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    still in progress, but it's getting close! The new ink here is a few hours old. another session in 2 weeks :)

    artist is Trevor Shea

    fishtatus, myguerrilla, patnz, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Rick Leche 97 months ago | reply

      Nice Pete, but why?

    2. doviende 97 months ago | reply

      I'm tempted to say "why not", but it seems that the usual answers to this are 1) i can't think of something i'll like forever, 2) it hurts, 3) my family or other social group has a cultural or religious opposition to any sort of body modification.

      i think i'll just dismiss #2 right away. As for #3, i have no such hangup, although i suspect that there will be some who will make judgments about me based on this. I'm willing to accept that.

      The permanent part is rather important to consider. I'm of the feeling that this is something i can appreciate for a long time. I think that even if i somehow grow to dislike it, it still represents a certain time in my life and i think i'll be able to accept that. To me, the salmonberries and rufous hummingbird represent a connection to Vancouver, and respect and admiration for our natural surroundings. I also kinda picked the rufous hummingbird because of the personal resemblance ;)

      I think this is something beautiful that shows a part of who i am, so if other people don't feel comfortable decorating themselves in such a fashion, then that's fine with me...but i also think that a temporary decoration can't say as much about a person. The permanency itself is part of the meaning.

    3. weirdbeardmt 97 months ago | reply

      I agree with your reasoning... I haven't got a full sleeve but most of the top left of my chest, shoulder and left arm is inked, in similar colours to yours. Don't have any pics on Flickr (cane see a tiny bit of it in this one) but it's not one of these stock flash that you see on the walls of the parlour... couldn't think of anything worse. I think it's a very personal decision (it took me YEARS to decide on what to have done) and if you can make that commitment to yourself, then I'm not worried about the judgements other people may make of me.

    4. NatureLor1970 [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

      I also agree with the reasoning. Tattoos like this are in my opinion, more of a work of art, than just decoration. Glad you went for it Pete!

    5. 5cats4carol 97 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on making Explore!
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    6. doviende 97 months ago | reply

      "on making Explore"? does this photo show up somewhere else that i haven't seen?

    7. DaddyMC 88 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Food Tattoos, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. RepoRebo 74 months ago | reply

      If you have to ask, then tattoos aren't for you! This is a fantastic piece and I can't wait to see the finished product.

    9. She's Clearly a Bad Influence On Herself 67 months ago | reply

      I'm a little late with this, but this piece is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Congrats on how well it turned out -- it's a real credit to whomever designed and executed it.

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