#tbt: taipei tatt

Hi, peeps! I’m starting a new thing on ze olde blog: #tbt posts! As I’ve been going through material for my Taiwan Play, I’ve been seriously tripping down memory lane. Amazingly, I’ve been finding that while I was great about posting my adventures in Taiwan, so much other cool stuff happened that I never had time to write about. Also, a ton of awesomeness happened that I’d like to highlight again. (Clearly I lack self-confidence… Read: I HAVE THE COOLEST LYFE!)

SO! Here’s my first installation for #tbt, AND it’s something never posted to A&A. My Taipei Tattoo!

Before I left Taiwan, I had to get a tatt. I have the old NYC skyline on my right rib cage, and since I was living the Big Apple Girl in the City of Azaleas Dream, decided to get a small cluster of azaleas underneath my birth city Ode. Knowing I was leaving within a week, I got my Taipei Azaleas on September 13, 2013.

Taipei Tatt stencil #applesandazaleas #tbt laying in wait \\ Taipei Tatt stencil #applesandazaleas #tbt

I found my artist, 方淳生 (Fang ChunSheng) of  Tiao Fang Tattoos by world of mouth from friends. I had no idea that he was pretty much totally famous in Asian Tattoo-land!

Taipei Tatt in action #applesandazaleas #tbtTaipei Tatt in action #applesandazaleas #tbtTaipei Tatt #applesandazaleas #tbt

The tatt was my seventh, and definitely the most involved. I “sat” for about 90 minutes and by the time he pulled out the white ink (which was definitely a surprise), I was capital-D Done. I managed to use my Mandarin to squeak out, “White color?”

In case you don’t know, rib cage side tatt’s are some of the most painful. This was the first one that actually made me cry from the pain. But by the time I started I couldn’t stop because Mr. Fang finished working and all the “I’m leaving Taiwan,” feelings swooped in. I tried to explain to Mr. Fang (btw, that’s also my Chinese last name!) that the tears weren’t because I was a wuss, but because I was about to “回國,” return to my home country. He had worked silently for 90 minutes and maintained his professionally stoic stance through my blubbering. Probably for the best.

I went home to my friend Graci’s apartment, where I lived my last few weeks dog-sitting her Frenchie, Yoda, had a nice, cathartic cry, and took this.

Taipei Tatt #applesandazaleas #tbt

Taipei Tatt, two years later \\ #applesandazaleas #tbt

Two years later, I’m still loving it. Also, chomping at the bit to get some new ink. Ideas? See some beaut’s I’ve been pinning here. 😉

Speaking of Azaleas… This came out while I was in Taipei.

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