Day Two with Tina Bafaro in Seattle
And on the second day – it hurt worse than the first! Now all you tattoo collectors out there know the sweet sting of the tattoo needle. Yes its pain but it can be a good kind of pain. You are enduring it in the process of altering your body permanently and it becomes part of the whole experience . “I sat through this discomfort/pain for HOURS and then I was remade etc.” But that shit still hurts. Some spots worse than others.
Before starting this sleeve I had a tiny piece below my hip, quite a lot of ink along my ribs and into my armpits (youch!) and a shoulder piece which in retrospect felt like a gentle spring zephyr compared to the inside of my elbow. What’s going on there anyways? Why is it so damn tender?! Tina and I discussed this while she was artistically ravaging me with her tattoo machine and we had no good answer. Shit just kinda hurts. That’s all. So here is a bit of what me and my “Tattoo Wing Man” Jenny did BEFORE I went back to the chair in the evening.
Tina Bafaro’s shop is located right in the center of Pioneer Square in Seattle. We stayed at a Best Western just two blocks away and as we had all day Friday to explore Jenny and I hit the square and started wandering early. First order of business? COFFEE!!
Here we are at the Cherry Street Coffee House. The coffee was great, the jams and the ladies working the counter? Even better. I have a coffee crush on whomever created this brilliant coffee sign. Me Want.
Now properly fueled we began our walk-about. First a little window shopping;
An entire store devoted to man skirts..oh..I mean “Utility Kilts”. These fascinate me. They do. I tried to talk my husband into one – he’s a contractor and LOOK – this one has a clip for his tape measure, but sadly my beloved husband has legs like pipe cleaners. Manly, he-man pipe cleaners mind you – but pipe cleaners nonetheless. Too Bad.
Then we headed over to The Seattle Art Museum for a small dose of culture because Jenny and I are classy like that.
Then we checked out this wicked little spot…
This takes you underground where you can go on a ghost tour UNDER the city. They have docents who know everything about the history of Seattle and give great lectures and walking tours. They also have THIS:
If I could get my husband to renew our wedding vows here…WITH the man-skirt – whoa- that would be awesome! They even have bridesmaids available:
Nightmares free of charge.
Then we had to get down to business and take the light rail out towards the airport to attend:
and after the post went up (and over 2000 of Jasmine’s devoted fan’s visited my blog in less than 24 hours – thanks again Jasmine!) I got an email from her uber-helpful husband Matt who said he saw on my blog that I would be in Seattle and I should come visit them at Faeriecon.
I texted Jenny and asked her if she was in and she immediately texted “Yes!”. Come to find out she thought I had asked if she wanted to go to Ferrari Con. Gotta read those texts carefully folks. But she was equally excited to visit with the faerie folk. You just have to give some love to the people who put so much heart and soul into this event…
And of course I got to meet and personally thank Jasmine and Matt. They had a very busy booth but graciously took the time to chat with me. Just wonderful people .
After leaving the Seelie Court (that’s an insider reference for you faerie people – you know what I’m talkin about…)
We sought refreshment back in Pioneer Square. I think this was my favorite place for a combination of; comfort, ambiance, food and booze.
Then after a delicious Steak pot pie and cider-whiskey drink it was finally time to return to the scene of the crime…
Tina had skillfully laid out the sleeve in such a manner that she would not have to go back into the same area twice. Thank you Tina. Once again she got to work and finished perfecting her linework and layout. Once again Jenny sat and watched and read and brought me glasses of water and magazines and texted my family for me and offered to buy me and Tina food. Are you jealous of my wing-man? You should be. I could literally rent her out for this kind of service – she was da bomb. But she’s mine – all mine! You can’t have her – get yer own Jenny!
Finally the linework and one beautiful morning glory flower was complete:
I can’t wait to head back in April and get more color filled in! I knew this was going to be beautiful but Tina’s design, the quality of her layout and linework, her professionalism and over-all pleasantness completely blew me away – THANK YOU TINA BAFARO – you are a tattoo goddess extraordinaire!