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I've found someplace I think I trust, with reputable artists, and who is willing to work with me on the fact that I have APS and will be bridging blood thinners!!! Someday soon I'll be getting not only my breast tattooing, but also my small back piece. I need to draw it up in color, but it is basically a pink ribbon in front, slowly turning maroon (the color ribbon for blood disorders). The ribbon will be nicely shaded, and slightly on it's side. The pink end will have 'BRCA2+' at the tip and the maroon end will have 'APS' at the tip. The reason it is somewhat on its side is because I am having the Korean characters for 'Indomitable Spirit' put along the ribbon in black.

Anyway, I talked to a friend of mine who has a shop in Japan last night about what I would need to think about to have ink done with APS. I have to watch the bleeding, so I'll bridge (stop Coumadin, do Lovenox injections twice a day, immediately start back the Coumadin and keep doing shots until my INR is back up) and I have to be really careful of infections. Mark, my friend, told me to make sure that they not only used disposable needles, but also used the plastic disposable ink systems, rather than the autoclaved metal.

I'm pretty excited about all of this. Now to start drawing until I can get across what I want, and then see what they can come up with.

BTW - the place I am looking at is Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas. I actually recognized several of the names, although I think they need to update. I really don't think since Oliver Peck and Kat von D got divorced they both come through that shop. :) Could be wrong though. Either way, I'm probably looking at Dean Williams or Oliver Peck because their work seems very vibrant.


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May. 1st, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see the drawing . . . and then your ink!
May. 1st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I read somewhere that Kat Von D books something like 4-6 months out for Dallas, so she's like a guest artist there.

Elm Street Tattoo is great. Vogon's coworker with full sleeves got most of them done there.
May. 1st, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Good to hear someone else pleased with their work. I'm very serious when it comes to what happens to my body that I have to live with for the rest of my life. It took me a good three years of research and design ideas before getting my first.
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