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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tattoo you?


I know, I know. It's lame to complain about the funk that comes after a vacation. So I'll focus on the positive. My trip to Florida was GREAT. I ate so much shrimp that I should've turned into one, and I got to go swimming and played minigolf and went to a cool rooftop bar called the Glider Lounge, where you sat at big tables with bench seats and the whole thing glided back and forth on a track. I had a bird's eye view on a hula hoop contest on the beach. Right on!

There were all these henna tattoo places around and I was so very tempted to get one because I've always wanted to and then I started to wonder, Am I too old??? I thought the same thing when I tried on a mini-skirt in a Gap outlet but then I bought it anyway. So next time, henna tattoo for sure.

There was a time in my life when I was a bit of a pool shark. And I thought that if I ever got a tattoo, I'd get an 8 ball. But then I realized that you have to be really consistently good at pool to get an 8 ball tattoo, don't you? So I got to wondering what kind of tattoo (henna or otherwise) I'd get now and thought it'd probably be an anchor. I met my husband because I wrote a song of his called "Anchor" into my first novel [for grownups]. I actually got incredibly lucky in that same Gap outlet when I found three different 8 dollar t-shirts with cool anchor designs on them. One of them is for a fake bar called the Anchor Bar on Coney Island, which is especially cool since I got engaged to Nick on the Wonder Wheel out at Coney, where we went on our first date less than a year earlier.

Anyway, I doubt I'll ever get a real tattoo. Nick has one, a Celtic design on his arm, and I love it but I'm too scared to commit to something because I feel like life changes so fast. Who out there has tattoos? What and where are they? And if you don't have one, do you ever think you'd like one? What would it be????

5 comments:

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Ooh what a great story of you and your hubby! You definitely need at least a henna anchor.
I have six tattoos and plan on several more. (You're never too old for tattoos is my philosophy, at least right now. I guess I'll stop getting them when I change my mind.)
My favorite tattoo (if you can choose favorites, that's like picking a favorite child, but it's the newest so I'm most enamored with it) is the Rose of No Man's Land on my shoulder. She's a red cross nurse that WWI vets got in honor of their nurses. I got her in honor of my mom, who is a nurse. If you are curious, you can see a pic here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/comatose/DSC04727.jpg

taltebrando said...

That is so cool. I'd never even heard of such a thing!

I should totally get an Anchor, right? ;)

jennifer echols said...

You should totally get an anchor. My characters have tattoos. Personally, I don't and won't because needles make me faint. I tell nurses this before they give me shots or draw blood and they always say, "Oh, no, you won't faint." I hear them saying this as if from a great distance as I hit the floor.

Jenny said...

My two friends and I got henna tattoos and it was a blast. Right across the small of our backs. It lasted about ten days and for those days I felt quite cool.

As for the real thing, I don't think I could pick something I'd want on my body for the rest of my life. It would be too hard to choose.

Kelly Parra said...

Henna tattoos are really neat! I do have two tattoos. haha. My husband has a whole sleeve. :)