After this past C2E2, I was at Nick & Jess’s house and they showed me an art book by one of their favorite artists, Sara Richard. She has an illustration book called Kitty & Dino that tells a visual story of a kitty and a T-Rex growing up together and becoming BFFs who frolic through meadows and catch butterflies. When I looked through it, I fell in love with the art style and also the fact that it combined my two favorite creatures in such an adorable way. It felt strangely personal for me. I mean, I’ve loved dinosaurs since before Jurassic Park was even a thing and I’m pretty obsessed with my cat, Sookie.
I nursed the idea of getting one of the designs as a tattoo for a while. I got Sara’s permission (thank you!) and found a tattoo artist. My friend Dawn has a lot of gorgeous, colorful tattoos from Alex Gregory of Brass Knuckle Tattoo in Minneapolis. She has a knack for color and this design called for a lot of bright pinks and blues.
This past weekend, Brad and I trucked up to Minnesota and I got my tattoo on my inner left bicep. The only main change I had done to the original design was to make the cat look more like Sookie, so she’s grey with her bright green eyes.
The question I keep getting: did it hurt?
YES! Thankfully, it only took a little more than two hours because I’m not sure how much longer I would have lasted. I don’t have much muscle there, haha, so it was quite a tender area to get repeatedly stabbed with tiny needles. Missy likened the faces I was making to Gollum being tortured by orcs in Lord of the Rings. I basically should have been screaming, “SHIIIIRRREEE! BAGGGINNNSSSS!”
But it looks AMAZING. And it is so pretty and colorful. I love it. Whenever I’m feeling annoyed, I just look over and smile at the happy kitty and T-Rex. I’m super happy with it. This may have squelched some of my other tattoo ideas for a while since that was so painful, haha.
Anyhoo, I highly recommend checking out Sara Richard’s gorgeous art and going to Alex Gregory for any tattoos you’re thinking of because her art style is also awesome. It was definitely worth the trek!