It's a on-and-off kinda steam lah.

The thing is, I don't know what I wanted.

My name? Every other person is doing it.

Tribal? Nah. Pilot 4+2 did a modernised tribal on his arm - angular as opposed to the organically shaped ones. That would be nice, if it's big.

I love Yakuza's. Only if it's sleeved. I don't want that huge of an art. Not just yet?

I like Iban's floral patches too. But I was told you need their permissions to do that. Or you'll be head-hunted. Thank you for that.

Bar codes are dated then. So I thought of QR code. But what should I link it to? My Facebook? My portfolio? Or my number? AR code is totally out of the question. Maintaining an AR engine is expensive. This kinda "code" tats will have the same fate as the bar codes later.

Here's an interesting video of a guy who did a QR code tat linked to a Youtube vid of an animation. "First Ever Animated Tattoo" is a misleading title.

The Pair did a couple-tat recently. One of the many that I can see on their body.

"When's your turn lah?"

"Want meh!?"

"A designer must have at least one lah..."

"... a pair of double quotes...?"

Some weeks later, we were having some beers after work. The suits brought two ladies from the mall management to join us. One of them had tats, which triggered the topic. Half a Macha has one on his left calf. Planning to get a new one, and asked if I want to join him. Despite being a little tipsy, the "double quotes" came into my mind again. A little more specific this time - at the front of my neck.

Why double quotes? Why neck? I didn't know, until recently.

Even the tat artist thought I was crazy for having my first one on the neck. Bro labelled me as "hardcore". The one-week anticipation is killing me. Even more when I'm lying on the recliner. Can't get any worst when Since Primary Two telling the tat artist to give me hell, while Fun Size standing outside the room giving me that smile.

With the needles buzzing closer and louder...

"Oh, fuck. Oh. My. Fuck..."

Huh? What? That's it!?

It's not that bad after all! There are some spots which are more annoying than pain. To a point it's irritating. I have to stop chatting to hold my breath in. And don't believe everything you read on the Internet. "Neck is one of the most painful spot to have a tattoo.". Konon.

What's in between? Nothing. Just the Adam's apple. Just a self reminder.

"Don't keep too much things inside. Express more, Birthmark."

The reason why I started this blog in the first place.

Different people have different pain tolerance, but you can quote me for the painless process.


  1. You know, if not because of pain I would want to have my... well... somewhere... pierced. Really tak tahan sakit.

  2. It's alright, Dim. Armpit je. Just do it! Hahaha. :D

  3. the trick is this - never ever tattoo the girlfriend's name. they come & go, but the tattoo stays.

    besides, removal is a lot more painful.

  4. Yup, doc. I heard the same. Not even spouses.

    People said getting tats are addictive. Been thinking of getting another one. Damn.

    We'll see how when I get this current one for a touch-up.

  5. Tattoos are not my thing but that video was just impressive. Wow.

  6. Yup, Kingyo. Combining millennia old practice and modern technology.