Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It’s my birthday, hurrah!

Yes, boys and girls, today, yours truly is 37 years old. On this day in 1970, I took my first breaths of Earth air.

It's been quite a ride so far, let me tell you, but I'm pleased to be able to say I'm in a good place right now. The best ever. The love of a good woman is a wonderful thing.

On that note, I'd like to wish every happiness to my blogmates Suze and Alex. For those of you who don't know, Alex proposed to Suze via a blog post a few days ago. And although she kep us waiting for her answer, it was a resounding yes.

Well, I promised you pictures, and pictures you shall have. Herewith, before and after shots of Stage One of my latest tattoo (paid for by the missus for my b'day prezzie), which -- did I mention? -- is a cover up of a tattoo I got almost 16 years ago, with money I received for my 21st birthday.


This is the "before" shot. I took this image off a postcard for fetish club The Torture Garden, which I picked up at Kensington Market when I first visited London in the early 1990s. For me, it tied in with the imagery of early Adam & The Ants' songs. Unfortunately, the tattoo never came out that great (difficult picture, shit tattooist). For those of you into art, the original image was by British artist Allen Jones. I found this out years later, but the following coincidence was not lost on me: Adam Ant's unfinished art-college thesis was on the work of Allen Jones.

Before you ask, yes, tattooing makes you bleed! What you see here is mostly blood and plasma wrapped in clingfilm. Well, no one ever said it was going to be easy!

You can still see the blood and gunk here, but you also get a sense of the tattoo.

And this is how it looked this morning, after removing the dressing and giving it a good hot shower and soap-down. I think it's pretty fucking excellent, and tattooist Xam at Frith Street Tattoos has done a great job.

Here's a close-up detail of the panther's face. You can also see the great claws here, too.

And check out the beautiful green of the snake's head.

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Blogger Red said...

That green is a-ma-zing! I love, love, love it.

Happy birthday, baby! xxxxxxxxxxxx

07 March, 2007 09:20  
Blogger Tanya said...

OH HOW BEAUTIFUL! That is gorgeous, *.

07 March, 2007 09:57  
Blogger Tanya said...

AND.... happy birthday to yoooo
happy birthday to yooooo
happy birthday day dear *
Happy birthday toooooo yooooooo-ooo

07 March, 2007 09:58  
Blogger cappy said...

i wish i was married to red!

happy birthday to you, exactly 77 days older than me! you old git you!

hospital in 10 days, so when i come out and can eventually move around again, i'll be having my new ink too. aint life odd like that?

(p.s. going to see the who on MY birthday!)

07 March, 2007 10:52  
Blogger cappy said...

almost forgot...NICE! like it and can't wait to see the finished thing.

07 March, 2007 10:53  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

Appy Birfdee geezer!

07 March, 2007 12:10  
Blogger Karen said...

Happy birthday, fish-boy! Your tattoo looks fabulous! I'm so jealous. As soon as I saw it wrapped in the clingfilm and tape, I became instantly jealous. The new guy has done an amazing job. Can't wait to see it when it's finally finished :)

07 March, 2007 13:04  
Blogger ~ erika gabrielle said...

Wow, that tattoo looks really cool! Happy Birthday!

March 7 is the Official "Metallica Day" in San Francisco, CA (enacted by Mayor Willie Brown in 1999). --Wikipedia


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07 March, 2007 13:23  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...


and wow! LOVE the green I(of course)... can't wait to see pics of the finished art.

i hope you have a fantastic day and that your arm isn't too sore. happy happy day!

07 March, 2007 15:24  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

First off,


That tattoo looks great! The cling film had me laughing. In the States, teflon coated bandages are used for the first 12 hours. The bandage is then removed and allowed to air dry. When I got my tattoo in France, I was horrified to find out that I needed to supply my own "bandage" which I didn't do. My beautiful piece was then covered with a DINNER NAPKIN and cello tape!! The piece was still weeping after 12 hours, so I spent the next 2 hours trying to locate a large bandage to cover it with. I guess people don't injure themselves in France, since I never found one large enough to cover the tattoo. Ultimately, I used an adult diaper to cover the thing! A lot of people looked at me funny when they noticed the diaper taped to my arm.

07 March, 2007 15:31  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

pretty awesome man...I've got two and I have been wanting my third to be a colorful extensive work of art like you have here yourself. My favorite thing about getting a tattoo is that sterile smell you sniff when walking into the shop. Its funny because it is a very similar smell that I hate hate at doctors offices and dentists.Awesome man.

07 March, 2007 16:24  
Blogger ginkers said...

All the best, 37 is a great age...

07 March, 2007 16:40  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

p.s. i've finally decided on my second tattoo... so as soon as i get it done, i'll try to post pictures. this one's not going to be hidden (i'm getting it on my wrist), so my dad's gonna see it anyway.

07 March, 2007 17:58  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

As Ginkers said 37 is a great age to be. Buon compleanno and all that. And the tattoo, although not my taste, is a work of art. A fantastic job so you must be pleased.

07 March, 2007 18:43  
Blogger Will said...

Happy birthday! Loving the green.

07 March, 2007 18:57  
Blogger Cynnie said...

Happy birthday you little sprout!

Back in the stone ages when I got my tattoos,
they just slathered you with petroleum jelly.and set you free..

When i had one tat removed with laser..I used the cling wrap ( and vaseline ) until it healed..

I'm old school like that baby

07 March, 2007 21:03  
Anonymous candy.minx said...


The tat looks amazing...although I did have the gag response from the first photo in your post...I will always scroll by that one quickly from now on.


Right now...yyour tat looks one of Stagg's paintings I love all the feel of grafitti and layering with parts of the woman showing through underneath it's very cool. I like it like this and can imagine if you add more layers on to it...what colours!

By the way, I knew who Allen Jones was of course!

Big hug and kisses for your Birthday it's your birthday it's your birthday!

07 March, 2007 21:49  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Happy Birthday! The tattoo looks fabulous.

08 March, 2007 01:10  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Thanks everyone. I don't get the chance to do individual reply comments sometimes, sorry. But...

Cappy: Red's taken, fella!

Erika: Metallica Day?!

Camie: Them Frenchies are a bit bizarre!

Martha: I'm still waiting to see the first one...

Candy: The first one? The Allen Jones? I would have thought the sackful of blood and plasma was more revolting!

08 March, 2007 10:46  
Blogger cappy said...

cynnie covered in vaseline????

08 March, 2007 10:47  
Blogger Milla said...

Happy happy birthday sweet *A!
I'm sorry this is coming late but we had no internet at home until today.
Well, I'm sure Red made you feel EXTRA special on your bday (of course she makes you feel special every day), and that tattoo...well worth getting a year older for!!
Tanti auguri ritardatari ed un abbraccio a tutti e due piccioncini

08 March, 2007 15:34  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: Cool yer boots now!

Milla: Grazie, petal. We missed you at the celebrations, y'know? Glad you're back, safe and sound.

08 March, 2007 16:03  
Blogger ldbug said...

Damn, I know I left a comment..or at least I meant to!! Happy birthday! Ew to the blood (yes I'm squimish) but very, very cool tattoo!!

08 March, 2007 16:05  
Blogger Kate said...

A belated Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely day.

The tattoo looks great, the green is really vivid and kind of organic looking.

08 March, 2007 17:35  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

LDB: Don't know what happened to yer comment. Yeah, the blood sucks, but it's worth it in the end.

Kate: Thank you, I did, yes. Organic looking, huh? Cool.

09 March, 2007 09:31  

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