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How Tattales Began

See my tattoo movie of me getting my 4th dragon (hip to knee). It runs about 30 seconds long with the sound of the needle included! Wow where do I begin. My first tattoo was inked by Little Vinnie’s Tattoo at that time of Westminster, MD. I just remember walking down the streets and peeking in at the designs on the wall. None of my friends thought tattoos were cool, as a matter of fact they thought they were gross. My parents said they would kill me. What more inspiration do you need! So at about 19 when I could legally do it on my own, I walked into Vinnie’s and put down my deposit. After viewing the vast wall, I chose a “small” dragon. The reason I emphasize small because not a single person that has ever seen it has referenced it as small. Small is a clover, this was an 8” winged dragon. The black and white design “has to stay above the boxer line” to prohibit any unsuspecting peeks from siblings if I ever paraded boxers only. I am saying this was about 1992. I recall this taking a little over 2 hours. The great thing about that whole first experience was that it had it all. Not only was I getting no support from friends or family, they contested the idea (parents didn’t even know). In addition, about 15 minutes before I am to go in, I run outside to my car..on the way back in I am stopped. “Son, are you aware what you are about to do is a sin?” She continued by swarming me with religious literature, that is, of course, until two tattooed and pierced freaks came out from Vinnie’s and kindly (eh hem) told her to leave from the premises. Now I am really ready, even God is pissed at me for being here! About two years later, age 21 or so, I find myself back walking the Westminster streets looking for Little Vinnie’s shop. The second time, I also choose right from the wall..this time a dragon design from Amsterdam, I am told. This dragon, also a black and white, had a wise look about him. Compared to my previous dragon this tattoo was considerably bigger, but not quite twice its size. The artist incorporated the smoke design into the existing dragon by adding smoke around him as well. I recall this as a 4 hour piece done in 2 sessions. Moving onward with life, I was at a real pivoting point. I was working downtown at a copy shop on Baltimore St. For those of you that wouldn’t know, this is “the block” of Baltimore. Residing there now are the classics like the Gaiety bootleg porn video store and the new Larry Flynt Hustler Club. I had left a huge group of friends that I always hung with for different reasons or another, but mostly from conflicts of opinion and jealousies..we all have experienced this at some time I guess. Anyway, I was looking for something new. And there she was, a fresh face, someone different than I had ever dated before, someone different than from anyone I would have ever been friends with before. This woman would open the doors of perception for me to experience new things and to broaden my previous concepts of friendship and what was really important in life. I loved everything about that and felt like I was embarking on a new beginning…so time for some color! After finding out my Little Vinnie’s artist moved on and was not to be found, I was in need of someone else I could trust. Now my fiancee’, the above mentioned woman suggests I go where she got her sun tattoo. A tattoo about the size of a baseball on her right upper arm had fantastic shading of reds, oranges and yellow for such a simple design. I was sold. A quick trip to Glen Burnie, MD and I am in front of Dragon Moon, the home of the world traveled Tom Beasley. Actually, Tom’s wife, Mick, had done my wife’s tattoo, but Tom has done numerous custom works specializing in Japanese designs. This is the guy for the job! After a quick tracing of my current pieces and a brief discussion on my feelings behind my tats, I am off with anticipation awaiting my appointment where I will see the outcome of the talk. I told him this piece, although three, I am seeing as one. The three dragons resemble my stages of life thus far; the young b/w dragon in motion but with no real direction, then a second dragon with an ignorant presumption of wisdom beyond his years, now surrounded by a third vivacious full color spectacle that is ready for the experience, ready for the fight which will be life itself. I loved the outcome. This one was a bit more interesting, taking 9 hours, a 4 hour and a 5 hour session. I know for all future appointments, I will not be doing a 5 hour session again. I am thinking this was about 6 years ago so let’s say 1999. Becoming my wife, I am no longer allowed to get tattoo work until she gets to spend some money on herself. I won’t mention what, but she had two of them and she wanted them bigger. I continued to read up on the Chinese and Japanese cultures with their integrated beliefs of dragons, their existence and power. Artists of other mediums would comment on my dragons, now that you have the power, you need the balance. They were exactly right, I had the power, but I was lacking a balance, an understanding of what I need to keep myself sane in this world. What could give me this balance? No need to look any further than what I have already researched, the gracefulness and beauty of the phoenix. Ah ha, separation. Now on the way to my divorce..which if all goes well will be filed and sanctioned by the end of 2005. Ironically enough, I begin to find my harmony here, but without a significant other. The Chinese believe the phoenix and dragon signify the ying and yang, a unified harmony, a balance to power and grace. Back to Tom Beasley for a chat. Starting around February of this year, a phoenix was born. My left thigh now contains the multi-colored phoenix ranging from my hip to my knee. Gray clouds serve as a background to this two-tailed beauty. I am trying to add it all up, but I can recall at least 24 hours done in 3 and 4 hour sessions. Ahhh, balance! Well…