I think I may be suffering from Post-Potter Depression. Friday, 11/11/11, was the last big event for Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows part 2 on DVD. Of course there will be a complete series box set or a new collector’s edition but nothing new to add to the Potter story.
To remember the last 10 years of waiting in lines, waiting/reading all the books, and watching every movie. So, finally I decided to get a tattoo to remember the HP experience. I know what you are thinking, this women is crazy nut and out of her mind; but Harry Potter means a lot more to me than just being so called “children books.”
I in no way enjoyed reading, I actually despised it, but once Harry Potter came out I thought I would give it another try since people were going mad about it. This was the first “real” book that I read that wasn’t required by school and was more than 200 pages long. Most of the time, if I was required to read a book, I would just research it online and find out enough about it just to pass the test. Reading just took too long and I had better things to do. Harry Potter was different, lit a fire underneath me for reading. I have read numerous books since I picked up my first Potter and especially enjoy reading now. I read on my breaks and lunches at work and when I have a dreadful day I read to relax me. Reading has opened countless windows for me, and one of them was writing. Thus, as you can see while reading this blog, I have a passion for writing, even though I am not that good at it. This also was another chore I disliked in school and now I try to write at least 2-3 times a week. Writing, like reading, relaxes me. Plus having this blog helps me keep a record of my life.
Anyways, back on the topic, so I decided to get a tattoo. I have always wanted one but never knew what to get or where to get it. I knew I wanted to be able to hide it and show it when I wanted and it had to mean something very special to me. After thinking on it for a few months I decided I wanted something that included my love of reading and adventure along with my passion for the outdoors. I finally decided on an owl sitting on books, and the books just happen to be Harry Potter books. On the top book I have HP written on the top and side to represent the first book in the series and the bottom book represents the last book and has the Deathly Hallows symbol on its side. The owl represents my love for outdoors and wildlife. The owl is an Eastern Screech Owl, which is the smallest species of owls and happens to be my favorite and is native to Tennessee. Now that I decided what I wanted, I had to settle on where I wanted it. I truly wanted it to look like a piece of art work; however to make it look realistic it had to be fairly large. So, I decided I wanted on my back on my left shoulder. Perfect! Now I had to find a person that could do it! This was the hard part. If you get the wrong person then you will have bad art work on your body for the rest of your life and that is the last thing I wanted.
I searched online for local artists and after looking at some profiles I found most specialized in color and in cartoon-like images. After looking for weeks for an artist who had at least 10 years tattooing experience and that specialized in black and grey along with realism; I finally found John Goard from Born This Way. After looking at some of his work, I knew he was the right person for me.
The day was November 3 when I decided to make my appointment. I picked up my friend Maria and went to Born This Way. I was nervous because I didn’t know what to except. I knew it was going to be uncomfortable but wasn’t sure how uncomfortable. The tattoo artist described it best, by saying it felt like someone starching a bad sun burn, and it did. I was thinking it would take about 2 hours however it ending up taking almost 5 hours. By the time the 4th hour rolled around I was done but I had to tough it out until the end. I am so glad I finally bit the bullet and got it. Now it has finally healed, took about 10 days, and looks great. Below are the pictures as I was getting it done, step by step.
Hopefully this will help with my Post Potter Depression.