So my new tattoo is finished and I am more than pleased with it. TD did the work and it is absolutely superb, message me if you are in Frankfurt and want a tattoo..I will give you TDs details, you can’t go wrong.
The thing about tattoos, at least for me, is that they need to mean something. You have to be prepared to wear whatever design you choose…well…for the rest of your life (laser removal not withstanding).
I must confess that my first tattoo wasn’t particularly sentimental, but was something I was willing to wear for the rest of my days as it encompasses two things that are fairly synonymous with me these days, Liverpool Football Club and a wolf. My new tattoo, however, is full of sentiment (and wolves)
The Wolf thing has really geeky overtones, I wasn’t raised by wolves…nor do I consider myself to be a re-incarnated wolf or try to live like one etc…none of that. Many years ago, I was a more traditional geek…involved in online chatrooms and communities, gaming as much as dial-up would allow. Even back then, it was almost impossible to conjur up a unique and recognisable nickname..so I came up with PureStress. I wasn’t particularly stressed at the time, but it worked for me. The only problem it had was that I would constantly get messaged to ask why I was stressed out.
People didn’t appreciate the paradox when I blamed being constantly asked what my name means, which left me with one option. A public renaming. I dropped into my fave chatroom of the time and announced my decision. Once all the abusive ones were filtered out, there were some good ones. I liked LoneWolf for an equally geeky reason (Those “Do you want to run? (turn to page 11) or fight? (turn to page 55) or look up her skirt? (put the book down you perv!)” books), so I went with it. Then I discovered that I would be LoneWolf8856834 on everything I signed up to and glued Pure to the front of it.
PureLoneWolf was born…and lo, I was the only one around. I renamed my old jokes site to the LaughingWolf, created WolfLAN LAN Parties and everything else online relating to me became wolf’esque. It sort of clicked with me in a number of ways…I am incredibly protective of my family and friends, but can go it alone for long periods (and occasionally prefer that). Fast forward to my first tattoo and, having been referred to as a wolf for so long, it seemed only right to get a wolf stuck to my arm. Over the years the wolf thing has become more and more significant and recognisable to those around me, gifts would be wolf related (Native American dreamcatchers, fleece blankets etc).
As all of my children live in the UK and I am here in Frankfurt, I wanted to get something done that would be representative of the kids and would let them know that I am always thinking of them. I had been talking to TD for almost a year about the idea, and I finally got off my arse a month or so ago and went to see him. The following day he started it.
Oh..I must tell you…when I was in for the first session a couple of giggly ladies walked in to the piercing section of the tattoo parlour. They were confident and excited and were speaking in quite animated tones to the piercing guy. I was lying on my stomach at this point and trying to ignore the discomfort happening to my back, so I didn’t really get what they were talking about. A few seconds later, I notice that the screen has been pulled around the piercing station…”Aye aye”, thinks I..breasts or clit. 2 minutes later there is what can only be described as a yelp from behind the screen and the laughs fade. Unfortunately I didn’t see them walk away, but CW assures me that one of the two ladies was walking rather gingerly away…. I hope it was worth it love, I really do.
Anyway, the tattoo is basically a male wolf surrounded by his four cubs. They are sat in front of a tree (not representative of anyone) and the tree goes over my shoulder where the branches lead into a tribal wolf on my left arm.
Yes the tree looks sore in this picture…it had been finished about 10 minutes prior to the picture being taken. It will fade slightly over the next week or so and look more natural with the wolves. Also, no, despite the freckles on my back..I am not a ginger. Oh, and the browny/red on the wolves is supposed to be there…like the eyes, I think it makes the tattoo stand out. TD really does do amazing work.
From top left: Me, Brandon-Lee and Zak
From bottom left: Ellen, Ethan
Top: A tree
I love it. CW loves it and I know the kids will too – That’s all that counts