7.08.2005

SO YOU'VE DECIDED TO RUIN YOUR SKIN...

Yeah, I finally got me a tattoo. I figured I needed the "street cred" before hitting San Diego. And nothing says "street cred" like a 10 inch pink Unicorn tattoo! ROCK!

...oh alright, I didn't get that one...yet.

I was told to check out The Mercy Seat, (yes, named after the Nick Cave song) down on 16th Street in downtown KCMO. Hector's girlfriend, Renee, had worked with the artists at A1 Tattoo up in Gladstone and this was their first shop owned and operated by themselves. It was fantastic! A beautiful shop with tons of amazing artwork from both Hector and Renee all over the walls. Hector did this five foot painting of a woman holding a crow in her hands. Both are staring straight at you with real eyeballs and the bottom reads, "JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE PARANOID DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE NOT WATCHING YOU." Truly eerie. I tried to take a photo but the fucking glass kept bouncing off a glare. So instead, settle for a look at Hector's "The Mercy Seat" logo made out of metal hanging in front of the door outside...



And here I'm giving the, "This ain't gonna hurt, right?!" face...



The artist was named Chet and was fucking unbelievably talented. I took him the image I wanted and told him that the shoelaces and negative space on the bombs are so small that he doesn't have to put those into the tattoo if it would make it easier. Chet said he liked being as detailed as possible and fucking nailed it! Even though the photo is kinda blurry, you can see both if you look close...




In the end it didn't really hurt too much and I'm already thinking of where else I can permanently ruin my skin....

4 comments:

cml said...

just admit it, your favorite part was when he shaved your leg.

Travis said...

Yeah...and he shaved my back for free too! :P

Jamie S. Rich said...

You should have gotten a haircut, hippie.

Glad to see you're so on top of things, like always, that you joined the tattoo trend. Party like it's 1998, dooood! :b

Duane said...

Doubt you'll read this as it's now December, but *ahem*...


didn't that place look familiar?