Location On Body: Right Calf
Shop Location: Sids in Santa Ana, CA
How Long It Took: 2 hours?
So this was my first real stab at a big tattoo. By big, I mean that it iwent beyond the typical ankle rookie area and is a bigger than 3 inches. I remember showing it to my best friend in high-school’s mom and her only reaction is “That is too big.” There were a couple of things I was thinking when I got this and also quite a few things that I wasn’t thinking. The first is MORE TATTOOS! The second thing I was thinking revolved around crosses and doves. Why crosses and doves? At the time the verse or theme that I was obsessing about was John 15:13 Which says “Greater love has no one than this than he who laid down his
life for his friends.” Friendship and commitment has always been a huge theme of mine and when I came across this verse combined with my other theme of MORE TATTOOS it was a match made in heaven…or somewhere. The cross and the dove represent ways that God has “given his life” for us. The first through his death and the second through the Holy Spirit. At this time, I had absolutely NO understanding whatsoever about what it meant to interact or have the Holy Spirit but I did seem to understand that such a thing existed. The art for the dove was taken from one of my favorite hardcore band’s (at the time) logo. It’s kind of a dove with a smoky trail coming from each of it’s wings that all intertwine to a point (the band is unashamed). The art for the cross… hmmm…uhhhh. Well the cartoon thing looked punk rock in high-school. I’m not really sure what else to tell you besides the fact that if there is a tattooing age of accountability I hope this tattoo fell before mine.
Regret-ability Scale: 8.5 out of 10
ps. In August of 97 while drawing this art or this tattooI was the car with two girls and I said “Dove, that would be a cool name for a girl.” A girl named Kami said “that would be cool.” It turns out that about 4 years later we were married and had made a girl. So we named her Dove. Who would’ve known?
So as far as naming my daughter dove I am going to rate that on the: