There Be Dragons

[I wrote this for a friend. I hope he won’t mind that I recycled it for my blog]
I got my first tattoo when they were quite unfashionable. I was in the Navy and even there no one was getting tattoos. OK. A couple of people had them and everyone laughed at them – especially the kid who got the enormous Homeward-Bound-ship-in-a-sunset tattoo. The captain of my sub had one – which seemed rather scandalous because officers never got them. But I had always been fascinated by the idea of a tattoo and, one day, I happened to drive past a tattoo parlour and felt an tremendous urge to pull over and go inside.

The walls were covered with the most delightful sketches I had ever seen.  Every now and again an attractive lady came out to ask if I was OK and if I saw anything I liked. From the magazine clippings on the wall, I knew that she was – according to the Guinness Book of Records the World’s Most Beautiful Tattooed Lady two years in a row. That’s “was” as in used to be. Her Most Beautiful days had passed but she was still quite striking. And very tattooed.

I stared and stared (at the sketches, not the lady) for maybe a couple of hours and resolved to get one. But not today. I wanted to sleep on it first.

I went back to the parlour (does “parlour” sound dirty to you? It does to me.) a couple more times.

“Oh hi! It’s you again! Made up your mind yet? Take your time it’s an important decision.”

On the third trip I picked out an enchanting-looking dragon for my calf and ask “How much for the dragon?”.

“I charge for the bigger ones by how long they take. £30 for each hour. That’ll take me about an hour.”

I wanted one more night to sleep on it before I was sure.

“I’ll be back tomorrow.”

“I’ll be waiting. See you tomorrow.”

[to be continued… I have to go to work now]

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Ragged Clown

Based in San Jose, California

3 thoughts on “There Be Dragons”

  1. I love tattoos! I already have one on my ankle but can’t wait to get my next one! Can’t wait to read what happened.

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