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Posted on Saturday, June 9th, 2012


How could I have forgotten to pack my lucky boxer shorts?

This will be a tragedy that haunts me for the rest of my life. If my plane goes down on the flight home Monday, at least now you'll know why.

And now for some questions/comments that have popped up since getting a tattoo yesterday...

• Why not Bad Monkey? Six year ago when I was joking about getting a tattoo, I thought it would be funny...


But the only serious option I ever considered was the skull and crossbones. Bad Monkey would make for a cool tattoo, and maybe one day that will happen. But first it's got to be what I've been wanting for 26 years. In any event, I think Lil' Dave and Bad Monkey would approve...

Lil' Dave and Bad Monkey Pirates!

• Where'd you get that design? I drew it. Which is kind of odd, because I was pretty dead-set against designing my own tattoo for the longest time. But Michael encouraged me to send in my ideas, and eventually he kind of led me to where I needed to be. Ultimately, it kind of makes sense, so I'm glad things ended up that way. But it was not an easy process. I drew dozens of different versions before I had answers to the questions that were keeping me up at night... Bones behind or bones under? Eyepatch or no eyepatch? Cheek bones or no cheek bones?

Dave Skull Designs

No eyepatch. Yes to cheekbones. Bones under so it would fit better on my skinny arm. In the end it couldn't have been any other way.

•It's bigger than I thought! I get that a lot, thanks. OH... YOU MEAN THE TATTOO! Yeah, at first I had pictured something around 2-inches tall. But Michael said that I should take a look at something bigger, so I made cutouts at my hotel that morning and played around with how the sizing would look. I quickly found out that he was absolutely right... the bigger I made it, the better I liked it. This was the opposite of how I thought it would work on my bony arm, but it felt right. Eventually I printed out four different sizes of big and let Michael pick which he felt was the best fit. It turned out so badass awesome that now I can't imagine I ever considered it having it inked so tiny.

• Did it hurt? No. Not even a little bit. I was the first person to think that I'd be sobbing uncontrollably and screaming like a little girl, but it never happened (at least not during the tattooing). The outlining felt like somebody was dragging a needle across my skin, scratching it. The filling-in felt like somebody was dragging a popsicle stick across my skin. It didn't hurt at all. I was told that eventually it would feel like I had a bad sunburn, but that never happened. Then I was told it would sting in the shower when water hit it, but that never happened either. If it weren't for being able to look down and see it, I wouldn't know that I had it done. I chalk it up to my mutant healing factor, because this is apparently not typical.

• Weren't you nervous? No. And I wasn't excited either. The whole time it felt like this was something that had already happened and I was just reliving the moment. I can't explain it any better than that, but it was a bit surreal how unaffected I was over getting something permanently marked on my body. I guess I knew it was meant to be all along.

• How long did it take? One hour, forty-five minutes after we decided where it should be placed and got the stencil applied.

• Will you get another tattoo? It's strange... after wanting this so badly for 26 years, I thought that finally getting my skull & bones would get it out of my system and I wouldn't think about tattoos anymore. But now that I have it, all I can do it think about how I would like to add something to it and expand the design down my arm just a bit... or try something different somewhere else. Maybe the feeling will pass but, as of right now, I can't imagine not getting another piece of ink.

Annnnnd... it's time to get out and enjoy the incredible weather going on here in the Bay Area...

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  1. kris says:

    Of course! You have the “itch” now. (Don’t worry. I wont tell anybody.) Oh no, not *that* itch. (Well maybe you do, but I still won’t tell.) They are like chips. You can’t have just one. I have two currently and three more in the planning stages.

    And now *everyone* is going to want a Little Dave tatt! (I’ve wanted a Bad Monkey tatt since I started reading your blog and buying your shirts and what not. I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN, DAVE!!! Muahahaaaa…. oh…um.. the doctors say I shouldn’t verbalize thay anymmore. *tic*)

    Now that you’ve put away your taser, ENJOY! It looks great.

  2. Mel says:

    Ink is addictive. It’s been nearly 14 years since I got my second one, but there will be a third. It’s all about deciding on a design you love.

  3. B.E. Earl says:

    Everyone I know who has gotten inked almost immediately wants another tattoo right after they get their first. Same thing happened to me. I’ve waited 6 years, but I still want a second.

  4. DrRuss says:

    I commend you on your patience and a great tattoo. Your tattoo artist did you great justice. The lines solid and sharp and the thickness of the lines is perfect for a graphic tattoo.

    The reason why this is successful on a variety of levels is that you waited until (1) you knew what you were doing, (2) you found something that you wanted on your skin forever, (3) you found the right tattoo artist.

    Well done all the way around.

  5. Congratulations. And welcome to my world…. 🙂

  6. Jeff says:

    Congrats on the tattoo, it looks awesome! As far as wanting more, you start with one and then you become hooked. I started with a single tat in the same place you put yours, and then added a bit to the image. Like from the base of my neck to my right ankle, including my entire back.

    You have drank the Kool-Aid. There is no going back.

  7. Sarah says:

    I think your tattoo looks great! I love it, it’s perfect for you 🙂

  8. martymankins says:

    I waited a year before adding to my ChillyWilly tattoo on my right upper bicep. I’ve talked about adding more to it (which was the plan all along) and I may still do that before I turn 50 (I’ve had my original tattoo over 12 years now)

  9. kapgar says:

    I still want another as well. I just have no idea what.

  10. kapgar says:

    I still want another as well. I just have no idea what.

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