My Tattoos

This page features pictures of my current tattoos, little stories behind them and a list of potential future tattoo ideas. Check back often as I will add new information as I get more tattoos.

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Project Semicolon
Color: Eternal True Blue
Size: Approx. 1″ High
Location: Inner right wrist
Pain: 3.5/5
Date of application: initial 1/2/2016, touched up 3/18/2016
Artist: Jada Taylor

Story: The tattoo that started it all. It is an outward sign of an inward struggle. To quote founder Amy Bleuel,”A semicolon is used when an author could have ended his/her sentence but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” My story isn’t over yet.

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Pisces Fish and Sign
Color: Multiple Eternal
Size: Approx. 4″W x 4.5″H
Location: Right shoulder
Pain: 2/5
Date of application: black and gray 3/18/2016, color 4/15/2016; wave added 7/22/2017
Artist: Jada Taylor

Story: My first “real” tattoo in my opinion. Even though I put no stock into astrology at all, for whatever reason my personality matches the description of a Pisces almost perfectly. As I always thought the fish made for a cool symbol, I figured I’d officially brand myself a Pisces.

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Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece
Color: Multiple Eternal
Size: Approx. 2″W x 2″H
Location: Left wrist
Pain: 4/5
Date of application: 6/18/16
Artist: Jada Taylor

Story: As an individual on the autism spectrum, one of my design ideas was something autism awareness themed. The parlor I did each of my first two tattoos at was doing these as a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. All proceeds (after cost of supplies) were donated to the charity. I absolutely could not say no to the cause. This was also the first tattoo I did without any numbing agent of any kind, but I’m kind of wishing I had – the wrist kinda sucks!

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Sgian Dubh with Saltire Flag
Color: Fusion Basic Black and Deep Blue Sea
Size: Approx. 7.5’W x 8″ H
Location: Outer right calf
Pain: 5/5
Date of application: 6/24/16
Artist: James Hix

Story: The dagger is called a “sgian dubh” – literally “black knife” in Scottish Gaelic. It is a utility knife worn under the kilt hose that has both eating and fighting purposes – not only was it a knife that could cut food it was also a first line of defense for fighting.

When in full regalia I do wear one just for show (that’s blunted) but even then you can’t carry weapons in certain places. For this reason, I figured I’d get a sgian dubh tattooed on my calf at some point but I just didn’t know it was going to be this soon! Alas, I thought to myself and thought why just do the dagger? Why not dress it up a bit? That’s where the Saltire flag came in.

Interestingly enough, this was my first time being tattooed on with coil machines. All of my previous tattoos had been done with rotary machines. It is a bit of a different feeling; not more or less painful IMO but it does feel somewhat different. It’s hard to describe really.

The 5/5 pain rating has more to do with the aftermath than the pain of the tattoo which I’d probably rate 3/5. I fucking HURT something fierce the next morning.

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Memorial Peony and Insignia
Color: Multiple Fusion
Size: Approx. 6″W x 8″ H
Location: Outer left calf
Pain: 5/5
Date of application: 10/8/16
Artist: Jada Taylor

Story: This tattoo is pretty obviously a memorial tattoo, but what’s the story? This is a nod to my great-grandparents. They both lived with us until each of them died (him in 1991, her in 2002). My fond memories of both of them moved me to do a tattoo with symbols that were representative of them. My great-grandfather (Lynn Holland, for whom I am named) served in the US Army Cavalry, hence the insignia. My great-grandmother (Kimiko Shiho-Holland; her birth name in Japanese above the flower) was a Japanese immigrant who had a particular affection for her flower garden and especially peonies, hence the choice of a peony.

This is so far my longest tattoo session at right at 6 hours from first line to final coloring. The first few hours I was fine, but as the session wore on I started really hurting and by the end of hour 5 I had had enough and had to have some Vasocaine to get through it. As with exercise you have to respect your body’s limitations, even if that means being labeled a weakling, pussy or whatever other offensive, vulgar terms are often used for numbing products. I have a relatively low pain tolerance so it was a must for this one.

As a special note, this was the artist’s first time tattooing at a convention and my first ever convention so it makes it that much more special.

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Tempus Fugit Pocket Watch
Color: Fusion Black with spots of red, caramel and yellow
Size: Approx. 6″H x 4″W
Location: Left shoulder/upper arm
Pain: 2.5/5
Date of application: 3/18/17 (30th birthday!)
Artist: Jada Taylor

Story: My 30th birthday tattoo! For my 30th birthday I wanted something time themed to commemorate another decade around the sun. As an amateur horologist (clock/watchmaker) I’ve always had an interest in timekeeping devices with a particular affinity for mechanical (wind up/weight driven) timepieces. Also I wanted to incorporate the Latin phrase “tempus fugit” which is found on some timepieces which translates to “time flies” in English. I also tend to like steampunk tattoos so I figured let’s take the two and put them together!

I didn’t have a super clear vision for this tattoo but the artist took the base line, pitched the idea to have it ripping out of my flesh and put some floating pieces behind it and throwing some streaks of color in there (I initially envisions just black and gray). After nearly two months of back-and-forth with the base sketch and getting it down, Jade delivered and created this unique, badass and creative steampunk influenced tattoo. It was the perfect commemoration of my 30th birthday for sure.

Future Tattoos

This list is neither exhaustive nor set in stone, but growing by the day.
*Change ringing bell with wheel, rope in frame.
*Change ringing blue line of some method (either a full sleeve or a side piece).
*Hexxus (Ferngully) portrait (full side or back piece – this is way down the line when I develop some intestinal fortitude).
*Bionic body part (again, this would test my patience and pain tolerance so this is well down the line).
*Bagpipe (chest piece perhaps?).

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3 thoughts on “My Tattoos

    • Thanks. When I launched this blog it was with the intention of being strictly a tattoo themed blog but I quickly realized I shouldn’t limit myself that way. As such, I created this page to update as I get new tattoos and come up with new concepts.

      I still do talk about tattoos a fair bit on the main page but it’s not all I do anymore. It is one of a few recurring themes now. It is better to be versatile I suppose.

      Anyway, every new tattoo I get will show up as a main blog post when it happens but will also be posted here for permanent reference.

      Thank you so much for your support with launching this blog. You’ve been a great friend through this entire process. I am indebted to you.

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