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Start of my left sleeve.
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March 8, 2012
6:26 am
Jamesryan
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A couple of days ago I posted about the start of my left sleeve and included the following photograph.

 

Now that the scabs and flakes are starting to peel off, and I've had time to reflect, I'd like to share more about my experience. My artist, Joe Grim of Autumn Shadows Tattoos in Utica, NY, decided to start me out on the wrist side, to get my adrenaline up a bit before touching my literal knuckles on the reverse side. It was a good idea, definitely logical. At first, I felt the sting, especially where the circles near the palm of my hand. After that, I began to meditate and I meditated deeply, surfacing only here and there to talk with Joe and answer any questions he had about the tattoo (he's tattooed me before, so he knows about the meditation I enter and doesn't address me often while working on me unless it's pertinent to the task at hand). On the reverse side, I only meditated through about half of it. Outside of the meditation I felt very little pain, even on a spot as coarse as this. Perhaps it's my years of martial arts training, bashing my hands daily and destroying the nerves there. I wouldn't know, I've never had any sort of medical statement saying so.

At one point I was actually smiling, eating pizza with my right hand while he was doing the dot work and some of the fill. I definitely enjoyed this work and can't wait until my next sitting in just a couple of weeks.

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March 8, 2012
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Thank you very much for sharing that.  It has got to be a profound step to take to tattoo such a visible location as that.  I have neither my face nor my hands tattooed as of yet, but I know that for me, both of those are going to be profound steps on both my physical and spiritual journey.  It sounds like you had an amazing experience.

March 10, 2012
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Definitely a good experience. I actually finalized the design for my next sitting, which is this coming week, today. I'm rather excited.

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March 11, 2012
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ya that spot where the dots are is a tender spot i think the worst part of the arm is the arm pit and the oposite side of the elbow where your arm bends but that was definitly one of the more tender spots on my arm keep us updated with more pics as it goes on

March 11, 2012
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I'm aware of the arm pains, I've got my right arm sleeved (including inside the armpit). I believe my next sitting is scheduled for Friday (my girlfriend scheduled her appointment and I'm going in with her, so she has all the information. haha).

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March 21, 2012
11:19 am
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they're beautiful :)

i've been wanting to get my hands, fingers, and wrists done…out of those areas, i only have words across my wrist and my engagement ring tattoo'd on my ring finger. they didn't hurt so much, but i'm sure the duration, shading, effects, and such would be much more painful in those areas. the pain is one of the most beautiful parts through the process of it in my opinion though. it's transcending.

looking forward to seeing the rest of it.

April 7, 2012
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Next sitting is done. This time I've added similarly styled leaves (designed by me) as well as the Church bars to my thumbs, as you'll see in the photos below. My personal favorite photo is the first one. I apologize about the size of the photos – for some reason they're not uploading at the correct size, which is the same exact size as the first photo.

 

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April 7, 2012
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Its looking really great.  Seeing the church bars on you really reinforces just how much I want to get mine done in the near future.  Maybe about time I give my artist a call, right after he gets back into the city from his many travels.

April 7, 2012
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Thank you. I've got an appointment in two weeks to do my fingers. After they're done I start the black fill of my arm.

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April 7, 2012
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What are you getting done on your fingers?

April 7, 2012
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That's hard to explain. It matches the style of what is already on my hand. It should be done in two weeks. I'll show you a photo then? I hope that'll suffice. haha.

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April 8, 2012
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I think a photo would explain beautifully haha.  Can't wait to see it, you must be so stoked!

April 9, 2012
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thats looking good love the placement of the church bars and the dot work on those leaves is realy good cant wait to see more keep us updated on the progress 

April 10, 2012
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sweeet. i like the leaves a lot :)

April 11, 2012
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Thank you, Strommer. I've been wanting to get the bars there for some time now. It's just progress on a long path.

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