Thursday, July 21, 2011

In which I consider beautiful indelible markings : tattoos!

Ruth at BlueBlazes had a cute blog post the other day (here), and showed off her tattoo:
It got me thinking about ink.

Story had a lip tattoo that was essentially unreadable.  Fiddle has a lovely tatt on her neck:
 ...when she grows in her winter coat, this turns into a white smear.  In fact, her immigration papers read "illegible freeze brand", because it was so furry that year.  I didn't realize that it isn't illegible until June of the following summer, when it shed out perfectly.

(I keep it clipped in winter now.)

It got me thinking about beautiful ink.  I had this tattoo done a few years before Story died:
The original art was taken from a photo of Story and transferred directly onto my arm, with the black tribal as a frame. 

Later, another (better) artist added the moonscape background. 
 
(do you have any idea how difficult it is to take a picture of your own bicep?  Sheesh.  I finally took a photo in the mirror to illustrate the entire thing...only, of course, it's backwards):

Someday, I'll probably put a tatt of Fiddle on my other bicep.  Anybody feeling creative and want to design it?  Here's her photo:


Seeing her picture right next to the tattoo of Story really shows me how much they looked alike, even for cousins.  Kewl.

I know there's more ink out there in the horse world, and I want to see it, readers!  Put links in the comments, post photos on your blog, or send a picture directly to me and I'll put it up here. 

Let's see some beautiful tattoos, shall we? 

Okay, Funder sent this one:

She says:
It's a sumi-e style rearing horse on my hip.  It's my "never give up" tattoo that reminds me of my Champ.  Dixie will get one too one day, when I figure out her design - I am thinking of something about her face.  Maybe just the line of bay/white down her nose, or maybe a whole head shot.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out. :) And yes, it probably is a standie. I got my image here: http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/BE035897/horse-in-a-circle

    It doesn't look like any horse I have ever owned, but I like the spirit and grace of it. It's an "everyhorse." It's like a mission statement permanently inked on my arm.

    Can't wait to see the others. It seems like every ride I've been to this year has required sleeves!

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  2. I've always been intrigued by the idea of a tattoo, but the only one I ever really, truly wanted I can't get :(

    My friend had it... it was Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse, whistling a tune and pushing an old fashioned push lawnmower. My friend was a great big REALLY hairy guy and he had it tattooed on his chest... and shaved the patch of hair behind it so it looked like Mickey was having a grand old time mowing his chest hair.

    At any rate, I can't seem to feel strongly enough about any word/picture to decide on one to imprint on my body forever.... and honestly, I kind of like being the minority down here in SoCal (seriously: EVERYONE has a tattoo.)

    The Bean dreamed of getting sailor tattoos - tattoos you earn (full rigged ship sfor trips around Cape Horn, etc,) but at the rate we keep making babies THAT ain't never gonna happen.

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  3. Sent in my pic! I've always loved your horse and maybe I'll get the guts to get an arm tattoo next.

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  4. Great tattoos! I love the motion of the trotting horse on your Story tattoo, and love the style of the rearing horse on Funder's. Nice!

    I just can't committ to one picture, although I used to think of getting a tattoo of a crow, just never could figure out how to do an all black bird on tattoo! Now I'm too chicken.

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  5. Wow... Funder's tattoo just made my "Top Five Tattoos Ever" list. That thing is great.

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  6. I have known for long time that in case of death of my horse I will get a tatoo. He died this january but I havent had time to deal with getting it but some day there will be small japanece lettered word "samurai" on my arm. So that if someone notices it I can either say that it is just to remember something or if the asker is someone who might be interested I can tell the whole long story of my horse :)

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