For as long as I can remember I have wanted a tattoo on my chest, but for loads of reasons, I just never have got around to doing it.
Last summer I sorted it out in my head and got an idea of the design that I wanted and started to look for some artists who might be able to do it for me. Had chats with several and they ranged from pretty clueless to fairly good.
I then got a message with a recommendation for a chap called Malcolm Brown and so I got in touch. Malc works from his home address in a purpose built studio at the back and I could not have chosen a better man for the job.
You can see a bit more about him HERE
Anyway, such is his quality that he was booked up fully from last year through to Spring of this year, so I have had to wait to see him and last night was my first sitting.
Now this isn’t my first tattoo, back in 2007 when I completed my first Ironman I got the “M-Dot” logo on the top of my arm and I couldn’t really remember whether it hurt or not, so I was a little apprehensive, but excited last night.
The sitting took 2 hours and the piece isn’t finished yet by a long way – I have 5 more sittings to come, so lots more detail, shading and improvements ahead.
This is the result of the first session last night:
and this morning after a great nights sleep it looks even better:
The teeth of the chain ring, all the chain links and the “wounds” are the next thing to be done in the next session, then we need to exit the chain out of the back of my shoulder and fix it onto a cassette on my back … then we tackle the M-Dot with some other additions … it will look amazing when it is completed.
Thankfully, I was fine with the pain, in fact, I found parts of it quite relaxing and maybe “nice” is the wrong word, but certainly not unpleasant !
When I came out, I checked my phone and to my delight I had received 4 donations to start my fund raising campaign and that’s now 9% of the target raised which is excellent.
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