Monday, June 6, 2016

The Name Game: Faithful and True Tattoo

This is a complete departure from the normal Name Game posts in that it has nothing whatsoever to do with quilting or sewing. However, it does have something to do with creativity.
So let's just get some things out of the way right from the beginning. (Disclaimer: My mother has already seen it, so she is not just now learning about it via social media.)

1. The person who owns Faithful and True Tattoo, Everett, has no idea I'm doing this blog post. But I was curious about how he chose the name for his business and he seemed happy to share that information, and didn't mind that I kept snapping pictures.

2. I know some of you who know me will be saying, "What were you thinking????" The fact is, I have been thinking about this for well over ten years. So it was definitely not some spur-of-the moment, impulsive decision.

I have a tattoo. Nothing too earth-shattering about that, other than perhaps my, ahem, age. What may be more surprising is that I received my information on what to expect and recommendations about who to choose from our church worship team leader and my enabler, partner-in-crime, daughter-in-law, Christa, who accompanied me to the appointment (and got a little touch-up herself).
The name Faithful and True was chosen based on a verse in the Bible, Revelation 19:11, "Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider was called Faithful and True..."

First of all, I could have moved into his tattoo studio. Seriously. I might have mentioned it to him a time or two. It was nothing at all what I expected. It was very rustic-industrial. Concrete countertops (which Everett did himself, I found out later), exposed ducts in the ceiling, wood, steel, etc. It would make a great sewing studio.

He shellacked these old lockers. It was a very cool finish.
This display of inks was so beautiful.
Things I knew for sure were that I wanted the tattoo to be sewing related and I wanted to see it, in a place that wouldn't distort with age. Ha. Why go through all the pain for something I would never be able to see later, or would morph into some wonky shape.  For years I had considered choosing a quilt block. But in the end I decided on a simple word, "Create."

First I ordered a temporary tattoo from Etsy because I wanted to live with something not so permanent while I made up my mind for sure. I loved the font and the size.

The only adjustment was that I wanted the "t" to be crossed with a sewing needle and end of the "e" to kind of thread through the eye of the needle. I had doodled several different options but nothing ever looked like what I envisioned. However, Everett was able to come up with something simple and effective in a matter of minutes.
I'm not going to lie. It hurts. But it probably took less than five minutes.
I'm happy with it. I'm glad I did it. And when I asked our granddaughter, Charlotte, what she thought, with a smile she said,  "Grandma, I won't judge." I hope no one else will either.

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations and welcome to the club! I have two tattoos (and no regrets). Don't yet have a sewing tattoo so that is still in my future.

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  2. You are such a cool lady. Love the simplicity of your design. I think you need some artsy socks to go with that!

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  3. Cindy! Can't believe it ; )
    It's cute!

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  4. This was an unexpected post, but full of fun!! I love your tattoo! Simple, yet perfect! I am a lover of tattoo's and sport 3 myself. There is art in ink! I wish I had more...

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  5. Such a fabulous little tattoo, love it! Last Saturday I finally got a simple white tattoo I had been pondering for the last couple of years...its still not ready to show off (scabbed over!) but can't wait to finally get it out soon!

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  6. Such a fabulous little tattoo, love it! Last Saturday I finally got a simple white tattoo I had been pondering for the last couple of years...its still not ready to show off (scabbed over!) but can't wait to finally get it out soon!

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  7. Oh wow!!! It is a great design. I love his studio. I could move in there too.

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  8. Congratulations. I love your tattoo, it says it all! I was over 50 when I got my first tattoo on my leg and the second one came a year later, also on my leg. Last year I got brave and had a 3rd added on my inner forearm. The all hurt in varying degrees, but it helped that the artist is a friend of mine.

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  9. WaHoo . . . way to go Cindy!!! I don't have the nerve. Love the design. The needle and thread really worked out well.

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  10. I have one on my ring finger that I got when I turned 50. I love it!

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