Openback V-Neck (Black) - Anthropologie
Corey Lynn Calter Nocturnal Mini - Anthropologie
Vintage Sunglasses - Brooklyn Flea
Cobble Hill Clarke (Dusty Mint) - Kate Spade
Lacy Suede Oxfords (Brown) - Anthropologie
One thing I neglected to mention earlier: While I was in New York, I got a new tattoo! I had been wanting a new one for a while, and although there are some incredibly talented tattoo artists in the Bay Area, I was hesitant to try my luck with a total stranger. Being a visual artist myself, I'm ridiculously picky and I loved my tattoo artist in Chicago, who did my other two pieces. Imagine my surprise when Jason, my old tattoo artist, posted on Instagram that he'd be guest spotting in NYC the SAME WEEK I was going to be there! I could hardly book an appointment quickly enough!
This cute little bunny (a maneki usagi!) is what I ended up walking away with, and I loooooove it! It's a trifecta of three symbols of luck: a rabbit, traditionally regarded as a lucky animal (ie. a rabbit's foot, and the "rabbit rabbit rabbit" superstition); a maneki neko or "beckoning cat," which is commonly seen in many Japanese and Chinese businesses for luck; and peonies, which are omens of good fortune and happy marriages. <3 It's a commemoration of how completely blessed and lucky I've felt this year, a reminder of how perfectly and coincidentally things can work out, and hopefully a lucky charm for future good things to come. It was also a great way to remember an amazing week in New York City. :)
Here's a better look at the original sketch Jason drew up, a gross in-progress shot, and a picture of it freshly-done.
It was surprisingly not all that painful, I think because of the location (big meaty arms, mwahaha). It took about two hours (he's an incredibly fast tattooist) and I got to lay down for it, so it was actually kind of nice, though very boring. I had to sit upright for my previous tattoos, since they were on my shoulder, but was able to read magazines and do other stuff. Still, I definitely preferred laying down. Jason and I had some good conversation about how much we both loved Instagram and hated Facebook. It was almost relaxing, if you didn't count the constant buzz and stabbing sensation of tattoo needles. :P
I know I've said repeatedly that I would eventually do a post on my tattoos, so consider this a Part I, and I will make it a higher priority to take photos and write up posts for my other two. I promise!