Why yes, it has been over 7 months since I've updated here! How 'bout that. Life has been a tad complicated over the past year, but things are starting to even out + feel really good again.
And hey - my back is finished! My last appointment was #17 on August 5th. The final three sessions were dedicated solely to re-outlining a great majority of the design, since my skin ate up a lot of those fine lines the first time around. And now, 3 months later, it's holding up beautifully! What a relief.
What I've learned: stress wreaks havoc in funny ways. Yes, I am blaming my skin's healing issues on stress. Stress + wheat + sugar. Once I finally opened up to some big truths about myself + released an escape valve for my stress, my skin started cooperating with me again. F'ing amazing.
This backpiece took over 30 hours + a decent (but happily-spent) bit of my savings. It showed me that I have an abundance of patience, strength, and love. And the process helped me see myself more clearly + discover more of what I want from my life.
I don't have any pictures of the finished tattoo. That will happen when it happens. In the meantime, I leave you with my last view of the gorgeous Brooklyn skyline outside the shop.
Many, many thanks to Steph. Not only is she a kick-ass tattoo artist, but an amazing human, to boot. As anyone who knows her will attest. And thanks also to everyone at Adorned! Fabulous people, every one of 'em.