Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tattoo ~ Inspired by my lovely spouse's update tonight

My lovely spouse sat down with her laptop and whipped out her entry tonight while I was tapping keys. She's talked about getting a tattoo for years, but for one reason or another, she never got one.
She drew a line in the sand and will get a lotus flower tattoo when we complete our singer/songwriter cd later this year.
I, on the other hand, got a tattoo when I was about twenty. I was in the Army in Panama at the time. It was a holiday weekend and a bunch of us guys were all sitting around the barracks knocking back a few brews when someone said, "Hey, I've got a great idea - let's all go get a tattoo!"
That sounded like a splendid idea to everyone so we hopped on a chiva bus (converted antique panel trucks with no windows; operated by Panamanians).
Once in Panama City, I volunteered to go first. I've heard people say that getting tattoos didn't hurt, but if they would lie about that, they would lie about most anything. Mine hurt like crazy. Even all the Balboa beer didn't dull the pain. I actually think my shoulder smoked as the tattoo artist laid down the design.
All the guys gathered around and watched. Not sure if it was the smoke, or the guttural whining sound I was making during the procedure, but everyone else sobered up, and I was the only one that went back with permanent artwork on my shoulder.
I've heard that tattoo artists have come a long way and that it REALLY doesn't hurt much these days. That may be true, but we'll know soon enough when the spousal unit gets hers.


  1. My daughter has a tattoo. It still hurts.

  2. I don't have any tattoo's and I won't be getting any now either LOL!

  3. I'll never get a tattoo either. In my youth I had the foresight to imagine myself as an mature woman running for president. I was sure tats would spoil the look of any designer inaugural gown. ;-D

    In 30 years when all of today's tattooed have aged, I wonder how many will have second thoughts.... I hear it really hurts to have them removed.


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