I think they are finally getting the hang of it. By the way, ‘…the hang of it.’ Is about the oddest way to express something, imo.
I learned today that I lost a very dear friend. I feel compelled to reach out and let others know of his pain. I don’t really do these, so please be kind…
Parker.. Tracy and I named you Stan because we couldn’t figure out what your name was when we first saw you sweeping the floor at Black Rose. She said, “He looks like a Stan. Let’s call him Stan.” We then proceeded to shout Stan at you til you responded, and we learned your name was in fact Parker (Stan caught on)… You jacked a sawed off shot gun outta some guy’s hand and chased him down Broadway and 6th Ave. at 9 o’clock at night with it- looking like a crazy man, all while holding your pants up… (because they were always falling down)… Just because the douche directed it at me. I piggybacked you across a puddle because you didnt want to get your new shoes wet. And I swear that was the first time I threw my back out. You were such a goofball— always making me laugh, always cheering me up. You were always protecting me, guarding me. Helping me. You coached me through my first tattoo. You asked me to do my first tattoo, on you. You taught me so many things, and now I can never tell you how much that meant to me. It hurts so much to know you are not coming back. Even though we had our riff, I still thought so much about you. There are so many memories I have of you.
I learned Parker took his life on Sunday. Those who take their life- it is their life to take. I fully respect other’s decisions, and it is no right of mine to judge. So please, no negative comments. He always struggled with depression while we worked together, and I tried so hard to reach out and help him. Eventually, I got so wrapped up I had to leave our place of work to separate myself. I hope he knows how truly missed he is and will be, how deeply my heart aches… he was an amazing person, with infectious good vibes and positivity. I will always remember. I hope he is finally at peace, able to rest his spirit.
Some super simple free-handed tattoos today. Both my appointments were named Paul, so I decided to consolidate the post. Top Paul just got done doing about a year of chemotherapy. He decided a crab was appropriate considering the Latin translation of cancer is crab, so we put it over his chemo administering site. @niggapaulniggawut got the horse filler, look at that magical flippy mane. (at Southbound Studios)
Simple, liney horse filler for @niggapaulniggawut! Thanks dude, can’t wait for Pizza Shark!
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