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Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Dave!IT'S TATTOO DAY!

Originally I planned to fly back home today. But the layover for the connecting flight was awful, so I decided to leave tomorrow instead. This meant having to add an extra day to my hotel stay at "The Handlery Hotel" (instead of the Parc 55 Wyndham where I usually stay). When I called, they wanted $160 which was surprisingly high for a Friday night... especially for a 3-star property. Usually downtown San Francisco hotel rates plummet over the weekend when there are no business travelers to gouge on pricing.

A quick check at the 4-star Wyndham (which had availability this time), and I could get a much nicer room for $120.

Which meant The Handlery was basically saying "WE WILL PAY YOU $40 TO WALK TWO BLOCKS!"

And so I took them up on that generous (but very stupid) offer.

Anyway...

Time to get more ink work on my forearm band...

Four Noble Truths Tattoo

Beautiful line-work courtesy of Michael DeMatty at Black & Blue Tattoo...

For Noble Truths Tattoo

I started with the Roman numerals.

Then added a Dharmachakra, the spokes of which represent The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism.

Now I've surrounded the Dharmachakra with symbology representing The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. You start in the upper-right where there's the acknowledgement that suffering exists, move to the bottom-right which ties our suffering to our desires and craving, move to the bottom-left which is the need for cessation of suffering causation, then move to the upper-left which leads us back to The Noble Eightfold Path and a quest for enlightenment and freedom from suffering.

Which is just a long-winded way of saying that the tattoo is a reminder for me to stay on The Right Path.

And so... three parts down, three to go...

Forearm Band Tattoo Map

And now I suppose I should pack my suitcase so I don't have to do it at 4:00am tomorrow. Blargh.

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Comments

  1. Cb says:

    Me likey! But what if you wear short sleeves? ;-)

    • Dave2 says:

      Then I have a big smile on my face because some of my tattoos are seeing daylight! But… if I am presenting or working somewhere where a tattoo might be distracting, I am usually wearing long sleeves… and the tattoo is covered even if I roll them up. I do have some good concealer just in case though. Have never had to use it.

  2. I love it Dave! can’t wait to see it continue to unfold. xx

  3. martymankins says:

    Awesome new ink. Thanks for keeping us all up on the progress. 3 more parts to go.

    Makes me want to get new ink myself.

  4. Tug says:

    LOVE it! Not only does it look really awesome, but the thought & meanings behind it. Awesome.

  5. LOVING the new ink addition! fantastic! thanks for sharing the progression with us.
    i have to admit, i am curious to know if you will complete this first or be wooed with new artwork in other locations first…

  6. Kyra says:

    Loving the new ink too! It’s time I got my next tattoo…

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