Friday, March 25, 2011

Fifty years

This weekend my parents will be renewing their marriage vows, my mom was sixteen when she married my father, he was twenty-nine. Oh, should I mention that he had three ex-wives and six children that he failed to tell her about when they got married. That would be grounds for divorce for me or better yet annulment! A couple of years later he brought home his fourteen year old daughter and introduced her to my mother, she was pregnant with my oldest brother at the time, well, surprise, surprise!!!  It's a miracle that fifty years later they are still together, they had nine children and now have 49 grandchildren with another on the way.
I love my parents and have come to appreciate their own special way of doing things, although I went through hell and lots of therapy just to try to straighten up all the ways I got screwed up as a child. They say your personality is what it will be at the age of two, growing up, my personality fought against everything that my parents were. Peace within is a lovely thing to feel after years of turmoil and even some years of trying to change who they were, a few years spent hiding or distancing myself. I love to see families where the kids and parents sit and have a glass of wine together and talk about what's happening in the world. An example of this situation with my folks would be, "Drinking alcohol is a sin, all this war means the rapture is coming!" How do you respond, just don't have a glass of wine and don't bring up politics! I cherish them, I'm happy for them, I am proud that they have stayed together through everything, raising nine children, all kinds of crazy situations and hardships. I just have to live at least 100 miles from them to keep my sanity. Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad! XO

Saturday, March 5, 2011

tattoo trivia

Today I got my second tattoo, fairly large I think, an enormous amount of pain and teeth grinding was involved. I don't think I'm being a baby, but it could be that my first tattoo was administered (with kid gloves). The thing about my experiences with two different artists are: TIME and COST, both are fairly important.

Mark Dupp, who did my first tattoo, never talked and worked at the same time, so if you said anything, both you talking, and him answering, meant your session was automatically at least ten minutes longer than it would have been had you kept quiet. He is also a talker, so if he told you something, that eventually led him off on some other tangent that meant another ten to fifteen minutes added to your session, I think he subtracted about an hour of cost from each session at the end, but it should have been more. I only scowled a little and he would gently proceed with the needle, he's super talented and I love what came out of those 20 hours, maybe more. It was costly and time consuming, but being my first tattoo I can compare it to a long slow rough kiss.
My experience with Andrea Elston today was on a whole different plane. She got it DONE....I told her my idea on our first meeting, she sent me a sketch that was right on key, only a couple of small changes. I was on the table a week later. After an hour and forty minutes of tattooing, I had to stop, thinking, I just can't take it anymore... along with...man I'm a bit of a wimp today. She told me to go take a look and I was shocked that the whole tattoo, minus color on three little birds- was done! Wow! She knows how to get through a tattoo and she doesn't mess around. Awesome Artist! Super talented! I will be going back to finish in a couple of weeks. Unlike with Mark, I can compare this to a quick hard screw up against a wall.