It’s hard to believe that two years ago today, Christina and I ventured to X-Treme Ink in West Chester to get my 1st tattoo, Wraith from Insane Clown Posse’s last joker card. This album means a lot to me.
I remember the lead-up to the tattoo like it was yesterday too. After throwing bullseyes at Kick Ax several times, I thought that in 8 weeks I’ll be turning 30, I’ve always wanted a tattoo and I thought that I would get one in my thirties.
I was texting back and forth with Christina and Anna. They thought, “why not? It would be fun.” So, I kicked around some ideas with Christina and a week later, I settled on what I wanted and I would get it on Memorial Day weekend. Christina was surprised with how quickly I decided. No regerts, or so the commercials and jokes go! Christina suggested X-Treme Ink and she would go along with me.
The day before I went to Atlantic City for the day and before I headed home, I texted Anna that I was a bit nervous about it and if she had any advice for me. She told me that it wouldn’t be the worst pain I’ve ever felt, take a deep breath in and then out.
Anna was right! Wraith didn’t hurt at all. Before my appointment with Antman at X-Treme Ink, I said, “just one! One and done!” Christina, Anna, Ms. Ernestine, and Shetana laughed at me. “Right, one and done, right!” Needless to say, they were right. On this two year anniversary, I now have three tattoos and as the Andrea True Connection likes to say, “more, more, more” and DJ Khaled: “another one!”
I baked a delicious gluten-free cake and made St. Louis Style brisket with spinach and sprouts. I had a celebratory feast. Happy 2nd Inkday, Wraith! Here’s to a lifetime more!
Today is also another special day. Today is James’s birthday. I’m thankful for 13 years of friendship and I can’t wait until it’s safe again to have lunch with him.
I also want to take a moment of silence to remember Margaret Schneider, who passed away on this day four years ago at the age of 105. Remember Always.