It’s true. For my 38th birthday, I got the green light to get a tattoo.
I’ve always wanted one. My family knew I wanted one, but they never really said it would be okay with them. But this year…my daughter really championed the idea. She thought it was finally time. As it turns out, this was the green light I was waiting for.
Step 1. What to get.
When I first told my friends & family about my tattoo, I would get the same response, “What comic book character is it going to be?”. Am I really THAT transparent? Do I wear my comic-loving heart on my sleeve? Yes, yes I do.
I went back & forth for many moons, before I decided on the Iron Fist logo.
Iron Fist is a martial arts hero, that represents and stands up for the common folk.
He’s a rich man, donates to charity regularly, and is best friends with Luke Cage.
You can read more about Iron Fist here.
Step 2: Find A Good Tattoo Parlor/Artist
I started looking for places that were somewhat convenient to my house. I made a mental note of each one. Then, I started asking around. One name that kept popping up was Mark Anthony. I found out he likes comics, just like me. I went to his website, and he’s a true artist. I scheduled a meeting with him and we got to know each other. I was genuinely interested in his opinions on comics, movies, and tattoo art. Long story short, I found my artist and made an appointment at Studio 8 in Houston. Very clean and very professional.
Step 3: Let’s Do This!!
Two weeks later, I went in for my appointment. I admit, I had second thoughts…but I wanted this, and everyone knew I wanted it. I sucked it up and pulled up my sleeve.
Once Mark resized & printed out the image, he made a template. This is kind of like a temporary tattoo that kids play with.
He wets the shoulder, places the template where it needs to go, and we see if it needs to be centered, resized, or reconsidered.
Looks good so far!
Now, it’s time to make it permanent.
Here, you can see the outline that he begins with.
Once it’s outlined, he shades in the dragon.
This process didn’t take long at all. Mark even put a movie on for me while he was working.
And a short time later…
I ended up with…
I love it!
I’d like to add a green glowing/flame effect to it.
Mark had a great idea and did a draft for me (in marker, on my shoulder).
So, I’m going to walk around and ponder what I want for a while.
Now, what you may have noticed is that Iron Fist has this logo on his chest. I like him, but I don’t like him that much.
One thing I wasn’t expecting, was the lack of pain. I always thought getting a tattoo would hurt. It didn’t. Granted, I got my tattoo on a real meaty part of my arm. I’m sure there are some extra sensitive parts, that could hurt, but mine didn’t.
Also, my experience was very pleasant. I was surrounded by good folks, that knew their craft.
I’m so happy.