My trip to Santa Cruz went well. I ate good food, and saw interesting people. Admitedly, it was a bit strange being on ‘vacation’ without Xannatos, but he wasn’t able to go with me (thank you, Mocha!) and he was right in thinking that I needed a little bit of a break from everything.
The drive down was pretty uneventful and I made good time. I had a chance to meet my tattoo artist and go over some stuff, and in the end we opted to keep the general idea that I was going for, but we ended up completely re-working the tattoo.
I lucked out and ended up with an actual Artist, and I can honestly say that he’ll be completeing my sleeve. He’s very into the meaning behind the images, and why I’m getting my tattoo. In addition, I’m getting a good deal since he’s so inspired and the work is turning out so well (pics of good tattoos are worth more than gold in the tattoo world!).
I’ve been very anti-koi tattoos for a long time as it seems that EVERYONE has one, but once I got in and did some research on them and their meaning, I fell in love. Traditionally, a Koi swims upstream which represents courage and strength against adversity. In addition we added some water to represent change and rebirth, and the lotus flower (not sure you can see it very well in the pictures) represents overcoming a hard time in life (though I’m not completely over it, but the fact that I can recognize that now says something). In the end, my sleeve will also have a boulder/rock in it with a Japanese Red Crane standing on it representing wisdom, balance, communication, independence, and fertility. Lastly, there will most likely be bamboo coming up behind the crane representing strength of character (it bends but doesn’t break). This isn’t all set in stone (or skin) yet, but this is the general idea that we’re going with.