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2:01 AM on 10.10.2008

Blogging the Sleeve Pt2.

How about an update yaw'll?

Went in for another session with the tattoo artist and had a 3 hour sit down. For those of you counting at home, that makes 5 hours in total now. You'll see that we got most of the fill done. Ryu is finished so consider that a wrap, however time ran out for the poor little hottness that is Chun Li. Basically we started with all the solid black parts on both, then once that was finished we moved onto the shaded areas. Three hours later, this is the result:

One thing i didn't know about tattoos this size and with this much shading is that they appear much darker straight after they are finished. Then over the span of the healing process, they will lighten up. These pictures I've taken here are about a week after the ink was done, so they will pretty much look like this, but were much darker when i first came home.

Some comments on my last post asked if I'm going to be able to live with this tattoo for the rest of my life, will i regret it. Even the guy in EB Games asked the same thing. Though i don't think he really cared. Dick. So some history on my SF history i guess...

The NES arrived when i was six, and although i played insatiably, my older brother was much better than i was. Even when that "Wizard" movie came out, the one with the "Wonder Years" kid, my brother entered the competitions that were held in the malls around here to mimic the comp in the movie. He won the first round, then the second, maybe the third.... i think. Got some swag. Few of those Game Watches, some games, Power Glove. To sum it up: He was better than me. He had a video game vice though: Street Fighter II.

Its safe to say that he was good at this too. He would challenge other kids at the arcades, or the mall, or anywhere we found a coin-op setup. Maybe i wanted to be as good as him, or just kick his ass, but i played every chance i could get, and watched on every chance i could get when he played. When SFII came home on the SNES, many many sleepless nights followed. Alas, i never did get any better. But all those hours and days spent moving that Ryu or Chun-Li sprite around a three or four frame animated backdrop of a chinese alley or army base engraved something in my DNA. I may be bad at it, some say horribly bad, but SFII is in my blood!

And now in my skin!

There was some comments from some DToid members that these tattoos were inspiring. All i can say to that is Thank You so much!!! It means allot! The internet can be a finicky place, so its a relief that no one was all LOL NUBZ!! SFII IZ GAYZ!!!!1!

Also, if it is inspiring, just go for it. Get some work done, you wont ever regret in my opinion. Choose something that means the world to you, and go talk to the artists in your area.

MrSadistic, your idea sounds especially awesome. I may have to steal it.... no, i kid.


Discuss amongst yourselves.

Next up on Blogging the Sleeve:
A new character approaches!! The backside of the forearm begins... which classic game will lend its likeness the blank canvas that hides behind the Asian duo from SFII.... How Old? Is it classic to enough to even call classic? NES, SNES or Sega Genesis? Or an unlikely other option?!?   read

6:34 PM on 09.26.2008

My Tattoo Sleeve Begins

It was a long time coming but work has finally begun...

Of the five pieces chosen for my entire arm tattoo dedication to Video Games, i decided to begin with the classic Street Fighter II.

All five main tattoos to make arm the whole arm have been chosen, and the reason i decided to start with this one is, its the easiest to show off! Also, its makes the upper arm tattoos easier to place if the bottom is complete. This one is based off an Udon Crew image i found on, and i knew straight away, this is what i wanted. Would have been nice to have Ken in there too, but watevs.

The thought process behind this work is that i wanted to choose games that were epic when i was growing up. (i'm 8-Bit BTW). The kinds of games that when some one says,"Hey, watcha doing?" and you reply with "Playing (in this case SF2)" the only obvious response is: "Of course."

So being 27 now, and my video game career spanning back to the Nes days, when i was roughly 6-ish, there are A LOT of games that fall into the "sucked my life away" category.

Hmmmm, I'm not going to tell you guys the other 4 characters i'm getting, in case some slight changes occur. For example, on the other side of my forearm from this tattoo i was going to get Sakura, but now I've changed that to something WAY WAY more epic

SO next along will be the filling in, which will probably take longer than this. This outline only took 2 hours. Im expecting 3, but more like 4 next.

I'd like to know what you guys think, and even thought I've already decided on the whole arm, what characters do you think would make a good tattoo?

And yes, in case your wondering: Im that hardcore   read

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