I hadn’t planned on submitting this, but oh well, I’m bored in a hotel room so you get my back! 4 years old.
I have a sad story to go along with this—I had the idea for this (it’s the melody line to David Bowie’s song “Life on Mars”) and had plans to go to a tattoo convention. I’d only wanted to meet artists but I ended up getting ansty and rushed it, decided to go ahead and do it RIGHT THEN AT THE CON. I regret that now.
I ended up picking the artist I did because I thought she would be passionate about the subject matter, which was the most important thing to me at the time. (Stupid me thought passion would equal effort.) The artist I picked was the shop owner, and she passed me off to what I later realized was an apprentice.
He didn’t understand what I was asking for, even though I told him over and over NO, I don’t want bar lines, JUST NOTES. It took him literally about six hours before he called me back to tell me his brilliant idea—the one I had pitched to him in the first place.
He ended up drawing the notes directly on my back, which unfortunately ended up giving it a very sloppy look. I had to look at the image in a dim public bathroom, and everyone I asked said it looked good and didn’t see the crowding I saw.
As he was tattooing, the person I originally had asked to tattoo me made the joke “Don’t worry if you screw up, it’s on her back so she’ll never see it!”
I should have walked away right then. As you can see, some of the notes had the ink in the center fall out.
It looked like this when it was fresh
Uh, I don’t know if there’s really anything to add… but there you go.
EEK! That’s a shitty story. It really is hard to get out of a situation like that (I’ve hear a lot of people with similar experiences) but it’s just soooo awkward and crowded. I mean if you really wanted a few music notes you could just get them somewhere smaller (wrist, ankle, under your boob / rib) and not have like a thousand of them. Really this is sort of like “yes yes I get the point.” Even if it is a measure from some well known piece, no one is really going to get that looking at it.
It’s holding up well for four years though, which I guess is bitter sweet haha really though it’s not a terribly large tattoo, so if you ever want to get a giant back piece you could cover this up. I’m assuming you’re a musician? Imagine a full-back portrait of Chopin or whoever, and how mind blowing that would be. This could easily be covered up by some darkish background or most things, really….