Once upon a time, I had an NKOTB tattoo. After a few years of people asking me about it, I chickened out and covered it up. Over time, I grew up and grew to understand and appreciate exactly what it was the New Kids meant to my life. In this gradual realization, I regretted covering my tattoo. I have never forgotten why I did it, and the bottom line is, if I wasn’t ready to handle people asking about it, I wasn’t ready for it, and…it is what it is. What I can do though, is do it again, and make it fantastic and love it and move forward.
Today was the 21st anniversary of the release of Hangin’ Tough, which seemed like a great day to do it, since it’s also smack in the middle of Labor Day weekend, which allows me the freedom to meet up with some SoCal girlfriends who planned to join in on the fun:
Left to right, Tera, Ziggy & me. My cousin also came along, but her tattoo didn’t pertain to the same occasion as the rest of us – she’s just a cool chick who decided she’d love to have a cupcake on her shoulder. Tami & I have both had tattoos done at Yoni Tattoo before, and they have amazing artists and great prices (and a cool bathroom mural:)
Four hours and four tattoos later, we were done.
Tams paying homage to Cass’s self-proclaimed “pathetic” tattoo pic from Canada
And her end result!
Can you believe that’s Tera getting her first tattoo? She honestly took it like a champ, I was so impressed – I don’t have tattoos on my ankle, but I’ve heard they hurt. She’s a soldier!
And her end result…
Not the most painful tat I’ve ever gotten, but as they all do, it had its seconds…
And I made it!
Ziggy had the hardest time with the pain, though. And she did just fine!
After we were done, eats (and more importantly, drinks) were in order! Tams & I had Asian Pear martinis, Tera had a classic lemon drop, and Ziggy had some crazy cocktail garnished with nearly a whole buffet:
And ps – the wicker chairs on the patio are not comfy for bare skin, says my cousin:
Tera & Ziggy headed home at that point, and Tami went out with her friends, leaving me to relax, finally attack that mani/pedi I’ve been wanting to do, and watch movies with Cousteau:
After Rachel Getting Married, which I loved, it was time for a delicious Lush mask. (The link is just to the site, because you have to buy the masks in the store, since they’re refrigerated.) Cupcake is great for oily skin, it has clay, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, spearmint, peppermint & sandalwood oils and literally smells so fantastic I’m tempted to taste it. Divine, and makes my skin feel great:
Cousteau and I are going to finish leftovers and watch Across the Universe before we turn in for the night. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get to catch up with an old friend! G’night…