I finally purchased a DSLR*. I bought a Canon Rebel T1i and am so excited about it – and a little overwhelmed! I clearly have my work cut out for me, but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. Honestly, this new camera is my pride and joy.
- My prior camera was a Canon A520 – a little point’n’shoot. I say “was,” but that baby is still going to be my constant companion. It’s not much, but the little fella has done well for me.
I’ve vacillated between “want” and “no way” for years. Recently when I’ve considered getting ink, I’ve been sliding more and more easily toward “want.” The things that have been holding me back are the following:
- Quality. It has to be perfect because…
- Permanence. It’s going to be on my body forever. (Well, not forever, obviously, but as long as I live.) Permanence is scary. I’m not afraid of the process of embedding the ink into my skin. I have a fairly high pain tolerance, and no fear of needles. I plan to research local artists before getting a tattoo. This is not something I’m willing to do by the seat of my pants.
- Work/play. I need something I can (reasonably) easily cover up if I need to. I work retail, and perform onstage. Both occupations require me to be in the public eye. Tattoos are becoming more and more socially acceptable (though societal acceptance is not a factor in my obtaining a tattoo or not), but there will be occasions in which I may need to cover my tattoo. But then, I also want it to be in a place where I can show it easily.
I know what I want. I want the words They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm, which is a line from the poem Fair Weather, by Dorothy Parker. I don’t know what font style to use yet. I’m considering placing the tattoo on my inner wrist.
I’ve also considered a (more frivolous) tattoo of a steampunk-style airship (with hints toward Led Zeppelin), with an anchor (which links to Christianity.) I want to be able to fly and yet be grounded. This will be a possible future tattoo.