So yesterday I finally decided to get the tattoo i had been wanting. I had made plans Monday to get it done and yesterday was the big day. As you may or may not know Paul died back in 2010. His own personal demons got the best of him. I’ve never been a person to do drugs. Hate them. Yet I never judged him or anyone else for it. In the end although he did contribute to his own death he still created music that made an impact on many lives. Having known him for so long I wanted to get a piece to remember him by. When i saw this mask design i had to have it. Full mask and eyes. Its perfect.
The tattoo took about 3 hours. A little over in fact. We took a few short breaks and let me tell you, I fucking needed them! I have 11 other tattoos that didnt hurt much. All on my arms and wrists. This one is on my right calf. It stung like a fucking bitch! I made it through fine though. I think emotionally was much worse. I didnt have anyone with me but I didnt feel the need to recreate Corey’s trip for his own tatt. lol. For the 3 hours I pretty much laid my head down and cringed here and there. Talked with the artist and jammed to some Pandora radio he had on. He took a smoke break about 1.5 hours in. Then some what seemed to be 14 year old girls came in looking to get piercings and he was like fuck NO! No ID no piercing lol. After our second break another customer came in and did get her nose pierced. Ouch! She was like FUCK FUCK FUCK THIS SHIT STINGS! lol. Yeah I feel ya chick! My leg was burning like a motha fucka!
Most of it felt numb. It was in the center where the nose is and on the outer edges where i felt the most pain. I can say I did feel like Corey a bit though. Listening to Pandora radio the song Change from Deftones came on…thats one of my fav jams. For some reason that song makes me tear up. Then Snuff came on. That did it man. I hid my tears by keeping my head down and all the while it was stinging like a motha man. No lie! If you never have gotten a single tattoo or one that takes 3 hours to complete then you dont even know the slightest bit about the pain. I mean im sure nothing compared to those who have had multiple sessions but hey I had my longest session and made it out ok! =) Snuff though reminds me alot of Paul. Maybe because the day i got the call he died I went for a drive and it was the next song on the CD to play. Not to mention I love playing songs like that. Acoustic work is my favorite to play. Lately i have had my acoustics tuned to various lower tuning. C# currently and some D#. Im usually always in E.
Anyways, after the 3 hours I was relieved to be done with it. The pain that last hour was overwhelming for sure. Hence why I say I know how Corey felt. We try to be tough guys but our pain tolerance just runs out eventually. Mine surely did. In the end it was worth it. I know many will probably give me shit for it because its a mask. Many will say its satanic. Its not. Its a mask. It doesnt symbolize Satanism. It symbolizes an individuals stage persona. It symbolizes the idea that Paul could wear a mask and create music and gain fans no matter how he looked. In the music industry today we see so many artists who you know become famous simply for their sex appeal. Not the case here. Well, maybe for those ladies that would enjoy being fucked by a guy wearing a mask like Paul’s! lol. So yes the pain was worth it all. I can’t say any demons were gone afterwards. I came to terms with his death and accepted it because in the end we all will die. Some choose to take their own lives and others lives long lives. Some don’t get to see their own children. For me though getting this tattoo is like a new beginning. A blessing if I should say. Like I said, others will criticize me for the tattoo and what the immediately see while others who know that mask will know what it stands for and will celebrate his life and enjoy it. After getting the tattoo I had gone to run some errands. He put some saran wrap and A&D on it for me until I got home to let it air out and apply more ointment. Actually about to go shower now and clean it up and get ready for bed. I went to Ralph’s Grocery store and Subway earlier and already a few teenagers noticed it. One guy literally was totally amazed and kept staring at my leg lol. I guess if anything thats one statement I want to make with this tattoo. Paul won’t get the recognition he deserves in the music industry. I mean by the Grammys and other organizations. So for people to see it and say “nice tattoo man” that means something to me because they notice it. They dont have to like Paul or Slipknot to appreciate it. As long as they know that there is a reason I would put a portrait of someone on my skin as a tribute.
I had a friend ask me the other day about my parents. She asked me why I would put a friends pic on my skin and not my parents. Actually I have my name in Arabic on my arm. The design looks like the initials J.C. My mothers initials. One day when my parents have left this world I will commemmorate them with their own special tattoos. My father was a firemwan and I figure one day ill get a Red fire hydrant with his old number 82 on it and the initials R.F.D. for the station he worked at. For my mom i’d probably get a flower. One she really likes. its too soon for any of that to even think of or decide but when im ready I will get those. i’d rather think those out fully just as i did this Paul tribute before I jump the gun and get something. All my tattoos have meaning. From the Slipknot ones, to the grim reapers to the Katy Perry ones (yeah katy and i have matching tattoos lol)…etc.
I’ll end on this….A friend back in Texas a long time ago would always say he wanted a tattoo everytime I got one. He would then say, “yeah but when i get a tattoo im getting one with meaning not like yours.” WTF you trying to say fool?!?!? My ink all has meaning. Not my fault his ass doesn’t have one drop of ink on his skin. His wife doesnt like tattoos so he never got any but always kept saying he would be a rebel and get one LOL. All these years later and still no ink. It just amazes me that people with no ink tend to criticize others with ink as if they know whats its like to have it. Join the club then you have room to speak your mind. If not then dont bitch. Most people get tattoos for a meaning or something they like/enjoy. I got grim reapers in the beginning because I liked heavy metal and death metal. Although i dont listen much to that anymore I still dont regret them. They were just part of my life at that time and I still love them. It doesn’t make me a bad person. I’m still the same guy that would help you if you needed it. Im still the same guy that would do your fucking taxes or god forbid fix your computer!!!! LOL. Oh how I hate fixing computers now. Even my own.
Ok so enjoy the pics and ill try to post this short little video I made on my phone. Got the new LG G2. Im diggin it but I still say the iPod Touch 5th gen has a better camera lol
ok im out….thanx
Paul Gray tattoo
before it was finished
Needs a little touch up on color and the eyes. its all good
Katy Berry lol
free as a gift this tattoo is now on my left wrist…. enjoy!
Pepperminty & Katy Berry
So yes I have been once again tattooed. This time Arabic text. Its simply put…..my name!
Yes im sure of what it says. A good friend that is from Afghanistan and another I went to school with who is married to a Middle Eastern man and home schools her children both gave me the same design.
So anyways, I also got the Peppermint color touched up. Looks much better now. I still want to get some stuff added to it. It will be themed to appear as it is moving as Katy is always on the go so it will represent that.
Ok so here are a few pics of them.
Im out for now. In a pissy mood because the Dodgers once again lost 5-3. grrrrr. lol
My Name in Arabic
CDT Tattoo touched up
yeah yeah i did it. i really dont care what the fuck anyone thinks either. People tend to judge me for the little shit I do. I wont lie I have judged people. I do it sometimes but either way what someone chooses to do in life is really their business and no one elses.
So if you think its gay, i dont give a frogs fat ass. Ive seen some tatts people get and to me they have abosolutely no meaning to me yet there is always a meaning. I guess what im trying to say here is this…you can leave all the negative comments if you choose to….then again no one really reads this blog lol but those negative comments dont harm me any. So here is the matching tattoo with a slight male variance from K.P.’s
CDT Tattoo 2
Original article link:
Ok im going to do my best to not fuck this up! The link above is to an article written by a columnist named Lisa Khoury. She claims in this article that women who get tattoos are classless and ugly. She says that women by nature are beautiful creatures. Yes they are! She also makes the reader believe that if you are a woman and have tattoos you are not classy and that you are ugly because you have tainted your body with ink. I disagree. Let me name a few women with tattoos that I think are just beautiful:
1. Katy Perry (singer)
2. Megan Massacre (Ny Ink)
3. Alyssa Milano (actress)
4. Pink aka Alicia Moore (singer)
5. MadelynMonroe (Pornstar)
The reason I listed five celebrities is because these people all have tattoos and yet look where they are now. They are all famous and doing what they respectively enjoy doing. Tattoos are not trashy. I do believe that too many can look insane but thats just my opinion. That doesn’t make someone trashy. People get tattoos for many reasons. Tattoos are an expression of who we are. Each tatt has a story….a reason to why that person got it. Each of these people I mentioned still became who they are with tattoos. They dont make you trashy. I know women that are classy yet they have some tatts. You would never know it. Many people get tattoos in places that are not visible. Women love to get tattoos on their backs, ankles, foot, shoulder….etc. I have five tattoos. Only two are visible. My two forearms tatts. My others are hidden under my shirt.
Its a shame that we live in a society today where even as an adult a job considers a tattoo(s) a disctraction. Really? How is a tattoo going to keep a female from doing her job? Does the tattoo say. “bitch you aint gonna work today. Your gonna sit right here in this chair all fucking day and do as I say!” Nope of course it doesn’t. How about people who have deformities? Some people are missing fingers, have half an arm or missing one entirely. Others might have burn marks. Unfortunately many people have imperfections. In fact we all do. No one is perfect. Sure i’d like to look like Gerard Butler but until I workout hard as fuck like he does I wont. Some people are born with imperfections. They can’t afford to get surgery. Many just live with it because they don’t feel the need to change. I think tattoos on women can be a sexy addition to their bodies. I personally dont like seeing tattoos on a woman’s breasts or vaginal area but some have them. Oh well, its their choice and they like it so be it!
I really think Lisa was trying to say that she doesn’t feel the need to get a tattoo because she is beautiful and classy already but she really turned it into a huge put down on women with tattoos. It’s fine if you don’t want them Lisa but plenty of other women in the world do want them and it doesn’t make them less classy than you because of that. I know plenty of girls that have tattoos in memory of people in their lives that have passed on. Its their way of keeping those people close to them. Some being a name or logo and others something that the person loved. I have a friend who got a tattoo of a frog. Her mother loved porcelain frogs and had a favorite one. So when her mother died she got that frog tattooed on her wrist. Everyday she sees that tattoo and is reminded of her mother. That isn’t classless. Its beautiful that someone would go to that length to remember someone and yet she still does her job and continues to excel at it. No one questions her about it and speaks negatively.
Lets not judge people simply because they choose to spend hard earned money getting ink on their body. Its their choice to do so and its not classless. Would I date someone with tattoos all over thier body and face? Probably not but that doesn’t mean I think less of them. I just don’t like it. Personal preference. Kat Von D is a pretty woman but for my taste, too many tatts. Oh well, we can have our opinions on what we like and dont like but to stereotype an entire group of people because of one is wrong. I have grim reaper tattoos. Does that make me a bad human? Nope, im still the same guy that would help you out if I could. Now I have judged people before so I wont act like I am some saint because im not. Thats just something I have to work on myself. I certainly though wont judge people based on their body art.
I will say this though. Don’t send Lisa your negative thoughts. Blog about it or something but that article was posted in an opinions section and is merely her opinion. We are all entitled to that and she doesn’t deserve to be hounded by millions of people who feel otherwise. Its merely her opinion. I’d ask that many simply post a blog as I have done to voice your own opinion. She was merely just doing her job. It might not have been the best thing for her to post but let it be. She has a job just like everyone else.
You have to wait about 40 minutes into the segment before you see Corey but you do see some awesome tatts in the meantime. For those that are Slipknot fans, Corey fans and/or fans of Paul then you will enjoy this segment and im sure tear up. The design Corey has for the tatt is awesome. A great shot of Paul in his mask bearing the 2-ball logo number just offset from the mask in the upper area. The 2 was done in black with red fill. Tim did an awesome job on the tatt. He spoke with Corey about Paul and he remembered the things he loved about him. In the segment just a few minutes later his wife shows up.
With such detail in the tatt it does take quite long and the pain sets in for Corey. He states that he remembers Paul’s laugh and then begins to cry. Having known Paul I teared up as well. You really dont have to have known him or even been a fan to feel the sorrow at that moment. For those interested in this segment rather than seeing the entire episode or for those in other countries that cannot get TLC Channel and/or doesn’t air I wanted to provide a link from You Tube of a video someone posted about an hour ago.
Please enjoy the video and share in the rememberance of Paul Gray.
Rock on Paul……