New Tattoo

I got a new tattoo!  I went to Dragon Moon, to Mick Beasley.  It was a lovely experience – she has a great dynamic for talking while I’m coping well and letting me be silent when the pain cycles back.  Ah, the complicated chemicals of pain!  You can see her skill as an artist.  This piece took about 2 1/2 hours of tattooing, but I was at the shop for 3 1/2.  The image I sent her was smaller than I wanted the tattoo to be, so she had to do some re-drawing before making the final transfer.

The coffee cherries have hereby been applied to my skin. I’ll drizzle the rest in as I can save the money up – I steal it from my food budget and then refrain from eating out without James. Frying last night’s leftover rice is super cheap compared to restaurant eating.

So, here it is:

Coffee Cherries With Leaves

And here’s a close-up that really shows the differences between Gypsy Jill’s work and Mick’s.  Jill used heavy machines with a heavy hand.  Her lines are all much thicker and there’s almost always some scarring.  Mick works with a much lighter style and the tattoo shows that very clearly.  She did bruise me badly – the bits that look like the black is blurred, along the right side of the tattoo – that’s actually a healing bruise.  That part was more tender than the scabbing and peeling.

The work of two artists, side by side.

Mick was concerned that I would want her to match Jill’s style, but I wanted a different signature on this piece.  And I got it!

Isn’t it great?



  1. Does Jill’s work also look different because it’s older and there’s been more time for the tissue to react?

    Looks like the new one does good work———-

  2. Yay new tattoo! It looks gorgeous!

    And I was on the receiving end of Jill’s heavy old machine, and can attest. It was also one of the best tattoo experiences I’ve ever had.

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  3. It’s true that the older parts are now 5 years old. Which means the tattoo has really settled into my skin. But the tattoo new was already quite heavily lined. Here’s a link to the same area when it was brand new – same day it was tattooed…New Apple Pic

    It’s mostly style, really.

    Jill was a tremendously nurturing tattooist and I was thrilled to find Mick a tattooist from the same school. I don’t know if Mick and I will become friends – we’re not right up the street from one another like Jill and I were – but we’re already closer than some tattooist know how to get.

    It’s got me revved up for the idea of more work, as usual. Seems that James might be next, though – he’s serious about getting anchors on his forearms for his birthday in March. Yay for first tattoos!

  4. AHHHH A virgin…Ya say . Well lets hope he don’t cry , like a baby. I’m sure he’ll be fine .The old scurvy dog that he is…

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