Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ink. Shiny.

You're such a demanding lot, you know that?

Okay, okay, I give.

I told the story of my first tattoo a few months ago, and you can read it here.

The first two tattoos I designed myself, and the third I mentioned in yesterday's post. The inspiration, from the logo on the side of "Serenity" from Firefly. And, the result.


The first of two things. This tattoo is now four years old, so it's now faded from its original black. The discerning eye might notice there is a sliver of gap missing in the last character of the actual tattoo. It used to be there, but not anymore. Lovely.

The second thing is the confirmation. Two years ago, The Boy decided to come into the world over 8 weeks early and in a decidedly difficult way (that's a story for November 17, and there's a reason for that specific day). One night toward the tail end of his 26-day stay in the NICU, I had taken The Wife home during the evening shift change and went back to spend part of the night with my sick son. As I'm sitting in the dark NICU, my son resting on my chest, I hear the night nurse muttering to herself next to me. I glance over, and she's looking down at me and speaking in Chinese. To my confirmation, and Joss Whedon's credit, this nurse says, "Serenity." So, I guess we got that one right.

24 comments:

Hannah Kincade said...

That right there, is full of awesome!! So jealous!

DEZMOND said...

I bet the nurse didn't know it was a TV show tattoo :)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I am certainly the demanding type and such a rapid response is commendable.

Love the ink!!! what does it look like now?

Cora said...

I'm too chicken to get a tattoo. Not because of the pain, but because I know I would undoubtedly get something stupid which I would regret!

Joshua said...

Hannah - Which: the tattoo or the shirt?

DEZ - I doubt she did, and I wasn't going to tell her.

Lass - I took that picture this morning, right before I posted.

Cora - Since I designed the first two myself, it makes it easier to not regret them. The third one: I'll never regret it.

Matthew MacNish said...

Josh. Vic (aspiring_x) told me I should come follow your blog. And now I'm glad she did, because you're obviously awesome.

Nice to meet you, bro!

Joshua said...

Matthew - I've learned to trust vic's opinions, and I'm glad she recommended me. Thanks for coming by.

Pearl said...

:-) You're a silly person, aren't you?

Looking forward to the 11/17 post already.

Pearl

eglentyne said...

That moment in the NICU is one of those points of magic. Unforgettable in several ways. We have to hold on to those moments. --Dani

Joshua said...

Pearl - Yes to the former, and I hope you're not disappointed by the latter.

Dani - It's an interesting time, for sure.

Paige Kellerman said...

I've often wondered whether the Chinese character tattoos are accurate..lol. Good for old Joss. He seems to do his research.

Trooper Thorn said...

Who knew tattoos required post-ink maintenance?

Vapid Vixen said...

You MUST tell me where that shirt can be purchased!

SuziCate said...

But you could buy the shirt for the wife!

Scope said...

I was a big fan of "Firefly".

Jayne Cobb is a personal hero of mine.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

My wee Megan was in NICU for two weeks- she was born at 35½ weeks but was a good weight at 2.6kg but it was the worst two weeks ever!! Leaving the hospital with an empty car seat and no baby was horrid.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

ohmygoodness! what a scary, scary time! it is wonderful that you could find a curios moment of serenity in the midst of something like that.

Hannah Kincade said...

Both? yeah, both.

Joshua said...

Paide - I would say I got lucky, but I asked someone beforehand, and the nurse was just confirmation.

Thorn - You mean like keeping it from getting infected and healing smoothly? Or needing touch-up ink, if you desire?

Vixen - Ask and you shall receive: Men's Hoodie -or- do a Google Search for "joss whedon serenity logo shiny" and see what you find. Everywhere I looked for the t-shirt, it was sold out. Good luck.

Suzi - She'd never wear it. Trust me on this.

Scope - This one's for you, Scope: "Hero of Canton" by Adam Baldwin

Lass - That last sentence is completely horrible. The feeling, not the actual sentence. We had to do it with both kids.

vic - Unfortunately, since we'd done the NICU with The Girl two years earlier, by the time The Boy was there we were old hats.

Hannah - :^D

Padded Cell Princess said...

I am a pansy so a tattoo is not even an option in my pansy world. My dad just got his first ever tattoo for his birthday this year. 58 years old is a good start I think, then it won't be all wrinkly when he's 70!

Joshua said...

Princess - I have a fear of needles, and the first tattoo took 4 hours. How many do you think your dad will get in total? ;^)

Working Mommy said...

I have a tattoo, though I'm not usually a fan of them unless they have some sort of meaning. It sounds like the meaning of yours came after The Boy was born. What a great story!

wm

Joshua said...

WM - Well said, lady. Well said.

Dave said...

Well, I guess I'm a bit late on this reply, but I popped over from the A to Z challenge to check out your blog and noticed the Chinese character. Great story about your son! My oldest spent a brief stay in NICU for being a borderline premee baby. No fun at all. Way to bring some serenity into it. :D