Home' LOTL : March 2011 Contents 13 years ago a friend sent me a card with
these four words inscribed in the middle
“This too shall pass”. After going through a
ver y tough year, these words were like a balm to me.
Many times, throughout the months and years after,
they rolled around in my head and supplied me
with courage and strength when I felt I had none.
It appears that the words were first written in the
13th century by a Persian poet in order to b olster
the spirits of troops at war. The meaning I took from
these words is that nothing is forever, no matter how
dire a situation may seem, it will eventually pass,
good or bad; ever ything in this life is transitor y. The
words ser ve to remind me to treasure every moment
and all those I hold dear, as much as we would like to
hold onto something , we can’t hold onto it forever.
So this is how I found myself on an early
Tuesday evening in West Ryde with my best friend
in tow, standing in front of the Pretty In Ink
Tatto o studio. There I stood, hand on the front
door, bracing myself to get these words marked
on my skin as a constant reminder to treasure the
good and fear not the bad. We were greeted by the
super friendly and welcoming Jamie Giant who
introduced himself as ‘the smallest tattooist in the
world’. As we stepped into the studio I could hear
the unmistakable buzz of the tattoo needle and I
had a small pang of apprehension that the pain of a
tattoo was far greater than I remembered from my
first and only tattoo done three years ago.
Jamie and I sat down and discussed what I was
looking to get done. Initially I had wanted the script
to go round my right wrist in a circle. Jamie and I
played around with this idea on paper however with
his keen and expert eye he advised me that the script
would work better aesthetically in a straight line
running along my wrist lengthways. I had a look at
both options and I went with Jamie’s suggestion.
Jamie got me settled in the chair and seemed
amused by my constant babbling chatter, a bad
habit of mine when I am ner vous. He got my arm
prepped and all his instruments ready. All the while
answering my multitude of questions about his life
as a tatto oist and being the smallest one at that.
The needle was now primed and ready to go.
Jamie at the helm looked eager to begin. As he g ot
to work I let the adrenaline wash over me and I
actually started to enjoy the sensation. I watched
as he deftly brought the words to life on my skin,
the phrase slowly unfurling before me. And then
as quickly as it had beg un it was over, and there was
my new tattoo bright and shiny and new, I was in
love, I think I actually swooned when I took my
first look at it. It was perfect, just how imagined it.
Jamie then instructed and showed me how
to care for my ne wly acquired ink. The do’s and
the definite do not’s of how to keep your tattoo
looking its best. I have to say all the g uys and girls
down at Pretty In Ink were extremely friendly,
helpful and professional. Without a shadow of
doubt I will be heading back to Pretty In Ink for
tattoo number three.
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986 Victoria Road
West Ryde NSW 2114
02 9808 1380
As we stepped
into the studio
I could hear the
of the tattoo needle
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