Sunday, August 13, 2006

If It Doesn't Go Away

I don't have any tattoos, being a bit of a baby about the whole pain thing. Also, I might have had the only mother on the planet who said, I think a small tattoo looks nice. Maybe you should get one. What kind of fun rebellion is that? I did try to give myself a henna tattoo once. My friend Angela got a home henna kit as a Christmas present and one night we determined that we would give ourselves tattoos and that they would look good, at least for the promised few weeks. I've always wanted an armband, so I picked my design and Ang painted it on in teeny-tiny strokes. She lined the design with adhesive surgical tape so that the henna wouldn't bleed. I slept with the drying henna and the tape. In the morning, I peeled everything off only to find that the henna had barely left a trace.

Angela's didn't work either. She'd tried for the back tattoo but the henna was old. We didn't know you had to have fresh henna and heat (like a blow dryer) to make it work. I did have a little memento of the experience -- a huge rash from the tape that ringed around my arm, both above and below where the design was supposed to be. It stayed for six months, much longer than I imagined the tattoo would be there and it burned and itched all the time. Would you go to the doctor? I'd ask people, with no intention of telling my humiliating tale of stupidity. If it doesn't go away, most of them would say, looking at their hands, hoping it wasn't catching.

Michelle's Spell of the Day

Tattoo You

2 ounces of vodka
a splash of Midori liqueur
garnish with melon

Benedictions and Maledictions

Happy Sunday!


JR's Thumbprints said...

Hey Michelle,
Try using guitar string for a tattoo needle and a motor from a tape recoreder to run it. At least that's what the inmates use. One inmate, who wants to be a truck driver when he gets out, has "sleepy" tattooed on his arm. I told him to cover it up for the interview.

Anonymous said...


My best friend (in the wine drinking photo) is quite the hippie for life, and frequently makes herself henna tattoos. The first time I saw her with one I screamed at her, "WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOULD YOU GET A TATTOO ON YOUR HANDS!" She merely smiled and everyday thereafter it faded until the memory was all that was left.


Anonymous said...

Today's "Quote of the Day": For cocaine people, their nose is their pleasure organ.--T. Leary

Anonymous said...

Today's 2nd "Quote of the Day": Without her talent, Michelle would be just any other very attractive woman.--Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Cute photo & post, M. I'd be the second mother to say such a thing...if my daughters want a tattoo when they're adults, I don't see anything wrong with it. It's their bodies to do with as they please. I like the tattoos around the ankle; if I was 20, I'd get one. :) --R

Sheila said...

Great post today Michelle. My mom always would talk about how wrong it was to have a tattoo and how it was ruining our bodies and whatnot. i always thought certain ones were cute. I really like mine... I was deathly afraid of her reaction but maybe thats what pushed me over the edge to finally get it in the first place... hmmm.