November 08, 2002
Tattoo? Me? Nahhh! Well...

So this might only be a testament to how extremly bored I am, but today Michele was talking about her tattoo and how she needs another one cause, 1.) the excitement has worn off and 2.) she can't really see the one she's got so it's like it's not even there. I was then explaining how I'd like one but I've never really figured out something that I would want on my body indefinitely, but then suddenly sometime on the way to work I thought of something and now I'm going to share it all with you.

So Michele has always suggested to me a celtic design and while proud to be Irish I feel that they are overdone as many people seem to pick them for tattoos. I was thinking about how I wanted something that represented me and I started thinking about my name and what it means and the Irish myth that has a character with my name and it dawned on me.

In the Children of Lir, Nuala gets turned into a swan. Why not get some sort of pattern of a swan for a tattoo? Finally a project to do at work! I started scouring the web for tattoos of swans but could I find one? No! Next I looked for pictures of swans and found this as maybe an example of what I would like the swan on me to look like, position wise. But then I found this piece of jewlery that had a swan intergrated with a celtic design and I though oooooo.

So now I'm thinking something like the necklace but with the swan more pronounced and maybe also integrating the phrase "Fair Shouldered One" in gaelic which is what my name means.

Yea? Nay? What do we think? Give me something to do at work because looking for swans has gotten boring and I have NOTHING to do. You hear me? NOTHING.

Posted by nuala at November 08, 2002 11:52 AM

I say go for the swan! It'll look really cool.

Posted by: jason on November 8, 2002 12:01 PM

Wow! In before Michele. Now that's impressive. Maybe you should stay at home all the time Jason. Maybe that could be your job. To entertain those bored at work.

Posted by: nuala on November 8, 2002 12:04 PM

i think it is:

1. disturbing that michele only believes in things she can see immediately in front of her, esp. in view of what this means to me as her imaginary friend who she sees maybe once a week, and

2. hilarious that you need a tattoo to proclaim that you are irish and fairshouldered. =) just kidding. swans are pretty.

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 12:07 PM

I don't think I need one to proclaim I'm irish and fair shouldered but more some thing that is represenative of me that I want on my body forever. If I were to get one that is

Posted by: nuala on November 8, 2002 12:18 PM

well.....i'm sorry i wasn't here commenting away first, but i was fucking shit up in brian's new workplace.

i knew someone with a swan tattoo once. i didn't like it. but hers was like blue and pink and dumb. yours i think, as you seem to be going more stylized thinking would be cool. i think what we should do here, is that i will make myself an appt for another tattoo and i will make you an appt at the same time for a CONSULTATION, which is free and does not mean you have to get the tattoo. and then you can have them do some drawings and you can bring all your research and point out what you want it to say and how you want it to look and they will make all sorts of sketches for you and discuss it. then you can think about it for months and then if you decide to get tattooed you can make an appt and go in with your sketch and have them do it.

p.s. i like the idea of a celtic design around a stylized swan, (but not a celtic swan, i know heresy, but i don't like how celtic swans look personally) with the writing curving thru the outer design. maybe on your hip sort of? or your back? don't do the calf dood. it fucking hurts. or upper outer arm? i like above the hipbone for you the best cause you've got a nice stomach and you might as well accenuate it with a pretty tattoo.

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 12:51 PM

Yea I was not thinking with the colors. I was going for a black and white design. And maybe I will go in for the consultation cause I mean it couldn't hurt.

And I was kinda thinking of my lower back but not on the spine, more towards the side.

And it will fucking hurt no matter where I put it.

Posted by: nuala on November 8, 2002 12:58 PM

well go for small then. small is painful for LESS LONG. a very important factor as i've discovered for myself.

dood. you can't see your lower back. you'll forget it's there just like me.

yey consultation! no backing out now....

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 01:06 PM

michele! Your tattoo is on your calf? right or left?

have you seen the conji (sp?) on the main page of my website? On my right calf. Since April 15, 2000.

Posted by: brian on November 8, 2002 01:16 PM


left calf. =)

what does boko-maru mean anyway? i wish it was baku. only not really cause that's mean.

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 01:19 PM

Boko-maru is a transcendence of the physical and a commingling of the souls of two individuals, by way of rubbing their naked feet together.

Enjoy. There's really nothing quite like it.

Posted by: brian on November 8, 2002 01:24 PM

wow i really don't know how to respond to that. oh wait yes i do: eeek! shrimping! toe curl!

our friend kim does this thing called toe curling to me which is one of the most disturbing and sexual things i've ever experienced. maybe it's the same kind of thing....

did you get that tattooed with someone else?

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 01:27 PM

wow that is totally up my alley. naked feet. mm. hot-ot-ot-ot...

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 01:28 PM

Someone else was there during the tattooing. She was supposed to be getting her tongue pierced at the same time, but they said her tongue wasn't made for it or something. This was up in Haight-Ashbury, my second time ever to california.

It is invigorating, I tell you whut.

Posted by: brian on November 8, 2002 01:31 PM

hot-too-tat-to-toooooooe is much better said in person i think.

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 01:32 PM

freak tongue girl ay?

i got my tongue pierced in washington. ah fun. good times. popsicles. soup. mocking laughter at every slurred word coming out of my mouth. at least i didn't have to pay for it. and for that i count my lucky (jacob-made) stars.

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 01:38 PM

for several months before hand I was toying with the idea of piercing mine, which michele roundly ridiculed every time I brought it up. then suddenly, oh, calling me up, tongue all pierced, like the dirty ho she is...

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 01:40 PM

I had mine pierced back in SoFla, and I didn't pay for mine either! It was a christmas gift from a co-worker my senior year of high school. Good times, good times.

Posted by: brian on November 8, 2002 01:45 PM

i mocked you because you don't like pain!

seems as if i did a lot of things first that you only talked about....hmm de hooo hmmm...

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 01:58 PM

i DON'T think you want to go there.

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 02:06 PM

giggle. i probably don't.

back to nuala. nuala! get a tattoo! don't listen to sumit!

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 02:16 PM

If I really want one I'll get it. We'll see what these artists can come up with first.

Posted by: nuala on November 8, 2002 02:18 PM

wheeeee!! ok deep breath deep breath. eeeee! i like starting a trend. although sure you're all going to say now, "i was thinking about getting a tattoo for AGES." but whatever. i am a catalyst! don't deny this to me, it's got the word cat in it.

Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 02:24 PM

you are a catastrophe. and possibly a cataclysm. but i like you fine and at least you're not catatonic.

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 02:50 PM


Posted by: michele on November 8, 2002 02:55 PM

cat'o'nine tails?


Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 03:06 PM

damn, ducks, your page kind of got taken by storm today...i like it here, so minty fresh. perhaps we should hang out here more often...

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 03:23 PM

hell, now everyone's run off. sigh.

Posted by: didofoot on November 8, 2002 03:54 PM

I'm still here with my tongue scar tissue and calf with the mark of death on it.

This place is Soothing, perhaps, like mint tea.

Posted by: brian on November 8, 2002 04:19 PM

I love the one on the jewellery. Did u end up getting it? I too am looking for a swan tattoo.. any other leads?

Posted by: gio on March 16, 2003 07:59 AM

I'm getting fucking links to porn now! What the hell?!

Posted by: nuala on October 12, 2003 02:45 PM

you need to ban the IP addresses and delete them. they just keep doing it. i had like 4 comments on 10 different posts. the IP addresses used so far are: and there's got to be a way to ban a range of IP addresses, but i'm not sure how. gene?

Posted by: michele on October 13, 2003 09:39 AM

I did delete and ban, but it's still bizarre.

Posted by: nuala on October 13, 2003 10:48 AM

Did you guys know that this site is a Googlewhack!

"Shrimping Cataclysm"

Type it into Google and you are the only ones. Now that is something special. Congratulations and happy tattooing :o)


Posted by: David Todman on December 5, 2003 01:13 PM