Monday, October 05, 2009

What we did Saturday...




And the end result...


"Declare His glory among the nations"
(Ps 96:3)


"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him"
(2 Cor 5:21)


Matt Terry at Fu's is the awesome guy who worked really hard and long (Josh's took 4 hours, mine took a little than 1 hour) on these for us. He also has done 6 on one of my most absolute favorite people in the world, so he's definitely proven himself. And speaking of her, she traveled down from Raleigh to spend this weekend with us, sat with us for a VERY long time while we got them, helped pay for them and then took us out to dinner...and didn't get mad at me when I was in pain and mean. She's a good catch, that one.

So, all in all, the outline hurt like Hades. The color shading really didn't. It was expensive (well, Josh's), but we're both really, really happy with them. I think Josh's is one of the coolest ones I've ever seen and fits him completely. Matt told us it was really hard to design and do because everything had to be so clean and precise. He surprised me with the banner around mine. I really like the way it looks old and torn (I didn't know he would add that element). I want the globe to look more "old world" and faded, but he said it would fade more over time. I'm still just getting used to it. It's weird to see in the mirror. Both are healing really well.

I was really proud of Josh. He sat there patiently for over 4 hours while Meg and I played cards and talked about whatever came to our minds, all while snapping pictures randomly at him while he was in pain. He said it took him about an hour to get in "the zone."

(Apparently, there's a "zone." I never found it.)

Matt told us so much of it is mental. You have to focus on breathing and kinda hunker down and zone out. Yeah, that didn't work for me. I put my head down so no one could see my face and tightened every muscle in my body. When it was over I was shaky and sweaty. I guess I'm a pansy. I was really hoping for just the "annoying tickle" I kept hearing over and over. Parts of it felt like that, but the outline felt like what it was....a needle stabbing me over and over again at a very rapid speed. Go figure.

Anyways, we wanted to do something big for our 30th birthdays. Both of us have kinda been flirting with the idea of a tattoo for awhile, but never really talked much about it. We had planned on going sky diving, but decided on tattoos because a) it lasts longer, and b) you don't die. But neither of us would have gotten one just to get one. It had to be significant to both of us. Josh's is the gospel in one verse. He originally wanted it on his chest so he could see it every time he looked in the mirror (but, um...no), and mine was from Ps 96:3..."Declare His glory among the nations; His marvelous works among all the peoples." I cut it in half when he said it would take up my whole shoulder blade. Good. Call. Taking the gospel to the nations is a big deal to both of us so it was something I feel is significant enough to wear on my body forever.

Josh is talking about adding some kind of cool border around it later in the future. Maybe the reference at the bottom. I think I'm good for now. ;)

15 comments:

Kelly said...

They look great! Josh's is my favorite Bible verse.

Thanks to the videos, however, my children now are completely uninterested in ever getting a tattoo.

Josh and Dana said...

Ha! You're welcome, Kelly!

Anonymous said...

This is a disgusting and completely self absorbed waste. If you had wanted to do something really meaningful (and Christian), you might have taken the money this cost you and given it to a family who won't be able to pay the rent this month or feed their children.

Anonymous said...

Shame on you

Josh and Dana said...

Wow, ANONYMOUS. That was a very presumptive comment to make considering you know nothing about me, my finances or my heart. Your advise to me on "Christian" behavior is interesting to me considering your unsolicited display here on my blog. I remember Jesus saying that our good deeds are nothing without love. I also recall the 2nd commandment saying to love your neighbor as yourself (whether you know them or not. whether you agree with them or not).

I welcome your constructive comments (and even agree with your thoughts on giving), but if you're unable to do that without condescension and judgment, please keep walking.

Scotty and Lisa said...

Wow, on several levels. Lovin' the statement- I'm afraid whatever I do for my 30 is going to pale in comparison. :) They really are beautiful and a great outward expression of your heart. I'm impressed.

Hilary Ann said...

They look great, Dana!

Spirit of Adoption said...

wow, that looks painful!!! They look great : ) Glad to see pics!

nicole said...

Whoa!!! Nothing small for the big 3-0!! They are awesome!!

And I think you know me well enough to know that I can't leave the anonymous comment alone...

ANONYMOUS - You don't know this beautiful family and you have no idea what they have done, are doing or will be doing for the poor and oppressed. Shame on you for your quick judgement!

Anonymous said...

Dana,
This is Leah, Doria's friend. I just wanted to say I think they are beautiful pieces of artwork that you both have. My husband and I have both our daughter's names tatttooed on our backs with their birthdate & then we went back and added wings and a halo around my daughter's name that passed away just months later. I know not everyone is a fan of a tattoo but I just wanted to say you are brave, yes there is "a zone", and it is something you can take pride in...even when you're 80 years old.

Josh and Dana said...

Thanks you guys! Ya'll are so encouraging.

Sushi Girl said...

Yay for Josh And Dana

Doria said...

Hey, Dana and Josh! I loved the post and just want to add that the Leah/Anonymous is not the same as the rude Anonymous... I don't know who that one is.

Anyways, I love you guys!

Jeanie said...

Wow, you are both very brave. Love the meaning and the tattoos!

court said...

i love both tattoos... they are so well done and very unique... i'm also excited you chose to celebrate turning 30 with words that mean something to you. i love words... they get me through every occasion of life.

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