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Getting my church bars.
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September 20, 2013
4:23 am
SasQuatch9585
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So, after about eight years of not being tattooed (circumstances and finances prohibiting) I was finally tattooed earlier tonight.

Chruch-Bars.jpg

I designed my own spin on the Church Bars and had them tattooed on the back of my right hand.

The reason for my choice of location is so that I'll see them every time I reach out to do something (I'm right handed). I'll constantly be reminded of who I am and what I believe, and so I'll be less likely to make choices that go against what I know is best for me, mind, body, and soul.

As for the pain level, I heard that the back of the hand was supposed to be quite painful. In fact, the artist told me he hated getting the back of his hands done; one of the worst spots for him. I guess I'm just lucky, 'cause for me it was no more painful than any other tattoo I've had. In fact, there've been a few which were much more painful, such as the word "RESPECT" across my stomach, or the lion on my left pectoral. Part of that tattoo gets rather close to the arm pit, and during that part of the process it felt as if I was being tattooed directly in the center of the nipple.

Over all, my pain tolerance has increased tremendously over the years, especially with the experience of moxibustion, so maybe this has effected my perception of pain, as well as my tolerance for pain. I've learned that pain is much more intense when you're nervous or fearful of it. If this had been my first tattoo the experience might have been much worse. I don't know.

But there weren't even any bad spots, which surprised me. As far as I can remember, even the easy tattoos had sensitive spots.

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September 20, 2013
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Tragedy strikes!

After poking around all my boxed-up stuff last night I've discovered that I can't find my A&D ointment today. What's more, I went down to the store in and discovered that the only store in this little town doesn't carry it.

I was able to find Lubriderm, which is better than nothing, but would rather heal up with something like A&D. The nearest Walgreen's is an hour away, but I've got enough on my plate today that I'd rather not make the trip if I don't have to, especially because I'll be in Phoenix tomorrow anyway, so if I can put it off I will.

I was wondering if anyone out there knew of an acceptable substitute that could get me by until tomorrow. Something that might be more beneficial than Lubriderm.

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September 20, 2013
4:19 pm
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Wow!Laugh
Cool
Awesome stuff sir!

Do you have Savlon over there? Good alternative to A & D. Any antiseptic ointment should be ok.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 20, 2013
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Thanks for the kind word, Oakbear.

Never heard of Savlon. I'll should have some antibiotic ointment in my first aid kit. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks.

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September 21, 2013
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Congratulations on getting your church bars. I know when I got mine I found the experience to be incredibly empowering and just having that as an image on flesh felt right. I hope yours brings you as much strength as mine has brought me.

September 23, 2013
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Thanks Vampyre,

I'm not sure how much strength it'll bring me, but it has already brought me a lot of happiness. In fact, the second night of healing I was rubbing some A&D into it (I had made it to Phoenix and back by then) and I think I actually fell in love with it.

Sounds weird, I know, but I seriously felt a deep affection for the tattoo. That's the first time I've ever felt anything like that for a mod. I've told people how much I love that piercing, or this brand, etc. before, but never really felt "love" exactly.

The feeling hasn't persisted, so I don't think I'm actually "in love" with it, but the affection was undeniable.

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September 27, 2013
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I wonder if it was our collective love beaming through the symbol chosen to unify all of us. I'm going with THAT!!
Big kisses, brother. I am proud of you. It's bold and brave and rugged which are some of my favorite things about you. Hip hip hooray!! Thanks for posting.

Everyone has something to say about the Mona Lisa until you're standing in front of it speechless.
October 3, 2013
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Thanks Som,

All of that makes me smile.

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