-I sometimes feel I am writing a whole new post with my replies and it is one Of the things I like about this whole process. I think it will work out quite nicely and even though it is in a delicate area-I am no stranger to pain-I think that too is what it's about. And I did not know you are French. How fun! I'd try to impress you with my high school french but it's pretty laughable. We are going to host a French exchange student next school year.

ginstonic said...

I love it and as you know at almost 55 I am still looking for the one I want. You know the deal with me - I always wanted one, but was afraid I'd change my mind when I got older or more mature - well at my age I don't think that is going to happen and I certainly don't care what anyone else thinks at this point in my life. Have you decided who's going to do it?

Brook said...

MOM GET YOUR TATTOO! for real! And I think I have an invite to go up to Omaha and stay w/Nej and her husband who has two tattoos done by an amazing artist. 2 out of 2 is pretty good for me. So, got my christmas money yet? Just Kidding! But I have started my tattoo fund, and hey, I might even try Miami Ink the next time I am down your way I might could get Garver to do it. That would be super sweet! And expensive...

The CEO said...

I do read your comments, all of them. I even come back and see what you wrote t everyone else. Just do you know. I also always want to see what everyone else writes, bcause people like WG and Spellbound often have much smarter ideas than I do. How do you expect me to learn anything?

Brook said...

Monty-I do the same on your blog and some others too. On the other side there are blogs I read everyday, comment occasionally and never get feedback. Of course those are ones with pretty pictures and those are what I like so I keep going back. The complexities of human nature-gotta love it!

Anonymous said...

Ugh, nasty!

Brook said...

Anonymous-We are all entitled to our opinions. Thanks for sharing-and for keeping it short and sweet.

Nej said...

Ugh - nasty?? Really??

People are so rude sometimes. I'm the first person to agree to voicing your opinion...but when your opinion means nothing, and it only put out there to be mean and rude...what the fuck is the point???

I think it's a uber cool idea...and I'm totally jealous of it actually. It's very similar to something I wanted to have done across the tops of my feet (or at least one foot). :-) The cherry blossoms are going to be rockin' cool, and very appropriate to you!!!

Brook said...

Nej-I am just kinda hangin it all out there and as long as anonymous doesn't make a true personal assault on my person I don't care.
And I think it's uber cool too and can't wait til my coin jar tattoo fund is full. I think a tatoo on feet would really hurt-but hey we can go together and get em done. I'm thinking of mine like tattoo therapy. It'll be cathartic for me.

Zach said...

I think it will be beautiful-do it. You know what you want and it will be cool...just make sure you have a shot or three of tequila..I dont want it to hurt too much. :)

Zach said...

Ooohh-it is AMm..not Zach--I didnt realize he had not signed out..oh well

Brook said...

I cannot find you AMm-though I would love too. I will take the tequila under advisement. Thank you for your support-though I have no idea who you are-your thumbs up means a lot.