Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Big Barda tattoo

Sunday, May 4th I got my second tattoo. The character is Jack Kirby's Big Barda. I've decided that all of my tattoos will be of female comic characters (not that I plan to get a lot!). I wanted to get a Jack Kirby female character for some time and since I'm more of a DC guy than a Marvel guy, I had to go with Big Barda. Up until a couple of months ago I was having a hard time finding just the right Big Barda image.

My first tattoo was two years ago on my other calf and I'd forgotten how much it hurt (because on that part of the leg there's not much skin before you hit the bone)! My first tattoo took about three and a half hours and I was glad to have gotten it done in one session just to get it over with. As the saying goes "no pain, no gain", so off I was to get Big Barda done. I thought I was going to get it all done in one session again, but Dirk (my tattoo artist) wanted to wait until the black healed first since there was so much of it (just doing the black took two hours). So I've got the color session scheduled for June 24th (Dirk said that would also take two hours - joy!). I think it looks great now, but when the color gets done it's really going to pop out!
This is Dirk Vermin bringing the pain to me. Dirk Vermin is a long time tattoo artist and he owns PussyKat Tattoo Parlour here on Maryland Parkway.

This is one of the milder pictures of me during the tattoo process (I don't want to scare anyone by showing the other pictures Kate took of me while she was watching and being my support system)! I pretty much close my eyes the entire time that I'm getting the tattoo in an attempt to find a zen state (doesn't work) and also so that I don't see how much work remains to be done.
This is my first tattoo done almost two years ago now, also by Dirk, of Alan Moore and JH Williams III's Promethea. Good thing I pick easy tattoo designs (ha, ha)!


kreeson1 said...

I still say you are nuts my man!

Team Rocket said...

Nice! I love that you went with the Kirby style:)

Ralph Mathieu said...

Earl, you know one has to be somewhat nuts just to be a comic fan as well as a comic store retailer (grin)!

Raul, wow you have a Superman symbol tat on your chest! Of course I had to represent Kirby.

Camila said...

yeah, you are crazy!!

kreeson1 said...

You got me there,Ralph!

Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/18/18 - Life of Captain Marvel, Magic Order #2 (we still have #1 too!), conclusion of Infinity Countdown, Justice League edition!

 Hope all of my friends going to the San Diego Comic-Con this week have a GREAT time!